It’s a 35th Birthday Bash for PAC-MAN™!

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On May 22, 2015, PAC-MAN™ – one of the most iconic videogame characters in history – will celebrate his 35th birthday. And boy is it going to be a HUGE celebration. A worldwide celebration in fact.

In Tokyo – the city of PAC-MAN’s birth – audiences will join in the fun by attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest Human Image of PAC-MAN on May 21, 2015.  At the event at Tokyo Tower, actor Shingo Yanagisawa and popular comedian and social media sensation Naomi Watanabe will join hundreds of moviegoers to create the largest PAC-MAN ever created by human beings.

In Chicago, Professor Toru Iwatani, the creator of PAC-MAN, and BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. will be at Level 257™, a brand new dining and entertainment facility created by NAMCO USA INC. inspired by PAC-MAN. A special 1980s-style event on Friday evening from 7pm-midnight will include gaming industry VIPs, free game play including a chance to play the fabled 255th and 256thlevels of PAC-MAN, PAC-MAN’s official 35th birthday cake, live performances of the 1982 hit song “PAC-MAN Fever” by the original artist, Jerry Buckner of Buckner & Garcia and a personal appearance by PAC-MAN himself!  The celebration continues the next day with celebrity discussion panels, photo opportunities, prizes and game play contests including opportunities to play against the legendary gamer Billy Mitchell, the first person to ever achieve a “perfect score” on PAC-MAN.  

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In partnership with Dave & Buster’s, all 75 locations across North America will celebrate the big man’s birthday by offering a free play on the over-sized, multi-player PAC-MAN BATTLE ROYALE arcade game to all guests with a Power Card. In addition, fans nationwide will have the chance to enter to win thousands of D&B Dollars to celebrate all summer long.

In the UK, PAC-MAN will celebrate his birthday with a special thrill – he’ll be launched into space.  PAC-MAN’s journey will be captured by a special GoPro camera unit and shared on his birthday.

 And in Spain, four of that country’s biggest YouTube stars will face off on the game for the ultimate bragging rights.  As they engage their followers to look on, both online and in person, there could be as many as 21 million watching the videogame competition.

Finally, from Paris at the French Open, Serena Williams, who has a cameo role in Pixels, is planning a special greeting for her co-star.

And speaking of Pixels, have you checked out the official trailer yet?


If you are in the area of Level 257 at the Woodfield Mall, Shamburg, IL you are not going to want to miss it!

© 2015, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

It Was Time to See Things Differently

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After 33 years, yikes that’s a long time, it was time for a change. It wasn’t an easy change either and actually kind of forced on me. I loved my camera and have been a loyal Nikon gal for 33 years. No, I’m not going to tell you how old I was when I got my first Nikon (you’ll do the math, I know you will). But it recently died right as I was trying to take some photos I was asked to take of course. Isn’t that the way it always is?

So after much debate I decided to send it in to get it looked at and maybe repaired but I kept looking just in case it was time to purchase another one. Of course, I was thinking Nikon but when I asked for recommendations and reviews from friends, I just kept hearing Canon, Canon, Canon. So I fought it and looked at Canons. And eventually I decided not to have the Nikon repaired and gave in and bought myself a Canon. Yep, this Nikon gal has turned to the darkside LOL and bought herself a Canon. And you know what?

I like it! I like it very much. The kit lens alone is amazing. I can not wait to buy a 50mm lens for it though. That was the hard part – giving up my Nikon 50mm lens and returning the flash I had just bought for it. But all in all, I am super happy and hope to start putting up photos from it here on the blog.

I will tell you one thing though, it’s not easy going from a brand you have been with for so long to a totally different brand. Have you ever done that? Have you stayed brand loyal for such a long time and then when you tried a different brand you were totally blown away and wonder why you hadn’t made the switch sooner? It’s not a bad thing just different. All the buttons and knobs work differently and are in different places so that’s going to take a little getting use to. Practice, practice, practice and I’m sure I’ll get used to it with a little effort on my part.

Isn’t my new baby pretty? (photo taken with my cell phone so it’s not great)

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Sometimes change is good!

© 2015, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

Creativity – What Does It Mean To You?

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I just made a comment on my facebook page saying I’m not very good at crafts and then it made me think. No, I’m not good at crafts but that’s doesn’t mean I’m not creative. I guess I let my head get stuck into thinking that if I can’t create crafts then I’m not creative but that’s not really true.

There are so many ways to be creative. So, it made me start to wonder, what exactly does it mean when you talk about “creativity”? What is creativity to you?

I may not be able to make something or build something but I find my creativity behind my camera. What some people may take as an “odd photo” or “strange thing to take a picture of” yes, I’ve been told both I call creativity.

I may not look at life the same way you do. Things that you would typically look right over might be the one major thing I see.

I used to think of creativity as a talent like song writing, painting or drawing skills but it’s so much more and each of us have some way of showing our creativity if we just let go to the concept we have in our heads of what creativity is.

Is it in your writing? Is it in a trade, or skill you have mastered? Have you got wild crazy skills when it come to Photoshop? What is it? How do you show your creativity?

© 2015, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.