EDWARDS, Ill (WMBD) — In honor of Caterpillar’s 95th anniversary, creative teams built a real life Pac Man maze.
The video features a larger than life game board with the players being skid steer excavators. The course took a full three days to build and measures about 200 feet by 200 feet.
Archie Lyons lead the project and explained he used state-of-the-art technology to bring it to life.
“We were able to upload the iconic game board via GPS to our machines. When you look at the overlay of the virtual board on the real board, it’s a 99% accuracy, and with 151 corners in it, that’s pretty impressive,” said Lyons.
The PAC-MAN™ game players
In addition to the internal team members and collaborative partner BANDAI NAMCO
Entertainment Inc., Caterpillar thanks the players, who brought to life the PAC-MAN™ video
game experience. The participants controlling the Cat 236D3 skid steers using line-of-sight
remote control systems were:
• PAC-MAN™ – Jim Kosner of JIMAX Landscaping & Demolition, Peoria, Ill.
• BLINKY – Joey Stone, NASCAR/Richard Childress Racing (RCR) eSports driver of
the #8 Virtual Cat car
• INKY – Alfonso Farjardo of Horsepower Site Services, Charlotte, N.C., a Caterpillar
Global Operator Challenge regional finalist
• CLYDE – Tom Gardocki, The Dirt Ninja, social media influencer, professional heavy
equipment operator in landscaping and construction
• PINKY – BLITZ, social media influencer, YouTube gaming content creator and civil
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Pac-Man.