The weird history of Pac-Man

Pac-Man is a unique cultural artifact. He's as minimal and enigmatic as a hieroglyphic, literally just a face (sometimes with arms or legs), like a refrigerator drawing Crayola'd up by a kid after eating all the paste. The character is such a blank slate, people have joked that he's a critique on capitalist ennui, of drug culture, and all sorts of bonkers stuff. That seems like a waste because there are so many other crazy facts about the character that happen to be true.