On this date in history — May 22, 1980: The arcade game Pac-Man was released. Despite what it might seem, the ghosts aren't all chasing Pac-Man. Creator Toru Iwatani intentionally avoided programming them with that purpose, since that would have resulted in Pac-Man zipping around the screen with four ghosts always right behind him. Only Blinky, the red ghost, doggedly pursues you throughout the game. Pinky simply wants to position itself at a point that's 32 pixels in front of Pac-Man's mouth. Inky, the blue ghost, is seeking to position itself at a similar fixed spot. And Clyde, the orange ghost, moves completely at random. https://www.instagram.com/p/BUZxltQAp6M/
If Pac-man was an Orthodox Jew do you think he'd have to stop eating ghosts or are they kosher?
I refuse to believe that Pac-man, as an observant Jew, would feast on souls. However, I am going to postulate that Pac-man is a metaphor for the turmoil inside the Jewish soul- specifically, Pac-man is the yetzer hara. And what else could he be? He does nothing other than devour, and devour, and destroy. He does not stop to daven, and he does not say brakha before he eats the wee dot thingies.
Above we see the four ghosts, Inky, Winky, Pinky, and Clyde. I postulate that each of them represent a different Jewish virtue. It is not Pac-man’s job to destroy them, but it is in his nature- it is the job of the ghosts to corral Pac-man and keep him from taking control of the soul, as represented by a maze. Clyde, the yellow ghost, is the same colour as an etrog. His endless wandering reminds us of the wandering we did in the desert, yet like the other ghosts he still does the customs of a Jew, and therefore we may call him Zikaron (remembrance). Inky, as we see, is also called Bashful. Therefore she represents tzniut, or modesty. However, the name Inky could also be a reference to the ink in which the Torah is written- this ghost is a scholar! Inky represents not only the learning of tzniut, but the application of tzniut, and for that she is called both Inky and Bashful. Pinky is pink, a colour associated with young children, and especially girls. Therefore Pinky represents new life and femininity- Pinky is a Jewish mama, maintaining spiritual influence over her family. The Talmud
says that when a pious man marries a wicked woman, the man becomes wicked, but when a wicked man marries a pious woman, the man becomes pious. Blinky, or Shadow, is a stand-in for the Plague of Darkness in Egypt, because of his name, and yet also he warns of darkness of the spirit, and the perils of benightedness- he goes all blue and woogy not to let Pac-man win, but to warn Pac-man that winning comes at a terrible price.
💚 Pro¥ect | The lost green soul placed a transparent hand gently on Inky's shoulder, barely a whisper even if there were sound, 💚 I do\t know how to graft two flowers together but 💚 be gentle 💚 and help wind the twß stems togœther?
*Right. I’ll be careful. I just need to help them focus.
[*And with that Inky sat motionless as Ghost watched on, using their healing magic when needed, as Inky’s consciousness plunged into Bunny’s.]
[*This is….a lot more elaborate than Inky remembers. Then again, the last time they were in here they were trying to possess them almost two years ago.]