I think the clip above says it all, doesn't? Masaya Nakamura, the man who created Pac Man in 1980, died on January 21, 2017. I know there was Pong, Space Invaders, and a handful of other arcade video games before it, but Pac-Man broke early gaming barriers.
Pac-Man was the bridge that gapped video games from a quirky hobby into a worldwide phenomenon. Songs, movies, and cartoons have been created around Pac-Man. People's grandparents knew who Pac-Man was. Essentially, Pac-Man and all of its simplicity and minimalist gameplay was Flappy Birds decades before there was a Flappy Birds.
Thanks for all of the hours of fun and wasted quarters, Nakamura.