All through development, the arcade classic “Pac-Man” was intended to be a video-game tie-in to the popular children’s novel “The Missing Piece”. However, at the last minute Shel Silverstein, author of “The Missing Piece”, rescinded the rights, because intellectual copyright law works like that sometimes. However, production had proceeded so far that the only change the developers had time to make was the title.
What this means is that every snarky internet commenter to ever “jokingly” compare Pac-Man to a pill-popper running through a club dodging hallucinatory ghosts is actually quite the jerk. The poor guy is just looking for his missing piece. [Source: Google.com]