Time to start writing in a new diary notebook. To start a new one is always extra fun to me, because it feels like a fresh start.
Also, it’s time to admit it: I am a geek. A notebook geek not the least…
I went ahead and bought myself two large yellow Moleskine plain notebooks. Yes, a it’s a yellow Moleskine! Isn’t it quite cool? The Moleskine Company have very smart people in their marketing department. They proclaim Moleskines to be the notebook for artists and writers, saying it was used by Hemingway and other famous people etc.
They also publish a few Special Edition notebooks to the world, making a plain notebook a collectors item to look for! I remember playing this game many times but the reason I bought the yellow Moleskine was because it was on sale for 145 sek (21 usd) instead of a whopping 190 sek (27 usd) that the plain black always costs here in Sweden!
The yellow cover has the classic pacman maze embossed on the cover. You have to eat all the dots before you get a new level, all the while chased by evil ghosts. I get sweaty just thinking about it! At Moleskine’s site you can read:
Thirty years ago, Japanese gaming house Namco created Pac-Man, the hungriest video-game hero of all time. Not just an international smash hit, but a pop-culture icon of the Eighties. Moleskine celebrates its anniversary with a limited edition series featuring cover art and mini-stickers. […]
The hard cover notebooks are decorated with pixilated imagery that includes Pac-Man, ghost characters, fruit imagery and classical video game lines such as “Game Over”, “Insert Coin”, and “High Score.”
Yup, that’s right. In the very useful back pocket there are special edition stickers! I love stickers.
The yellow notebook is plain, the black one had lines so I skipped that one. But as I said, its not the colours I like but the price! I might even cover it up later, but for now, I’m geeking out a bit more…
Did you know that…
Pac Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in Japan. After it’s release in the US it became very popular. Pac-Man is widely considered as one of the classics, a game people love to play.
When Pac-Man came out, most arcade games in the US were primarily shooters such as Space Invaders and Asteroids. Pac-Man succeeded by creating a new genre and is often credited with making a mark in video game history.
A perfect Pac-Man game is when the player completes all 256 levels with maximum points without losing a life. The first person to do this was Billy Mitchell on July 3, 1999, it took him 6 hours. To get the maximum score of 3,333,360 points it is necessary for to eat every fruit, pellet, blue ghost and dot for 256 boards.
Very much pop-culture
Just how darn pop-culture Pac-man is might be evident in just how much geek world embraces its imagery… I have seen the pacman icon numerous times on craft sites as wall art and as cakes, quilts, embroidery, appliqué, jewelery, and bags…
Talking about those marketing folks, they make pretty sweet video commercials for their products too. I loved the video of the notebook and some pack-mans eating through it that was posted on YouTube. But imagine listening to that sound for six hours straight… Ugh!
Well, if you are feeling geeky and joyful right now, watch this video – a song about the history of video games mind you:
History of video games video by Jonathan Mann, it is #709 of his Song A Day-series. [found via Laughing squid]
I will use my yellow moly as a writing diary in the new year. I think I may need the Monster bookmark for it, it is a crocheted and very cute pacman-looking monster (pattern in Swedish)!
But for now: Game over!
That is so cute. The promotional video is super clever!
I hv a new xlarge folio size a4 moleskine to play in too. I got the hardcover black one.. the size the folios come in.. but I love it. I’m using mine for my creative biz plan/journal.. I can’t wait to fill it up.. I’m a sucker for notebooks and journals too.. u aren’t the only one! hugs
I still resist buying Moleskines. But I look at them every time I go shopping. Love this yellow pac-man one though!
I got the small yellow Pac-Man Moleskine, but I don’t know what to do with it! http://melydia.zoiks.org/2010/12/pac-man-moleskine-quandary/
I like the Peanuts limited edition; I saw it in a shop some days before Christmas.
Oh, where did you find that?! So cool!
I want one too!! :-)
Moleskine is very expensive in my country, it would cost us RM 70 – 90 for a book.
I want one! Are the pages thin like the notebook moleskine or heavy like the sketchbook molie?
O. M. G. I have got to get my hands on one of these. Off to google.
Oh, Hanna, I love this! Thank you for sharing it with us. I want one! I have to go find one and get it. LOVE!
Thanks for commenting everyone! I knew this was something that would get you guys craving…
I got it in my local book shop, and they have the Peanut celebration edition too, hehe. It has writing paper, it’s a plain notebook not a sketchbook, I wouldn’t use it for paints etc.
Oh my gosh, the Pacman moleskine video = genius! That is SO COOL.
I love pac-man!!! Going to order a few now. Thanks for sharing. I bought the limlited edition Peanuts mokeskin.
OH MY GOSH!! That is totally epic. LOL. I’m a geek, I admit it.
I have the exact same one, which was a present from my boyfriend last Christmas. XD But given that it’s limited edition, it would break my heart to use it. So I bought the normal, black ones instead. Moleskines in the Philippines can cost good money. I got a large plain hardcover for Php1200. Gaah.
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