The Truth Behind Pac Man: The MADNESS of MISSION 6
UPDATE: Thanks to Anto Mrb (in the comments below) I can source this shirt to the actual design! (Thanks Anto).
In 1976, Cosmonaut Nikolai Peckmann was sent alone to an orbiting space station for what would be called Mission Six- to study the radiation levels and strange circumstances that killed all four crewmen of the last research mission.
By the third day, Peckmann’s broken transmissions were coming back to ground control filled with increasing paranoia and delusion. He claimed that the spirits of the dead cosmonauts were coming to claim him, and that he had to keep moving to evade them. He shouted that if he could capture consume these spirits himself while he still had strength, he could move to the next level of consciousness…Truly the rantings of an insane man.
Indeed, video recovered later would show Peckmann running around the confined but maze-like station, downing emergency sedatives like a madman….pausing in a corner momentarily, only to throw back vitamin pills and give chase to his invisible demons.
He had exhausted the entire cargo of vitamins, pills, and fresh fruit well ahead of schedule. There was no way another crew could be assembled to rescue him before he starved. After one rather violently garbled transmission, the static cleared and the last live image on record is that of Peckmann’s empty, wilted spacesuit on the cabin floor.
It was determined that another mission to recover any remains or gather any more research would be a waste of the people’s money, and the station was allowed to drift out of orbit and into space- a failure never to be mentioned again. It was ordered and assumed that all video and paper evidence had been destroyed.
..then, at the dawn of the eighties, a fledgling arcade game company called NAMCO would stumble across the transcripts of these events, and the rest -as they say- is history.
okay i just made all that crap up, but with or without a story, I hope it’s a cool design.
Again, thanks to Anto for the head’s up. This story just made this shirt even more awesome.
I can’t recall where I found this: I thought it was from a shirt website like Busted Tees or something, but my last attempts to google it’s source turned up fruitless, as I only found a few other bloggers like myself who really liked this and reposted it.
Anyways, this is an awesome pic I had to share. Enjoy.