Pac Man has been spending decades chowing down on stuff. Eating seems to come so naturally to him I never stopped to consider if he enjoys the taste of everything he eats. Apparently, neither have his owners.

During the Q&A session at a presentation of the upcoming Pac Man game, Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2, Michael McWhertor of Polygon asked director Kunito Komori that very important question: just what do ghosts taste like? Komori answered,

"As far as I know, they taste pretty… bad."

That seems a little odd. I don't know, but one might assume that if ghosts taste "pretty bad" then Pac Man might be a little more hesitant to eat so many of them. Komori seemed to realize this, and after a few moments of introspection, he gave his official word on the matter.

"[Ghosts are] very, very tasty – like fruits."

His second answer makes a little more sense, but in all honesty, this may be the first time that attention has been turned to the issue. Bandai Namco may eventually have a more specific answer down the line. Maybe even some ghost-flavored treats like power pellet candies.

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Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2, is scheduled for release on the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, and PS3, on October 14th. And the ghosts taste like fruit.


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