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I don't know how you're saying Pac-Man isn't influential when it was a cultural phenomenon and caused arcade sales to skyrocket. I wan't alive at the start of Pac-Man fever, but I have friends and family that experienced it.
Places that weren't arcades starting adding Pac-Man cabinets to draw in customers for the business, and it was one of the top grossing forms of entertainment at the time. Not just games, top grossing entertainment in general. I could list some articles, but you can just check Wikipedia and the sources used under "Reception" and "Legacy" for more info.