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What I meant was that Pac man was in a market that was nearly dominated by SEGA in the end. Pac Man may have been popular but there were no other games that came close to the type of game Pac man was in. None of the games after Pac Man tried to improvise on what Pac Man did and in the end we're just inferior clones.
There have been maze games that existed before pac man. However, Pac Man did at least popularise the genre so much as how Mario popularised platform games even though platformers existed before Super Mario Bros.
By the time Pac Man became popular, the arcade market was declining and from that point on, SEGA remained the most dominant. I don't see how he influenced the game industry considering that the only thing it did was make Namco a lot of money.