My wiki has a 2005 entry about MAME emulation of various games, among them Pac-man.
Got the score 21630 in MAME.
Score from my wiki.
Got the score 16530 in MAME.
Got the score 19180 in MAME.
Got the score 28380 in MAME.
Got the score 73000.
I finally tried a real Pac-man arcade cabinet at the Google GDC Party. However, the version I played seemed to be sped up a bit, I haven't quite figured out which version it was. Anyway, I was playing my best game ever, when my colleagues wanted to leave for another party and finally distracted me enough to ruin my game. And the other party sucked. :'( Still, I got a score > 73000, which is still great!
Got the score 20340 in MAME.
Got the score 24340 in MAME.
Got the score 30680 in 5 lives.
Playing a nice Pac-Man machine at Chassis Arcade, my score was embarassingly low compared to the machines current high score of 247970.
Malu and I visited Bip Bip Bar, and I played a long game of Pac-Man on a machine set to 6 lives.
I just ordered a MiSTer FPGA from misteraddons.com. I have never played around with an FPGA before, and the concept itself seems completely magical to me. The MiSTEr seems like an incredibly well-supported project with the most hardcore enthusiasts doing their best to make the ultimate emulation box. Apart from the Terasic DE10-Nano board with the Intel Cyclone V FPGA (150 $), I ordered 128MB SDRAM (60 $), a USB Hub (40 $), a cooling system (15 $), and a case (50 $), an 256 GB SD card (50 $), and a few other things for a total of 405 $. A new PS4 is 422 $, but never mind that.
Due to COVID-19, my MiSTer has been stuck in Queens, New York for 40 days. Now it's finally gotten through the distribution center, and should be on its way here.
Apparently, my MiSTer is now in Denmark, going through customs. I had almost lost hope at this point.
*Finally* it's cleared by customs.
I payed 915 DKK in import tax. Ouch.
I got it now! And it works!! However, I can't get Pac-Man to run at all. But the consoles work, and it's awesome.
All the arcade games work now. I have some troubles with sound on the Elgato, but apart from that everything seems to work.