Ms. Pac-Man was released as an arcade game in 1982.
Flash forward to 2016: 30+ years later there are tons of new Ms. Pac-Man arcade game cabinets out there in bars, arcades and such nowadays that are new yet they all seem to be set on “fast/speed/speed-up” mode where Ms. Pac-Man herself seems to fly across the screen at a crazy rate of speed.
An example of the “fast/speed/speed-up” version can be seen in this video and an example of the “slow”/original version can be seen in this other video for comparison.
In the 1980s, this “fast/speed/speed-up” mode was considered to be an aftermarket hack of the original 1982 hardware called a “fast/speed/speed-up chip.” But these modern games are 100% new cabinets from an official/legitimate distributor with—one would assume—newer hardware in them.
So are these modern Ms. Pac-Man cabinets being distributed by Bally/Midway or Namco with the “fast/speed/speed-up” mode on as a default?
FWIW, discussions seem to exist about the predominance of the “fast/speed/speed-up” version nowadays here on AtariAge and even at the Arcade Museum, but no definite answer stating if this somehow a deafault method of play on new cabinets or not.