The Father of Pac-Man & The Founder of Namco dies at the age of 91 :- Masaya Nakamura, the founder of Namco company and the father of the hit arcade game Pac-Man, has died at the age of 91.
Masaya Nakamura died on 22nd January 2017. On Monday, Namco confirmed his death, but would not comment on the cause of death or other personal details, citing his family’s wishes.
Nakamura founded Namco in Japan in the year 1955. The company started out running children’s rides on the roof of a department store in Yokohama, with two mechanical horses.
It went on to pioneer games arcades and amusement parks.
GEE BEE – The Namco’s first original video game in 1978. It was followed by Galaxian in 1979 – which revolutionised the industry as the first video game to use RGB colour graphics.
But, it was Pac-Man, released in 1980, that came to define Namco’s legacy, going on to become a fixture in popular culture.
The idea for the game came from the image of a pizza with a slice carved out. The game was designed by video game-maker Toru Iwatani.
Masaya Nakamura chose the word “Pac” to represent the munching of the Pac-Man devouring its prey.
Pac-Man is still a mainstay of Japanese culture, having inspired T-shirts and other merchandise, animation shows and the nickname for Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.
Guinness World Records named Pac-Man the world’s most successful coin-operated arcade game in the year 2008.
In the year 2005, Namco merged with Japanese toy maker Bandai. Masaya Nakamura remained a key player in the business, and still held an honorary position when he died.