‘Father of Pac-Man’ Masaya Nakamura Dies At 91

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Masaya Nakamura, the “Father of Pac-Man” who established the Japanese computer game organization behind the hit game, has kicked the bucket. He was 91.

Nakamura, who passed on Jan. 22, established Namco, a part of Bandai Namco, in 1955. It began as only two mechanical steed rides on a retail establishment rooftop, however went ahead to pioneer game arcades and carnivals.

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Masaya Nakamura, the father of Pacman (c) Channel NewsAsia

Bandai Namco, established in 2005 from a merger of two amusement organizations, confirmed Nakamura’s passing.

Pac-Man, planned by Namco designer and computer game producer Toru Iwatani, became a hit in 1980, in the same time of Space Invaders. The fearless yellow circle with the colossal mouth was ground breaking!

Reports say, the game has been played more than 10 billion circumstances. Guinness World Record has named it the world’s best coin-worked arcade amusement.

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The game was peaceful yet sufficiently difficult to guide players into controlling the Pac-Man for a considerable length of time through its labyrinths on the chase for spooky ghosts.

The idea for Pac-Man’s plan originated from the picture of a pizza with a cut out. Nakamura supposedly picked “Pac,” or “pakku” in Japanese, to speak to the sound of the Pac-Man chomping its prey.

“Pac-Man is a gamer friendly game with tons of cute characters and that’s why it was loved for such a long time,” Iwatani said in 2015 at a New York red carpet premiere of “Pixels,” that featured Pac-Man creatures and featured him in a cameo role.

The game began as an arcade thing, and after that it was played on Nintendo Family Computer. Now the game has been adjusted for cellphones, PlayStation and Xbox positions.

Different hits from Namco incorporate driving games like “Ridge Racer” and a drumming amusement.

Nakamura was a key player in Bandai Namco’s worldwide development. He took pride in having a remarkable time and recreations for his employment.

The organization announced Nakamura’s passing however would not remark on its cause or other individual points of interest, as to his family’s desires. A private wake and burial service were held for the family, yet a different commemoration is being arranged, Bandai-Namco said.



‘Father of Pac-Man’ Masaya Nakamura Dies At 91

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