If you ever played “Pac-Man” in an arcade, bar or even at home, then a little piece of your gaming culture died this week as it was announced by Bandai-Namco that Masaya Nakamura, the founder of the company that brought you “Pac-Man” passed away last week in Japan at the age of 91.
Nakamura began the company – originally called just Namco – in 1955 before it merged with another Japanese gaming company [Bandai] in 2005.
“Pac-Man” was not created by Nakamura – that honor goes to Toru Iwatani – but Nakamura’s Namco company was the first to introduce the game as a coin-operated machine in arcades in 1980 – creating arcane gaming addicts worldwide in the process. The game then expanded to consoles and then a television series, film and theme parks.
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