Masaya Nakamura, der Gründer und bis 2005 Obervorsteher von Namco, der Ende der 70er das japanische Atari kaufte und schließlich die Entwicklung von Pac-Man ermöglichte, ist bereits vergangene Woche im Alter von 91 Jahren gestorben.
Der Mann wurde 2010 anlässlich des 30. Geburtstags von Pac-Man in die International Video Game Hall of Fame aufgenommen. Unter Nakamura entwickelte Namco jede Menge weiterer Arcade-Hits, unter anderem Galaxian, Galaga, Dig-Dug und Pole Position. Wakka Wakka no more. Sad Day.
Masaya Nakamura, the arcade entertainment pioneer who pioneered smash-hit video game “Pac-Man,” has died at the age of 91. He founded the giant gaming company Namco, which for 10 years was also owner of the Nikkatsu film company.
Nakamura’s death was recorded as having taken place more than a week ago, on Jan. 22. But it was only announced by Namco Monday on its Japanese-language website.
Having attended technical university in Yokohama, Nakamura reportedly founded Namco in 1955 as a company operating mechanical horses on the roof of a department store. After Namco was merged with another Japanese games firm, Bandai, to form Namco-Bandai (later Bandai Namco) in 2005, Nakamura retained an honorary position. He was also awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government for his services to industry.
Pac-Man, conceived to look like a pizza with a slice taken out of it, was invented by Toru Iwatani and went on sale as a coin-operated game in 1980. It expanded onto consoles before spawning massive merchandise sales, TV series, theme parks and a film.