Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pac-Man Founder Passes

The name Masaya Nakamura may not ring a bell to many of you. But for a number of the veterans, he's influence on the gaming industry is well known. Nakamura is the creator of Pac-Man. For over six decades, Nakamura managed to turn a small entertainment company into the legacy of arcade games under Namco. He passed away on January 22 at the age of 91.

Nakamura originally started his company to produce and maintain mechanical horses and small rides for children. In the 1970's, they shifted their focus to coin operated arcade machines. We all know the story of Pac-Man cropping onto the scene in 1980 and becoming the most popular arcade game of all time. Some estimates believe the game has been played over 10 billion times. This spawned into home versions of the game that continue today. I'm sure there are dozens of Pac-Man apps to accompany the legacy.

It's a legacy of gaming that will be difficult, if not impossible, to beat. Thank you Mister Nakamura for helping push forward the gaming craze.

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