TOKYO — The Japanese video games firm Bandai Namco says Masaya Nakamura, the “Father of Pac-Man” who based the Japanese online game firm behind the hit creature-gobbling recreation, has died at age ninety one.
Nakamura, who died on Jan. 22, held an honorary place at Bandai Namco, shaped in 2005 from a merger of two recreation corporations. He based Namco in 1955. Its beginnings have been humble — simply two mechanical horses on the rooftop of a division retailer.
Pac-Man, designed by online game maker Toru Iwatani, went on sale in 1980. Guinness World Document has named it the world’s most profitable coin-operated arcade recreation.
Bandai Namco reported Nakamura’s demise Monday, however wouldn’t touch upon the reason for his demise or different private particulars, citing his household’s needs.