TOKYO (AP) — Masaya Nakamura, the “Father of Pac-Man” who based the Japanese online game firm behind the hit creature-gobbling recreation, has died. He was ninety one.
Nakamura, who died on Jan. 22, based Namco, a part of Bandai Namco, in 1955. It began out as simply two mechanical horse rides on a division retailer rooftop however went on to pioneer recreation arcades and amusement parks.
Bandai Namco, shaped in 2005 from a merger of two recreation corporations, confirmed Monday that Nakamura had died.
Pac-Man, designed by Namco engineer and online game maker Toru Iwatani, went on sale in 1980, at a time when there have been few rival video games, akin to Area Invaders. The plucky yellow circle with the large mouth was an enormous hit.
It’s estimated to have been performed greater than 10 billion occasions: Guinness World Report has named it the world’s most profitable coin-operated arcade recreation.
The sport was non-violent however simply difficult sufficient to hook gamers into steering the Pac-Man for hours by way of its mazes on the hunt for ghostly tidbits.
The long-lasting Pac-Man adorns T-shirts and different merchandise and impressed animation exhibits, a breakfast cereal and even the nickname for Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.
The thought for Pac-Man’s design got here from the picture of a pizza with a slice carved out. Nakamura reportedly selected the phrase “Pac,” or “pakku” in Japanese, to symbolize the sound of the Pac-Man munching its prey.
“Pac-Man is a gamer pleasant recreation with tons of cute characters and that’s why it was liked for such a very long time,” Iwatani stated in 2015 at a New York purple carpet premiere of “Pixels,” that featured Pac-Man creatures and featured him in a cameo position.
The sport began out as an arcade merchandise after which was at first performed on the Nintendo Household Pc house console. It since has been tailored for cellphones, PlayStation and Xbox codecs.
Different hits from Namco embrace driving simulation video games like “Ridge Racer” and a drumming recreation.
Nakamura was a key participant in Bandai Namco’s international progress. His pet saying was that his firm delivered diversified and complete leisure. He took delight in having enjoyable and video games for his job.
The corporate reported Nakamura’s dying however wouldn’t touch upon its trigger or different private particulars, citing his household’s needs. A personal wake and funeral have been held for the household, however a separate memorial is being deliberate, Bandai-Namco stated.