Masaya Nakamura, known as the “Father of Pac-Man”, and founder of the Japanese video game company Namco has sadly passed away aged 91. Nakamura, who died on Jan 22, founded Namco back in 1955 and from its humble beginnings, it rose to be one of the largest video game companies in the world. Its biggest and most notable game is without a doubt Pac-Man. The original Pac-Man game was designed by Namco engineer and video game maker Toru Iwatani. Originally going on sale in 1980, it was an instant hit thanks to the fact there were few rival games around at that time. The yellow circle with the huge mouth was a massive hit. The game originally started out as an arcade item and then went on to be played on the Nintendo Family Computer home console. It since has been adapted for cell phones, PlayStation and Xbox formats.
Nakamura was a key player in Namco to the very end, even after the merger that changed the brand to Bandai Namco in 2005. His pet saying was ‘that his company delivered varied and total entertainment’. And it most certainly did that, with some of the craziest games to ever grace a console coming from themselves. He took pride in having fun and making fun games as part of his job.
The company reported Nakamura’s death but citing his family’s wishes, no other information was released. A private wake and funeral were held for the family, but a separate memorial is being planned, Bandai-Namco said.