Pac-Man Father Dies at 91


Masaya Nakamura, the famous Japanese founder of Namco, a well renowned games company, has died at the age of 91.

The most famous game of all that had been released by Nakamura was Pac-Man, which had been originally designed by an engineer from Namco called Toru Iwatani.

Iwatani was a game maker and in the year 1980 Pac-Man was released into the game market, with numbers showing that it had been played as much as 10 billion times.

Nakamura first founded the Namco Company back in 1955. The department store had first contained nothing except two mechanical horse rides.

Later on an invention of games took place as well as the creation of amusement parks.

Guinness World Record

According to the Guinness World Records, Pac-Man is considered to be the most successful game in the arcade world that is operated by coins.

Although the game does not involve any type of violence, game players were instantly hooked into it as they attempted to keep on trying to get the famous Pac-Man around the maze to collect prizes and avoid the other creatures.

The Pac-Man went on to spread towards merchandise such as t-shirts, as well as even influencing a nickname for boxer Manny Pacquiao from the Philippines.

Starting With the Pizza

Originally the roots for the idea of the Pac-Man had started due to an image that was seen of a pizza with one slice missing from it.

Nakamura then decided to use the word Pac, which is ‘pakku’ in Japanese, which represented the sound of the prey in the game being eaten by the Pac-Man.

In 2015 game maker Iwatani explained why Pac-Man became such a hit to people all over the world.

“Pac-Man is a gamer friendly game with tons of cute characters,” adding that these simple factors made it such an attraction to several game players.