As an old school gamer, I’ve always been fond of the classic Atari and early 80s arcade games. Yet I’ll admit, I really don’t appreciate them as much as I used to. Sure, the nostalgia is there, but it usually has to come back to me in a remastered way or by seeing a Ms Pac-Man, Pole Position or Galaga arcade machine.
Today, I feel pretty bad. As the man who created Pac-Man has passed away. To me, he was never an idol nor a familiar face, like Mr Miyamoto from Mario Bros and Nintendo fame or Hideo Kojima from Metal Gear. But he brought memories into my life that I’ll never forget. From the day I first begged my mom to let me play the Ms Pac-Man arcade cabinet. Only to have her join in and take turns playing the game. To the days of trying to top my oldest brother’s records, even though I was sneaking into his room and putting my name on his leaderboard.
Mr. Nakamura, rest in peace sir. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR CREATIONS WITH US!!
(You can read the excerpt of the article below, with a link to the full article. Courtesy of Arstechnica.)
P.S. PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION IS SUPER ADDICTIVE!!!
“Masaya Nakamura, the founder of Japanese video game company Namco, has died at age 91. Nakamura is widely known as the ‘Father of Pac-Man’ for his role in bringing the arcade classic—created by designer Toru Iwatani in 1980—to Japan and to the US via a licensing deal with Midway.
Nakamura originally founded the company as Nakamura Manufacturing, selling coin-operated children’s rides to a department store in Yokohama, Japan. He later changed the name of the company to Nakamura Amusement Machine Manufacturing Company (NAMMCo!) and began producing electromechanical arcade machines like 1976’s Namco F-1.
Namco hit the big time when Nakamura shrewdly purchased the struggling Atari Japan from owner Nolan Bushnell for $500,000—far higher than the $80,000 offered by Sega. The deal granted Namco an exclusive license to distribute Atari’s games in Japan for ten years and led to the development and release of original games such as Gee Bee and Galaxian.”
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