Namco Founder Masaya Nakamura, 'Father of Pac-Man,' Passes Away at 91

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Japanese toy maker Bandai Co President Takeo Takasu (R), holding the company's "Gundam" figure, poses for photographers with Masaya Nakamura (C), chairman and founder of videogame company Namco Ltd, creator of "Pac-Man", and Vice-Chairman Kyushiro Takagi at a news conference in Tokyo May 2, 2005. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/File Photo

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Masaya Nakamura, the founder of famed video game company Namco, has died at the age of 91. This news comes by way of an announcement made by Namco Bandai

Having founded Namco in 1955, Nakamura started with two mechanical horse rides on the roof of a Japanese department store. From there, Nakamura grew his company to include manufacturing other amusements, including creating mechanical games.

Namco didn’t become the video game giant we know today until the late 70s. The company would buy the distribution rights for Atari games in Japan, with Namco manufacturing arcade cabinets for people to play the games on.

Namco would quickly get into creating original games as well. Gee Bee was the first game from Namco, releasing in 1978. Although success would come from games like Galaxian, it was 1980’s Pac-Man from Toru Iwatani that really cemented Namco as the company we know today. Best wishes to Nakamura’s family and all those affected by his passing.