Masaya Nakamura was responsible for the world's most popular arcade, console, and mobile device game.
(CCM) — Masaya Nakamura, the founder of the video game company Namco and the man known as "the father of Pac-Man," has died at the age of 91, according to an NBC News report. Namco was the company behind the hugely popular Pac-Man video game, which features a yellow circle with a huge mouth running around a maze munching dots and fleeing from ghosts. The idea for the Pac-Man character reportedly came from a pizza which had had a single sliced removed, and Nakamura chose the name Pac as it represented the sound that Pac-Man makes as he careers around the maze.
The game is estimated to have been played more than 10 billion times since it was launched in 1980, and the Guinness Book of Records has named it as the world's most successful coin-operated arcade game, according to the report. Pac-Man spawned a number of derivative games, such as Ms. Pac-Man, Jr. Pac-Man, and Baby Pac-Man, and has been ported from the original arcade machine to personal computers, home and portable game consoles, and mobile phones. In 2005, Namco joined forces with Bandai and released popular video games including Tekken, Ridge Racer, and Soulcalibur.
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