Namco founder Masaya Namakura has died aged 91. A major player in the arcade game world, he was best known for releasing Pac-Man, a game he named.
The company took its name from Nakamura Amusement Machine Manufacturing Company, having originally been Nakamura Manufacturing. It began with just a pair of mechanical horse rides but went on to be one of the pioneers of coin-op games after buying out Atariâ€™s Japanese subsidiary. The purchase included the Japanese distribution rights to Atariâ€™s games in Japan for 10 years, something Nakamura exploited by opening arcades.
Although the company had released other games beforehand, including Galaxian (the first with multi-color graphics,) it was 1980â€™s Pac-Man that became the most famous. Toru Iwatani designed the game, but Nakamura is credited with naming the character, taking the name from Japanese term â€œpakkuâ€, which both describes and audibly resembles the action of repeatedly gobbling food.
In 2007 Nakamura was honored by the Japanese governments for his contributions to the business world.
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