Fa­ther of Pac-Man Passes Away at 91

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Leg­endary ar­cade en­tre­pre­neur Masaya Naka­mura known as the fa­ther of rev­o­lu­tion­ary videogame Pac-Man passed away at the age of 91. Masaya Naka­mura, who founded Namco, the Ja­panese com­pany be­hind the wildly pop­u­lar dot-munch­ing video game, in 1955, will re­ceive a pri­vate wake and fu­neral. Ac­cord­ing to CNN, Naka­mura died on Jan­uary 22, how­ever the com­pany an­nounced his death on Mon­day. Pac-Man was de­signed by video game en­gi­neer Toru Iwatani and re­leased in 1980 to ador­ing au­di­ences. The game sold more than 100,000 units in its first year in the US and was named the world’s most-suc­cess­ful coin-op­er­ated video game by Guin­ness World Records in 1981. The com­pany es­ti­mates PacMan has been played more than 10 bil­lion times.

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