It was today revealed that Masaya Nakamura, the founder of Namco has passed away at age 91.

Nakamura was one of the first people to develop the gaming industry in Japan, establishing Nakamura Manufacturing in 1955 to develop an amusement-ride company.

This later turned into the Nakamura Amusement Machine Manufacturing Company or Namco for short, shortly after which, the company was merged with Bandi in 2005, and the rest is gaming legacy.

Nakamura was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun in 2007 by the eJapanese government for these achievements in gaming, providing people around the world with access to great amusements and games.

You may know him for Pac-Man, which was one of Namco’s most important creations, but they also created a number of great arcade hits, including Galaxian, Galaga, Pole Position, and Xevious.

In their release, Namco Bandi revealed that Nakamura passed away on January 22nd, however, they only made the new public today in respect of his family.

You can read their full release at the source link below, however, be warned, it is in Japanese.

Source: Namco Bandi

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