'Father of Pac-Man' Masaya Nakamura dies at 91

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  • Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017

Japanese Toy and game software maker Bandai Namco Holdings said on Jan 30 that its founder Masaya Nakamura, known as "Father of PAC-MAN", a hit monster-eating game in the 1980s, has died at the age of 91.

Nakamura, who has served as a top adviser of the company, died on Jan 22, the company said in a statement. The cause of his death was not made available.

PAC-MAN went on sale in 1980 and proved a big hit in and outside of Japan, prompting Guinness World Records to name it the world's most successful arcade game.

Nakamura founded the predecessor of Namco in 1955, which started off with operating two electrically-powered rocking horses atop a department store in Yokohama, south-east of Tokyo.

He took up the post of top adviser of the holdings company when it was formed in 2005 through merger of Namco and Bandai. – Reuters

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