It’s a sad day for gamers around the world. Masaya Nakamura, the founder and owner of Namco, considered by many the father of the immortal Pac-Man, has passed away at 91. Fans from around the globe are expected to pay tribute to the man who helped shape the video game industry.
To some, Masaya Nakamura was just an enterprising businessman from Japan, but, for others, he was the man who made our fantasies come true. For those of you who don’t know who Masaya Nakamura was, here are some of the Nakamura’s proudest achievements.
Born on the 25th of December 1925, Masaya Nakamura was long considered a visionary when it came to the video game industry. The man, who would later reshape the industry in his own image, found his company in 1955.
Named Nakamura Manufacturing, the man’s company dealt exclusively in mechanical entertainment systems for children. According to Nakamura’s biography, the company was opened in a modest department store located in Tokyo.
The young and enterprising business man rented the department store’s roof, on which he places various children’s mechanical games. However, that was only the beginning of what we know today as Bandai Namco.
After his initial success, Masaya Nakamura decided to expand his business. Several other stores bearing the name of Nakamura Manufacturing were opened, and, in 1958, the man’s company was officially recognized by the Japanese government.
In order to keep up the pace with the times, Nakamura decided to rename his company. As a result, the arcade games company was renamed Nakamura Manufacturing Company. However, the company’s founder thought that the new name does not reflect his vision, and decided to rebrand the company once again.
As a result, Masaya Nakamura changed the company’s name from Nakamura Manufacturing to the more impressive Nakamura Amusement Machine Manufacturing Company. But, as fate would have it, the new name Nakamura chose was far too long, and so he decided to call it Namco.
The company became what we know today as Bandai Namco, after a successful merger which took place in 2005. For his contribution to Japan’s industry, Masaya Nakamura was awarded the Order to the Rising Sun by the Japanese government and a place of honor the company.
Nakamura is also considered the father of Pac-Man, and, according to his biography, he became the executive producers of many Japanese movies, after he bought the Nikkatsu film studio in 1993.
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