It was a sad day that reflected on my own age when Nakamura passed away. It reminded me how much time I spent as a boy playing PacMan and all the variations. So I decided to make this picture as a way to say thank you for all the memories, may you rest in peace.
Masaya Nakamura was a Japanese businessman and founder of Namco, initially an amusement ride manufacturing company, but which grew under Nakamura’s leadership into the third largest video game developing entity in Japan during the 1970s and 1980s. Nakamura helped to usher in Namco’s growing video game division for arcade games, leading to numerous successes including Toru Iwatani’s Pac-Man, which remains the highest-grossing arcade game worldwide; for his leadership in directing the company to this success, Nakamura is considered “the father of Pac-Man”.
Nakamura stepped down as Namco’s CEO in 2002 and took a ceremonial role in the company’s management, three years before Namco merged with Bandai, forming Bandai Namco. Nakamura was awarded the “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette” by the Japanese government in 2007 for his contributions to Japanese industry.
Born: Dec 24, 1925 · Tokyo
Died: Jan 22, 2017