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(UPDATE) MASAYA NAKAMURA FOUNDER OF NAMCO, DIES AT 91



      Masaya Nakamura, founder of Namco, passed away on January 22, at the age of 91. Bandai Namco made the announcement today, after his funeral had been held, at Nakamura’s request. Nakamura’s company has made many contributions to the gaming world, and we wish his friends and family well.




BRIEF HISTORY
Masaya Nakamura born on 24 December 1925 was the founder of Namco, the third largest video game developing entity in Japan. The Japanese government awarded Nakamura the “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette” in their Spring Conferment of Decorations for his contribution to Japanese industry.
After Namco bought the film studio Nikkatsu in 1993, Nakamura became involved in film production and was credited as executive producer on a number of Nikkatsu movies. He also made an appearance in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as a hidden playable character.
Mr. Nakamura was inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, Iowa at The Big Bang Gaming Extravaganza, which took place from August 5-8, 2010. Pac-Man was also inducted and honored at a party celebrating his 30th birthday. Mr. Nakamura acknowledged his induction via a video feed. Pac-Man was present in Ottumwa for the festivities.


MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

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