|Pac-Man - as released by|
Midway for the US market
In 2016, the website US Gamer named Pac-Man the highest grossing arcade game of all time (its spin off game, Ms Pac-Man came in at number 4).
Anyone who has played the game will not be terribly surprised - it is a very addictive game.
|Today Pac-Man and his ghostly nemesis are as |
likely to be found in fashion stores as games
- the above all come from Anya Hindmarch
He established Nakamura Amusement Machine Manufacturing Company (better known as Namco) in 1956.
The company started as two mechanical horse rides on a department store rooftop but went on to become one of the leading pioneers in the video game industry. Pac-Man is one of the company's most famous creations but by no means their only game.
|Fun fact: The shape of Pac-Man|
was apparently inspired by a pizza with a slice missing.
Pac-Man's popularity was fuelled by the fact that its non-violent maze/puzzle structure was at odds with most other Street Fighter style arcade games of the time and, significantly, this led to it having broad appeal with both male and female gamers.
Pac-Man has become something of a cult figure both within and outside the computer gaming world. Mr Nakamura, as Pac-Man's "father" was essential in making Pac-Man happen.