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Sad news all you retro gamers out there. Masaya Nakamura, the founder of Namco and the man known as the “Father of Pac-Man,” has sadly died at the age of 91.

Nakamura founded Namco waaaay back in 1955 when they originally ran children’s rides with two mechanical horses on the roof of a department store.

The soon to be gaming icon later expanded into the world of arcade games in the 1970s with Gee Bee and Galaxian in 1978 and 1979. However, it was Pac-Man, released in 1980, that came to define his legacy, going on to become a fixture in popular culture and a household name.

The idea for the game, came from the image of a pizza with a slice carved out and Nakamura reportedly chose the word “Pac” to represent the munching of the Pac-Man devouring its prey.

Launched at a time when there were few rival games, such as Space Invaders, Nakamura was one of the people credited with launching the Japanese videogame industry. In addition to retro icon Pac-Man, Namco also released other arcade classics like Dig Dug, Pole Position, and, of course, Ms. Pac-Man.

In 2008, Guinness World Records named it the world’s most successful coin-operated arcade game. It is estimated to have been played more than 10 billion times. Pretty sure we’re responsible for a large chunk of that!

Nakamura sadly died on January 22 which was confirmed by Namco. He will be greatly missed and his mark on the world left behind if truly profound.

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Retro telly fans! We’ve just caught wind of some pretty big news here at Truffle Towers which miiiiight just get a few tongues wagging.

Yep, it seems the beloved 80s Stephen J. Cannell classic The A-Team is set for a reboot from the people at 20th Century Fox. They like to play it safe huh!

Originally running from 1983 to 1987, The A-Team was THEEE show of the time with more stunts and crashes than you could shake a stick at, iconic catchphrases, guest star appearances and one of the coolest vans ever created!

Teaming up with the Fast & Furious writer-producer Chris Morgan, this reboot will once again revolve around a diverse team of American Special Forces operatives, but this time with both male and female members to help jazz is up a bit. The group has been framed for a crime they didn’t commit and set out to clear their names by uncovering the black-ops conspiracy that set them up. Usual stuff.

As always, they will discover people in need along the way who they can lend a helping hand the best way they know how.

As soon as we can uncover more about cast and dates we’ll let you know!

So what do you think folks? Would you watch and who would you pick to play this iconic team?

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