Pacman

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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Here at TruffleShuffle.com we have become slightly addicted to Draw Something this week! For any of you not yet in the know about this new craze that is our latest obsession, basically it is an online form of the drawing game Pictionary. You are given a word and while you draw it on your phone screen or computer your friends have to guess the word you are drawing (well, trying!)

We thought our efforts were pretty good till we found these amazing masterpieces which quite frankly make our ‘pictures’ look more like colourful scribbles!

Drawsome Drawings on Tumblr has an awesome gallery dedicated to Draw Something works of art so we thought we would share some of our favourites with you including Lion King, Hello Kitty, Darth Vader, Pokemon and Superman hopefully inspire your future Draw Something creations!

We also found this amazing collection of Drawsome Batman inspired pics, including Batman and PacMan, Batman and Mario - click here to see what else Batman has been getting up to in the world of Draw Something!

We can’t help thinking that if we were playing with some of these fab artists, the guessing part would become a whole lot easier!

Have you been caught by the Draw Something bug yet? Why not share some of your pictures or like us see if you can now get Batman in every one you do?!!

Happy drawing Trufflers xoxo

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