Turn up the nostalgia with Sega’s best soundtracks on Spotify

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Need a distraction from the stresses of your working week? Want to take a trip back to a simpler times? Well, Sega has made #throwbackthursday…. everyday!! Sega have added the official soundtracks to some of your childhood favourites to its official Spotify channel. You heard it!
Sonic the Hedgehog - Green Hill Zone Act 1
It’s now released nearly 20 classic soundtracks from the ’80s and ’90s onto streaming site Spotify, including OutRun, Virtua Fighter, Super Hang-On, Alex Kidd as well as Sonic the Hedgehog. This playlist hasn’t just filled our office with chiptune joy, it has created a fun guessing game for the secret Sega fans in our office. Could you recognize the music from Sonic’s Green Hill Zone? Or recognize the soundtrack to Alex Kidd swimming? We can now… Give it a try, you may surprise yourself!!
Alex Kidd Swimming Level
There are loads of albums to choose from and all are begging your inner child to give them a listen.

“Father of Pac-Man” Dies

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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