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    The founding father of one of the pillars of the gaming industry has been lost.

    Bandai Namco has released the news that Masaya Nakamura passed away on Sunday, January 22 at the age of 91. The news of his death was withheld until after the services at the request of the deceased. A “Farewell Gathering” to remember Nakamura is planned for a later date.

    It was in 1955 that Nakamura established Nakamura Manufacturing, and later renamed it to Nakamura Amusement Machine Manufacturing Company or “Namco.” The company later merged with Bandai in 2005.

    Many figures of the gaming industry are mourning his loss and expressing their sorrow, like Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada who said in a tweet: " I'm in shock. From the time I joined he was like a god for me. I wish your soul rest in peace".

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  3. Sonic Angel Knight

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    OH GOSH. Namco you too? :(
     
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    Well, people tend to die sooner or later, specially when they are above 90.
    I mean, it is more of a "oh, well", than a "oh my god!"
     
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    Oh man...
    I used to play a lot of Namco games when I was 5, Pac-Man, Mappy, Galaga, Dig Dug...
    May he rest in peace.
     
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    this is whats going to suck about time progression, the heroes that made my childhood wont be around to show my kids the same joy i felt
     
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    RIP, nice age luckily.
     
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    Hopefully they put him in Tekken 7 :)
     
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    What about another hip hop rapper? :P
     
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    Rest in PAC-Land, Mr. Nakamura :cry:. We will always miss you and admire what you have done for the video game industry.
     
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    Tales of Symphonia, Splatterhouse 3, thank you so much for these games and the joy they brought to me.

    May you rest in peace.
     
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    At 91, shouldn't be a shock to anyone... RIP though
     
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    You truly were a legend in the industry having founded one of the priemer gaming companies. You will be missed.
     
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  14. He lived on for 91 years that is an achievement in itself to live for so long and if I hadn't read the age, I'd say he was 60-70 because he for sure took care of himself! Rest in peace, Mr. Nakamura.
     
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    Rest in Peace Nakamura , Thank you for everything !

    I'll always love Namco, mainly because of the Tales series my most beloved game series.
     
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    I think I'll only play Namco/Bandi Namco games today. Sad, but he lived a full life and helped make video games into the beast the industry is today.

    I agree that it isn't a "Oh my god, no one coulda seen this coming!" type thing, but death really isn't ever an "oh well" kinda thing either. Ya know what mean?
     
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    RIP Masaya Nakamura


    Tell Klonoa I said hi.
     
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    This is pretty much the only noteworthy news about Namco recently.

    RIP Masaya Nakamura and his legacy.
     
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    Tales of Berseria just came out, Tekken 7 is about to.
     
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    91 is a nice long life, still sucks though
     
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