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Missing the days of Pac-Man and Frogger? Retro gaming is making its return

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Today's video games may boast photorealistic graphics, surround sound and worldwide multiplayer support, but many still long for the days when games were simple. You know, when a game didn't require more than a joystick and a button or two? Perhaps it's no surprise, many are buying cabinets for the home, including replicas of classic coin-operated ("coin-op") games and pinball machines. "Simple games that are'quick to learn but difficult to master' have a special addictive quality that we tried for when designing them with our limited graphic palette," recalls Nolan Bushnell, who established Atari and Pong in the '70s, and shortly thereafter, founded Chuck E. Cheese (smartly, as a distribution channel for Atari games). "Often games are for turning off your mind and entering kind of a Zen state."


Nintendo Switch Arcade Games: 'Pac-Man,' 'Dig Dug' And More Releasing This Summer

International Business Times

More games are coming to the Nintendo Switch this summer. Among the titles that players should watch out for are Namco's classic arcade games from the '80s. The Japanese video game developer and publisher has just announced that it is a releasing a compilation of its famous games on Nintendo's new console. On Tuesday, Namco announced via a YouTube-uploaded video that it is launching "Namco Museum" this summer. The new compilation is said to bring the classic arcade games to the console hybrid.


Japanese arcade pioneer and 'Father of Pac-Man' dies

FOX News

TOKYO – Masaya Nakamura, the "Father of Pac-Man" who founded the Japanese video game company behind the hit creature-gobbling game, has died. Nakamura, who died on Jan. 22, founded Namco, part of Bandai Namco, in 1955. It started out as just two mechanical horse rides on a department store rooftop but went on to pioneer game arcades and amusement parks. Bandai Namco, formed in 2005 from a merger of two game companies, confirmed Monday that Nakamura had died. Pac-Man, designed by Namco engineer and video game maker Toru Iwatani, went on sale in 1980, at a time when there were few rival games, such as Space Invaders.


Masaya Nakamura, the 'Father of "Pac-Man"' and gaming pioneer, dies at 91

Los Angeles Times

Masaya Nakamura, the "Father of'Pac-Man'" who founded the Japanese video game company behind the hit creature-gobbling game, has died. Nakamura, who died on Jan. 22, founded Namco, part of Bandai Namco, in 1955. It started out as just two mechanical horse rides on a department store rooftop but went on to pioneer game arcades and amusement parks. Bandai Namco, formed in 2005 from a merger of two game companies, confirmed Monday that Nakamura had died. "Pac-Man," designed by Namco engineer and video game maker Toru Iwatani, went on sale in 1980, at a time when there were few rival games, such as "Space Invaders."


The best free and inexpensive mobile games

Engadget

If you're a gamer on a budget, you don't have to drop hundreds of dollars on a console or $60 a pop on the latest triple-A titles. Chances are you already have a fantastic gaming machine in your pocket: your smartphone. While you won't get the graphics of a high-end PC or the community of PSN, your phone can scratch that gaming itch for a fraction of the price. Smartphones are especially powerful these days, making them ripe for a massive number of legitimate gaming experiences. You'll be able to find console ports available for far less money than on a PS4, Switch or Xbox, as well as mobile-only titles that can be just as fun (if not more) than anything you'll find at Best Buy or GameStop.