Toru Iwatani and “Puck Man”

Morning Cynics. Everyone sleep well? Me neither. Let’s see what we can find on the web today. Let’s start with Toru Iwatani:

Tōru Iwatani (born January 25, 1955) was a video game designer in the 1980s, and created one of the most popular arcade games of all time, Puck-man, better known by its American title Pac-man.

Iwatani was born in the Meguro ward of Tokyo, Japan. He joined the computer software company Namco in 1977, where he started his career in the video game business. There, he came up with the idea for a game called “Puck-Man” and in 1980, he, along with programmer Hideyuki Mokajima and three other Namco employees, finished the game. It was released to the Japanese public on May 10 of that year, where it became a huge success. It caught the attention of arcade-game manufacturer Midway, who bought the United States rights for the game and released the game in the U.S. as “Pac-Man”, for fear that kids may deface a Puck Man cabinet by changing the ‘P’ to an ‘F’.