Farewell to the “Father of Pac-Man”

Masaya Nakamura, the founder of Namco—the Japanese company that was responsible for arcade classics like Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man, Galaga and others—has died at 91 years old. Initially called Nakamura Manufacturing, the company was founded way back in 1955 and eventually merged with Bandai in 2005 (creating its current iteration as Bandai Namco). Nakamura’s passing and funeral were kept private, yet his legacy was (and will …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Night vision eyedrops, Earth's endangered soil and the science behind comfort food all in this week's picks

1. IKEA’s Shelters for Refugees IKEA is providing the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with 10,000 flat-pack Better Shelters as part of an ongoing collaboration through its Housing for All Foundation. After initially being tested by 40 refugee families, the Better Shelters were upgraded with a solar panel, lamp, windows, ventilation and a locking door—earning them praise as a “milestone in democratic design.” They …

Play Pac-Man on Google Maps

Stop what you’re doing and head over to Google Maps because, for a limited time, Google is turning your neighborhood streets into the 8-bit world of Pac-Man. You can activate the new feature by clicking on the Pac-Man button in the lower left corner, which instantly turns your map into the classic arcade game—complete with Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde. This hack is available for …