Hiroshi Ono, the legendary artist behind Pac-Man and much more, passes away

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Sad day for the video game industry. Namco artist Hiroshi ‘Mr Dotman’ Ono, most famous for his work on Pac-Man, has died after “A long illness”, as can be read on the developer’s official Twitter page. The official note informs that despite the fact that “he has been fighting” to recover, he passed away on October 16.

Ono came to form part of Namco’s staff in 1979 and he stayed with the company until 2013, long after the merger with Bandai took place. Not only was he in charge of designing the graphics and logo for Pac-Man, one of the great classics of the Japanese company, but he is also responsible for the visual aspect of games such as Galaga, Xevious and Mappy, among many others. In addition, throughout all these years, his talent has been used for the design of numerous logos.

Words of tribute from legendary people in the industry

Several mythical figures in the sector have wanted to share a few words of affection and tribute. Yuzo Koshiro, composer of Streets of Rage, has shown an image with some of his designs and has written the following: “My 15-year-old daughter found this and said with a smile a while ago, ‘I love the red cat, it is! so cute! ‘. I was very impressed. His pixel art not only inspired my generation in a notorious way, but it has also managed to survive the test of time. I know they will miss you too, DEP, Hiroshi Ono-san, aka Mr. Dotman. “

Koshiro also recalled that the book All About Namco, by Demba Shinbun Corp, collected in 1985 many of his “Excellent pixel art designs.” According to the musician, “anyone in the industry would have been amazed by his masterpieces.” This book was discontinued, but was reissued last year again.

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We pray for your soul. Thank you very much, Mr. Hiroshi Ono “, has written Kazuhiro Harada, creator of Tekken, in a very solemn tone. Shortly after, he has published a photograph of the Bandai Namco offices, in which Pac-Man has a lot of presence (photo on these lines).

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