‘Father Of Pac-Man’ Dies

‘Father Of Pac-Man’ Dies

Masaya Nakamura, the founder of an innovative Japanese entertainment company that invented the video game Pac-Man, has died. He was 91.

The Associated Press reported Monday that game maker Bandai Namco, which includes the company Nakamura founded in 1955, confirmed his death, which occurred Jan. 22 2017. Company officials did not reveal a cause, The New York Times reported.

Nakamuras company, Namco, introduced Pac-Man in 1980, as the video game industry was in its infancy.The game became an instant hit with arcade players, who enjoyed racking up points by moving a chomping, circular Pac-Man around a board with an insatiable appetite to eat gold balls and elude ghosts.

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Pac-Man characters eating gold power pills

Versions of Pac-Man were later made for home-gaming systems like Nintendo. Its popularity led to Pac-Man-themed merchandise and apparel, a short-lived animated television series, and spinoff games like Ms. Pac Man.

Nintendo, which worked with Namco for years, tweeted a tribute to Nakamura on Monday.

Nakamura Manufacturing originally operated mechanical rides at a Tokyo department store. The company, later renamed Namco, partnered with the retail chain that wanted childrens rides in all of its locations. In the 1970s, Namco delved into video games with Galaxian, a shooter game, and acquired Atari Japan.

Namco engineer Toru Iwatani invented Pac-Man, but it was reportedly Nakamura who came up with the name. Pac is short for pakku, which in Japanese denotes a munching sound.

The A.V. Club reported an alternate history of the games creation. It said Nakamura renamed the creation Pac-Man after recognizing that the original title, Puck Man, would inevitably lead vandals to deface the arcade game by replacing the P with an F.

In 2005, Namco merged with Bandai, forming a huge company specializing in toys, video games, and amusement facilities. It reported sales of 575.5 billion yen in 2016 more than $5 billion by the current exchange rate.

Nakamura held an honorary position with the company until his death, C-Net reported.

Nakamura, born in 1925, studied shipbulidng at the Yokahama Institute of Technology.

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Video game maker Namco President Masaya Nakamura speaks during the Asahi Shimbun interview at the company headquarters on June 27, 1992 in Tokyo, Japan

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So why are we talking about the demise of the Father of PacMan in an article written in January 2017, when it is in fact, October 2017.

The only reason is for this challenge the blog Author has set himself of a blog-post per day up until Christmas Eve 2017, which could be quite a challenge !

‘Blade Runner’ falls below box office expectations to horror flick

‘Blade Runner’ falls below box office expectations to horror flick

‘ Blade Runner 2049’ takes goal at ticket office’s leading area.

Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford’s futuristic follow-up to the sci-fi classic leads today’s list of brand-new films and Blade Runner 2049 is out now at The Hebden Bridge Picture House, well until this coming Thursday 2nd November 2017, please take a look at the Program here for a full list of what is on there.

The box office may be struggling this year.

This weekend the” Groundhog Day”- like scary pic” Happy Death Day” scored a first-place surface, going beyond expectations and blowing the much more expensive and star-driven “Blade Runner 2049 “from the water.

Studio approximates Sunday reveal” Happy Death Day” took in$ 26.5 million from 3,149 North American theaters. With a$ 5million production price, “Happy Death Day” is currently a hit.

With a PG-13 ranking, the movie scored huge with more youthful audiences– 63 percent were under 25.

It’s the current success story from Blumhouse Productions, which previously — this year launched “Split “and” Get Out,” with the aid of Universal Pictures, which dispersed.

Jim Orr, executive vice president of domestic circulation for Universal, stated” Happy Death Day” is an initial movie that’s reimaging the category.

“It’s as much thriller as it is a scary movie. It’s frightening, its amusing, and it has an extremely smart script that is extremely well performed,” Orr stated.” Blumhouse owns this area no doubt about it, and they do this much better than anyone regularly.”

The movie likewise had the advantage of beginning the heels of the huge success of” It, “which has actually made$ 314.9 million locally to this day. The” Happy Death Day” trailer played in front of “It” at theaters, which” significantly increased “audience awareness, stated comScore senior media expert Paul Dergarabedian.

Horror continues to be among the intense areas throughout a roller-coaster year at package workplace.

” This is a scary gold rush at the theaters,” Dergarabedian stated.” It’s been maybe the most regularly favorable story this year.”

One movie that does not look predestined for a delighted ending is “Blade Runner 2049,” which fell 54 percent in its 2nd weekend in theaters, including$15.1 million to bring its domestic overall to$ 60.6 million.

The movie was a pricey undertaking with a production cost north of $150 million and was well-reviewed by critics. It could not handle to draw in considerable audiences beyond the fans of the 1982 initial, which was likewise a flop upon release.

Jackie Chan’s “The Foreigner” debuted in 3rd location with $12.8 million from 2,515 screens, while” It” landed in 4th location in its 6th weekend in theaters.

The Kate Winslet and Idris Elba catastrophe pic “The Mountain Between United States” completed the leading 5 with $5.7 million.

Other brand-new releases landed outside the leading ten. The Thurgood Marshall biopic “Marshall “took in an appealing$ 3 million from 821 theaters.

” Marshall is off to a strong start,” stated Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg in a declaration.” We anticipate Marshall to hold effectively and run well into the fall.”

But the Wonder Woman developer biopic” Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman “cannot capitalize from the huge success of” Wonder Woman” previously this year. The movie made just$ 737,000 from over 1,200 areas.

” Goodbye Christopher Robin,” about author A.A. Milne and the development of the precious kids’s characters and books, likewise left to a bad start with$ 56,000 from 9 theaters.

” October is off to a sluggish start,” Dergarabedian stated.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, inning accordance with comScore. Where readily available, the current worldwide numbers for Friday through Sunday are likewise consisted of. Last domestic figures will be launched Monday.

1. “Happy Death Day, “$ 26.5 million($ 5 million worldwide ).

2.” Blade Runner 2049,”$ 15.1 million($ 29.3 million global).

3.” The Foreigner,” $12.8 million ($ 5.2 million global).

4.” It,” $6.1 million ($ 10.4 million worldwide).

5.” The Mountain Between United States,”$ 5.7 million ($ 4.1 million worldwide).

6.” American Made,”$ 5.4 million($ 3.2million worldwide).

7.” Kingsman: The Golden Circle,”$ 5.3 million( $15.6 million global).

8.” The Lego Ninjago Movie,”$ 4.3 million ($ 9.5 million global).

9.” My Little Pony: The Movie,”$ 4 million($ 4.9 million worldwide ).

10.” Victoria and Abdul,”$ 3.1 million($ 1.9 million worldwide).

Pumpkin Carving and Festival

Pumpkin Carving and Festival

We have written about the massively talented local carving folk called Sand in Your Eye who create the most amazing Sculptures from Sand. Well now they have turned their hands to Pumpkins and there have been Pumpkin related events all week. Both Silly Billy’s Toy shop and Homely at Hebden have had bespoke Pumpkins carved by a local artist, Sally, images below.

Yesterday morning The Sand in Your Eye folk were  busy preparing and carving Pumpkins in the square in Hebden Bridge, ready for Sunday’s (tomorrow’s) mammoth day of Pumpkin related events, and throughout the day you can walk around Hebden Bridge on the pumpkin trail. Spotting displays from Sand in Your Eye and fab window displays in shops, cafes, bars, and community groups!
Pumkin Carving
There will be music from Hebden Radio and Oxjam all through the day, face painting, stalls and much more. So come to Hebden Bridge and visit Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and Homely at Hebden in Old Gate, HX7 6EN

This is what will be happening throughout Sunday 29th October 2017

At 2pm there will be a Live Carve Display in St Georges Square, Hebden Bridge.
There will be free Family Workshops in the Town Hall – Please bring your own pumpkin.
You can also brring your own carved pumpkins to the Town Hall to enter the pumkin carving competiton.

At 3pm there will be story-telling of How to Trick a Boggart Trail with Ursula Holden Gill

At 5pm Everyone to meet to enjoy the evening entertainment and join the pumpkin trail. at Bridgegate Car Park.
Live performances from Mr Wilsons Second Liners and Bazzmatazz.

At 6pm the Pumpkin Parade begins.

Bring you own carved pumpkins and join the parade! Fancy dress is optional, but hey it is Halloween (nearly!), we still have fake blood, fangs, and lots of fantastic Halloween Face paint at Silly Billy’s, why not have a look at our Halloween Pinterest Board

Competiton winners for the best window display, best carved pumpkins will be announced after the parade.

Please remember to only light pumpkins with LEDs no real candles. Bring your own or you can purchase them on the day from us, with donations to the Mayors Charity.

Make sure you join in with us in Hebden Bridge for a perfectly horrible Hebden Halloween !!

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LEGO Star Wars Episode 8 and More News

LEGO Star Wars Episode 8 and More News

This morning we received some of our exciting Christmas 2017 items here at Silly Billy’s. It seems that Christmas gets earlier every year and for us as the premier Toy Retailer in the North of England we have to put our Christmas orders in with the LEGO Group in the Spring !!

At the time of writing we have the very exciting LEGO Star Wars Episode 8 already on the shelf, ahead of the Competition. LEGO Star Wars is always a popular line here at Silly Billy’s so pop in and have a look at the all new LEGO Star Wars Episode 8.

LEGO Star Wars Episode 8 Facebook Post

Other News

We are approaching the last two weeks of the School Summer Holidays, the Summer hasn’t been very kind so far and as usual the weather in Hebden Bridge has been somewhat on the dire side.
We have been quite busy re-stocking and our Dolls Selection was hit quite hard though now we are back to the full compliment of Dolls including Mia at £9.99, and Isabella in her car seat. Yesterday Talking Tammy and Little Treasure from Doll’s World also made an appearance. We have some doll’s pushchairs in stock as well, we are probably the only supplier of Doll’s Pushchairs in the Calder Valley.
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TY

TY has been selling amazingly well this year and we are being assured that we will have a rare TY Teeny TY Chaser visiting the shop at some point, If you have no idea what a TY Chaser is then have a look around on the inter-web. We have both TY Beanies and Teeny TY in the shop. TY are also releasing some new lines later this year and we are hoping to be stocking those too so watch this space.

Sylvanians

Did you know that here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop we are running the exciting Sylvanians Loyalty Promotion, simply spend over £15 on Sylvanian Families products with us at Silly Billy’s, the best place to buy Sylvanians in Yorkshire, and once you have acquired ten stamps you can receive a free white mouse family. (Closes December 31st 2017)
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Summer School Holidays

Summer School Holidays

Summer School Holidays are Upon Us All

So the long Summer School Holidays have started and here at Silly Billy’s we have a lot of new toys and games for the young and old, from babies to teenagers we have much to keep you entertained through the Summer School Holidays, so come and visit us at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop, in Old Gate, Hebden Bridge

We have had a delivery from our Lego friends in Denmark, including some new Lego Speed Champions, including the hard to find Speed Champion Audi R18 e-tron quattro 75872 plus some more of the exciting Lego Creator range. Silly Billy’s Toy Shop is one of the premier independent toy shops to sell Lego, so please buy from us and help keep the independent toy trade alive.

For the Summer School Holidays we have a selection of Pocket Travel Games from the House of Marbles including, Pocket Chess, Pocket Ludo, pocket Snakes & Ladders and Pocket Battleships, all of which can be used to while away those long journeys that occur during the Summer School Holidays. We also have Travel Scrabble and Pass the Pigs, as well as quality playing cards and the great card game of UNO.

Magnetic Travel Games

School Summer Holidays

For outdoor play we have Footballs, Hula Hoops, Fishing Nets, Cricket Sets and so much more to keep your children entertained during the school summer holidays.

Here at Silly Billy’s we get some new products in each year for the School Summer Holidays and one thing that has been requested by children and adults alike is SLIME so we have obtained two versions of Slime for your entertainment, new Frogs in Slime and Unicorns in Slime to complement our existing Aliens in Slime. How much more Slime do you need in your life ?

This year we celebrate our twentieth birthday here at Silly Billy’s meaning that we have been serving the children of Hebden Bridge, the Calder Valley and beyond, our furthest customers have come from New Zealand, and during that time we have seen babies grow into adults whilst remaining the best Independent Toy Shop in Yorkshire and probably in the whole of England over the past twenty years.

Boo Boo Lost in Hebden Bridge

Boo Boo Lost in Hebden Bridge

Many children are very attached to their cuddly toys, my own children being no different. My daughter has long been in love with her cuddly toys and various TY Beanies that she has, even to this point whilst she is a teenager.

One cuddly toy that was recently spotted by the blog author on the way to work at Silly Billy’s Toy shop on Friday 30th June 2017 is a Teddy called Boo Boo, whose owner is Uma. There is a picture of Boo Boo below and the sign where he was spotted on Friday in Hangrinroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7. In part, to assuage my own guilt a little, I am writing this blog post to get even more visibility for Boo Boo the lost bear. I say that I feel guilty because I did think about picking Boo Boo up and taking him to Silly Billy’s Toy shop, and now rather regretfully I am sorry to say I did not take this course of action.

Uma came into Silly Billy’s Toy shop today with her dad and was looking rather distraught so it is a sad state of affairs that Boo Boo may have been carried off by another child or adult. If you have seen an sign of Boo Boo then please get in touch with us here at SillY Billy’s Toy shop, easiest way is through our Facebook Page, although if you are not one of the 2 BILLION monthly active Facebook users then you can use this form instead

At some point on Friday 31st June 2017 then, between approximately 9am and 5 40 pm, Boo Boo was taken from the point where he was sat patiently waiting for his owner on the road sign; if anyone has seen Boo Boo or picked him up then please get in touch with us here at Silly Billy’s and we will re-unite him with Uma.

Our main Cuddly Toy that we stock at Silly Billy’s is the TY range and we have recently reduced the price of all our TY Key rings aka BooClips to £2.99 which makes us one of the cheapest places in the UK to buy TY Key rings / Booclips from.

We had our TY rep come into the shop the other day and we are going to be getting some more TY in the next few weeks, both new TY beanies and new Teeny TY.

Please don’t forget to like Silly Billy’s Facebook Page and share the post above to  help re-unite Boo Boo and Uma.

Silly Billy’s Toy Shop are also very active on Twitter and Pinterest so search for us there as well if you use any of those Social Media Platforms.

 

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