Today is a good day to link interviews with important Japanese game developers, apparently. If you look over here you’ll find my interview with Pac-Man creator Iwatani, discussing his philosophy of game design, and why game creators shouldn’t be worrying about maximizing profit.
Nowadays, Iwatani is a video game professor at the Tokyo Polytechnic University, which he talks about a bit as well. In 2005, he posted a book called “Pac-Man’s Methods” in Japanese only, but told me he hopes to get at least parts of it published in the West.
Though I suppose a lot of people have these now, I took a photo of some of the original character design work for Pac-Man, done with graph paper, which you can see to the left. If you like, you can watch his entire postmortem of the original Pac-Man, a talk he gave at GDC 2011.