Original Art From Iconic Namco Game Artist Reportedly Stolen

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Photo: Mr. Dotman (Facebook)
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Hiroshi Ono, aka Mr. Dotman, created some of gaming’s most famous pixels while working at Namco. He was a graphic designer on iconic games including Pac-Man, Xevious, Dig Dug, and Galaga. The designs were originally drawn by hand, and according to Japanese retro game researcher Zek, they’ve been stolen.


Zek has interviewed Mr. Dotman for books about his career and his art. In the above image, you can see Ono signing one of those books. According to Zek, that art has recently been stolen, and he’s sounding the alarm on Twitter to keep an eye for it should it surface on internet selling sites.

Below is a translation of his tweets via GSK:

Ono joined Namco in 1979 and worked there until 2013, so his art does span a long and historically important period in Japanese gaming. If you see any Mr. Dotman art circulating online for sale, it would probably be a good idea to let Zek or the official Mr. Dotman Facebook page know.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.



For those who don’t read the article, someone stole art FROM the artist. The artist did not do any stealing.