RIP Alan Stone

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    Alan 'Al' Stone has died aged 71, after losing a long battle with cancer.

    In the 1970s, Stone co-founded Far East Video with Ron Judy. They approached a Japanese arcade game manufacturer, asking to distribute their games in the USA. The manufacturer agreed - their name? Nintendo.

    In 1981, Al then co-founded Nintendo of America, becoming vice president of the company. In this time, he oversaw the releases of Donkey Kong and Mario Bros. and had input into the creation of Famicom, NES and PlayChoice-10.

    1994 saw Stone leave Nintendo to become president and CEO at Sega Enterprises, the arcade division of Sega. He stayed until 2004, so during his time we would have seen the release of games such as Daytona USA, Virtua Cop, Manx TT, Virtua Fighter 2, Sega Rally Championship, Fighting Vipers, Sega Touring Car Championship, The House of the Dead, Star Wars Trilogy Arcade, Crazy Taxi, 18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker, Sambe de Amigo, Monkey Ball, Out Run 2 and a whole lot more! This, of course, included the release of the Naomi and Naomi 2.

    After leaving Sega, he joined the board of GPlay until 2006, was chairman and CEO of 10-plus Entertainment until 2009 and joined the boards of Raging River, Platinum Studios and NanoTech Entertainment, becoming the COO of the latter in 2014.

    RIP Al - thanks for bringing Japanese video games to the West.
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