Goro HasegawaGoro Hasegawa, inventor of Othello, died this past Monday in Kashiwa, Japan at the age of 83. A variation on an earlier game, Reversi, the modern Othello was developed by Hasegawa as a youngster in the schoolyard but then pitched to a local toy maker about 20 years later.

Othello has sold millions of copies around the world and is the subject of a trademark for the phrase, “A minute to learn… a lifetime to master.”

[via The Japan Times]