In 1984, Namco's sound team released Video Game Music, a compilation album produced by Yellow Magic Orchestra bandleader Haruomi Hosono that gathered together various songs from Namco's arcade games. While not the first album to incorporate video game music (being predated by Yellow Magic Orchestra's self-titled debut in 1978), it was the first to consist entirely of it. In turn, Namco composers Shinji Hosoe, Nobuyoshi Sano, Takayuki Aihara, and Hiroto Sasaki would later form Oriental Magnetic Yellow, a parody group based on Yellow Magic Orchestra.
In 2011, Bandai Namco created the "United Galaxy Space Force" series that retconned and merged many of their futuristic space games that were previously unrelated to each other into a single continuity. As of 2014, the timeline connects together the plots of numerous games and series including (in chronological order on the timeline) Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere, Cyber Sled & Cyber Commando, Burning Force, Galaxian, Bosconian, Bounty Hounds, Starblade, Dig Dug, Baraduke, Mr. Driller, Star Luster & Star Ixiom, Mizuiro Blood, the cancelled game "Starblade - Operation Blue Planet", Shin-Gun Destroy! Girl's Tank Battalion, the cancelled game "New Space Order", and Thunder Ceptor & 3-D Thunder Ceptor II.
When Namco entered the home video games market in the 1980's, releases were credited to "Namcot" - a separate division of Namco created to handle this area.
Namco started out in 1955 as a kiddie ride manufacturer named Nakamura Manufacturing. They mostly created rocking horses and miniature train rides, some of which used Disney characters.
Since 1995, Namco Bandai owned a patent on having a playable minigame during loading screens. The patent expired in 2015.