Namco Bandai's ShiftyLook has been flying under the radar for some time now. This little side project of Namco Bandai's has been developing new comics and even cartoons based off the wide library of Namco games. It's brought classics such as "BravoMan" (voiced by Yakko himself, Rob Paulsen!)
And even Mappy, directed by Scott Kurtz of PvPOnline:
And much more!
Now, ShiftyLook has released their newest creation: a web-based interactive Dating-Sim game called "Namco High"!
Taking the role of a gender-ambiguous cousin of the Prince from Katamari Damacy, you get to romance various Namco characters such as Lolo from Klonoa, Mr. Driller, Nidia from Dragon Spirit, Meowkie (one of the Mewkies from Mappy), and many more! And for some reason, you can also date the Galaga spaceship...
"So What?" you might be asking yourself. "Why should I care?" you say.
Well the big reason you should care is because the person in charge of creating Namco High was... this guy...
For those of you who might not know, this is Andrew Hussie.
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At first, he may seem like your average weird comic author/illustrator with a penchant for bad paintings, horses, Olive Garden, and blitzing his chakras (Don't even ask), but don't let that fool you. Andrew Hussie's become a sort of evil genius when it comes to creating interactive media. By mixing a combination of traditional webcomics, point-and-click adventure games, Flash animations, and a nearly impossible almost daily schedule of updates, he's created something so complex and convoluted, that keeping track of it all practically requires flowcharts and spreadsheets. To that end, "Homestuck" has been dubbed "The Internet's Ulysses" by PBS' Idea Channel.
(I'm not even kidding!)
Trying to recreate "Homestuck" in any other medium is nearly impossible. It's immense, awe-inspiring, and has generated a fanbase that has been invading and seeping its way into just about every fandom you can think of.
If you use Tumblr, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.
Now think about it: Namco Bandai basically gave this guy the reigns to do a project of his own making for ShiftyLook and access to the entire stable of Namco properties.
...I imagine that there are people over at Namco Bandai and ShiftyLook going, "What have we done..." right about now.