For a while, we at What Pumpkin were reblogging and sharing some of the amazing artwork we came across on Tumblr. Many of you are wildly talented and we’re excited to spread the word on the ones that really catch our eye. However, we’re going to make a little change in how we do that.
We’ve set up a second Tumblr account for reblogging artwork: What Pumpkin Staff. There, the staff of What Pumpkin will be able to share some of the great MSPA artwork they come across. They might also reblog other MSPA-related posts, but it will almost entirely be about your art.
The main What Pumpkin Tumblr will remain strictly about updates regarding the store and any projects we may be working on. Follow both of our Tumblrs, or just one. This way, it’ll be easy for you to get the kind of What Pumpkin content you want.
Rob Pereyda here, Producer of Namco High and Editor-in-Chief of ShiftyLook at NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. in Tokyo. So many of us here at the NBGI HQ (it’s shaped like a pyramid – no joke!) are excited about the game, and I hope you are, too!
In the midst of all the excitement, I wanted to take a picopause from rabid fandom to address a serious issue.
Namco High uses a system called BANDAI NAMCO ID for login authentication purposes. It was created in-house by another team at NAMCO BANDAI Games and is secure, easy to use, and integrates with lots of NAMCO BANDAI Group products and services. By using this system, it not only makes customer service over here much easier, but it also makes your data safer and more secure. Just imagine Pac-Man with unlimited power pellets – that’s who we have on our side!
Namco High as a game is open to anyone who wants to play, regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, occupation, or origin. I am extremely proud that this game features a gender neutralprotagonist; you, the player, can name the protagonist whatever you’d like and then refer to them in any manner in you’d like your own head our out loud as this Cousin receives no gender-identifying pronouns. I like to think this is pretty cool and pushes ground for a major game company, even if we are misfits ourselves.
When you sign-up for BANDAI NAMCO ID, the system requires you to select “male” or “female,” a demand for a binary decision that may seem completely opposite from our openness on the issue of gender identity in Namco High. I will be the first person to say that if I could, I would personally tweak that particular portion of the otherwise awesome ID service. Unfortunately, this is not possible within the way things work over here in the timeframe we have for Namco High, and if you are a Namco High fan who does not do business with the gender oligopoly, I personally apologize to you for forcing you to pick one of only two genders in order to play this very cool game.
Everyone over here at the ShiftyLook project and all of our partners personally appreciate your patronage. Making content that people enjoy is fulfilling to us and is why we do what we do. If a game about dating high school versions of video game characters makes your day, then you just made our day.
If you want to send feedback to Team Shifty, please feel free to communicate with us via Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, or email. If you want to send feedback specifically to the BANDAI NAMCO ID team, pleasecontact them directly.
By supporting Namco High, you are showing NAMCO BANDAI Games and the world not just that dating sims are cool, but that gender doesn’t have to be what everyone is used to when it comes to video games.
Rob Pereyda Producer & Editor-in-Chief, ShiftyLook NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.