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23 November 2005
Quick Videogame Quiz
What do the following have in common?
  • Berenstain Bears
  • Gumby
  • Hello Kitty
  • Peanuts
  • Popeye
The answer: All are licensed by Namco for use in games.

I'd sure like to know how many units of Popeye: Rush for Spinach actually sold. Yuck.
--Matt Matthews at 23:27
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I second that yuck.

The sad thing is, Popeye's one of those characters that's much cooler than licensing companies seem to realize. He'll probably forever be doomed to be put in things like Rush for Spinach, or those crappy cartoons Hanna-Barbera made in the late 70s/early 80s, because instead of being marketed to people who are old/interested enough to know Popeye's history, they'll be aimed instead at little kids.

Because, you know, it's a cartoon, and only kids like those, right?

By Blogger JohnH, at 24 November, 2005 05:19  

I think Namco should leverage their fighting game skills and make the cutest Smash Brothers ripoff ever!

Keroppi vs Bluto?? Hello Kitty vs Charlie Brown??

Don't even get me started on the red blockheads from Gumby.

Actually, Gumby and his power to enter books would be the perfect lead in to explain the story of the game.

Solid gold, I tell ya!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 November, 2005 14:23  

To: Namco
From: jvm

Please hire this guy writing in my comments. Thanks.

By Blogger jvm, at 24 November, 2005 15:55  

Thanks for the vote of confidence in my game design skills, or perhaps it is just my marketing savvy.

It looks like Target may grant your wish for a $99 Nintendo DS.

My fiancee will probably say that you shouldn't indulge me, I could spend quite a while thinking about special moves for the Jeep and Gumby. There is a lot of potential there. Unlockable WWII Snoopy, Lucy with a football fakeout move. I'm just not sure what to do with the Berenstain bears, although I would love a 'Spooky Old Tree' stage. (Holy crap, a quick google search on spooky old tree reveals a Berenstain bears GBA title based on that book released in september!)

Anyway, no sense in exciting myself about a game that will never be created. I'll use an identity now that I realize the 'other' option lets me put in whatever I want without having to create an account for yet another online service.


By Anonymous Boraxplunder, at 24 November, 2005 23:38  

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