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After creating eight dating sims and two point-and-click adventure games in a two-year period, Pacthesis all but vanished from her Deviant Art and Tumblr without explanation.
Following a four-year hiatus, she published one more game on her profile — Many fans who grew up with the Pacthesis games wonder where she went.
There is certainly a sizeable portion of dating sim and otome game fans who can pinpoint their love for the genre to the work of this teenage girl, who spent her high school days making the games she wanted to play.
“If [Pacthesis] ever comes back and starts making games commercially, my wallet and I will be ready to buy her stuff, since it’s thanks to her that I got into otome games in the first place,” reads an otome blog post from 2016.
For many Deviant Art lurkers in the late 2000s and early 2010s, the name Pacthesis brings to mind a specific image: a yellow background with a grumpy-looking coffee cup, the logo of a particular Deviant Art dating sim maker.
And more than that, the name recalls a specific time in these young, female fans’ lives: when they discovered a world of games developed by, and made for, people just like them.
She still has around 37,000 Deviant Art watchers (or followers).
There were Deviant Art fan groups dedicated to her.
But while the Pacthesis games garnered a passionate following, this internet fame wasn’t something she initially aimed for.(Amy was the name on her profile, though she never divulged more than that.) She kept her identity secret, which was understandable, considering she was a high school student at the height of her popularity.Though many wanted to know more, she only revealed her face in drawings.Through the years, her fans still think of the games and of the creator who had been part of their lives for so long and inspired a love of the genre. What happened to Pacthesis, and what is she doing now?Turns out, the answers to those questions are pretty simple.