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The Gorillaz Room was an interactive Flash game that gave fans the opportunity to explore a virtual replica of Gorillaz' home studio, Kong Studios. It was available during Phase 1, 1.5, and 2 before being replaced with a new Flash game focused on the studio at Plastic Beach.

History[]

Early on into the development of Gorillaz, the idea of an interactive website was brought up — most likely to further cement the interactivity / immersive element Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn were going for. Mat Wakeham had been brought on board, to Damon's doubt — he had wanted his friend Einar Örn Benediktsson (who had his own website company at the time) to develop it. Alas, Mat had been given the impossible brief of creating a fully interactive dwelling the Gorillaz had lived in. One of the first ideas Mat had was the 5-Track mixer, which Damon heavily approved of and allowed him to be confident in Mat's work.

Mat initially approached Brighton-based company Get Frank to work on the website, but like most Gorillaz content, it eventually shifted to be worked on in-house. Mat would employ various folks to work on the website: Chris Garbutt, Mike Robinson and the Watkins brothers Tim and Matt would come in to work on the website.

The website would grow and develop with lots of hard work, effort, time, and sweat. Vectorizing Jamie's drawings for the website was considered a "dark art", and making sure images were big enough to look nice but small enough to not take too long to load was a hard process.

Thankfully, the efforts would prove successful, and the first build of the website (after various Alpha versions) would launch alongside the Tomorrow Comes Today EP, and only grow with popularity once Clint Eastwood released. The website would continue to grow and develop as Phase One progressed, but to mark the hiatus of Gorillaz, the website was replaced with the Portacabin and the G.R.3.G Bomb Disposal unit.

The website would once again be updated on the 8th of December 2004, revamped and ready for Phase Two - notably with the addition of the viewable Rockit music video in the cinema. After that, consistent updates would occur until 2007, when Gorillaz entered another hiatus.

Kong Studios would canonically be burned down in 2008, thus ending the possibility of coming back — instead, the website would update later on with the Plastic Beach web game.

Gameplay[]

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Maps and Rooms[]

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Featured Games[]

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Kong Restoration Project[]

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