Monthly Archives: October 2007

A little (more) about Bobby…

It must have been around ought-three or ought-four when I first discovered the original Bobby is Going Home while casually surfing some Atari 2600 ROMs by title. The exceedingly simple premise intrigued me:

Who is Bobby? What is his deal? What’s the hurry to get home, anyway?

Who knows? Who cares? Wherever he is, Bobby is getting the hell out of there and is going home, and it’s your job to make sure it happens.

The game itself offers no further contextual clues. Bobby must merely waddle his way, stage after neon-colored stage, past feeble winged creatures and gaping holes in the ground. All of this must be achieved with the use of only his wits and some surprising hops n’ hangtime.

The more I thought about it, the more this ridiculous and slightly pathetic little game exemplified the Atari 2600 era* in my mind: forget story, cutscenes, or characters- hell, you’re lucky to even be entrusted with the control of a vaguely humanoid shape. After all, you could be stuck navigating a colored square, or something.

Enter Bobby is Going Home 2. Originally conceived as my first attempt to create a game free from the trappings of a story or high expectations, it eventually grew to encompass far too much of my life. So here it is, a side-scrolling platformer with 40 “mind-bending” levels and 5 “awesome” powerups; bigger and badder than the original (at least in some respects) and enjoyable to me if only for its homage to delicious obscurity.

* It should be noted that I am in no way opposed to simplicty and elegance in game design- in fact, I generally classify overwrought “storylines” and bloated cutscenes alongside low-carb beer, cheap merchandise, and “Access Hollywood” on life’s grand barometer of desirability.

Let the Games Begin

Can you get Bobby Home?

As you may know, Bobby is Going Home 2 is (finally) complete! Although it may seem to be of questionable taste to bribe you to play my game, I’m interested in seeing what sort of scores you can come up with. The player who can send me a screenshot of the highest score by November 15th, 2007 will win this refurbished Nintendo Entertainment System (Bobby is Going Home 2 Edition)!

This veritable and truly unique ‘pleasure pak’ includes:
1 refurbished NES system (Bobby is Going Home 2 ed.) with replaced pinset
All necessary cords
2 original NES controllers
1 Tetris cartridge
1 Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt cartridge
1 Super Mario Bros. 3 cartridge

I believe this package is all you need to have a quality retro gaming blast in your pants. Although the prize is straight notable and although it would be easy to do so, somehow I trust you heady members of my inner circle to abstain from doctoring screenshots.

Goodluck and godspeed, Bobbys-