On the internet, things can be confusing. Bob’s Game, the much-hyped, unreleased homebrew game for the DS is a prime example of this – what the hell is it? Who is Robert Pelloni, aka Bob? Check out this video below from Bob’s very own Youtube channel and see if you’re any the wiser; I know I’m not. But regardless of what you do or do not learn from this video, you will at the very least discover those same qualities that made this quirky looking RPG an online sensation in the first place: masses of time and effort put into a pet project, and delusions of grandeur and self-importance. This video describes the journey of Bob’s Game in the most paranoid terms possible, then tops it all off with… ha ha?? It’s a joke – and the joke’s on us -er, wait, Yuu…
Watch. Please, watch, then explain it to me. I just can’t- it makes no sense. No sense. What kind of a joke is this? Who on earth thought this was a good idea?! “I’m Bob, an independent indie developer with no clout or experience in the games industry. I know, let’s create a fake, viral marketing campaign dedicated to smearing Nintendo, the company I’m currently begging to publish my videogame”. WTF?
That really ought to be the end of the story, right there, just one big WTF. Let’s chalk it up to a hoax, big mistake on Bob’s part. No more hunger strikes, no more ridiculous “assaults” on retail shops – everyone can relax and get on with their lives. But no, according to the bizarre Wikipedia entry which chronicles the entire Bob’s Game debacle, Bob’s still got an axe to grind. Would you believe it, Bob claimed in a recent interview that his viral marketing tricks are “the mark of somebody who deserves to be a part of the game industry”? Let’s throw it out there: does anyone think this video is the mark of somebody who deserves to be a part of the games industry?
At the very least, I’ve learned you can’t get Weirder on a Wednesday than with Bob’s Game.