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bob’s game- Stage 90 – the legend of “bob”

bob’s game- Stage 90 – the legend of “bob”

by Bradley DeLorenzoMarch 15, 2009

“It’s a game about a guy making a game, who is in a game, but is also making a game, and his marketing campaign is like a game, and that’s about a game, in a game, but also outside the game, where he is making a game, about him making a game, which is about the game industry, and you play other games. In the game.”
– Inanimate (TIGsource forum)

We have a winner.

i herd Yuu likes games, REGGIE.

Click here, REGGIE!

“What is bobs game?”

My name is Bob, age 25.

This is my game for Nintendo DS, a 20-hour-long retail-size,
retail-quality adventure title by a single human being-
the largest game ever made by one person.

“bob’s game” is a simple 2D adventure game, with focus on
story, puzzles, item collection, and communication instead
of repetitive battles with palette-swapped enemies.

Many characters (over 200 completely unique characters!)
have deep personalities that evolve, and many things
depend on the in-game time, day and weather.

It’s the game I wanted to play when I was younger,
a vision I’ve been following since then.

The game industry is evolving rapidly into a new era where
titles are made by teams of more than a hundred developers.

I saw a window of opportunity quickly closing- what may be the
last chance for making a console game to be possible by a single individual.

Even on a portable platform, singlehandedly creating something
generally made by large, well-funded teams was no small effort.

All concepts, story, code, sprites, tiles, music, samples,
fonts, etc. were created entirely from scratch by me-
and I had to teach myself the skills as I went along.

The code is straight C, the music is tracked, and the art is all
completely hand-clicked tiles and sprites- done the right way,
pixel by pixel, like the classics we all know and love.

“bob’s game” is a sort of masterpiece for me.
I’ve invested well over 15,000 hours into
its development over 5 years of dedication-
That is no exaggeration, and it shows.

I intend this to become one of the last great old-school
2D retail console games- truly the vision of a single mind.


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Bradley DeLorenzo
  • March 15, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Ha, so it was viral… and it probably will be on the shelves not long after Day 100 (or ON Day 100?)

  • mack2d2
    March 16, 2009 at 2:15 am

    What the heck is this malarky?… some people need to find something more productive to do with their time..

  • March 16, 2009 at 2:29 am

    mack2d2 – The description of Bob’s Game (and Bob himself) is entirely fictional. It is part of the game.

    My guess – Within the next ten days, we will know the name of the publisher and the release date.

  • Charmy
    March 16, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Ooh, I really want to play this game. It really looks good! At least better than Imaginez.

  • March 16, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    A-HA! So I guess the game IS releasing then?! I can’t wait until his “announcement” on sunday.

  • March 16, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    On further thought, I still believe he will release it on day 100… but as homebrew, not with an official publisher.

    That is my updated and better-than-before informed opinion.

  • Snipper64
    March 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    You know, the oringanal version of bob’s game looked cool, I was into it and liked it, but when nintendo denied him, he got over creepy about it. I understand why, I would be literly mad after working on a game solo for so long, and being denied, but he took it too far 🙁

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