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Bob's Game Gets Burgled

The (manufactured?) lunacy surrounding Robert Pelloni's homebrewed DS game continues unabated.

That's a piping-hot cup of crazy right there.
I'm probably only fueling the already white-hot fire of madness surrounding Bob's Game here, but it's been too much of a slow-motion car crash for me to look away. If you haven't been keeping score, Bob's Game is the labor of love of one Robert Pelloni, a young man who spent the past five years working on the game entirely by himself. As a self-professed fan of Nintendo, his original intent was to put it out as a DS game, but when, after multiple attempts, he failed to get an SDK from Nintendo, he chose to go on protest by locking himself up in his room for 100 days, or until Nintendo decided to acquiesce to his demands.

As any right-minded individual could see, this was not the most rational of ways to go about the business of game development, but it became crystal clear that Pelloni wasn't particularly stable when, after about a month on lockdown, he flipped out and trashed his room, posting some paranoid ramblings on his site about how Nintendo had failed him and some grand conspiracy that was trying to destroy homebrew game development. Logical, no. But entertaining, abso-friggin'-lute-friggin'-ly.

The Bob's Game crazy train kept on a-chuggin' this week, when the site was updated with the following message.
THAT IS NOT ME!! IT'S NOT ME!!!
SOMEONE CAME INTO MY HOUSE
THEY CAME INTO MY HOUSE!!!
THEY WENT THROUGH EVERYTHING, WENT THROUGH MY PC, FILE TIMESTAMPS CHANGED, FOOTPRINTS, EVERYTHING MOVED, DOOR UNLOCKED
THEY TRIED TO OPEN THE SAFE
MY PC IS KEYLOGGED
12 HOURS OF CAMERA FOOTAGE WAS DELETED
CAMERA WAS UNPLUGGED WHEN I WOKE UP
I WAS SLEEPING!!
THEY DID IT WHILE I WAS SLEEPING!!
THIS IS NOT PART OF THE PLAN
THIS IS NOT A JOKE
THEY MADE HANAFUDA CARDS FOR 50 YEARS
THAT IS A YAKUZA GAME
THEY ARE THE JAPANESE MAFIA
THEY ARE THE JAPANESE MAFIA
THEY ARE THE JAPANESE MAFIA
THEY ARE THE JAPANESE MAFIA
THEY ARE THE JAPANESE MAFIA
THINK ABOUT IT!!
THEY WANT TO SILENCE ME
FOR A REASON!
IT'S EITHER THEM OR ALIENS
I'M PRETTY SURE IT'S NOT ALIENS
I'D RATHER IT BE ALIENS !
There have certainly been rumors of former Nintendo president and chairman Hiroshi Yamauchi having ties to the Japanese mafia, but this hardly seems like the kind of thing that they'd waste their time with. At this point, the best-case scenario is that Pelloni is simply trying to maintain some kind of public interest in his misguided cause with these unhinged histrionics. At worst, he actually believes this amazing nonsense, in which case this can only end poorly.
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Posted by Ryan
That's a piping-hot cup of crazy right there.
I'm probably only fueling the already white-hot fire of madness surrounding Bob's Game here, but it's been too much of a slow-motion car crash for me to look away. If you haven't been keeping score, Bob's Game is the labor of love of one Robert Pelloni, a young man who spent the past five years working on the game entirely by himself. As a self-professed fan of Nintendo, his original intent was to put it out as a DS game, but when, after multiple attempts, he failed to get an SDK from Nintendo, he chose to go on protest by locking himself up in his room for 100 days, or until Nintendo decided to acquiesce to his demands.

As any right-minded individual could see, this was not the most rational of ways to go about the business of game development, but it became crystal clear that Pelloni wasn't particularly stable when, after about a month on lockdown, he flipped out and trashed his room, posting some paranoid ramblings on his site about how Nintendo had failed him and some grand conspiracy that was trying to destroy homebrew game development. Logical, no. But entertaining, abso-friggin'-lute-friggin'-ly.

The Bob's Game crazy train kept on a-chuggin' this week, when the site was updated with the following message.
THAT IS NOT ME!! IT'S NOT ME!!!
SOMEONE CAME INTO MY HOUSE
THEY CAME INTO MY HOUSE!!!
THEY WENT THROUGH EVERYTHING, WENT THROUGH MY PC, FILE TIMESTAMPS CHANGED, FOOTPRINTS, EVERYTHING MOVED, DOOR UNLOCKED
THEY TRIED TO OPEN THE SAFE
MY PC IS KEYLOGGED
12 HOURS OF CAMERA FOOTAGE WAS DELETED
CAMERA WAS UNPLUGGED WHEN I WOKE UP
I WAS SLEEPING!!
THEY DID IT WHILE I WAS SLEEPING!!
THIS IS NOT PART OF THE PLAN
THIS IS NOT A JOKE
THEY MADE HANAFUDA CARDS FOR 50 YEARS
THAT IS A YAKUZA GAME
THEY ARE THE JAPANESE MAFIA
THEY ARE THE JAPANESE MAFIA
THEY ARE THE JAPANESE MAFIA
THEY ARE THE JAPANESE MAFIA
THEY ARE THE JAPANESE MAFIA
THINK ABOUT IT!!
THEY WANT TO SILENCE ME
FOR A REASON!
IT'S EITHER THEM OR ALIENS
I'M PRETTY SURE IT'S NOT ALIENS
I'D RATHER IT BE ALIENS !
There have certainly been rumors of former Nintendo president and chairman Hiroshi Yamauchi having ties to the Japanese mafia, but this hardly seems like the kind of thing that they'd waste their time with. At this point, the best-case scenario is that Pelloni is simply trying to maintain some kind of public interest in his misguided cause with these unhinged histrionics. At worst, he actually believes this amazing nonsense, in which case this can only end poorly.
Posted by dartagnan

ugh...

Posted by Captain_Fookup

I want this game more than ever now.

Posted by StaticFalconar

Wasn't this up before but was put back down (for regular webcam funtivities) but now its back up? I call this story the strange meme for 09, keep covering it GB, you like can't not now.

Posted by Weltal

THEY ARE THE JAPANESE MAFIA.
Yes.
Yes they are.

Posted by Gregomasta

F#%K THIS GUY!!!!

Posted by JoelTGM

Bob is getting annoying.

Edited by AndrewB

It's a trap!

Seriously, this is either all fake, or he's just having fun playing everyone for fools at this point. Or maybe someone hacked into his site? Who knows, and who cares. The story lost its interest to me the moment I realized that it wasn't a legitimate protest against Nintendo, and was instead a crazy man being crazy, or some kind of ridiculous marketing campaign.

At one point I even wondered if it was Sony or Microsoft trying to build negative energy against Nintendo. But I repeat... who the hell cares? It's over. Everyone move along. Stop giving him attention.

Edited by bcfish

Bob and Britney Spears belong together

Posted by DuderBattalion

Those Goddamn aliens !!!! :P

Posted by musdy

This guy is something else..

Posted by RawShark

Would've been more epic if on top of that, they left shavings of their own pubes all over his desk.

Posted by I_smell

Give it a rest, Bob.

Posted by TwoOneFive

why ryan? why did you have to report on this again? why should anyone give him more traffic on that website. 

Edited by Endogene
StaticFalconar said:
"Wasn't this up before but was put back down (for regular webcam funtivities) but now its back up? I call this story the strange meme for 09, keep covering it GB, you like can't not now."
Yeah indeed, i read about it on another message board and when i went to the site the regular cam was on than a couple of hours later the message was back.

But i should point out what was on the site before this message came up:
//----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009-01-15
//----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


This is the end of my pitch to Nintendo of America- which Mr. Tom Prata, Senior Director of Project Development, authorized on Feb 22, 2008.

Thanks to all Nintendo staff and to Nintendo's PR department for allowing this to continue as long as it has.

If Nintendo decides not to proceed, "bob's game" will be released for iPhone, Android, and possibly OpenPandora, XBLA, Steam, and PSP.
I am a Nintendo fan, and I would like to see
"bob's game" released on the Nintendo DS more than any of these systems.
Please let Nintendo know if you would like to show your support for "bob's game" being released on the DS.

In this age of nearly infinite information flow and instant turnover, getting a message out there is nearly impossible, even with millions of dollars for advertising.
Yet I have succeeded at this and caught the attention of nearly the entire online gaming world- from a locked room with a cell phone and no budget whatsoever.

If this does not demonstrate to Nintendo the determination, passion, creativity, and ingenuity that I am capable of, then I don't know what will.

Unorthodox, of course. I had to do something completely new, something that hadn't been tried before- and it worked.
bobsgame.com has now had over 1 million unique visitors. My mission has been a success.
In other words,
Thank Yuu for playing.

THANKS,
REGGIE!

I do not see the use of that final message considering his last blog post, perhaps something actually happened perhaps he thought it would be better to keep people guessing. Anyway one thing is for sure Robbert Pellioni is pathetic.
Posted by Death_Burnout

Maybe Nintendo is on it, and are generating this odd psycho hype for the game...whilst destroying their family friendly image!

Nah...he's just nuts!

Posted by Mowgers

He's close. But not quite there. What he doesn't realise is, is that it's all the doing of Yakuza Aliens. VAMPIRE Yakuza Aliens. On smack.

He's going to look back on this in ten years and be so embarrassed. That is, if he hasn't ended himself. Or if the 'Nintendo hitmen' haven't first, whatever.

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Posted by Paradigmer

jeez.

Posted by Jayge_

Oh god, why report on this? It's obvious nobody came into his place. Anyone who did would have taken pictures and stolen the game for lulz. Seriously. Just... stop giving this idiot attention. As somebody in that other thread said "At first I pitied him... now I hate him."

Posted by ReyGitano

Intense. Actually, this guy being locked up in a room for a 100 days while having japanese mafia invade his house seems like a good idea for a game. He should try to make that instead

Posted by AndrewB

Have you guys read the page source?

Posted by Jayge_
AndrewB said:
"Have you guys read the page source?"
No. And, having heard that question, now knowing that the page source is probably the most ridiculous thing on the entire fucking planet, I'm severely tempted to break my "no traffic to the Bob's Game website" rule and go look.
Posted by Sokkratez

Can you please stop posting stuff about this fucking asshole?

Posted by Stephen_Von_Cloud

I thought it was amusing until now.  Lets all just turn away from the car wreck people.

Posted by megalowho

As much as I appreciate the update on the train wreck, this guy is starting to get old and I don't believe he's for real anymore for a second. He's trying to go all LonelyGirl15 at this point, it's only a matter of time before he gets a reality TV show on Spike. Maybe if we all ignore him he'll quietly go away.. I doubt it though

Edited by JacobBrodersen

Someone needs to go and hit this guy very hard in the head, and tell him to shut up... We're all trying to sleep over here!

Posted by CitizenKane

I don't buy it for a second.  I don't buy any of this.

Posted by OneManFreakShow

Why do I think this is all some crazy viral marketing campaign Nintendo is doing?

Posted by edsone

rofl

Posted by DreamsVisions

Hey Ryan! (article writer):

the word your looking for in your article is "placate", not "acquiesce" when referring to his attempts to force Nintendo to give him an SDK.  Placate is much more appropriate here.

Posted by Shadow

This guy just wants attention.  If it was really stolen, he'd either just stop doing any of this, or he'd kill himself on camera.

Posted by Usagi

This dumb motherfucker clearly doesn't know anything about any mafia.  If they really were to send out the mafia to "silence him" then he'd be a dead man in a ditch somewhere.  I kinda wish he was.

Posted by oobs

why bother posting....just fuels all the rubbish..

Posted by coakroach

*cuckoo sound*

Posted by Shinryu

Maybe this is some really obscure form of viral marketing. Although i hope not! :D

Edited by Pkshields

Actually, I'm finding this story entertaining. Load of bull, but entertaining nonetheless

Posted by JJOR64

Haha.  Sucks for the dumb dumb.

Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror

clearly this is an ARG in the making.....

Posted by MeatSim

Okay this has to be a joke it's gotten too ridiculous to be real.

Posted by defector

Looks like a publicity stunt.

Posted by ElectricHaggis

Insane or otherwise, this guy has done a decent job of bringing news to an otherwise fairly boring January.

Posted by Kenzo287

Does Bob have all his shots?

Posted by Kajaah117

This whole thing sure makes me hungry for some Doritos. Hmmm...

Posted by PeldonPeldon

In the spirit of the old adage, It takes one to know one....  Bob needs help.  I hope he gets it.  Soon.

Posted by LordAndrew

"I'll go into people's houses and wreck up the place!"
- Richard Nixon's head

Posted by Knigge

Sigh. Just stop.

Posted by Wright

I hope it IS the yakuza so they can shut his ass up. The jokes not funny anymore =(

Posted by Vlademir

It's obviously his way of viral marketing to make his game more well known.

Posted by ArclightBorealis

Yep. Just as crazy as always.

Edited by dtran1212

god, i hope this site will just shut the fuck up about this guy already.

a useful lesson of the day:  don't put more woods into the fire if you want the fire to die down. (don't even think about using this phrase or else i'll sue you for infringment)