Barneysplat

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The startup screen from Barneysplat

Barneysplat is a humorous, satirical strategy door game for bulletin board systems in which the player tries to sabotage production of the Barney & Friends children's television program. Barneysplat was created for PC BBSes by Austin Seraphin in 1993.[1]

Premise

Barney & Friends premiered in 1992 and was quickly criticized by older children and young adults for being "saccharine" and "one-dimensional."[2] Barneysplat, with its goal of killing or harming Barney the purple dinosaur, Baby Bop and four children, is an example of anti-Barney humor that arose in reaction to the program. [3]

As one reviewer put it, the player's character in Barneysplat is "a sociopathic Beavis and Butthead-style radical stoner anarchist (of the ~1992 variety), hepped up on H/P/A t-files and prepared to vent his disgust at all the problems of the world on one moronic purple dinosaur ..." [4]

As the game progresses, the player chooses from a list of various ways to sabotage activities associated with the filming of Barney & Friends. Examples including spiking the tea at Barney's tea party, ramming someone's bike during a bike race, or offering beer to the children. References to drugs, alcohol, and violence abound.

The game is essentially single-player. Players cannot interact with each other inside the game. The game offers limited competition in the form of a high score list. [5]


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References

  1. Austin Seraphin (11 Apr 2010). "Hello again to all my friends, I'm glad you came to play!". http://clearwhitelight.org/bs/. Retrieved 5 Feb 2013.
  2. Mitchell, W.J.T. (1998). "Chapter 37: Why Children Hate Dinosaurs". The Last Dinosaur Book: The Life and Times of a Cultural Icon. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-53204-6. http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/532046.html.
  3. Dann Thombs. "Barney Splat". Goshzilla. http://www.goshzilla.com/details.asp?ID=42. Retrieved 5 Feb 2013.
  4. Rowan Lipkovits (20 Mar 2006). "BarneySplat". MobyGames. http://www.mobygames.com/game/barneysplat. Retrieved 5 Feb 2013.
  5. Tyrone L. Adams, Stephen A. Smith, ed. (2008). Electronic Tribes. University of Texas Press. p. 31. ISBN 9780292784475. http://books.google.com/books?id=dzajtOOTA0IC&pg=PA31&lpg=PA31&dq=%22barneysplat%22. Retrieved 7 May 2013.

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