Before next week’s eagerly anticipated review of Persona 5 is released to the masses (followed by a review of Yooka-Laylee that no one asked for), Adeki had the bright idea of covering the subject matter of high school and how it is portrayed in other video games in a move that legally can not be described as lazy thanks to the agreement made by clicking the headline. So, enjoy this editorial which covers three video games that are centered around high school in one way or another.
Primero (that means first in a different language, probably), is the lesser-known game Ghoul School for the NES released in 1992. Ghoul School pits high school student Spike O’Hara against an army of the undead after he finds a mysterious glowing skull in his local cemetery and decides to keep it for some reason. This skull thievery then turns the students attending Cool School into various monsters, thus transforming the once prestigious academy known as Cool School (not a joke) into the titular Ghoul School. Spike O’Hara is then given the responsibility of having to search through his newly-demonized school in search of new weapons and upgrades to unlock new areas in order to rescue the head cheerleader of the school, Samantha Pompom. The game itself is categorized as being a Metroidvania with survival horror elements which is interesting given the fact that the genre had yet to skyrocket in popularity, and the game itself did not prove to be especially popular at the time nor today given its relative obscurity. Still, some people see it as being worth checking out, keeping in mind that it has no relation to the Oscar-deserving cinematic classic, “Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School.”
Johnny Lawrence, Biff Tannen, Chet Donnelly, Biff Tannen, what do all these men have in common? None of them are in the video game, Bully released in 2006 for the PlayStation 2. Created by the now defunct Rockstar Vancouver, Bully is an open-world game starring Jimmy Hopkins who is sent to a private boarding school after being expelled from seven other schools so that his parents have some time to themselves. Although the game is at its core an open-world action game, it does include a hefty amount of missions that are either story-related or optional that require Jimmy to travel around the academy as well as the surrounding town so that he can dispense his brand of vigilante justice in the form of punches and kicks. However, players must also be wary not to miss class in order to avoid being marked truant, and attending class enough also equips the player with new abilities which can be used to further terrorize students like being able to create firecrackers after taking enough Chemistry classes. Fun fact: All around sane man, Jack Thompson, once described the game as being a “Columbine simulator” and asked that the game be banned from sale in the state of Florida. This did not happen as the judge presiding over the case saw that the game contained no content not already found on late night television and the game went on to do very well, go figure.
Last but not least is Persona 5, a game completely unrelated to the initial creation of this editorial, which was released for the PlayStation 4 on April 4th, 2017. Persona 5 gives players the task of taking on the identity of a Japanese high school student who must forge relationships with those around him including other students as well as journalists, doctors and weapon salesmen, along with also having to explore Palaces located in another realm known as the Metaverse. These Palaces hold special treasures pertaining to one’s identity, and once they are stolen from the Metaverse and brought into the real world, the owner of the Palace goes through a mental shift that leads them to admitting to all their previous crimes against society. Of course, the player also has to balance this all out with attending class from Monday to Saturday and staying out of trouble in order to steer clear from expulsion. Just like every high schooler has to do at one point or another!
So that is it for this week’s editorial, are you looking forward to next week’s review of Persona 5? Maybe you played any of the games mentioned in this editorial and want to talk about them positively or negatively? Maybe you just need someone to talk to and need an open ear and open heart to divulge information towards, whatever the case may be make sure to leave a comment below and let us know what you think!