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19 Sep, 2006

Who is Jimmy Hopkins?

PS2 Feature | Canis Canem Edit – Cover Story – Part 1.
Welcome to PALGN’s inaugural cover story! This is a brand new feature that we're adding to the site, where we take an exclusive in-depth look at a particular game or topic. Typically, the cover story will last 1-2 weeks with new content every few days.

For this story, PALGN has teamed up with Rockstar to take a look at the recently renamed Canis Canem Edit (known as Bully in the States). After stirring up controversy overseas though a mistaken belief that the game promotes bullying, we could think of no better game to explore. PALGN recently had an exclusive opportunity to go hands on with Canis Cadem Edit and, in the lead-up to our preview, we’ll be taking a look at some key aspects of the game. Today we answer the question: "Who is Jimmy Hopkins?"


Just another day at Bullworth.

Just another day at Bullworth.
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Jimmy Hopkins is an unusual protagonist. At only fifteen-years old, he isn’t your typical video game hero. After being expelled from the last five schools he attended, he was sent to the only school left that would take him - Bullworth Academy. Being the only school that will have anything to do with Jimmy, it really is his last chance.

Many of Jimmy’s problems stem from a poor relationship with his parents. Jimmy doesn't have much of a role model. His mum is about to marry her fifth husband – a rich old man who relishes the thought of Jimmy being shipped off to Bullworth. In fact, it was his stepfather who enrolled him in the school before taking Jimmy's mum on an around-the-world luxury cruise. It’s treatment like this that has forced Jimmy to become quite a tough nut.

Now that we know a bit of Jimmy’s back story, we’ll take a look at how he controls in the game. Each morning he wakes up in bed. There's a save point on his desk, so you can save your progress before starting the new day. Interestingly, the way you are dressed in the game will affect how other characters interact with you. Jimmy’s bedroom features a closet that allows you to change clothes. So if Jimmy wants to impress that pretty brunette in Science class, he’s going to have to wear something nice.

Once out of Jimmy’s dorm, a few things become obvious. The game runs on day-night cycle. You can only go to class when it’s the correct in-game time. In-between classes it’s possible to roam around the school and finish incomplete tasks, represented by yellow crosses on the mini-map. Tasks are set by any number of teachers, friends or school cliques, although cliques will only provide Jimmy with tasks if their respect for him is sufficiently high.

The shop signs feature classic Rockstar humour.

The shop signs feature classic Rockstar humour.
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Getting around school is easy. The left analogue stick moves Jimmy around, and tapping the X button will get him to move quicker - definitely useful when in troublesome situations, or if he's late for class. However, if Jimmy were to find himself in trouble, he can always hide in a bin or tear away on his stakeboard. Jimmy is nimble as well, and can climb trees and slide down stair-railings as he pleases.

At 09.00 the bell for classes will ring, and you’ll need to get Jimmy to class in time, or be severely punished. Sometimes there'll be a choice of classes available; these can be cycled between using the d-pad. An orange bell will represent the location of the selected class on the mini-map. We'll be looking at the classes that Jimmy can attend more in-depth later on.

As you can imagine Jimmy isn't exactly an A-grade student. His academic performance can (at best) be described as variable. When he tries he can do whatever he wants, but when is trying in school ever really that appealing? Luckily enough, Bullworth isn't exactly the most testing school for students, though this has attracted some of the most manipulative, conniving and troublemaking kids around. If Jimmy gets on the wrong side of the wrong people, then he's going to be hassled. The Bullworth society is governed by a rigid network of cliques. Jimmy needs to be ready to defend himself as his reputation grows. There is nothing tough kids hate more than a new student arriving who has a reputation for being tougher than they are.

I hate Mondays.

I hate Mondays.
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At any time during the game you're able to freely roam around and make your own choices, although you may want to wait until after school has finished for this to happen. On top of being able to explore the school, Jimmy can hop on his skateboard and head into Bullworth town. Bullworth is a large town with many different zones and activities. There are a number of shops (clothing stores, general stores etc.) and amenities (hair dresser, pool hall, tattoo hut etc.) that Jimmy can use if he’s got enough cash. If not, there are always part-time jobs to perform. During summer months, Jimmy can earn a bit of cash by mowing lawns, or he could shovel snow if it’s winter time. At Bullworth Academy itself, there are plenty of people who need things done for them. The nerds may need a bodyguard to get past the jocks, or the preppies might need some dirty work done; either way, it's clear that Bullworth Academy is a gold mine for a kid with an eye for opportunity.

Whilst Jimmy is always free to roam around, at 7pm the evening curfew encourages Jimmy to be inside the school grounds. It's not compulsory to be on school property at this time, but it is the time when a lot of the pupils plot against each other, giving Jimmy a great opportunity to make some spare change by helping out one or other of the school cliques in their constant struggles to one up each other.

Jimmy has a tough life at Bullworth. But he's stuck there for at least one entire school year. Not one to dwell on his misfortunes, Jimmy is looking to make the most of a bad situation by worming his way through the underbelly of life at Bullworth. Whether it be just to survive or to make it big for himself, there can be no doubt that Jimmy will always be in the thick of the action.

Canis Canem Edit Cover Story
Part 1 (Who is Jimmy Hopkins?) - Part 2 (Canis Canem Edit hands on preview)

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10 Comments
7 years ago
Interesting article - thanks guys!

What happens if you skip class? Can you get caught?
7 years ago
A game based in a school where you gotta make the character you're controlling go to class on time?

Not exactly what I play video games for...
7 years ago
Nice feature. "Canis Cadem Edit – Cover Story – Part 1." - Typo. This feature has increased my anticipation. Curious whether it likely to have a similar feel to Manhunt or The Warriors - not in subject matter, moreso the mechanics - the feel.
7 years ago
I saw on channel 7 this morning and it seems there is going to be a huge uproar about this bully game.
I better get a copy before it gets banned.
7 years ago
Se7en wrote
Nice feature. "Canis Cadem Edit – Cover Story – Part 1." - Typo. This feature has increased my anticipation. Curious whether it likely to have a similar feel to Manhunt or The Warriors - not in subject matter, moreso the mechanics - the feel.
Fixed the Cadem typo - amazingly it's being used incorrectly all over the net; http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&q=Canis+Cadem+Edit&btnG=Search&meta=

I checked the offical box art and Canem is the correct spelling.

Xcs:sIVE wrote
I saw on channel 7 this morning and it seems there is going to be a huge uproar about this bully game.
I better get a copy before it gets banned.
It was on Channel 7? Wow! As you'll be able to tell through the rest of this story, the game is actually pretty tame - much less likely to cause an uproar, than say GTA. It's amazing how the media jump to conclusions.

The game has already passed classification here http://palgn.com.au/article.php?title=Bully+passes+classification&id=5185 with an M rating, so there's very little chance it will be banned.
7 years ago
Sweet!
The way they were bagging out the morals behind the game that you solve violence with violence was what they were pushing the hardest.
Then 'kochie' was saying "it's different to movies because you're interacting with the character and makes it more real.." um ok kochie maybe it seems real if you're mentally defective or something,all I know is that I'm playing a video game not some sort of pseudo reality.
And bringing up statistics on children that wig out and have played violent games is pretty stupid.I bet they could also find out that they also drank pepsi..i mean wtf it's amazing how these media reps with all their so called community good and political correctness is infact just stirring the pot and making things worse causing speculation and heresay,panic mongering even.

Anyway good to hear it is getting a release here at least.But who knows it could be released then re-editied ala GTA3.
I'll be getting the unedited version either way if it happens or not.
7 years ago
Hasn't changed my stance on it one bit....I know when I like something and I like the look and sound of this game. Again I have complete faith in Rockstar....they may not have the best graphics or gameplay (it comes very close...the sandbox style game incorporates lots of different styles of gameplay which is basically something threy invented)....but i'll be damned if they don't have some of the best stories/stroytelling methods in their games.
7 years ago
Although I'm not a fan of Rockstars previous games, this game does catch my interest.
7 years ago
Awesome. I was partly interested in the game before this review, and I didnt think it would be in a more sandbox enviroment. Which is good, very good.
7 years ago
James wrote
The game has already passed classification here http://palgn.com.au/article.php?title=Bully+passes+classification&id=5185 with an M rating, so there's very little chance it will be banned.
You mean like Manhunt or GT:SA ... icon_razz.gif

If the moaners 'bully' the politicians long and hard enough, it could get RCd IMO
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