Crapshoot: The BlobJob, and yes that really is the name of a game

Crapshoot: The BlobJob, and yes that really is the name of a game

July 11, 2020 Off By tracy

From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett wrote Crapshoot, a column about bringing random obscure games back into the light. This week, it’s a twisted slice of European edutainment from 1998. Prepare for everything you need to know about… wait. It’s called what?

Names have power, especially the flat-out wrong ones. Who knows what went through some designer’s head when he decided to name the evil aliens of the X series the Khaak? What possessed the creators of The Tone Rebellion to look at their aquatic world of water creatures and call them Floaters? Above all else, why upon why did the Two Guys From Andromeda, thinking up a name for the venerable Space Quest series’ love interest, finally settle on Ambassador Beatrice Wankmeister?

We may never be able to say. But The BlobJob may be the king, with no fewer than four squicky definitions on Urban Dictionary. Luckily for kids everywhere, it’s not about any of them. What is it about? No idea. Meet the weirdest game you really, really shouldn’t Google hints for at school.

Most edutainment has a simple goal: to teach something. The clue is in the name. The BlobJob has a different approach. It wants to teach kids everything in the entire world. How long does its in-depth life lesson last? Ooooh… about 20 minutes. Give it points for ambition, at least.