A look at Bio Force Ape
According to the wiki page I made:Bio Force Ape is an "unreleased" Video Game that was set to take place in stores all across America. Bio Force Ape was also mentioned in Nintendo Power and can be played on vNES.com.Though a fake prototype was released, only one cartridge of the game was ever documented.Since then,Bio Force Ape has then went on to become a "Cult Game". IN 2005,a thread titled "Bio Force Ape" was created at Digital Press, a popular forum among video game collectors.Offering scant few details, "Paul Brown" posted evidence of his discovery. Images of a prototype cartridge surfaced, along with photographs of the game in action. Brown's gameplay descriptions matched Nintendo Power's previews. His screenshots showed a side-scrolling platformer in an early state of development, but with many gameplay features fully implemented. As Brown's posts continued, forum members were treated to odd cutscenes, and questionable enemy designs. Soon, an argument erupted. Collectors urged Brown to sell the prototype. Preservation-minded replies asked Brown to consider the possibility of dumping the game and distributing a playable ROM image. The collectors warned that dumping the game would reduce its market value, while an undumped cartridge could fetch $2,000 or more from a willing buyer.
Pages of angry diatribes followed. A befuddled Brown continued to post screenshots. One of the game's later cutscenes proved surprisingly relevant to the conversation.
Somehow, the arguments at Digital Press continued without a hiccup.
Frustrated at his inability to generate meaningful discussion and concerned that his discovery had upset the Digital Press community, Brown made one final reply, showing the Bio Force Ape cartridge smashed into pieces.
The prank gave Bio Force Ape newfound popularity, and it gained notoriety that far exceeded the close-knit collector's community. A minor meme was created, and another Internet legend was born. In the years that followed, though, Bio Force Ape again faded into obscurity.In March 2010, a prototype version of Bio Force Ape surfaced in a Yahoo! Japan auction. A single screenshot and a picture of the cartridge were posted, along with a very short description. The seller was seemingly unaware of the treasure he possessed.
Notified by "Paul Brown" himself (who had in the years since revealed himself to be Digital Press forum regular Bratwurst), Lost Levels founder Frank Cifaldi organized an emergency meeting of site staff. Little had to be said about what was at stake. Gathering donations from friends and forum members, Cifaldi placed a bid.
The auction ended at 250,000 yen, or about $2,700â€”slightly more than the 2K monies prophesied years before.
There was still a fair amount of uncertainty that loomed large, however. What if the auction was fake? What if the cartridge was dead on arrival? What if the game was bitrotted, incomplete, or unplayable?
It was a lot of money to risk on a legendary piece of gaming history that had only been rumored, parodied, and pranked in the past. Moreover, the auction ended on April 2, 2010, leading some to believe that it was simply an April Fool's joke.
When the cartridge arrived, would-be dumper Chris Covell produced a devastating photograph.
In the fine tradition of Bio Force Ape, however, the picture turned out to be a hoax. The game arrived at its destination intact, and was dumped immediately.
Bio Force Ape was saved.
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