Extreme Gatoring: The Preppy Video Game, 1982

Last year, during Preppy Week, we examined some of the spoofs created by opportunistic cash-ins thanks to the success of “The Official Preppy Handbook.”

But the preppy cash-grab went beyond mere words and drawings. To wit, a video game for the Atari console that allowed hoi polloi to sit in front of its TV sets and imagine a Lacoste-clad private school twit getting his comeuppance be being eaten alive by alligators.

Preppie, released in 1982 by Adventure International, is not only a Preppy Handbook cash-in, it’s a Frogger rip-off. It also gives a whole new meaning to the term “gatoring.” The description on the back of the game reads:

Teeing off on the course may be delightfully fashionable, but it can be pretty dangerous on this crazy green! Preppie is a graphics tour de force that dares your preppie to cross an alligator-filled river and recover his wayward golf ball. Dangers lurk everywhere — from speeding golf cards to monster frogs. Only a true Ivy Leaguer could face up to this kind of punishment!

The game extols various features “mummy would most certainly approve of,” and notes that it showcases 28 Atari colors “that will delight and thrill the most fashion-conscious gamester.

“So why go slumming with lesser simulations?” it concludes. “You’ll be the toast of the country club with Preppie.”

There’s truth in advertising. As you can see, Preppie was definitely a graphics tour de force:

Video games may not be prep, but that doesn’t stop some games from including prep characters. In the contemporary video game Bully, one of the gangs is known as the Preppies. They’re led by a rich kid named Derby Harrington, and have haircuts described as “Ivy League.”

As for Preppie, a sealed copy is currently available on eBay for $50.

This authentic vintage NOS, made-in-America heritage video game is the real deal. — CC

17 Comments on "Extreme Gatoring: The Preppy Video Game, 1982"

  1. ScoobyDubious | February 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm |

    I think we all know that the English invented “bullying”. Americans just copied it.


    Can I get an amen, brothers?

  3. ScoobyDubious | February 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm |

    An ancestor of mine fired (what some say was) the first shot of the American Revolution during The Gaspee Affair of 1772. I kid you not.

  4. Hit anything?

  5. ScoobyDubious | February 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm |

    You can Google or Wikipedia it, but he shot Lieutenant William Dudingston of the British ship HMS Gaspee. Then they torched his ship.

  6. “allowed hoi polloi to sit in front of its TV sets”
    For the love of God, THEIR TV sets! Why employ highbrow terms if you don’t even know how to use them?!

  7. If “hoi polloi” is taken to mean “the masses,” then I believe the masses would take the possessive “its.” If it’s taken to mean “the common people,” then people would obviously take “their.” I chose the former, but if it needs to be corrected, please let me know.

  8. ScoobyDubious | February 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm |

    “For the love of God”, somebody needs to cut down on their caffeine intake and find someone new to obsess about.

  9. Anonymous righteous indignation on the web is always entertaining.

  10. ScoobyDubious | February 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm |

    If he gets this obsessively irate about grammar in a blog post about 80s video games, I’d hate to be around this angry fellow if something bad REALLY happened to him. Y’know, like cancer or something.

    He’d probably completely lose his mind and start randomly lashing out.

  11. ScoobyDubious | February 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm |

    The game was called “BULLY”, right?

  12. Wallace Hainault | February 4, 2011 at 7:49 am |

    I believe that the “people” en masse, i.e., the shiny fabriced, could be considered a collective noun and therefore take the singular possessive. Of course my Anglophilia in these and other matters is tempered by being a first cousin of John Hancock and the great-great-great-great grandson of a Captain (later Major) Goodwin of the Massachusetts Militia.

  13. I have some distinguished readers.

    As for me….

    “I’m related to no one but myself.” — Noel Coward

  14. Writing is a lot like driving… The typical driver cannot go more than three miles without making some minor infraction. A state trooper told me that as a child. Now, as an English teacher, I can say that we all fall short of the glory and you’d be hard pressed to write a single paragraph that nobody could find fault with.

    The purpose of driving is to get to a point, without killing anyone. The purpose of writing is to be understood. In these endeavours, any other objective is secondary.

    With all that said, you are sitting at a computer, and you can look-up “highbrow” terms. There’s no need to fear them anymore. Besides, a punk rock band is called “Oi! Polloi”, so I question how “highbrow” and esoteric the term is.

  15. I might have been exasperated, but I don’t think I was irate; and I fail to see what is obsessive about making a point once and just once. But for what it is worth: “hoi polloi” is a Greek expression, and it is plural. I have always seen it used as a plural, and anyway, if it meant “the masses”, that would still be a plural, would it not?
    And ScoobyDubious: because I know who/what you are talking about, I will not take your cancer swipe personally. But, Christ, it is a truly disgusting remark to make, no two ways about it.

  16. Where this other person is concerned normal standards of human decency do not apply. He gets back what he gives out.

  17. ScoobyDubious | February 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm |


    Well… just have no idea what you are talking about. (wink) It was just an “innocent” comparison to emphasize your OTT reaction compared to things in life that really matter.

    But seriously, i have read some of the outright nastiest personal attacks from the individual in question. Not vague allusions, but direct real-name, online, vicious, non-stop obsessive attacks.

    If for no other reason than to appeal to his self-centeredness, he could be informed that his nastiness is turning people away from HIS own site. People like me who came there only for talk about clothes and don’t want to constantly read his obsessive nastiness.

    Readers don’t think he is clever. It doesn’t elevate him to constantly bring others down. He just comes across as sad, bitter, nasty, obsessive, miserable and frankly bat**** crazy.

    And for the last time, I am not CC’s alter-ego, or “sock puppet”. We have never even met. Watch how this gets spun in his alternative reality.

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