This Week in: WTF is a Pantsu Bat?

Posted: July 31, 2010 in meh

Maybe, just maybe, you PB peeps have wondered and are genuinely curious to know just what a Pantsu Bat is, well, today’s the day I’ll tell you that in detail.

First you should know where Pantsu Bat (PB) even comes from: a game called Mackie Becca Bex. In college me and my roommate were project partners in a game design class and had to work on taking the concepts of game design and applying it to our own game creation. My roommate did the engine modification and coding while I did the artwork; BTW, the background music is a midi version of Savage Garden’s ‘Break Me, Shake Me’. It was a fun month or so of working on this video game project that saw many Domino’s pizza boxes pile up next to the trash and the recycling bin overflow with empty Coke cans.

So what’s the game about? Mackie Becca Bex (MBB) is a game set during the epic battle between heaven and hell where an angel named Lady Leigh is the protagonist and has to battle demonic creatures on earth as she returns to the heavens.

For those curious about seeing the game first-hand or playing it — for it’s relatively short at 10 minutes for skilled platformer players — you may click here to play it.

As you may have surmised Pantsu Bat is one of the demonic creatures that the player, Lady Leigh, must do battle with in order to reach the end. Pantsu Bat is floating pantsu that have sprouted bat-like wings, agitated eyebrows, and dotted eyes. The Pantsu Bat image you see me using on the site is not the original but rather an updated take on the original Pantsu Bat. To see the original Pantsu Bat either play the game for like 10 seconds to see one in action or if you can’t be bothered to play then just see one here:

Original ‘Pantsu Bat’

And while I’m at it, here are the other creatures from MBB:

The ‘Bun’

The ‘BunBun’ or ‘Bun II’

‘Rabid Viera’

The ‘Noddy Face’ or The ‘Ghost’

Lastly, the heroine and main protagonist herself:

‘Lady Leigh’

Now with all these creatures and the heroine presented the reader might wonder why Pantsu Bat received special attention and gained the sole favor and support of the author, well, to answer that all the other creatures must be addressed. There are 5 demonic creatures in Mackie Becca Bex, the original Pantsu Bat, the Bun, the BunBun, Rabid Viera, and Noddy Face — most of those are not original creations. Pantsu Bat itself was made up as a unique and original enemy during a brain storm session which involved watching anime and eating pizza. The Bun is a snow bunny that the author saw on the anime ‘Kanon’ (2006) and liked; subsequently, BunBun is simply an evolutionary take on the Bun and therefor not an original either. The Rabid Viera is a corruption of the Viera race seen in ‘Ivalice’ series of Final Fantasy games. The Noddy Face is simply an emoticon (see another) used in the Ragnarok universe and popularly on MSN/Windows Live Messenger. Lady Leigh, while not a demonic creature, is an original creation that went through a few revisions before turning up as what you see above or in-game. In the end it was between Lady Leigh and Pantsu Bat to receive special attention from the creators and well ‘Pantsu’ was just far more interesting.

So there you have it, and for the tl;dr crowd, basically Pantsu Bat is a character from my video game Mackie Becca Bex and I chose it as my online identity because it was my original idea and I liked it best.

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