right, that adorable, Mountain-Dew-green eyed face was to launch a thousand
consoles. Probably more, if Microsoft had anything to say about it. Unfortunately,
people were sick and tired of mascot platformers by then, no matter how forward
thinking the time manipulation mechanics were (no seriously, it’s like a
crappier Braid before Braid existed).
Blinx is a
Time Sweeper, an employee of the Time Factory, a facility that creates,
distributes and maintains time. Which raises a lot of questions. Why are cats
in charge of manufacturing time? Also, if Blinx’s job is to produce and
maintain time, why are his powers represented by the buttons on your remote
control? I think a more accurate title would be Blinx the VCR Sweeper, who is
really good at setting the clock on it. He knows which buttons to hit, trust
me, it’s nuts.
bunch of pigs mess up time in a certain dimension, so the Time Factory stop
giving them time, freezing them in place But then Blinx gets a call from a
local princess, and decides he has to save her; even though his job description
is being a time janitor, not macking on human princess from other dimensions.
Blinx is horrible at his job, so the clunky controls and weird difficulty his
games are known for are an early example of ludonarrative integration.
And you thought I couldn’t be pretentious about a cartoon cat wearing goggles.
Blinx is still at Microsoft. His developer Artoon was absorbed into AQ
Interactive, and Microsoft was only too happy to offer him a job at their
headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Blinx is now sweeping the halls
of the Xbox division, hoping one day they’ll make him into an avatar costume,
or better yet, a gritty reboot.