Undertale Creator Toby Fox made no secret of being heavily inspired Earth bound when creating his legendary postmodern take on the humble role-playing game, and he’s one of many who spoke to Lost in a cult for the next release of their specialized video game publication Lock-On.
Lock-On is gearing up for its fourth release, which you can Pre-Order Now. This new issue will feature an article on the incredible impact of EarthBound and Mother overall, featuring Fox, musician Austin Jorgensen (Lisa: it hurts), Cody NOKOLO (fan site founder mother forever), Ryan Vandendyck (Earth Citizens) and Daniel Airey (reverie). In fact, issue 4 promises to be the biggest release ever, with almost 50 articles from 45 authors and art from over 30 artists and developers.
In an EarthBound piece entitled “ReBound”, Fox (who recently revealed that he offered to help create Mother 4) talks about how the fan base was instrumental in keeping EarthBound (which, if we remember, was a commercial bomb when it was released in North America) in the public eye:
[Mother gained relevance thanks to] The fan community has remained active and aggressive for over fifteen years. Since Break the Brothers 64 came to Fight During the Mother era, the community constantly held campaigns and events to keep the love of the game alive. So people who were interested in Ness could search the internet and instantly find not only answers but people supporting that the game he was from was great and not just some Charlie Brown freak show that looks like crap compared to Mortal Kombat. That’s what people thought in 1995.
Indeed, Fox credits EarthBound fans with making sure the game “gets probably a hundred times more attention and praise than it did when it was released”, and thanks in large part to fans like Cody NOKOLO who have been digging into the game’s history. , development and knowledge. Cody frequented the Mother fan site. starmen.net with Fox, eventually founding mother forever in order to expand the knowledge of the fan community about unreleased Mother 64:
I actually ordered stuff through Japan Interlibrary Loan, their library has documented video game magazines going back to 1970. I don’t know how many people know about this. But I figured it out when I was in college trying to find places to send my game design research through interlibrary loan. And I thought, “Oh, Japan has it all.” In Japan, all these logs are documented. So I was able to scan all this old EarthBound 64 information and post it here. Then I scanned it to a computer and posted it on the site. That’s how it all started.
You can read the full version in the next issue of Lock-On, so if you’re interested, make sure you order a copy as soon as possible.
If you’re looking for more Mother and Earth love, check out our very own video of the game featuring Toby Fox: