Baldi’s TERRIBLE SECRET! (Baldi’s Basics in Education and Learning Theory)


“Oh, hi! Welcome to my school hou-” GOTTA SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP Welcome to Baldi’s Basics in Education and Learning… that’s – that’s – that’s – that’s [Static] One school house… One Math professor… One problem that can’t be solved… Ladies and gentleman, I present to you, the
deranged school of Baldi’s Basics. From what looks like something that crawled
out of MS Paint hell, Baldi’s Basics takes you on a magical math journey that will leave
you with never-ending nightmares. You’re thrown into a school house with this
fine fella and you’re on a quest to recover 7 magical notebooks scattered about this cursed
building. Immediately I’m thrown back into my younger
years where a little Swanky was powering through the edutainment games of the past. From Number Munchers, to more complex games
like The Secret Island of Dr. Quandary – I spent A LOT of time at school playing through
these. While the core of these games were education-based,
that doesn’t mean they weren’t enjoyable. That doesn’t mean Reader Rabbit wasn’t
the coolest thing ever. Well, maybe it does. But the fact that we could indulge in games
at school was absolutely superb. Swinging back over to Baldi’s Basics though… I think that’s exactly why people are enjoying
this so much. The awful artwork is on par with some of the
earlier games we played, and the robotic nature of the voices in the game are spot on too. Often times we didn’t really care about
the world of edutainment games. We’d finish playing it and then go back
to school, and when we got home we’d fire up our other video games. But Baldi’s Basics is different thought
because I did want to know about this world. What was going on his this world of eye bleeding
artwork? One would think there is no story present
here at all… I mean, even one of the chalk boards reads
“place lore here”, signifying that there isn’t anything to be covered. But I don’t think that’s the case at all. Humor me for a second, but the objects, characters,
and environments of a game tell a story on there own… And beneath the madness that is Baldi, I think
there is actually a story that can be derived… Something creepy and abstract. The true story of Baldi and the horrors of
this school. But before I dive into theory-land, let’s
cover what we know. Believe it or not there is actually a story
that is provided by the game, and it reads as follows: “Oh noes! School is out but your friend has a problem! He left all his noteboos in school, but doesn’t
have time to go get them, because if he does he’ll be late for eating practice. To help him out, you have to go back in the
school and find all 7 of his notebooks for him. It won’t be easy though! Baldi loves challenging his students with
fun trivia problems whenever he can! Each time you find a notebook, you’ll have
to answer some questions. Answer all three correctly, and you will earn
a prize! Find all 7 notebooks, and then exit the school,
to win! Seems pretty straightforward enough. Seven legendary noteboos all waiting to be
collected. One friend who has to practice his eating,
which I imagine means “oh crap I’ll be late for dinner if I have to go back”, and
one Baldi who is still lingering after school hours. So now we have the baseline story in place,
but this is where things get interesting. Because now we must scavenge the school to
actually piece together what is going on here. So let’s start off with our main adversary
in this adventure: Mr. Baldimore. Or at least creeping on the developer’s
Twitter, it looks like we might be able to assume his full name could be based on the
insanely deep lore he revealed. Swinging back over to the game though, there’s
a room in the building that specifically outlines blurbs associated with each of the characters. Baldi’s states that he’s a great teacher
due to his incredible hearing abilities. He can not only tell where any sound came
from, but who made it too. I’m not sure why having great hearing warrants
someone to be a great teacher – I mean, I guess you can catch people misbehaving in
class when your back is turned, but it seems like an odd skill. Obviously it’s letting us know that he can
hear us when we make noises in the game, but the fact that he can hear us from anywhere
is kinda creepy. I mean, there are plenty of other characters
running around the school, so you think that would distract him some. But nope, Baldi with his laser focus hunts
us down one ruler hit at a time. It’s also pretty interesting to me that
Baldi starts off rather friendly before ultimately turning into a complete monster. He welcomes us to his schoolhouse, despite
him only be a teacher there, and he even rewards us with a quarter for our first good deed. However, perhaps this is only to drag us into
a false sense of security. We entered this schoolhouse and found two
notebooks really easily, but the last five are going to be quite the challenge. Which is bizarre if you stop and think about
it. Our friend told us that he left his notebooks
in the school, which would make one think that all the notebooks should be together. I mean, how does someone conveniently leave
all the notebooks in separate classrooms and then ask their friend to go retrieve them
all? Or perhaps they were all in one area, but
Baldi scattered them across the school so he could hunt you down with a ruler. It’s like The Most Dangerous Game, except
Baldi isn’t using a gun. And we finally do get those seven blasted
notebooks, despite failing every quiz associated with them, our world transforms around us. The halls grow blood red and we find ourselves
having a super hard time trying to escape. Baldi lays down a steady ruler beat track
as he sprints through the halls closing in on us… But doesn’t all of this seem super weird? The school is literally terraforming around
us and changing its shape as we try to escape… And I think all of this points to a clearer
picture of what is really going on here. It’s all a dream. Womp womp. I know that’s usually the worst explanation
to anything because it’s a copout, but hear me out on this. As a child in early grade school I often had
school-related dreams that would highlight my greatest fears. Whether it be a difficult test, classmates
being jerks, or a teacher that terrified us. For a lot of people schools aren’t the best
environments. There is a lot of pressure at school for a
ton of different reasons. The things we see in Baldi seem to mimic these
scenarios, but it’s almost as if they are being amplified and released all at once. What if we were a kid who struggled with math? For some people it doesn’t click right away,
especially at a young age. Anything related to math would eventually
grow to be a pain point for us. We’d hate math because we aren’t good
at it, and we’d grow to hate our math teacher because he is a source of that pain. What better nightmare fuel? Your friend is relying on you to grab their
things but you come across unsolvable math problems that only make your instructor more
and more angry. You continually fail over and over again as
your teacher becomes further infuriated at your actions. And to top things off, you run into other
people who block you as you try to escape your teacher. How they actually look escapes your memory
and you just remember them for what they stand for. A broom for the janitor, a sock puppet for the arts and crafts student, a blurry face with a jump rope for the girl who asked you to jump at recess the Principle who only mutters on and on about rules in
the hallway. You even encounter someone who bullies you
into giving them your food. Regardless of what happens though, your teacher
Mr. Baldi walks towards you step by step as you panic. It’s a nightmare where you can never run
fast enough or get away, and to make matters worse, if you do manage to get all the notebooks,
the reality of your world collapses and it truly becomes a nightmare that seems impossible
to escape. The hallways change as the school around you
reacts to your frightened emotions. It tries to become a labyrinth that you can’t
escape from, but if you finally do manage to escape, you simply awake… You awake to a splash screen saying… you
won? You have a math test today and you’re dreading
it. Or at least that’s what we can try to piece
together from this. Now obviously this is a game jam game – and
for those who don’t know what that is, it’s a game created under certain rules within
a specific window of time. I’ve actually attended a few game jams myself
and they are really cool, collaborative experiences. Sometimes you make a game in under 48 hours,
sometimes longer. Baldi’s was built around the theme of meta
games. Meta games typically break the fourth wall,
parody other titles, or involve looking through game files or other assets. There’s a lot they can contain. For example, Doki Doki Literature Club was
a great meta game because it was a dating sim parody with an overhauled metagame within. Baldi’s fits into the the same style, but
just in a different way. Even though no overarching story was outlined
for us in Baldi’s Basics, what we have present is enough to try to piece one together. It’s like stumbling upon a crime scene and
only having the clues. We thought it was Colonel Mustard with the
pipe in the dining room, when in reality, it was Baldi with the ruler in the hallway. Obviously we’re trying to stitch together
a story out of complete nonsense, but that’s what’s so fun about it as well. But now that I’ve dumped that on all of
you, I’d love to know what you think. What do you think is going on in Baldi’s
basics? A crazy nightmare fueled by a fear of math? Did our friend set us up and try to sacrifice
us to a math demon? Let me know your thoughts in the comments
below. And with that… Thanks for tuning in to this deadly exam! If you haven’t already, check out my creepy
playlist of other video game theories. Doki Doki Literature Club, FNAF, Dream Daddy,
Bendy, and so much more. Anyways, thanks for watching guys and gals
– and until my next video, cheers!

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