GBA Bootleg Wants You To Know Jeff's Mom Is A MILF

Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis is not supposed to start this way

Photo of a GBA showing a cracked intro greeting someone's mom.
Photo: RecD

You never know what you might find when buying old retro games in bulk. Sometimes you get a bunch of mildewed junk. Sometimes you discover hidden gems. And sometimes you stumble upon strange bootlegs with totally unnecessary shoutouts to other people’s moms.

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“Oh my god I got a bootleg of Tactics Ogre for GBA in a lot and it has a hacker demo screen on it,” RecD, a video game musical YouTuber, wrote on Twitter today. Instead of opening to Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis normal start menu, the game opened with “Greetings to Jeff’s mom AKA THE MILF.” After that the game went back to its normal niche strategy RPG opening.

RecD said it was just moving text and not accompanied by any music. Clearly whoever left it there (the screen’s logo refers to a now-defunct “Mode 7" cracking group) felt the message spoke for itself.

The bootleg GBA cart came from a $50 retro game haul on eBay that included Neo Geo Pocket Color games like SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium and Pac-Man, as well as Chip’s Challenge for the Atari Lynx, RecD told Kotaku. “I sorta figured this thing was an obvious bootleg and would probably be a basic ROM dump or dead, and didn’t even really factor it into the price I paid, so the splash screen when I booted it up was definitely a surprise.”

The front of the bootleg Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis GBA cartridge.
Photo: RecD

Cracked intros, or cracktros for short, were calling cards sometimes left behind by hackers cracking PC games or dumping console games to more easily shareable ROM files. Sort of like virtual tagging, they’re mostly a lost art now, although people have taken to archiving them for posterity. You can find more than a few videos of old cracktros on YouTube, although after a brief search there and elsewhere I couldn’t find any backstory for this particular one.

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However, following RecD’s original tweet, someone else on Twitter shared a second screenshot of a related cracktro reportedly from bootlegged versions of Mega Man Battle Network 2. “Greetings to Jeff’s Mother I love you (NON-SEXUALLY!),” it reads.

RecD, meanwhile, probably won’t bother much more with the bizarre relic. “Cheap GBA bootlegs of RPGs like this tend not to actually have a save battery installed or [have] components that break down, so it’d definitely be a sub-par experience vs. actually grabbing a real copy of Tactics Ogre on GBA if I’m ever inclined to play it,” he said. “In closing, here’s hoping Jeff and his mom are having a lovely day.”

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Jeff, or your mom, if either of you are reading this, please sound off in the comments.

Correction - 9:27 a.m. ET, 7/14/21: The cracktro was not a still image.

DISCUSSION

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Oh good! Reason #6,248 why I hate my given name. I swear just in the last 10-ish years my name has become a meme.

Jeff Dunham should die in a fire (for a multitude of reasons) specifically for the fact that now any time people learn my name they think they’re SO GOD-DAMN, MOTHERFUCKING CLEVER and the first person to say “dur-hurr-hurr don’t you mean Jeh-fah-fah”.

Worse, working in customer service “thank you for calling <business>, my name is Jeff...” [Random coworker parroting from across the office] “My name Jeff” a la 22 Jump Street.

I’m getting a legal name change, fuck this shit....