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How fast is Bubsy??

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Busby the Bobcat


For so many years, Bubsy fans wondered: How fast is Bubsy the Bobcat?

Well, I've finally cracked the code! I've finally discovered, how fast he is and I'm happy to show you all.


So here we go:


First, we have to know, how to calculate speed. Which is easy to calculate by dividing distance with time.

Speed and Velocity - Miss Wise's Physics Site

For this problem, we'll use Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, level 1. Why?


1.) I chose his first game, because in other Bubsy games, they slow Bubsy down since there are so many obstacles to avoid. Also there are a lot of enemies, like for example in Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales or Bubsy 2. I mean, yea, there are also a lot of enemies in this game, but you can easily avoid them in the first level. Also, Bubsy 2 and Bubsy in Fractured Furry Talesare more like puzzle games. And for Bubsy 3D and his new games, it's hard to calculate the distance. Meanwhile, here it's 16 bit 2D game and you can easily count bits.


2.) I chose level 1, because it looks more simple level than any other levels in this game. In the other levels, there are obstacles, that you have to avoid a lot and that slows Bubsy down. In this, you can just run and avoid enemies easily.



Distance (Part 1)

Alright, so now, that we know which one to choose, there's another problem: How are we going to calculate the distance in this 16 bit game? I mean, we can't convert pixels to meter, because the results will become small.

Well, my friends, we know exactly, how to fix this issue.



Bubsy's Height

First off, we need to know, how tall Bubsy is. How tall is he? Well, there's no information from official Accolade, how tall he is. So, we have no idea. But someone actually found out.

A DeviantArt user named Nox-id actually calculated, how tall he is. How did he do it? Well, remember, when Bubsy had a Nerf Ballzooka in Bubsy 2? Well, that's how he did it.

And I'm gonna use his method.


First off, let's see, how long Nerf Ballzooka is. According to a Nerf Wiki, Nerf Ballzooka is 55,8 cm. (source: https://nerf.fandom.com/wiki/Ballzooka



With that information, I took a screenshot, when Bubsy shoots a ball. Then I photoshoped a gun, so that it's transparent,then rotated it to vertical and put them on original Bubsy sprite.


height.png.b71a1528af5c9ad146ecdfea03fdf61c.pngpixelated (for a proof) 


We get 2 Nerf Ballzookas.

So we do basic math by mutlipying 2 with 55,8 cm and we get: 111,6 cm, or 1,116 m.



Distance (Part 2)

Anyway, now that we know, how tall he is, what do we do then?

Simple, you just rotate Bubsy to 180 degrees and put them on the path.





Also, thanks to the user named Kurai, I found the map of level 1 (https://www.spriters-resource.com/genesis_32x_scd/bubsyinclawsencountersofthefurredkind/sheet/80819/)


After I put them all in the right position, I get 229 characters. Which, we then multiply 229 characters by Bubsy's height. And then we get 255,564 meters.





So far, we know how far this level is. But what about time?

Again it's simple. I use it from Bubsy speedrun (which is 13:47.57) And that person took 23 seconds to finish the first level. 



Final results

And for the final calculation, we use the equation as I told you in the beggining. And boom! We get 11,11 m/s or 24,8 mph or around 25 mph.



Fun fact

What's really interesting, is that he's fast as an average bobcat (25-30 mph). (https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/bobcat/)





Also for his acceleration:

a=(11,11 m/s -0) :23

a= 0,4830 m/s or 1,080 mph


(credit to alliedforce35: https://twitter.com/alliedforce777)



Final thoughts

So today, we learned three things:

1. His speed is around 25 miles per hour,

2. His acceleration is 1,080 miles per hour and

3. He runs as an average bobcat.


Credit is all to me! Don't share it without crediting me.

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