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    How Rockett's New School Was The Mean Girls Of '90s Games

    Kim Kardashian's Hollywood may be all the rage for anyone looking for (A-list) virtual escapism but before that, for a young female fanbase there was Purple Moon's Rockett's New School. This "friendship adventure" charmingly embodied the pressure and excitement of getting through obstacles, only this time in junior high and in the game world.

    Purple Moon, founded by Brenda Laurel, released two CD-ROM games in 1997: Rockett's New School and Secret Paths in the Forest.

    In classic CD-ROM fashion, the game took you frame-by-frame during Rockett Movado's first day.

    Immediately, the game's best feature was when it was time for make a crucial decision for Rockett.

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    Her day pauses as you get three options for her to proceed with. The choices usually range from optimistic, doubt, and annoyance. Her inner voices explained what may happen depending on what you pick, and the voice-overs were always true and hilarious to early teen angst.

    Getting inside Rockett's head also tests your way of decision-making

    She soon gets acquainted with the who's-who of Pines' social scene.

    The Ones were the Plastics of Whistling Pines.

    There were lots of characters at Whistling Pines Jr. High.

    Then there's Rockett's purple backpack!

    How about those times when Cady in Mean Girls ate lunch in the girl's bathroom stall?

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    Some of the funnest scenes took place in the cafeteria (which was also some of Mean Girls' most memorable) and Rockett, through her various decisions, gets a firsthand lesson in how nerve-racking, or exhilarating, it can be to go with the flow.

    Here's an extra clip for fun containing a few of the characters.

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    During breaks on the game, you could also peek inside lockers and read journals.

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    Despite the many social circles, a lot of the characters were more or less alike in just wanting to be accepted for who they were while still finding their way. Purple Moon allowed its gamers to check out personal belongings and even listen to messages on what were most likely based on beepers. This was definitely a much nicer version of getting into another's thought can the Burn Book. (This video is 35 minutes long. You don't have to watch the whole thing but you'll get the idea in minutes).

    Like how Cady connected with Tina Fey's character, the math teacher, Ms. Norbury; Mr. Rarebit takes a liking to Rockett's talent for art.

    Though the adventures of Rockett continued in the following editions...

    Also, Purple Moon's content was decidedly less satiric than Tina Fey's wit...

    Also, it case you were wondering who the Aaron Samuels of Whistling Pines Jr. High was...