Can Bob From ‘Stranger Things’ Really Code Or Nah

Lance McDonald is an Australian video game developer with a particular passion for coding in BASIC. He made an entire video game, Black Annnex, in almost pure QBASIC.

So it’s safe to say he knows his stuff. But the real question here is – does Bob from Stranger Things? In that episode, in that scene – just how legit was it? Lance knows.

Enter the best twitter thread I’ve seen in quite some time.

This article has been retimed to coincide with the third season of Stranger Things this week.

And what spurred on this critique/worship?

“I was just annoyed at how many people are like ‘THIS IS THE DUMBEST SCENE IN STRANGER THINGS YOU CANT RESET A BREAKER WITH BASIC CODE’ like as if this was some CSI; Cyber level shit,” Lance told me.

“He’s just writing a brute force password retriever on an interpreter that would be on EVERY computer in that era that he probably sold the company and already knew how to use like jeez it’s a good scene.”

If you’re keen to hear more of Lance’s retro tech insights, you might want to check out his YouTube channel here.


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