Bully, also known as Canis Canem Edit, is a third person action-adventure video game released by Rockstar Vancouver for the PlayStation 2. The game was released as Bully: Scholarship Edition for the Xbox 360, Wii and PC and as Bully: Anniversary Edition for iOS and Android. Bully: Scholarship Edition was released by Rockstar Vancouver, with Mad Doc Software (now known as Rockstar New England), involved with the development. The game uses an advanced Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas engine through Renderware.
The plot of the game revolves around 15-year-old protagonist Jimmy Hopkins and his adventures at Bullworth Academy, a prestigious prep school in the town of Bullworth in New Hampshire.
References to Grand Theft Auto
Bully has several subtle references to the GTA franchise.
- A Regina and a Stallion can be found in Shop class. The latter one is not a Diablo Stallion though since it has a different flame pattern and lacks a hood-mounted supercharger.
- Sometimes, a female pedestrian might mention Liberty City in her dialogue.
References to Bully in Grand Theft Auto
- In Grand Theft Auto IV, Bullworth Academy is shown briefly in a segment of the CNT reality show I'm Rich. It is shown as a boarding school that Jill Von Crastenburg is attending.
- Initially, in the mission Final Interview, Niko wrote in his resumé that he went to Bullworth Academy - however, after patch 1.14 it was changed to Bulford Academy.
- A short segment of the Prefects' theme can be heard during the Benefactor Surano commercial on Weazel.
- The movie Sequel II played at the Astro Theaters is the second part of Sequel: The Movie, which was advertised at the movie theater in Bully.
- A hoodlum found in Strawberry sometimes wears a shirt with "HOPKINS" labelled on the back.
- The coat of arms of the Bullworth Academy was stylized and featured in Canis Canem Edit (pictured), a painting by Mathew Morse at The Diamond Casino & Resort. The painting's name is taken from the academy's motto, which means "Dog Eat Dog" in Latin.
- Bully also reuses various files from the Grand Theft Auto series - for example, it uses a modified version of GTA Vice City's carcols.dat and handling.cfg, and also has a few leftovers text strings from GTA Vice City.