A Formal Apology to Insomniac Games

Ratchet & Clank

Ratchet & Clank (from Insomniac Games) have been around since the year 2002 (PlayStation 2). I only recently got into this franchise last year with Ratchet & Clank (2016) on PlayStation 4. I’m currently replaying that game (for the second time) on my PlayStation 5 to get ready for my most anticipated PS5 game, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

Here’s a list of Ratchet & Clank games with a short overview of the franchise from the Insomniac Games website:

from the Insomniac Games website

Last week, I noticed that I’ve been making a huge mistake since last year — I’ve been spelling Ratchet wrong for the past year. In my previous posts I’ve been writing “Rachet” instead of “Ratchet” (and for some reason spell check was letting it slide).

I’ve always been aware that the word ratchet exists. I just thought that this Lombax (Ratchet’s species) was named Rachet, for some particular reason. I know that a ratchet is a tool.

Although this image seems to be an ad for Ultimate Handyman, I am in no way sponsored or have received any kickbacks from Ultimate Handyman. I just thought this google search image fit best in this article.

I also know that Rachet is a word according to Urban Dictionary.

from the Urban Dictionary website

Rifts Apart

While working and living in Orlando a few years ago I learned about a strange theory from my co-worker. Apparently, because many people recall the Berenstain Bears being called the Berenstein Bears from their childhood, there is a wild theory around them. I am one of those people who remembered them to be called the Berenstein Bears (which is completely wrong).

The theory goes even further, stating that we are now living in an alternate reality where the name of this fictional bear family is the one thing that our Overlords got wrong. This simple idea determines that we are in fact living in an alternate reality. At first, I thought that this theory was bonkers. Now, after examining my remembrance of the name Rachet vs Ratchet, maybe it’s not so wild?

The new Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is set in a world featuring multiple timelines. While we know Doctor Nefarious from previous games, there is also an Emperor Nefarious in a separate timeline. Rivet (the new female Lombax) may just be the Ratchet from a different timeline. I even heard rumours* of a Clink or some new version of Clank.

So, if that Berenstein/Berenstain Bears theory is true and there are multiple timelines. And, if there’s also multiple timelines within the new Rachet & Clank game, what’s to say there’s no “Rachet” in one of these timelines. Perhaps I come from a different timeline where the franchise was in fact named Rachet & Clank. I’m sure there are at least a dozen other people who think his name is spelled Rachet.

Either way, I just wanted to say I’m sorry to the team at Insomniac Games for getting this wrong for the past few months. I have gone back to correct a few Ratchets (formerly Rachets) throughout my site and I will continue to do so. And from now on, I will spell the name right Ratchet and Clank.

I am very excited and cannot wait to visit the world of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart in just a few weeks time. But until then I will continue my second playthrough of Ratchet & Clank (2016).

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart comes exclusively to PlayStation 5 next month, June 11th.

*I spelled Rumors (vs Rumors) this way because that’s the way Fleetwood Mac did it and that’s the only way to ever do it.

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