When Rockstar announced Bully, I remembered that I already played that game... My first acquaintance with the "Skool" series was Back To Skool, and it was mind-blowing for a Spectrum user – it looked kinda like a platformer, but actually had much more verbs than "jump" and "shoot"; the "level" was not big, but the diversity was gained through temporal changes: "safe zones" were becoming "hunting grounds" as soon as the bell rang. The level structure also made sense: not just a set of platforms, but a school (two schools, actually) with different classrooms for different disciplines, teachers' room, mess hall and so on. Not everything that moved was a monster, and people could be used for personal gain without even a dialog interface. It was small-scale real-time open-world long before GTA, Outcast and Shenmue. And, yes, many things they had in Bully, like riding bikes or kissing girls, were already there in Back to Skool.
I hope you will also mention a nice remake named "Klass of 99" by Richard Jordan, which I actually finished by mass poisoning the students while they were dining (I had to poison one to alert his aunt, but had no clue which one). It also had a computer class added with topics like "How to pirate games", there was also a "Space Invaders"-like mini-game there which could help you to lose some lines. Alas, no girls.
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