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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2012-04-02 01:59:00
Nigerian Prince Scam
So I got into a bit of a disagreement with Squishy Comics' writer about how much context a comic strip requires in order for it to be properly communicable. Today's Dave the Direman is an experiment on my part to see how much (or rather how little explicit information) I can get away with.
Joel brought up the possibility that younger members of our readership might miss the punchline because the Nigerian Prince Scam is such an old one. More than actually being concerned about this potential problem, the observation had the concerning effect of informing me that I'm old. (My tirade against "internet kids" the other day didn't help any either! LOL)
David Vargas: (dave-deleteme[at]-deleteme-squishycomics [dot] com) 2012-04-02 13:21:33
Damn It, Sega!
The following has nothing to do with today's strip, it's simply something that I'd like to share with you. I used to be a HUGE Sonic the Hedgehog fan. I loved the Sonic games on the old Genesis. I used to watch the Saturday morning cartoons. I used to collect the Archie comics well into my mid twenties, and they're responsible for no small amount of my desire to become a cartoonist. Then came a long string of mediocre Sonic games. I was already on the verge of swearing Sonic games off when Sonic Unleashed came out. That was the last straw. I haven't played a Sonic game since then, I haven't looked at any of the comics since then, I just had enough.
I rented Sonic Generations for my 360 a few weeks ago at the suggestion of my buddy Arturo. As you can imagine from the previous paragraph, I protested quite a bit, but he insisted I would love it, so I gave it a go. The premise is that a time warp has younger, classic Sonic and an older, modern sonic working together to fix some time/space troubles. Young Sonic tackles entirely 2D levels that are inspired by previous games. It's pure classic gaming bliss. Modern Sonic tackles levels that are a mixture of classic 2D gaming as well as wonderful 3D segments. THIS feels like a natural progression from Sonic Adventure games. I was having FUN. And then I got MAD. Not at the game. The game is a good Sonic game. I got mad at Sega. WHY did it take them THIS long to realize that THIS is all any Sonic fan wanted? It took them THIS long to figure this out? Sonic. Is. About. Speed. That's it. It's that Simple. This game gets it.
Anyone who ever played the old Genesis and Sonic Adventure games and enjoyed them would get a kick out of Sonic Generations. It is at least worth a rent.
Sega's currently going through some restructuring, and they're claiming that they're going to focus on their stronger IPs, one of which is Sonic. MAYBE we'll see some decent Sonic games in the near future?