Cartoon: The Life Cycle of a Video Game

June 25, 2009 -

GameSpy has a whimsical, multi- (really multi-) panel cartoon depicting the great circle of life as it pertains to games.

Click here for the full cartoon.

GP: Thanks to sharp-eyed GamePolitics correspondent Andrew Eisen for the tip...

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The only bit I have a problem with is the idea that a child "illegally" buys it from a store.  It is not 'illegal' to sell any ESRB-rated game to a child.

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Wishful thinking on the part of the artist, perhaps?

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That comic winz

Never underestimate the power of idiots in large amounts.

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I'm a bit weirded out by the panel stating that a child "illegally" buys the game. Since when is it illegal to sell ANY game to a person of ANY age? (disregarding something that is pornographic or obscene, or whatever requirement is needed for it to be restricted)

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Keep in mind all of the politicians that want to make it illegal for that.

 

Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone's feelings.

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Outside of the US of A there are countries that do restrict the sale of things, movies as well as games, based on age ratings.

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The cartoon's game is rated by the ESRB - that means it's going to be sold in the USA.

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But perhaps there was something else illegal about the child's purchase.  Using counterfeit money, perhaps?

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What greatness lies in half truths and smug reailties....I love it!

 


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There needs to be an extra panel, squeezed in after the second: boobs are added to it.

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That would counter the "it doesn't sell" step later on. Missing the boobs is really the reason for the rest of Game's life.

The ultimate game would be a freeform world you could explore at leisure, backed up by a sweeping graphics engine and comprehensive physics simulator, armed with a gun with two settings: One which adds boobs to things, and one which sets things on fire. With Novint Falcon support.

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"The ultimate game would be a freeform world you could explore at leisure, backed up by a sweeping graphics engine and comprehensive physics simulator, armed with a gun with two settings: One which adds boobs to things, and one which sets things on fire. With Novint Falcon support."

That's a good start, your forgetting to mention one important feature though.

Do you play as a grizzled space marine?

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>One which adds boobs to things

Boob! Headshot!

/b

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Oh great, spoiler warning next time maybe. You do play as a grizzled space marine (who has lost his romantic interest) but you aren't supposed to know that until the end because you have amnesia.

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 Amnesia with boobs?

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Pariah?

 


I am a criminal because I purchase media,I am a criminal because I use media, I am a criminal because I chose to own media..We shall remain criminals until Corporate stay's outside our bedrooms..


http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com


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Re: Cartoon: The Life Cycle of a Video Game

Really, the two panels you have here are the only two panels worth reading.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

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I concur.

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Interestingly, this is like Insomniac's take on the Spyro franchise.

"Insomniac Games President Ted Price stated in an interview about Resistance: Fall of Man that they stopped creating Spyro games because the player character, Spyro, was too limited for them to add new features and actions (Ted states, as an example, that "he didn't even have hands, he couldn't even hold a gun."

GameSnooper

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What a sad lack of imagination this shows...

 

I mean, of course Spyro could hold guns!  He could have them mounted to his wings or tail or something!  Come on, Price, use your thinking cap!  You can get guns in there somewhere!  :D

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Of Course Row 4 Panel 2 answers one of the lingering questions I had from working at EB Games.

What happens to all the boxes and manuals for these games people trade in? I cannot tell you the number of games that were traded in on my shift that had no boxes and manuals. It is as if these people throw them away and keep all their games in a cd wallet.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

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 Yeah that always confused me too; I can understand maybe a PC game but Console games where are you storing the thing?

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Judging by the condition of most disks that were brought in, they were storing them on their gravel driveway.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

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Agreed.  Everything after that seemed excessively cynical.

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Thirded.

I know the strip was grossly exaggerating everything anyway, but since when did testers 'approve' games? I can't recall any capacity for that when I was in QA anyway.

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"Testers" do not approve the code, but the QA department does approve (or deny approval it as the case may be) the code for submission to first party.  They can always be overruled however....

Also, testers wouldn't be narcoleptic if they weren't forced to work 70-80 hour work weeks....just saying...

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"You know what I wish? I wish all the scum of the Earth had one throat and I had my hands about it."

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I dunno. The notion of Jack-O vowing to sue a fire brought a smile to my face.

 
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