The Comic Commish - March '13

Welcome to a particularly psychotic episode of the Comic Commish, my monthly tribute to my gold membership sponsor @omghisam and the fine folk who run this website that we're on right now. I've been told it's never healthy to stew in one's own insanity for too long. But I'll show them. I'll show them all.

I think I'm actually at the half-way point. Sweet! I'm sure I have another 18 ideas in me. Here are the past commisheses: October, November, December, January, February.

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"Giant Bomb's Hall of (Hotdog) Meat"

Now, this isn't to suggest they actually turf Patrick off of CBSi HQ, which is probably inadvisable regardless of how many mattresses are placed down, but rather play Skate 3's infamous injury-causing mode in order to recreate the fracture that put our newshound out of commission for a time. Points are awarded for collarbone breaks and deducted for breaking any other part of the body. I figure the best way to get over ailments is to laugh at them, right? Broken bones, terminal diseases, nitrous oxide addictions: Laughter is the best medicine, after all.

"Sponsored Shrink Shack Shenanigans"

With this whole adblock kerfuffle going on right now, between professional website reviewers who are rightly aggrieved by people who block their chief source of revenue and visitors to said websites who are rightly aggrieved by having to sit through ads when they can get impressions of a game for free on YouTube or a thousand other places, Jeff's been talking about his plans to somehow integrate commercials into Giant Bomb's content in a fun, informal way without it feeling gross. I want to say the best example I've seen of this sort of thing of recent are the Extreme Restraints segments of My Brother, My Brother and Me: Germane to the content, informative of the product and very, very funny. Of course, very few businesses outside of online vendors of sexual aids would be down for such ribaldry, but I guess it's something companies with products to sell and content producers with an audience to sell to are going to have to see eye-to-eye on more often.

I may have gone too far with this one.

I do think they could use a JRPG guy, given how many players there are out there that haven't yet given up on them. Or better yet, some manner of a collective entity made up of pro-JRPG community users who can write reviews and have the particularly well-written ones presented as Giant Bomb's semi-official stance on the games in question, rather than the current fully-official stance of "meh". Similar case could be made for MMOs as well, I suppose, since those things are constantly in flux and would require a full-time presence that would be unfeasible to ask of the finite numbers of the Bomb Crew... as it would be to ask them to review a 60-hour long JRPG, I'll begrudgingly concede.

Then again, we probably won't have much of a content-producing community left by the time the engineers finally restore the various utilities we had for keeping tabs on each other's output. Grouse, grouse, grouse; I know, it's all I seem to do these days.

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Posted by Video_Game_King

@mento said:

I may have gone too far with this one.

Exactly. Everybody knows I'm the JRPG guy 'round these parts.

I told him you were gonna cover the mustache costs.

Wait a minute, aren't I supposed to be writing a blog about now.

Posted by Mento

@video_game_king: Ah, but this is where my plan for the collective comes in: I take the ones that come out in Europe first, you take all the old ones, Pepsiman takes the ones that aren't in English, PixelPrinny takes the vaguely pornographic Agarest/Hyperdimension Neptunia ones, Psycosis takes the entirely pornographic ones, Hailinel gets all the Dynasty Warrior types since it's not like GB will be covering those any time soon either and Sparky_Buzzsaw can just commandeer any game he wants off of any of us with his oppressive mod powers. Done and done.

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Edited by omghisam

Finally the Mento vs. VGK showdown we've all been waiting for!

Edit: Also totally lame I didn't know of this blog post until I went looking for it. Dave really needs to fix the activity feed. I don't pay for (multiple) gold accounts for nuttin'.

Edited by Mento

@omghisam: Really? I thought the @ callout was the only part of the notification system that had survived the switch.

I and a few others have been grumbling about the activity feed, but I believe the agenda for Dave, Alexis and the engineers was to make sure GB was working before moving onto Comic Vine's similar make-over. I guess once that's done (after they make sure it works) they'll come back and start restoring our beloved notifications, friend activity feeds and followed blogs side-bar. It's kind of unsatisfying to post all these things into a vacuum, the best efforts of ZombiePie to highlight everything he can notwithstanding.

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Posted by AlexanderSheen

@video_game_king said:

Exactly. Everybody knows I'm the JRPG guy 'round these parts.

I told him you were gonna cover the mustache costs.

Wait a minute, aren't I supposed to be writing a blog about now.

The guy in the middle looks like he whipped out his dick to show the other two his erectyle disfunction.

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What the fuck am I even talking about?!

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Posted by Winternet

Yay more comics.

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Posted by Video_Game_King

The guy in the middle looks like he whipped out his dick to show the other two his erectyle disfunction.

I'll need to find a way to quote this out of context.

(Also, it's a reference to @mento's Binary Domain blog. Look it up once that feature comes back.)

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@mento said:

@omghisam: Really? I thought the @ callout was the only part of the notification system that had survived the switch.

I and a few others have been grumbling about the activity feed, but I believe the agenda for Dave, Alexis and the engineers was to make sure GB was working before moving onto Comic Vine's similar make-over. I guess once that's done (after they make sure it works) they'll come back and start restoring our beloved notifications, friend activity feeds and followed blogs side-bar. It's kind of unsatisfying to post all these things into a vacuum, the best efforts of ZombiePie to highlight everything he can notwithstanding.

I received this callout notification but not the original one from the blog post. Weird.

If it never gets fixed you Brits can go all gamebomb and start giantbomb.co.uk

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@mento said:

@video_game_king: Ah, but this is where my plan for the collective comes in: I take the ones that come out in Europe first, you take all the old ones, Pepsiman takes the ones that aren't in English, PixelPrinny takes the vaguely pornographic Agarest/Hyperdimension Neptunia ones, Psycosis takes the entirely pornographic ones, Hailinel gets all the Dynasty Warrior types since it's not like GB will be covering those any time soon either and Sparky_Buzzsaw can just commandeer any game he wants off of any of us with his oppressive mod powers. Done and done.

Hilariously enough, I've actually reviewed two recent Warriors entries for another site in the past five months.

I HAVE EXPERIENCE, GIANT BOMB!

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Posted by Mento

@omghisam: Because we Brits are so polite and would have to acknowledge the theft to save our honor, I humbly submit that we call this new site "The Purloined Petard". Dot co dot UK. Plus, it's a name that can't be easily vandalized.

@hailinel: I wonder if we could convince Big Jeffrey and Medium Dave to reinstate that long-abandoned idea of giving certain users (perhaps multiple, since I'd imagine some fights) dominion over specific franchises in the wiki for which they are particularly well-informed or passionate about, and in return giving any reviews they make for those games some sort of heightened credence over regular user reviews.

That'd probably be cooler and more widely covering than the JRPG thing. The Bomb Crew all have their own pet series they're into, but there's plenty of others that they're generally clueless about and don't particularly care to pick up on. And that's no admonishment, because anyone who has played games for as long as they have has a firm list of their likes and dislikes. I imagine forcing oneself to cover the latter in any great depth would be kind of a bummer.

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