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A different look for Zigzag [Nov. 1st, 2008|05:23 pm]
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I'd almost think that it wasn't drawn by Eric W. Schwartz, she looks so different.

The episode's title is amusing too.

Although it's risky to admit anything in common with Zigzag... I'd be acting the exact same way if I saw Homer Simpson in a first-person shooter game. XD
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-11-01 08:14 pm (UTC)
Ever heard of Simpson Doom? It plays just like regular doom, only all the enemies are modified to "Simpsons" characters and you see Homer's big yellow hands on the weapons. He goes "Woohoo!" every time he shoots Bart or Flanders.

The apparent speed at which Sabrina keeps dying reminds me uncomfortably of my experience with Unreal Tournament. Because there are only so many locations from which one can respawn, a player on the enemy team might well be sitting wait ready to frag you before you can even move. Eh. I'm not big on FPSs in the first place.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-11-02 02:55 am (UTC)
deckardcanine said:"Ever heard of Simpson Doom? It plays just like regular doom, only all the enemies are modified to "Simpsons" characters and you see Homer's big yellow hands on the weapons. He goes "Woohoo!" every time he shoots Bart or Flanders.",
No surprise. :roll: There have been hundreds or even thousands of Doom mods. I had 2 friends in Newcastle (who I really wish I could locate again) who had engineered a wealth of doom mods themselves that would take me too long to describe. A particularly memorable mod involved Daleks and evil versions of K9.

deckardcanine said:"The apparent speed at which Sabrina keeps dying reminds me uncomfortably of my experience with Unreal Tournament. Because there are only so many locations from which one can respawn, a player on the enemy team might well be sitting wait ready to frag you before you can even move.",
That's why nobody likes campers. ;) Capture The Flag is generally more enjoyable than Free For All, because you have to run about either stealing the enemy flag, or retrieving your team's own flag. For small groups (about 1-5 players) I love CTF with only 1 flag.

Free For All is OK so long as the spawn locations don't put you in harms way. Best in dull locations that there's no reason for an enemy player to waste time, or better yet in spots that cannot be reached after you exit (eg: on a ledge with no ladder or stairs).

deckardcanine said:"Eh. I'm not big on FPSs in the first place.",
Well the VR game Michael is playing in my comic is a VRMMOFPS/RPG. :D

My enjoyment of FPS depends on the features in the game. If it's just "blow up everything in sight" I tend to lose interest quickly, unless the game has aesthetic features or music that makes exploring the realm interesting. For that reason I adored the first version of Quake; the monsters and settings seemed more interesting to me than those in Q2, while Q3 involved very little exploration due to it being entirely an arena based game.

[There's more below - I couldn't fit everything into one post]
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-11-02 02:56 am (UTC)
Doom oddly enough I only acquired my own copy long AFTER playing Q1 & Q2, but I still enjoyed this.

Half-life had some ups & downs (oh dear, that pun wasn't intended). The story was thrilling, although I wish there was a player interrupt available for the cutscenes, and far LESS platform jumping. I liked the atmosphere, music and the differently styled monsters. It also amused me that the Sierra company was re-using some very old monsters; the barnacle creatures appeared earlier in Space Quest III, while the headcrabs were from an especially old black & white 2D game called "Space Panic" back in 1980.

Opposing-force (the immediate sequel to Half-life) I found especially boring because it WAS just blow up everything in sight. A lot of players enjoyed this because there were additional weapons. Pfeh!

Blue-shift was criticised by many players for lacking additional weapons (indeed even some from the original episode were missing) and being too short overall, but it became my favourite of the original trilogy due to the more detailed plot, and the player's more complex involvement with the NPC's (Non-Player Characters). The railway yard scenes didn't hurt either :D Pity there were no actual mainline locomotives.

Raven Software produced a FPS for Star Trek Voyager, named "Star Trek Elite Force." This was marvellous to play, although my PC was barely able to handle it. The highly aesthetic locations, music and (interruptable) cutscenes were superb as was the especially imaginative story (which to me felt more akin to classic Doctor Who than Star Trek). On its downside, the weapons tended to be very ammo-thirsty (ammo was either energy or dilithium crystals), many of the maps/arenas tended to be too large and when you were fighting with NPCs in your team they had an utterly infuriating habit of running back and forth through your own line of fire until they turned against you.

Half-life 2 brought even better aesthetics to the fore, and I was enthralled by the two classes of moving locomotives featured at brief points in the game. Better yet were the two drivable vehicles; the mudskipper and (stripped-down) dune buggy. Downside was a lack of new music, too many sit-back-and-watch sequences, and a storyline with not enough imagination (apparently a better storyline had been formed involving the aliens draining Earth's oceans for their own use but this was considered too dark in nature).

I have the DVD containing Half-life 2 episodes 1 & 2 but it's exhausting all my monthly quota to upload the game files. That's ANOTHER serious downside.

Unreal Tournament I haven't heard of before, so after your post I looked it up in Wikipedia, but unfortunately the entry only describes what you'd expect from any Deathmatch Arena game.
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-11-02 04:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, I liked Quake reasonably well, but the sequels seemed to take too many more pages out of Doom's book. I was in the age demographic toward which these things are geared, but to little avail.

I borrowed Half-Life from a friend but didn't find it all that engaging. Maybe I needed more time. The then-aged graphics didn't encourage me, even tho I usually make a point not to let that be a significant turnoff.

My all-time favorite FPS is Deus Ex, which bears little resemblance to any other. It's very story-driven but allows some freedom of action. It has various expansive environments, some of which are painstakingly created from real life. It generally employs much more realism than most games (not necessarily in graphics), despite the sci-fi themes. The sequel was meant to be even more polished, but judging from the IMDb rating disparity (7.0 versus the original's 9.5), something went wrong.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-11-02 04:38 am (UTC)
When you say "Quake Sequels" do you mean Q2 & Q3 or the add-ons to Q1? "Scourge of Armagon" and "Dissolution of Eternity" ? I was never able to play Armagon, but I loved DOE.

The graphics for the original half life were fairly low-res but that never bothered me; the game software ran faster for it. Nothing worse than having difficulty lining up a shot because the computer isn't following your movements. Blue-shift included an enhancer that improved the rendering considerably, and without any noticible loss of frame rate.

Just been to Wikipedia to look at "Deus Ex". Sounds like I would really have enjoyed this. "Set in a dystopian world during the 2050s" well, well, well! Now why does that sound familiar?
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-11-03 02:36 am (UTC)
I meant Q2 and Q3. Never heard of the expansions.

So, is KAN set in the dystopian 2050s?
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-11-03 04:39 am (UTC)
I think you mean KZN because I like to take the comical "Z" out of Kaustic auZzie Notes. :D It's an important reminder to Americans from myself that "Aussie" is pronounced 'ozy' not 'ossy'. LOL

The answer to your question is yes and yes. KZN starts in 2050, and Australia has continued in the direction it's going now, with successive governments making more and more stupid mistakes for future generations to endure. Michael is playing a VR game set far further into the future where things are more rotten still.

I've been thinking of some ways to make this canon to 21CF and Carry On. Either Australia is simply rotten while the other countries are normal, or else KZN takes place on a whole different timeline (alternate historical outcome).

And yes, I WILL be resuming the comic. I've been making slow progress learning GIMP, but it's still progress. I've just been halted recently by an unpleasant dose of the dreaded lurgi (common cold).
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2008-11-02 03:18 am (UTC)
Actually, if you go through the archives (which won't take very long) you'll notice that Eric's style has been changing every so slightly each time.
(either that or Sabrina's been getting her hair done up by different stylists recently)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-11-02 03:41 am (UTC)
carlfoxmarten said:"Actually, if you go through the archives (which won't take very long)",
(Snigger) :D

username said:"you'll notice that Eric's style has been changing every so slightly each time.",
I would only be able to do that if I placed two of his illustrations (old & new) side by side, so yes it had gone unnoticed by myself. That's how things are for a person with very poor working memory. Being unable to retain enough detail for mental comparisons is my version of Bowman's Wolf colour-blindness. On a similar note I also have difficulty with depth perception.

carlfoxmarten said:"(either that or Sabrina's been getting her hair done up by different stylists recently)",
I would imagine she'd need to have her hair re-styled at the end of each day, after the way Zig plays around with her. I went looking for an example of Zig messing up Sabrina's hair and I couldn't choose - there were at least half a dozen before I gave up trying to find the most ideal one. :D
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2008-11-03 08:02 am (UTC)
(Snigger) :D
What? As compared with other comics (like The Whiteboard this one doesn't take long at all! Really!

I would only be able to do that if I placed two of his illustrations (old & new) side by side, so yes it had gone unnoticed by myself. That's how things are for a person with very poor working memory. Being unable to retain enough detail for mental comparisons is my version of Bowman's Wolf colour-blindness. On a similar note I also have difficulty with depth perception.
If you really wanted to, you could open two sets of strips in separate browser windows and compare them side-by-side...

Otherwise, it does seem like her hair style has changed...

I would imagine she'd need to have her hair re-styled at the end of each day, after the way Zig plays around with her. I went looking for an example of Zig messing up Sabrina's hair and I couldn't choose - there were at least half a dozen before I gave up trying to find the most ideal one. :D
I guess I should reread those archives sometime, I don't even remember Zig doing something like that...
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-11-03 08:31 am (UTC)
carlfoxmarten said:"What? As compared with other comics (like The Whiteboard this one doesn't take long at all! Really!",
No, a snigger because I was agreeing with you. Even over 10 years it's only 2-4 strips per month, not that I'm complaining. I'd rather a well drawn/rendered comic any day over something where quality is sacrificed for the sake of quantity [Pokes the 'yena in the eye]

carlfoxmarten said:"If you really wanted to, you could open two sets of strips in separate browser windows and compare them side-by-side...", I thought about doing that for curiosity sake, but it's still a lot of fiddling around, and much easier for me just to take your word for it that Eric's style has changed.

carlfoxmarten said:"I guess I should reread those archives sometime, I don't even remember Zig doing something like that...",



First time Sabrina's hair was messed up by Zig:


Slightly messed up...


Probably messed up...


Almost messed up...


Messed HIS hair up...


Definitely messed up...


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