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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by OverlordJ on Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:31 am

I think the reason why many people enjoy them is that the "with powers" comics usually focus more on the characters and their relations then just on the fighting, as many "superhero" comics do. I also think that stories where (more or less) normal people discover or gain their powers allow the readers to better identify with the characters, while still giving us the "power dreaming" we get from superheros. In fact, the more normal the person is before they get their powers, the easier it is for the reader to imagine "Hey yeah, that could totally happen to me, too". With characters like Superman, many dream of being like them but are well aware that they'll never be able to. With characters like John, we can see ourself in these characters and hey, who of us hasn't played a weird video game before? That's why it is easier to fantasize about the same happening to you.

As for why it's often kids or adults, I think that might be because that's what most of us want to be. Teenagers often want to be adults, young adults often feel nostalgia about how much more simple it was to be a kid. I don't think that's an entirely new phenomenon but it might be a modern one.
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by invisibleTerrarium on Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:58 am



Johnny is a work of art contained in a short spiky redheaded asshole.
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by Hanky Panky on Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:10 am

mario kart 7 does not in fact have bikes

This makes me sad
regardless, shy guy is best driver

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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by OverlordJ on Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:28 pm

Just Johnny? What about Eightfold? Or Boss Leader?

But yeah, Johnny is great.
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by d_what on Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:35 pm

Nope. Boss Leader is hammy and funny, yes, but not hilariously so, she's just funny, like the other characters. Eightfold's cute and creepy but just another member of the cast.

But Johnny's a work of art.

He's almost SBAHJ-like in sheer abstract, surreal humour.
I love that guy.

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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by OverlordJ on Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:09 pm

Hmm, I can kind of see your point. Honestly, that comic has just loads of awesome characters in it.
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by ilikeoctopus on Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:02 pm

Ohh Paranatural! I, too, read that particular webcomic. And Ava's Demon, though I agree that the updates are usually a bit unsubstantial for my taste and hence I enjoy Paranatural (and all of its various expressions) somewhat more.

No love for Spender?
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by cephalopodAscendant on Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:50 pm

Hanky Panky wrote:mario kart 7 does not in fact have bikes

This makes me sad
regardless, shy guy is best driver

Shy Guy is best driver in 7. Waluigi is best driver period.
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by OverlordJ on Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:32 pm

Spender is neat and I'm sure I'll only grow to like him more as the comic continues. Unless he turns into an ass but I doubt that.
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by invisibleTerrarium on Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:40 pm

My feelings on Mr. Spender can be summed up in the following image.


Seriously tho, he acts on like the same level of emotional maturity as a group of twelve-year-olds and i think that's hilarious
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by Hanky Panky on Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:10 pm

my R trigger on my new(ish) 3DS (the purple one, second 3DS system i've owned) is getting wonky. specifically, when i try to drift around corners, i end up bunny hopping into the wall/off the level. the switch isn't registering for some reason. probably gonna have to send the console in.

this makes me sad because there's no way i can actually back up me being cocky about mario kart 7 for a while.

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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by OverlordJ on Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:01 pm

It is four am for me, because on the current Skinhorse comic was a comment that made me check something in Narbonic real quick and then I sort of accidentally reread half of Narbonic. Again. I think that's the third time that happened to me just with Narbonic...

Sorry, we were talking about awesome webcomics and I just had to meantion it.
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by cephalopodAscendant on Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:11 pm

Speaking of awesome webcomics, anyone else read Moképon or Cucumber Quest?
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by OverlordJ on Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:16 pm

Never heard of the first but HELL YEAH CQ!

((Also, in case it wasn't clear, I'd strongly suggest both skinhorse and Narbonic to everyone))

EDIT: I took a quick look and Mokepon looks pretty awesome
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by cephalopodAscendant on Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:29 pm

Actually, I highly recommend Moképon to everyone here on the Quarantine, since it's Pokémon-related. Basically, it follows Atticus Brent, a 14-year-old slacker from Palette Town who's just been forcibly evicted by his parents to go on his Pokémon journey across Kanto. It's loosely set in the same canon as the anime, but something bad's happened to both Ash and Gary some point well before the comic started. Atticus doesn't really have any clue what he's doing as a trainer, but of course that's not stopping anyone else from assuming he does. The first page is here, if y'all want to read it (I'd link to the main page, but it's currently displaying some very spoiler-y content).
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by d_what on Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:05 am

Hey guys! Really interesting article here:

http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/keeping-an-eye-on-the-game/

Game Freak talks Competitive. And they actually use the term "competitive battling" too and there are DEFINITE nods towards adult competitive culture. I think they're finally catching on.

Also the fact that Talonflame is the most used Pokemon among Gamefreak staff and the fact they were surprised by the advent of non-physical Aegislash (to be fair, everybody initially predicted, and went with, Physical Aegislash) is pretty great.

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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by OverlordJ on Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:33 am

Wait, non-physical? Huh...
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by cephalopodAscendant on Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:11 am

Well, its offensive stats are equal, so its movepool is really what's keeping it predominantly Physical.
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by OverlordJ on Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:16 am

Yeah, I guess I just never thought about it
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by d_what on Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:20 am

I always figured it was Sacred Sword that made it biased towards the physical side, that and the fact it's... well... it's a sword... it's going to hit you physically. But without Sacred Sword you've got Iron Head, Head Smash, and Shadow Sneak, none of which are particularly unique, though Swords Dance is a big thing to have. But Shadow Ball is just too good NOT to use; best offensive typing and a great move to boot off a 150 base Sp.Atk? Iron Head can read it and weep. I've never liked full Physical sets; Mixed or Special is where it's at.

Although really, when it comes for the bias now shifting to special attacker Aegislash, it's...
Mostly burn.
Burn is scary.



P.S COOL NEWS:

The Smogon Dex will be ready in a couple of hours! Very Happy Not that the analyses didn't exist anyway in WIP form, but I think they're doing some "cool new stuff" too. I am glad.

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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by invisibleTerrarium on Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:53 am

All i really gleaned from that article is that one of the staff members uses Barbaracle. mspa
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by OverlordJ on Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:52 pm

The article wouldn't load for me on my phone, so I haven't read it yet.
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by invisibleTerrarium on Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:42 am

IT'S HERE AND IT'S REALLY COOL
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by invisibleTerrarium on Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:43 am

IT'S HERE AND IT'S REALLY COOL
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Re: General Chat: The Smashening

Post by cephalopodAscendant on Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:47 am

I'm a little irritated that the sidebar's icons don't all fit on screen, and there's no way to scroll it. Also, it's about time that they got it done.
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