Another year, another successful day of free comics. Since 2002, the first Saturday in May has been a special time when anyone who walks into participating stores walks out with special comics at no charge. My local shop was a packed house from the start of the event. A line filled with men, women, and tons of kids in superhero costumes wrapped around the store, each of them eager to scoop up some free comics.
Most of the bigger companies had special issues of their series available for pickup. Most notably, Marvel had several tie-ins to their upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. However, plenty of non-superhero comics were also ready with free issues. Adventure Time and The Simpsons, Smurfs and Grimm Fairy Tales; even the Power Rangers had a comic at no charge! But as most of our regular readers would assume, I was there for the video game comics. Continue reading The Spoils of Free Comic Book Day!→
Whenever there is an announcement regarding the release of yet another entry into a beloved game series, most people seem to fall into two camps:
1) Folks who want the game to stay true to the series roots and only make slight updates to an already successful formula (aka the rabid fanboys/girls who make death threats whenever change is afoot).
2)People who want to see these classic series brought to a modern setting through gameplay experimentation and updated character design (aka the snooty naysayers who are quick to damn a company to obsolescence for not being “mature” enough).
Speaking frankly (too late for that), I tend to lean closer to the latter group. I can appreciate that series like the Super Mario Brothers and Legend of Zelda have made amazing games with little change to the usual formula, but I can also recognize when trying to mix up the system produced equally impressive titles. Some of my favorite games are the results of such experiments, like Yoshi’s Island and A Link Between Worlds. I tend to believe that if these IPs were given a bit more slack on their controlling leash, then other developers could make fantastic games that portray the series in a new light. This is probably why I find video game comic books so interesting; they can allow a bit more creative freedom to explore new settings for classic game characters.
Episode 116: Prepare to be Disappointed — The guys roll back the time machine as they try to plan ahead for their big move, then discuss soul mates in Headlines and the earliest Sonic games in Buzzkill. Also, Chris talks about the sanctity of showers, Dave refers to his wife as his roommate, and Shaun places a personal ad for himself on-air.