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Comic 1137 - Hungry little guy

12th Nov 2018, 7:01 AM in Spirit of Adventure
Hungry little guy
Average Rating: 5 (1 votes)
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Lackinganame 12th Nov 2018, 7:01 AM edit delete
Lackinganame
With it being veteran’s day or at least the day after. I thought I would share some stories beats ideas I had for a Vietnam war game. I had set as a Call of Duty game because when they want to make a good single player they can.

The game starts off at a university where the play will go through the basics tutorial as they approach a army recruitment station and enlist. After they enlist a blast is heard from elsewhere in the university as a una bomb like event happened.

Next you play through the game with story beats I haven't thought of yet but it would need to be well crafted for the ending to work.

The last mission of the game has you trying to hold out over night against a massive attack. You play until you die and after you are shown your name on the Vietnam wall as the camera pans out. However!! There is a secret ending, to get this ending you need to play on the hardest difficulty and hold out for a secret amount of time or kills. After which you get an ending where you are found in the morning still alive but paralyzed from the waist down. You are sent back home and as you are pushed off of the plain now in a wheel chair a group of antiwar protesters are there yelling and one of them throws a tomato at you hitting you in the head.(If the game used the re-gen health system with blood on the screen then in this case the blood would be replaced with tomato juice) Then the game ends.

The ending point of this story is to bring perspective into how Vietnam war veterans where treated. You start off the game walking of your own accord and making choices but if you get the secret ending do the best you can, then you are left with not being able to walk, not make choices, and are now hated and attacks are now against you. So would it have been better to die in the war, then to come home to such an experience?

Now I'm sure many people would have something to say about such a story but that's kind of the idea.


(next update 11-15-18)

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Maryalee 12th Nov 2018, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
Maryalee
Panel 5: Not gonna say it. I don't trust myself to make the joke.

Hungry lizard, not rushed rabbit. Ok. Still think something is going on that we're not seeing.

And I'm too sleepy again.

The Vietnam War is still a really sensitive subject for a lot of people; and there are a lot of disabled vets around that owe their disabilities to that war. Add in those vets who were never able to adjust after the war: those who committed suicide, who became drug addicts, who are homeless or in and out of psychiatric care because of what their experiences did to their minds. Taken altogether, this is not a story I would want to tackle unless I was working in conjunction with a lot of different vets who went through the actual experience. You run the risk of being accused of exploiting all that suffering if you don't take extreme care; and, even if you get the blessing of veterans and veteran's associations, there may still be people who would give you grief over it. The CoD type games are able to avoid this exactly because they consult with hundreds of sources. As opposed to SW, WoW, EvE, and other fantasy/science fiction war games, historical war games have a lot of human emotion and suffering tied up in those experiences.
Maryalee 12th Nov 2018, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
Maryalee
Update time: The following is not super scientific, I don't have the time to track several hundred comics to look at all vote patterns. I didn't even look at the top comics because a comic with over 10,000 total votes can't tell us anything. What I did was focus on a few representative comics that were performing at various breakpoints and average from there.

At the bottom end of the Top 100 comics: Average 50-60 daily votes to remain in that area.

"Freefall" a comic we think of as being popular, is hitting right now in mid 150's. They average 30-46 votes daily.

Volatility really starts between 190-200: Comics in this area average anywhere from 15-32 votes daily.

By the time you get down to #300-305, you are looking at an average of 8-10 votes daily.

Where is GRATZ?

Tonight, the comic is #314, total monthly votes of 105.

Daily average: 8.75 votes.

It is 14 points away from #300. But, being brutally honest, if the other voting patterns remain consistent it's not going to get there averaging 8.75 votes a day. It can probably hold position, but it's not going to catch comics averaging 10+ votes a day.

This is not me being mad; far from it. Looking back at the beginning of the year, we're killing it in terms of progress. I just see so much more we could do. This month alone I've seen 11-14 vote days, but not on the weekend. If that were consistent every day through the month we could be in the high 200s.
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