Stolen Pixels #192: Max Blame, Part 3

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Stolen Pixels #192: Max Blame, Part 3

Max Payne goes to the guys at the top to see what they think: Are games truly art?

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Loved the Bobby Pane...that made me chuckle

Damn business men, trying to run game companies like a business!

How dare they!

More DRM whining, Shamus? You're beating a dead horse at this point.

And EA turned themselves around in my eyes. They manage to run it like a business, and still publish original, if imperfect, titles like Brutal Legend and Mirror's Edge.

Im gonna keep this short:

hehehehe

Awesome. Anyone else reading through these in Max Payne's voice?

Onyx Oblivion:
More DRM whining, Shamus? You're beating a dead horse at this point.

I'll stop bitching about DRM as soon as publishers stop using it, or it stops being a stupid and terrible idea.

Shamus Young:

Onyx Oblivion:
More DRM whining, Shamus? You're beating a dead horse at this point.

I'll stop bitching about DRM as soon as publishers stop using it, or it stops being a stupid and terrible idea.

So you'll never stop bitching about it then?

Oh well, as long as the jokes are original and fun.

I think John Riccitiello is trying really hard not to fire anyone. I'm pretty sure that's something no one has to go through... least of all John Riccitiello. He seems to know what it means to make games and keep them games. Besides, firing that many people just makes him look even worse to The Board.

Bobby Kotick though... I don't know if he's picking his nose while everything is going on or not. I wouldn't be surprised if he was... I would be surprised if he was picking his nose and was taking part in all of these shenanigans. Which is a little creepy when you think about it.

As for the Ubisoft thing... That'll do pig, that'll do.

Ubi.com as a virus was pretty appropriate.

Publishers will keep using drm because the major shareholders will insist on some kind of "protection". The solution is to never purchase any kind of product that has DRM. The music industry learned this relatively recently and while they aren't making as much money as they did when they sold a CD with one good song for $18, they are still making money.

Then again I'm not a kid anymore so I'm just fine with playing games 2-3 years after release, after the DRM free version is available.

Yeah, starting to think Ubisoft personally violated the good Mr. Young.
Or maybe he just doesn't have a very good internet connection.

Shamus Young:

Onyx Oblivion:
More DRM whining, Shamus? You're beating a dead horse at this point.

I'll stop bitching about DRM as soon as publishers stop using it, or it stops being a stupid and terrible idea.

Shit. You'd have to use a time machine...

Kudos for the line "what do you do with the devil's phone number?" That is an awesome, extremely noir line.

Enjoyable as always. Put dibs on it being Gabe Newell as the last name. And I will refrain from making Twinkie jokes because that man is responsible for games that can only be described as art.

Awesome as always. One question though, how did you get the Max Payne effect on your two pictures?

I liked the ubi.com virus joke. Also very good point about how the developers don't seem to think so... If something isn't considered art by the maker, how can it be art? I think most developers see their games as products rather than art.

This coming from a guy who considers "art" to be an insult.

Gabe Newell?

Is Stolen Pixels art? If it isn't, then it's getting pretty damn close. These have been top notch Shamus. Keep up the great work!

Man that Bobby picture creeps me out, has anyone done a Joker version of that yet?

Daystar Clarion:
Damn business men, trying to run game companies like a business!

More like "businessmen trying to run game companies like Bernard Maddof ran his banks and whatnot". But i digress. I'm only one man who'd prefer to respect people creating games, and would like a little bit of respect back. What do i, a common man, even mean to cackling moustache-twirling publishers who wallpaper their offices with money? Nothing.

Good point about the investors/corporate overlords who often don't seem to think games are art. Then again, I wouldn't expect them too really, it's sad projects become hostages to fortune but rather inevitable.

Gift.

Eagle Est1986:
Awesome. Anyone else reading through these in Max Payne's voice?

Out loud, or in my head?

I don't know, but they should

Daystar Clarion:
Damn business men, trying to run game companies like a business!

How dare they!

It wouldn't be so bad if corporate business didn't have a way of poisoning everything it touches.

Not that a gaming company would really be capable of rivaling Monsanto levels of evil.

Who's next?

Will Wright, Sid Meier, Gabe Newell, Hideo Kojima.

or maybe

SHIGERU MIYAMOTO...?!

Max! Your in a gaphic novel!

Panel 3 is great. Was reading it when I was cleaning my nose. In short, it's not a smart thing to do.

newbienator:
Man that Bobby picture creeps me out, has anyone done a Joker version of that yet?

Like you'd need to. Kotick is at his scariest without any 'shopping. Especially if you're his "friend".

I love Max Payne. I want to watch the movie and play the game. Awesome man.

A perfect description of recent events. Ubisoft, Activison CEO trying to take out the fun of gaming.

"Are videogames art?" - "The ones bankrolling them don't think so". A very powerful line that I will hold close to my heart.

Thank you for another Stolen Pixel!

ThrobbingEgo:
Gabe Newell?

heyheysg:
...or maybe

SHIGERU MIYAMOTO...?!

I'm calling it. Either Gabe "Little G" Newell, or Shigeru "The Kid" Miyamoto.

MAX PAYNE, I envy your name...

You're in a videogame, Max!

Loving these Max Payne comics. Absolutely lovin' them.

Also, Gabe Newell? Nah, VALVe is one of the good guys. And instead of Miyamoto, I think it should be Iwata.

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