The Escapist Radio Theater #3

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They propose that The Last Guardian is going to be unplayable, as if it's a sure thing?

Team Ico is 2 for 2, and a pretty darn majestic 2 for 2 as well. Unless there was some kind of expose on them showing that they had all gotten hooked on heroin and started taking writing and direction classes from Hideo Kojima, I've got pretty high hopes for The Last Guardian.

Really enjoyed this comic. Well worth the read.

I can't get over how much I love the art work in this series. Seriously its beautiful...

My bet would probably be that Peter Molyneux talks about Fable 3 and at no point does he claim the gameplay to be in any way innovative or completely genre-breaking and that he has focused on the story-teling aspect of the game.

Art is great but I don't think what you're going for works in a weekly/bi-weekly webcomic format. It's not funny, the dialog is good but when it comes down to it it's just a lot of talking with no end result. Webcomics aren't long enough to be a hugely narrative driven medium and the more you try to push that the less interesting it'll be. Three or four panels with a punchline that fall flat can recover. That much writing with little to know payoff just won't. Again, it's not that I dislike what you're doing, I just don't think a webcomic would be the best way to do it. Basically what you've got is Clerks, a lot of talking heads. But in Clerks the dialog was snappy, funny and easily quoted so it didn't get stale or boring.

Gigaguy64:

And one more thing, your Avatar.
It wouldn't happen to be a snip from this would it?

Yes.

TheRocketeer:
They propose that The Last Guardian is going to be unplayable, as if it's a sure thing?

Not to be glib but I believe I covered this with a previous response. As well as admitting a profound fondness for Team ICO's work. The bet in question was in regards to whether or not there will be a playable version available at the conference, nothing more insidious or interesting than that.

I think there might be something wrong with us when someone assumes the worst with any one comment, and imagines some stale age old cinema vs game argument when the reality was much more benign.

Spot1990:

(Snip)

Would you find it odd if I took all that as a compliment? I'm gonna see how far this goes. So far, I don't mind being a little divisive but if the returns aren't coming in well then this little experiment in web comic style may falter but I'd be no less proud of the attempt. I don't believe that there isn't a space for the slow burn comic, even in a space like here. And though I've got only so much time in a day to write, and you all only so much time to read, I think there's more out there to gaming comics than what is readily available from writers far funnier and snappier than I. (Some of them on this very site, I might add.)

Remy Cambridge:

Gigaguy64:

And one more thing, your Avatar.
It wouldn't happen to be a snip from this would it?

Yes.

Hahaha!
That's cool.
Anyway again, i liked your Comic.
Keep it up!

Gorgeous artwork, good pacing and naturalistic dialogue. Absolutely fantastic work as per usual. Is the narrative going to stay as light as it is now? Or are we in for some drama?

Remy Cambridge:

TheRocketeer:
They propose that The Last Guardian is going to be unplayable, as if it's a sure thing?

Not to be glib but I believe I covered this with a previous response. As well as admitting a profound fondness for Team ICO's work. The bet in question was in regards to whether or not there will be a playable version available at the conference, nothing more insidious or interesting than that.

I think there might be something wrong with us when someone assumes the worst with any one comment, and imagines some stale age old cinema vs game argument when the reality was much more benign.

Oooooooh, now I get what you meant. I didn't realize when I read the comic that all of those bets were in the context of E3. I just thought by 'unplayable,' you meant the final product would be badly broken or just a terrible game in general, since I often describe very bad games like that.

I wasn't making any sort of reference to the 'film versus game' ballyhoo, either, nor do I think it has any bearing on Team Ico's games, which I really love- although I can see how you might get that from the 'Kojima' comment.

Remy Cambridge:

Gigaguy64:

And one more thing, your Avatar.
It wouldn't happen to be a snip from this would it?

Yes.

TheRocketeer:
They propose that The Last Guardian is going to be unplayable, as if it's a sure thing?

Not to be glib but I believe I covered this with a previous response. As well as admitting a profound fondness for Team ICO's work. The bet in question was in regards to whether or not there will be a playable version available at the conference, nothing more insidious or interesting than that.

I think there might be something wrong with us when someone assumes the worst with any one comment, and imagines some stale age old cinema vs game argument when the reality was much more benign.

Spot1990:

(Snip)

Would you find it odd if I took all that as a compliment? I'm gonna see how far this goes. So far, I don't mind being a little divisive but if the returns aren't coming in well then this little experiment in web comic style may falter but I'd be no less proud of the attempt. I don't believe that there isn't a space for the slow burn comic, even in a space like here. And though I've got only so much time in a day to write, and you all only so much time to read, I think there's more out there to gaming comics than what is readily available from writers far funnier and snappier than I. (Some of them on this very site, I might add.)

No of course not. I was worried you would think I was insulting you. You're very good, I just think you'd be better suited to getting to write a long story. Something like this just doesn't sit right in an episodic format.

Grey Carter:
Is the narrative going to stay as light as it is now? Or are we in for some drama?

All I can say for now is that I'm playing it by ear. Any time I'd scripted some potentially dramatic scenes, I felt it got in the way of what I'm looking forward to being able to do with this comic. And that ultimate goal will hopefully be apparent in due time.

That said, I've got time for another profile! (Is anyone watching? Oh well.)

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While not the sort to take up the microphone herself, it's her technical know how that actually gets the show working. Whether it's setting up their web space, hooking up an ancient sound board to a modern desktop, or figuring out that it's the basement radiator making that horrible clanking sound, Echo's the one to fix it. While a longtime gamer, the hobby doesn't make up the bulk of her various activities of which no one in the crew really knows everything about. Relatively private at times, she can often be glad to let everyone else do the talking. But when she has something to talk about, she can roll with the best of them.

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Echo's design was easily the first design settled out of the whole cast. In fact, her design has been finished even years before The Escapist Radio Theater would come together. (Although not before the first time I envisioned a small team of gaming journalists as the basis for a comic, and that's a story for another time.) Echo's character, and she is essentially the same character from the various pieces she has been seen in which include everything from fan comics to art tutorials, was often the closest to my own opinion as I would dare throw directly into a comic.

Echo seems to be very cool.

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