Critical Miss: #23

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Danzaivar:

Straying Bullet:
I still don't get it. But that's because I have no affiliation with Starcraft at all.

That video is the building of a terran marine (The most basic unit of the humans), which are made from the barracks. The comic shows one being suited up ready to kick ass, followed by him 'in game' coming out of the barracks in the middle of a zerg rush. Zergling rushes are an infamous tactic (Which I'm amazed if you don't know about them) which consist of loads of little critter aliens called zerglings just rushing at the enemy base and overwhelming them at the start of the game.

Basically it's showing how that over the top looking trailer of kick ass clashes with the actual power level of the in-game unit. The jokes a pretty good one but obviously, not knowing starcraft, it'll have been utterly lost on you and this explanation has totally killed the funny in it. Sorry about that.

Finally, a quote worth responding too. The others were acting pretty condescending about it. Yes I know what a Zerg Rush is but I still didn't entirely grasp it. Thanks for pointing it in an eloborate manner. Very much appreciated.

Zerg rushing is HARD I can't fucking do it.

Jonluw:

Delusibeta:

awesomeClaw:
What? Iīm sorry, but i donīt get it. Could someone explain to me, please?

It's a parody of this: Snip.

You know, I knew there was a terran marine cinematic, and I guessed the comic was a parody of that. So I went on youtube to do some research, and all I could find was this: A video with the exact same joke...

That was actually funnier than the comic, but mainly because of the ending - the epicness of the music as it begins to build another lone marine :D

DynamicPenguin:
Is it weird that I get 3 Zealot rushed more often then I get Zerg rushed?

Alas, that's not unusual at all. Zealots are fairly OP against Zerg. Well, so is Terran. By the Swarm, Zerg sucks...

OT: I'm afraid that I use that tactic more than I'd like to admit when playing Zerg... I can't help it that Zerglings are so damned effective once you get the wall down!

Why god invented Hellions.

I didnt play starcraft 2, yet!..., But I can see where they are coming from, remembering warcraft 3 multiplayer. Actually in any strategy game (RTS or TBS, single or multi) the complexity of intro/cutscenes seems to carry us into a universe that seems to vanish as soon as the game starts.

that player needs to add the tech reactor :D

Sorry but not even remotely funny.

Jonluw:

Delusibeta:

awesomeClaw:
What? Iīm sorry, but i donīt get it. Could someone explain to me, please?

It's a parody of this: Snip.

You know, I knew there was a terran marine cinematic, and I guessed the comic was a parody of that. So I went on youtube to do some research, and all I could find was this: A video with the exact same joke...

Yeah...I guess we'll go with the benefit of the doubt that he hadn't seen that video already.

It's a real shame that both Terran and Protoss can out-Zerg the ZERG now. Reactors, warpgates + chronoboost > spawn larva.

This comic was funny, not necessarily original, but funny.

And, if I can do off topic here for a sec, am I the only that's bothered by the fact that he has pants on? I mean if he's getting welded into a suit you'd think that from a sanitary point of view you wouldn't want any fabric between you and those handy holes in his armour's crotchal area.

DynamicPenguin:
Is it weird that I get 3 Zealot rushed more often then I get Zerg rushed?

No, Diamond players mostly play Protoss. Though, the diamond league zergers are potent monstrosities of unit spam.

Dirty Apple:
This comic was funny, not necessarily original, but funny.

And, if I can do off topic here for a sec, am I the only that's bothered by the fact that he has pants on? I mean if he's getting welded into a suit you'd think that from a sanitary point of view you wouldn't want any fabric between you and those handy holes in his armour's crotchal area.

Something similar occured to me mid game. Tychus is probably knee deep in piss in that suit.

This is your best comic in awhile.

Delusibeta:

awesomeClaw:
What? Iīm sorry, but i donīt get it. Could someone explain to me, please?

It's a parody of this:

So are the marines prisoners? cuz he was in cuffs.

Also hes still smoking under the helmet wouldnt that fog up the suit and fill it with smoke?

chris11246:

Delusibeta:

awesomeClaw:
What? Iīm sorry, but i donīt get it. Could someone explain to me, please?

It's a parody of this:

So are the marines prisoners? cuz he was in cuffs.

Also hes still smoking under the helmet wouldnt that fog up the suit and fill it with smoke?

Not all marines are prisoners, but in case of wars they would use prisoners and basically re-program them to make them model soldeirs. Although those would usually be used as cannon fodder.

While normal soldiers were treated a bit better.

Echo136:
I didnt get the joke, but thats probably because Ive never played Starcraft.

The first part of the comic is a reference to an early trailer for Starcraft. It shows a rather long preparation of a marine getting into is armor. However, it's all for moot because the zerg just rushed him and all that prep was for nothing. :D

lol, it'd be funnier if I'd only played SC1, not SC2... because since that's supposed to be someone in particular, and not just a generic marine... he could just use a concussive grenade to take out most of those zerglings... :P

well the joke is, in the cutscene, all this prep is there hyping up his battle, but it's just another of the weakest units there that will die quickly. now the starcraft nerd in me would like to say that this particular marine is tychus, an old friend of raynors. and the suit is specially designed so he cant get out. he is a main character who was a prisoner, that's why the cutscene has him in shackles. he was offered release on the terms that he would do "favors" for those releasing him.

I like the art style on this one. Good job.

Vilcus:
A single barracks? That player is insane! You need at least 4 to keep a steady flow a Gauss Rifle rounds flowing. This was very funny, I like the obvious moment of "Oh crap" he has after exiting the barracks. I'd say keep it up, but you'll do that regardless.

Only tangentially related, but why are they called gauss rifles? They are most emphatically machine guns. Deactivating and reactivating the electromagnetic fields to fire a gauss rifle would limit fire-rate. It would fire sequentially, not in bursts, amirite?

I thought that was the firebats and marauders-though less thank 25% of marauders were actually convicted of murder. XD

AC10:
Zerg rushing is HARD I can't fucking do it.

Keep practicing, man, you'll get it down, eventually.

I have confidence in you!

darth gditch:
I thought that was the firebats and marauders-though less thank 25% of marauders were actually convicted of murder. XD

Oh, firebats used to be one of the most efficient counters to the ling rush, if you could get them out. Knowing that you can't use them in multiplayer puts a smile on my face.

OT: Excellent comic, close to my gamer heart. They just want to cuddle!

The Big Eye:
Only tangentially related, but why are they called gauss rifles? They are most emphatically machine guns. Deactivating and reactivating the electromagnetic fields to fire a gauss rifle would limit fire-rate. It would fire sequentially, not in bursts, amirite?

Actually you wouldn't need to deactivate the electromagnetic fields, because the Gauss Rifles in Starcraft work by pushing the bullets from a cardridge through the accelorators. This allows them to maintain rapid fire (although it is designed to only fire in bursts) of up to 30 rounds per second. There are also more advanced versions that have a single firing mode, while lacking the obvious advantage of rapid fire, the round moves a lot faster, allowing for deeper penetration.

Vilcus:

Actually you wouldn't need to deactivate the electromagnetic fields, because the Gauss Rifles in Starcraft work by pushing the bullets from a cardridge through the accelorators. This allows them to maintain rapid fire (although it is designed to only fire in bursts) of up to 30 rounds per second. There are also more advanced versions that have a single firing mode, while lacking the obvious advantage of rapid fire, the round moves a lot faster, allowing for deeper penetration.

More of a machine gun/gauss rifle hybrid, then? You'd think to make a hybrid, though, you'd need deeper penetration. It just stands to reason, if you're perverted.

No, the sad truth is that Blizzard can't keep a dead character dead. Kerrigan, Diablo, Sylvannas Windrunner, hell Kael'Thas even came back when they all should have been doing little more than feeding daisies and worms.

I'm just going to throw this out there. Also, I don't know if it qualifies but... Spoiler Alert?

OT: Great, awesome comic. Love your work in general. This one just made my chest hurt.

Celtic_Kerr:

McMarbles:

Tomtitan:
LOL! 11/10!

It's so true though...

It's referencing the opening cinematic, which laboriously shows the main character getting a Marine suit put on (which he then stays in for the rest of the game), the cutscene ending with him saying 'it's about time'. But of course, as anyone who has played multiplayer will testify, one marine will be killed pretty quickly by a swarm of Zerglings.

For the swarm!

Oh, so it's one of those things that's only funny if you're familiar with the series.

*polite chuckle for the effort*

Better than last week's where you had to have watched Blade Runner and remember a specific quote to get the joke. Hell, I on'y got introduced to blade runner cause of my dadm abnd I forgot the quote cause it was how many years ago?

I just didn't understand this one at first becuase it almost looks like the monsters are dead, so by the time he appears the war is over

Have to disagree there bud.
Blade runner is a classic of cinema that's been available for nearly 30 years. It isn't the artist's fault you never saw something the rest of us have. Starcraft 2 hasn't been out for 30 days and was announced only a few years back. Lots of people haven't played or seen it. Lots of gamers aren't pc gamers and thus, wouldn't be interested in a preview trailer from years ago.

Hahahaha brilliant! Man I need a job so I can buy this silly game! In other news I'm happily Zerg rushing again in the first Starcraft til then!

jthm:

Celtic_Kerr:

McMarbles:

Tomtitan:
LOL! 11/10!

It's so true though...

It's referencing the opening cinematic, which laboriously shows the main character getting a Marine suit put on (which he then stays in for the rest of the game), the cutscene ending with him saying 'it's about time'. But of course, as anyone who has played multiplayer will testify, one marine will be killed pretty quickly by a swarm of Zerglings.

For the swarm!

Oh, so it's one of those things that's only funny if you're familiar with the series.

*polite chuckle for the effort*

Better than last week's where you had to have watched Blade Runner and remember a specific quote to get the joke. Hell, I on'y got introduced to blade runner cause of my dadm abnd I forgot the quote cause it was how many years ago?

I just didn't understand this one at first becuase it almost looks like the monsters are dead, so by the time he appears the war is over

Have to disagree there bud.
Blade runner is a classic of cinema that's been available for nearly 30 years. It isn't the artist's fault you never saw something the rest of us have. Starcraft 2 hasn't been out for 30 days and was announced only a few years back. Lots of people haven't played or seen it. Lots of gamers aren't pc gamers and thus, wouldn't be interested in a preview trailer from years ago.

I'm in a bad mood when I read this so I'll apoloogize for the swearing

1) Get your fucking facts straight. I said it had been a while since I'd seen blade runner it's a very old movie, most popular with the older generations. My dad is 50 and he didn't recognize the quote, despite blade runner being big in his youth an he was a fan. Never said I didn't see it.

2) People have been waiting for starcraft II for a decade. it was announced when I was less than half way through highschool, which was 6-8 years ago, so it has been the fair majority of that decade.

If you quote the text directly, I should be able to get it, but changing words in a quote to make it fit a comic doens't do that for me. Did I complain? No, I posted a joke that poked fun. Don't educate me for it

Celtic_Kerr:

jthm:

Celtic_Kerr:

McMarbles:

Tomtitan:
LOL! 11/10!

It's so true though...

It's referencing the opening cinematic, which laboriously shows the main character getting a Marine suit put on (which he then stays in for the rest of the game), the cutscene ending with him saying 'it's about time'. But of course, as anyone who has played multiplayer will testify, one marine will be killed pretty quickly by a swarm of Zerglings.

For the swarm!

Oh, so it's one of those things that's only funny if you're familiar with the series.

*polite chuckle for the effort*

Better than last week's where you had to have watched Blade Runner and remember a specific quote to get the joke. Hell, I on'y got introduced to blade runner cause of my dadm abnd I forgot the quote cause it was how many years ago?

I just didn't understand this one at first becuase it almost looks like the monsters are dead, so by the time he appears the war is over

Have to disagree there bud.
Blade runner is a classic of cinema that's been available for nearly 30 years. It isn't the artist's fault you never saw something the rest of us have. Starcraft 2 hasn't been out for 30 days and was announced only a few years back. Lots of people haven't played or seen it. Lots of gamers aren't pc gamers and thus, wouldn't be interested in a preview trailer from years ago.

I'm in a bad mood when I read this so I'll apoloogize for the swearing

1) Get your fucking facts straight. I said it had been a while since I'd seen blade runner it's a very old movie, most popular with the older generations. My dad is 50 and he didn't recognize the quote, despite blade runner being big in his youth an he was a fan. Never said I didn't see it.

2) People have been waiting for starcraft II for a decade. it was announced when I was less than half way through highschool, which was 6-8 years ago, so it has been the fair majority of that decade.

If you quote the text directly, I should be able to get it, but changing words in a quote to make it fit a comic doens't do that for me. Did I complain? No, I posted a joke that poked fun. Don't educate me for it

If you have the presence of mind to apologize for the swearing before hitting post, then you had the presence of mind not to use such naughty words in the first place. Not that I give two shits, I'm just point it out.

1). Okay... but you still didn't get a pretty easily recognizable movie reference. My point is that lots more people have seen blade runner than have seen an 8 year old pc game trailer. So when discussing which joke should be more understandable to a mass audience, it makes sense that more people should get a blade runner joke than a starcraft joke.

2). And? I said a few. Non specific term to describe a number greater than 2, less than 10.

Really wasn't trying to flame you there. I'm really trying hard not to flame you now, mostly because I'm on probation for flaming someone already. I won't even take the easy one liner about educating you, though it's right there...

I've seen this exact thing done before, in video form with clips from the actual cinematic and original Starcraft (months ago). So meh.

I really thought the trailer was a bit ridiculous. It tries to build up the marine as an epic and amazing character, but really he's just a grunt who gets rapidly slaughtered and replaced. Hardly as iconic as, say, any of the hero characters.

Hahahahahahaha! For the Swarm!

Straying Bullet:

Delusibeta:

awesomeClaw:
What? Iīm sorry, but i donīt get it. Could someone explain to me, please?

It's a parody of this:

I still don't get it. But that's because I have no affiliation with Starcraft at all.

The joke is that the movie glorifies the marine... the weakest terran unit, who is going to be slaughtered in seconds...
it also plays on the rush thing (time it takes to build and attack with a lot of basic units)... by the time one marine is built, the zerg built two dozen zerglings, so the one marine is shown coming out into the battlefield in the end of the cinematic...
and in the comic it continues where the cinematic leaves off... he comes out of the barracks... right into a swarm of oncoming zerg who are going to slaughter him right away.

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