Critical Miss: #36

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So yeah, a bunch of dudes got laid off at Lucas Arts.

One of gaming culture's most annoying habits, in my oh so humble opinion, is the inability to separate a giant faceless asshole corporation from the people who work there. As If Joe in accounting is somehow entirely responsible for screwing up the Star Wars prequels or everyone at Activision agreed to the ridiculous 14 dollar price point for the MW2 mappacks
Never is this more absurd and insensitive than when a bad developer lets staff go. That's when the various basement dwellers of the internet come to enact justice by making snide comments on the internet about people who are now probably in dire financial straights. When the company involved is Lucas Arts? Well... the jokes just come naturally.

While the Force Unleashed 3 getting canceled was no big deal to me. The series has always and would always have been a poor man's Jedi Outcast. The weird announcement that there are going to be no more 3rd party Star Wars games caught me by surprise especially considering Traveller's Tales' "Lego Star Wars" was a popular success and Bioware's KOTOR was certainly a critical one. This announcement should have essentially read "No more good Star Wars games. Ever."

Unless they get working on a sequel to X_Wing vs Tie Fighter. I could totally get behind that.

Hives lyrics at the bottom FTW!

Should have used one of those comic book POW!'S.

Otherwise good.

I'm really surprised at the lack of people getting the star wars references. I liked the comic a lot, very funny.

The Jakeinator:
Should have used one of those comic book POW!'S.

Otherwise good.

Cory will be happy to hear that. The original version did have one but I took it out as I thought the more subdued, realistic punch got the point across better.

The Jakeinator:
Should have used one of those comic book POW!'S.

Otherwise good.

we actually had one of those in before but we didnt really like how it came out. I did something stupid like "BLAOW" which kinda turned us off the idea afterward and we never went back to it unfortunately

The Imp:

I guess canadian beer.

Belgian beer, get it right. It even says "Belgium's Original Beer" on the label.

Actually it's manufactured all over the world. Stella's like Heineken, it's mass produced everywhere but marketed so people think it's actually good when it's pretty mediocre. That being said there are thousands of worse beers. Budweiser for example. There's so much rice in that shit you don't know if you're getting a six pack or a sushi box.

I'd think with a name lie "Stout" Erin wouldn't be drinking pilsners.

OK. I get it. Brilliant.
Bye now!

haha. I wonder if they really don't like that.

It's no wonder Lucasarts is floundering if they have Spock working on Star Wars games. How do you mix those up?

Plus, for the developers that got laid off, it could be worse. They could be working at Lucasarts.

The Imp:

Onyx Oblivion:
What's a Stella?

Besides this...

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I guess canadian beer.

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I thought it was this:
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The amount of people who've read this and don't get the Star Wars references are rather amusing.

Great comic, guys. As much as I enjoyed the jokes, I'm feeling bad now because I've laughed at people who've lost their jobs. Thanks for that. :P

<3 Star Wars

Grey Carter:
Critical Miss #36

The force is strong with this comic.

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So yeah, a bunch of dudes got laid off at Lucas Arts. One of gaming culture's most annoying habits, in my oh so humble opinion, is the inability to separate a giant faceless asshole corporation from the people who work there. As If Joe in accounting is somehow entirely responsible for screwing up the Star Wars prequels or everyone at Activision agreed to the ridiculous 14 dollar price point for map packs for MW2.
Never is this more absurd and insensitive than when a bad developer lets staff go. That's when the various basement dwellers of the internet come to enact justice by making snide comments on the internet about people who are now probably in dire financial straights. When the company involved is Lucas Arts? Well... the jokes just come naturally.

While the Force Unleashed 3 getting canceled was no big deal to me. The series has always and would always have been a poor man's Jedi Outcast. The weird announcement that there are going to be no more 3rd party Star Wars games caught me by surprise especially considering Traveller's Tales' "Lego Star Wars" was a popular success and Bioware's KOTOR was certainly a critical one. This announcement should have essentially read "No more good Star Wars games. Ever."

Unless they get working on a sequel to X_Wing vs Tie Fighter. I could totally get behind that.

Dude, totally agree with you. The force unleashed *was* a poor man's Jedi Outcast. And I got scammed on the DLC. I downloaded the DLC for the game, but couldn't access. Canceling that game is good news to me, but I feel bad for the guys who got fired.

That said, I really like Erin Stout. She is awesome.

right in the kisser!

anyways she was trying to quote some starwars lines, and he allways stops her right in the middle.
but the last one came out too fast, so he hit her in the face!

dont you get it?
starwars lines ... someone who got fired at "LUCAS ARTS" ... ???
man, even i got that one straight.

Yes! Somebody finally punched that annoying person! Do people like her actually exist out there? Scary thought.

Grey Carter:
Critical Miss #36

The force is strong with this comic.

Read Full Article

So yeah, a bunch of dudes got laid off at Lucas Arts. One of gaming culture's most annoying habits, in my oh so humble opinion, is the inability to separate a giant faceless asshole corporation from the people who work there. As If Joe in accounting is somehow entirely responsible for screwing up the Star Wars prequels or everyone at Activision agreed to the ridiculous 14 dollar price point for map packs for MW2.
Never is this more absurd and insensitive than when a bad developer lets staff go. That's when the various basement dwellers of the internet come to enact justice by making snide comments on the internet about people who are now probably in dire financial straights. When the company involved is Lucas Arts? Well... the jokes just come naturally.

While the Force Unleashed 3 getting canceled was no big deal to me. The series has always and would always have been a poor man's Jedi Outcast. The weird announcement that there are going to be no more 3rd party Star Wars games caught me by surprise especially considering Traveller's Tales' "Lego Star Wars" was a popular success and Bioware's KOTOR was certainly a critical one. This announcement should have essentially read "No more good Star Wars games. Ever."

Unless they get working on a sequel to X_Wing vs Tie Fighter. I could totally get behind that.

I find your lack of faith.. disturbing...

sorry.... :P

Disturbing, indeed.
I'm amazed some people on the internet would stoop so low as to make remarks like that about people having lost their jobs :-/

Also- no more good Star Wars games is a horrifying prospect...

Bioware should be given full license to do as many Star Wars RPG's as they want- surely we're overdue another KOTOR title!

And yes, I'm well aware of The Old Republic, but I'm thinking more in terms of a regular game as opposed to MMO's which I'm not 100% comfortable with....

Although I'm more than open to the idea of a Star Wars MMO :)

I know I'm not supposed to laugh at violence against women but... That was funny. XD

Ha, one of the best. I love Stout, but she got what was comin' to her.

Brotherofwill:
She deserved that punch. Actually more comics of you should end up with her getting punched.

Stout's been asking for a right hook for several issues now. Every week she's less a sarcastic feminine protagonist and more Janeane Garofolo in the form of a game critic.

Woodsey:

The Imp:

Onyx Oblivion:
What's a Stella?

Besides this...

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I guess canadian beer.

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Stella is Belgian.

OT: Pretty funny, first time I've read this.

Can't comment on the beer, but Stella, the comedy troupe is pretty bad. I guess they wear suits so that someone might be fooled into taking them seriously.

Am I the only one wondering why Stout isn't drinking a stout?

Sir John the Net Knight:

Brotherofwill:
She deserved that punch. Actually more comics of you should end up with her getting punched.

I'd probably disagree, but since I frequently feel as though Lady Stout has escaped from my own consciousness, I probably deserve a punch too...
That last panel is a little confusing to me, it looks (to me) like she's either trying (and failing) to block the punch or trying to duck it. Either way, it seems to me she knew it was coming but couldn't stop it (or herself).

FallenJellyDoughnut:

The Imp:

Onyx Oblivion:
What's a Stella?

Besides this...

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I guess canadian beer.

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I thought it was this:
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STELLAAAAAAAAA!

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Erin likes Stella Artois? Blech :P

EDIT: Oh, lol, I posted that before I even looked at any other comments. I love how more of them are about her taste in beer than the comic itself.

I didn't get it, but seeing that it's Star Wars related, it's easy for me to see why.

...hur hur hur beerbitch xD

I've got a friend who went through this recently, but he worked on Damnation...not the greatest game :\ Got laid off...finally found himself a Lead Artist position in NC. So proud of that guy :)

Just felt like putting something I can relate to see how most of the comments are about star wars references or what good beer is, haha. Great Comics :)

I can't believe you guys didn't get the reference! Seriously!

Hahaha thats very funny

SilentHunter7:

GeneticallyModifiedDucks:
I can tell it's Star Wars, I'm just having a little trouble remembering which one...

The millions of voices quote is from A New Hope when Obi Wan senses that the Death Star blew up Alderaan. The anger leads to hate is from Phantom Menace when Yoda senses Anakin's fear when he's before the Jedi Council.

You're right about the million voices thing, but "Anger leads to hate" doesn't come from TPM any more than "May the Force be with you" does. It's actually from Empire, where Yoda is talking to Luke. I can't believe we hit 3 pages and there wasn't another Star Wars nerd obsessive enough to feel compelled to correct this :P

On topic: The layoffs do suck, as does the fact that there won't be any more games from outside studios. I'm with mr. Carter on the X-wing thing, although if there's anyone that doesn't already know this, X-wing Vs. Tie Fighter did get a sequel called X-Wing Alliance. It's a great game, and worth trying out if you miss the series and haven't played it yet for some reason. I'd also like to see a new Jedi Knight game...

Edit: I was wrong about the quote, I was remembering two similar quotes, one from Empire and one from Jedi, neither one of which was identical. The statement about X-Wing Alliance still stands, though; it's worth a shot from any fan of the series.

Owyn_Merrilin:
You're right about the million voices thing, but "Anger leads to hate" doesn't come from TPM any more than "May the Force be with you" does. It's actually from Empire, where Yoda is talking to Luke. I can't believe we hit 3 pages and there wasn't another Star Wars nerd obsessive enough to feel compelled to correct this :P

Huh...you know I don't remember that... I must correct this. To the DVD rack!

I don't get too many laughs out of this comic but it's pretty well done so I click on it each week regardless. :P

SilentHunter7:

Owyn_Merrilin:
You're right about the million voices thing, but "Anger leads to hate" doesn't come from TPM any more than "May the Force be with you" does. It's actually from Empire, where Yoda is talking to Luke. I can't believe we hit 3 pages and there wasn't another Star Wars nerd obsessive enough to feel compelled to correct this :P

Huh...you know I don't remember that... I must correct this. To the DVD rack!

Unless you just want to watch the movie, don't bother. I just went through it myself, and while there was a somewhat similar quote by Obi-Wan in Empire, and a very similar one in Jedi, the exact quote is nowhere to be found in the Original Trilogy. I screwed up. X.X

Is it just me or is Erin actually kinda cute in the second frame? O_o

It was pretty funny, but as someone said, joking about losing a job isn't as funny when it's reality for a lot of people.

Irridium:
@Everyone who didn't get the Star Wars reference: It was from A New Hop, it was Obi Wan reacting to the destruction of Alderaan.

The award-winning sequel to IHOP.

PrinceofPersia:
All I can say is that she had that coming. Nice right hook Tim.

XD I enjoyed it too! Stout's definitely been grating... and actually putting me off the strip, so it was nice to see sarcasm rewarded in the appropriate manner.

EDIT: I am also desperately awaiting a sequel/pre-quel/concurrent-quel or hell even just a remastering of TIE Fighter CD T_T

Lord_Panzer:

Irridium:
@Everyone who didn't get the Star Wars reference: It was from A New Hop, it was Obi Wan reacting to the destruction of Alderaan.

The award-winning sequel to IHOP.

Yes it was. However the batter in the sequel wasn't as good as the first, in my honest opinion.

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