Name Game: #12

#12

You'll never be good enough, Mac.

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Lol.

I like!

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Seriously, ever since Steam for Mac hit, there's been a slow, but steady, upswing in the number of Mac games. Probably won't be long before the floodgates open.

PC FTW!!!!!!

Yeah I had to say it. LOL!! I have a iMac as well.

I Wish i knew what that meant.

well, atleast they got how you upgrade Mac's right.

but for some reason I have yet to play with any mac gamer, or atleast none that would admit they were playing on a mac

HEY! Gaming isn't that bad on the mac. At least the mac has.....I mean it can.....if you........I got nothing. ;_;

This comic earned a laugh from me followed by an intense feeling of technological worthlessness towards my glorified stereo mac.

Pirate Kitty:
Lol.

I like!

Why am I not surprised?

OT; ....For a slight moment there I thought I was being made fun of. _

3nimac:
I Wish i knew what that meant.

Snow Leopard is basically the Mac equivalent of Windows 7. If she doesn't have it, it means she needs to go buy a new OS (which I don't think works too well on Macbooks. That's why I have a hackintosh).

Mackheath:

Pirate Kitty:
Lol.

I like!

Why am I not surprised?

OT; ....For a slight moment there I thought I was being made fun of. _

No body cares enough to mock you, Mac.

Thing is with Mac's that their hardware and software is consistant. You know when you got this version of a MacBook Pro, you know you can play it. It's like a console in some ways, it's useful but for the tech-headies, modifying and building your own PC will always remain superior in their eyes.

Nooners:

3nimac:
I Wish i knew what that meant.

Snow Leopard is basically the Mac equivalent of Windows 7.

What, awesome?

I can't complain about it, so, yeah.

If you want to play games on a mac, just install a Windows partition. It's painless (except for the fact that you have to deal with Windows), and you can play whatever you want.

Jamie_Montrose:
If you want to play games on a mac, just install a Windows partition. It's painless (except for the fact that you have to deal with Windows), and you can play whatever you want.

Or just use a Windows PC and be able to upgrade to meet system requirements.

I recently had to install Snow Leapord to play the new Source games and was annoyed as hell about the fact that I was paying 30 more dollars to get a game I thought I was buying on sale. This comic should hit me exactly where I itch. Except it didn't. It had no effect.
Why? Really bad timing.

To quote Yahtzee (The reason this website exists): Good visual art is succinct and punchy. A good comic works on maximizing a small amount of words and actions to create a distinct moment of punchiness.

The text balloons in the first panel are way too long for a comic strip, it starts things off with a weirdly front-heavy pace for what is a really small amount of set-up (That a mac user is defending her computer)

Still, that's not the worst, worse is the next two panels, both of which could easily be cut...again, slow pacing meaning too much lead-up to the joke.

Then, it spends essentially four panels establishing one sentence of information. Again, it loses all the punch of the information by establishing it really slowly.

Then, the last two panels, Her angry expression is unnecessary, all it does is telegraph the upcoming joke and weaken its impact, the fact that she's hurling it out the window screaming angrily conveys all the information that frame 8 did.

It's a shame, since the joke is at its heart actually pretty good: Mac users defend our hip, user-friendly computers against the PC elitists but are, privately, tormented by their inability to play games. But that joke just takes too long getting there. Jokes are like meteors, too much atmosphere and they won't make any impact.

How could this comic be better? Well, without rewriting it, if you just cut it down to frame 1, frame 6, and frame 9, it would have had all the same information and been a lot snappier.

This (however funny a comic, especially the last expression) just pisses me off. I couldn't care less about mac, what about linux?? Come on! Ubuntu is such a great operating system with only one "weak point", which isn't even it's fault, the support, especially game support.
It's just retarded that the practically best AND cheapest operating system has worse support.
..
Anyways, 'twas a funny comic.

It might just be me, but I've been running into all kinds of problems with Steam on my Mac. My hardware is up to date, but I keep hitting errors that won't let me play my games. I've reinstalled Half-Life 2 three times and reinstalled Steam once, but keep getting the same damn messages. I'm getting really tired of playing Route Kanal and Water Hazard over and over again.

ArmorArmadillo:
I recently had to install Snow Leapord to play the new Source games and was annoyed as hell about the fact that I was paying 30 more dollars to get a game I thought I was buying on sale. This comic should hit me exactly where I itch. Except it didn't. It had no effect.
Why? Really bad timing.

To quote Yahtzee (The reason this website exists): Good visual art is succinct and punchy. A good comic works on maximizing a small amount of words and actions to create a distinct moment of punchiness.

The text balloons in the first panel are way too long for a comic strip, it starts things off with a weirdly front-heavy pace for what is a really small amount of set-up (That a mac user is defending her computer)

Still, that's not the worst, worse is the next two panels, both of which could easily be cut...again, slow pacing meaning too much lead-up to the joke.

Then, it spends essentially four panels establishing one sentence of information. Again, it loses all the punch of the information by establishing it really slowly.

Then, the last two panels, Her angry expression is unnecessary, all it does is telegraph the upcoming joke and weaken its impact, the fact that she's hurling it out the window screaming angrily conveys all the information that frame 8 did.

It's a shame, since the joke is at its heart actually pretty good: Mac users defend our hip, user-friendly computers against the PC elitists but are, privately, tormented by their inability to play games. But that joke just takes too long getting there. Jokes are like meteors, too much atmosphere and they won't make any impact.

How could this comic be better? Well, without rewriting it, if you just cut it down to frame 1, frame 6, and frame 9, it would have had all the same information and been a lot snappier.

Not really. The way the set up is now is just fine. What Yahtzee was talking about it Wall-o-text'ing the entire comic, like CAD and Something Positive like to do. One panel isn't that bad, especially when the dialogue is pretty much vacant everywhere else. Besides the whole joke here was that there's no reason for her not to get mad, leading to the raeg face and then the complete turn around reaction (which you don't combine together or it ruins the appeal of both), so your suggested edits would remove a lot of the entire joke. The frame 6 one I might agree with, but then layout would be shitty, and you'd lose a bit of the beat/zoom-in panel. Going back to the 8-9 panel arguement, you have to remember that a lot of this comic is the human element, just from looking at how previous comics are set up. Removing the angry face would kill the whole reaction in addition to that human element, while removing her throwing it out the window would feel a bit like the joke was killed too early.

Just click "Continue Anyway". The game runs perfectly for me after that.

3nimac:
I Wish i knew what that meant.

Basically the game's requirements do not match the hardware requirements on the mac.

So basically imagine that the game needs a 512mb graphics card but most older mac computers only had a 128mb graphics card. It would be impossible for that mac computer to run the game. That is the problem with my mac mini despite having an intel processor, I still have and cannot replace the graphics card as developed by motorola.

It really isn't a problem now with the latest mac computers as they finally have nvidia providing graphic cards but still the majority of mac computers that consumers own are like the one thrown out of the window. Useless to actually play even the most basic games developed by Valve.

glad she finally sees the light!

Hmmm... So her Mac spontaneously decided her system requirements were too low, given that the game quite clearly had worked for her on it previously.

Specifically, if you look at the steam window behind the error message it states the game was last played yesterday, with a total play time of 9 hours.

Omegatronacles:
Hmmm... So her Mac spontaneously decided her system requirements were too low, given that the game quite clearly had worked for her on it previously.

Specifically, if you look at the steam window behind the error message it states the game was last played yesterday, with a total play time of 9 hours.

Wouldn't be the first time.

that was awesome....I want her lol....guess it's part of my insanity -_0

That same thing happened to me! I got l4d 1 and 2 from a friend. And then I found out I couldn't play it. DAMN YOU MAC >:(

Omegatronacles:
Hmmm... So her Mac spontaneously decided her system requirements were too low, given that the game quite clearly had worked for her on it previously.

Specifically, if you look at the steam window behind the error message it states the game was last played yesterday, with a total play time of 9 hours.

That's easy to explain. Steam isn't locked down to one computer. I have Steam installed on my PC and my laptop. Some of my games which work on my PC don't work on my laptop because of hardware requirements, but I can still download and install those games. They just give me an error message when I launch them.

As a Mac user...this is exactly how I feel

lol so true.

Tempest13:
As a Mac user...this is exactly how I feel

i didnt expect any defenders...

same thing happened to me. As soon as snow leopard ships, this will be the first game I've played on a computer since hot dog stand.

do i see the robot from super jail on the friends list? nice. great comic!

er...gaming on a laptop?
or computer for that matter
ohhh so people play games on computers and laptops!
and not just like Facebook and Flash games?
ah I see, there's a gaming community on this platform which isn't just for Internet research file storage social mediums etc etc
=P
lol jk
(Maple Story!!)
anyway...I have yet to try out L4D2...maybe should put that into my Blockbuster queue sometime

I only use my PC for gaming everything else i do on my mac.

I was just reading through these comics to kill some time, and noticed something. If Alix can't run Left 4 Dead on her macbook, why does she have 9 hours played?

 

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