Stolen Pixels #242: Welcome to Town!

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What game is that from because I never ever want to play it.

This is brilliant and true! Everyone must be warned of Tom Nook.

It's worse than you know. The whole town is built on a graveyard.

M. Slater:
IGN made a list of the top 100 videogame villans

http://www.ign.com/videogame-villains/index.html

Tom Nook is Nr. 72

http://www.ign.com/videogame-villains/72.html

Thanks for posting that; I knew I'd seen him on a list of videogame villains somewhere, but I couldn't remember where.

Nightfalke:
I must point you all to the Something Awful Let's Play of Animal Crossing.

http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Animal%20Crossing/

All the secrets will be revealed there.

And it's brilliant.

Dammit.. after reading that I just about went and bought the thing. Only after looking into reviews a little more did I realize that was made up.

But holy crap.. wouldn't it be awesome if someone made a game like that? One that seems all lightness and sweet for a while -- "Here you are.. welcome to the town.. why don't you better your house? Make some friends? Play some little mini-games? Get new clothes?" and then at some point makes available a horrible dark twist to the game.. one which you don't have to follow, but is sitting there, lurking, for whenever you get the nerve or the urge to chase it to its end..

Any game designers out there -- READ THAT STORY.. then get inspired to make something like it!

I remember reading a story somewhere in the depths of the internet where it started out being a review of Animal Crossing and ended up turning into a horror story involving harvesting organs, transformations, and an undead antagonist.

EDIT: I found it!

Read it. Now.

Not to worry, when the game runs out of upgrades for your house, I'm pretty sure Nook the crook becomes no more than a petty shopkeeper.

I always believed there was something sinister about Tom Nook... And this comic here is all the proof I need! While I love and support capitalism, something makes me wonder if Tom Nook isn't the devil himself in disguise, just to make you collect fish and fruit to feed his endless hunger..!

Nightfalke:
I must point you all to the Something Awful Let's Play of Animal Crossing.

http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Animal%20Crossing/

All the secrets will be revealed there.

And it's brilliant.

Scrythe:
I remember reading a story somewhere in the depths of the internet where it started out being a review of Animal Crossing and ended up turning into a horror story involving harvesting organs, transformations, and an undead antagonist.

EDIT: I found it!

Read it. Now.

You were ninja'd pretty bad there, buddy.

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My favorite part was when the protagonist learns that Tom Nook

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Pretty clever, that story.

Antitonic:
There are a couple things about Animal Crossing I always found strange...

If there are other "people" that are supposed to be working for Tom, where are they? Who moves to a new place with no stuff and no money? How do the guards know your name, and why won't they let you leave?

Obviously, Tom Nook is far more sinister than he lets on. THE PEOPLE MUST KNOW!

I'm Sorry! I can't let you do that!

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fanklok:

But holy crap.. wouldn't it be awesome if someone made a game like that? One that seems all lightness and sweet for a while -- "Here you are.. welcome to the town.. why don't you better your house? Make some friends? Play some little mini-games? Get new clothes?" and then at some point makes available a horrible dark twist to the game.. one which you don't have to follow, but is sitting there, lurking, for whenever you get the nerve or the urge to chase it to its end..

"Did you know you can donate one or all of your vital organs to the Aperture Science self esteem fund for girls? It's true!"

The_root_of_all_evil:

fanklok:

But holy crap.. wouldn't it be awesome if someone made a game like that? One that seems all lightness and sweet for a while -- "Here you are.. welcome to the town.. why don't you better your house? Make some friends? Play some little mini-games? Get new clothes?" and then at some point makes available a horrible dark twist to the game.. one which you don't have to follow, but is sitting there, lurking, for whenever you get the nerve or the urge to chase it to its end..

"Did you know you can donate one or all of your vital organs to the Aperture Science self esteem fund for girls? It's true!"

I... who... what the fuck are you talking about?

fanklok:

The_root_of_all_evil:

fanklok:

But holy crap.. wouldn't it be awesome if someone made a game like that? One that seems all lightness and sweet for a while -- "Here you are.. welcome to the town.. why don't you better your house? Make some friends? Play some little mini-games? Get new clothes?" and then at some point makes available a horrible dark twist to the game.. one which you don't have to follow, but is sitting there, lurking, for whenever you get the nerve or the urge to chase it to its end..

"Did you know you can donate one or all of your vital organs to the Aperture Science self esteem fund for girls? It's true!"

I... who... what the fuck are you talking about?

"The Enrichment Center is committed to the well being of all participants. Cake and grief counseling will be available at the conclusion of the test. Thank you for helping us help you help us all."

The_root_of_all_evil:

fanklok:

The_root_of_all_evil:

"Did you know you can donate one or all of your vital organs to the Aperture Science self esteem fund for girls? It's true!"

I... who... what the fuck are you talking about?

"The Enrichment Center is committed to the well being of all participants. Cake and grief counseling will be available at the conclusion of the test. Thank you for helping us help you help us all."

But why did you quote me with something I didn't say, and stop quoting glados.

fanklok:

But why did you quote me with something I didn't say, and stop quoting glados.

LAWL, whoops....mistake on my part, that was meant to be to Kwil. *blush*

Kwil:

Any game designers out there -- READ THAT STORY.. then get inspired to make something like it!

Play Portal

Eagle Est1986:

Nightfalke:
I must point you all to the Something Awful Let's Play of Animal Crossing.

http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Animal%20Crossing/

All the secrets will be revealed there.

And it's brilliant.

Aw damnnit, you ninja'd me. The truth behind Animal Crossing is high octance nightmare fuel, truly not a children's game.

I just finished reading it.

I have to say...I'm...I'm shaken. This is equal to, even better than, many stories from H.P.Lovecraft.

I've never played Animal Crossing. Honestly, I don't think I ever could now.

Bravo to the writer. Truly a disturbing work.

The_root_of_all_evil:

fanklok:

But why did you quote me with something I didn't say, and stop quoting glados.

LAWL, whoops....mistake on my part, that was meant to be to Kwil. *blush*

Kwil:

Any game designers out there -- READ THAT STORY.. then get inspired to make something like it!

Play Portal

Oh please. Don't get me wrong, Portal's a fine game, but it doesn't have anywhere near that level of twist. It starts off with you vs. malevolence and ends that way. There's no point in the game where you think life is fine and dandy. No way you ever even have the option to ignore the evil. Not to mention it's nowhere near as dark. Burning a companion cube vs.

just doesn't compare for levels of disturbing.

HankMan:
First a Raccoon super 'hero' and now a Raccoon loan shark.
We really need to keep these creatures in the forest were they belong

Nonsense, now all we need is for Nintendo to get together with Marvel... this would be perfect for rounding out Squirrel Girl's rogues gallery.

Kwil:
just doesn't compare for levels of disturbing.

Oh, you want disturbing?

I Have No Mouth...

"insanity, selfishness, rape, misexoticism, paranoia, and genocide."

Darkseed is pretty fecked up. Weird Dreams. There's a lot of High Octane Nightmare Fuel games out there.

The_root_of_all_evil:

Kwil:
just doesn't compare for levels of disturbing.

Oh, you want disturbing?

I Have No Mouth...

"insanity, selfishness, rape, misexoticism, paranoia, and genocide."

Darkseed is pretty fecked up. Weird Dreams. There's a lot of High Octane Nightmare Fuel games out there.

For some reason, it made me think of Phantasmagoria 2; Puzzle of Flesh.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantasmagoria_2

An oldie, but a goodie.

The_root_of_all_evil:

fanklok:

But why did you quote me with something I didn't say, and stop quoting glados.

LAWL, whoops....mistake on my part, that was meant to be to Kwil. *blush*

Now I pose the pertinent question of how did you fuck that up?

Just to be a prick, I'm going to point out that raccoons are not rodents!

What happened? Did you submit this 3 years ago and they just-now posted it? Though I'll admit that wording it as a poem was a nice touch. Still, I shouldn't see the joke coming from the very first panel; especially when the reason I see it coming is because every gaming webcomic in existence has done this joke already.

Swaki:
how does "fool" rimes with "do", i have been trying to say it out loud in every accent i could imagine, and unless they pronounce it "dool" where samus lives i dont get it.

if someone got a audio file where someone gets it to rime i would greatly appreciate it.

It's that they both have the "Oo" sound. Rhyming two words doesn't require that they match-up 100%, just that they sound similar enough. If I were more of a literature expert I could probably go into more detail about it, but I can tell you that this isn't the first time I've seen examples similar to "Do/Fool" for rhyming.

M. Slater:
IGN made a list of the top 100 videogame villans

http://www.ign.com/videogame-villains/index.html

Tom Nook is Nr. 72

http://www.ign.com/videogame-villains/72.html

This is true, but that list is invalidated by placing a Flavor of the Month character in the #1 slot.

You're all just jealous because Sable loves Nook and not you.

fanklok:

The_root_of_all_evil:

fanklok:

But why did you quote me with something I didn't say, and stop quoting glados.

LAWL, whoops....mistake on my part, that was meant to be to Kwil. *blush*

Now I pose the pertinent question of how did you fuck that up?

I've honestly no idea. I guess I was going to reply to you and then replied to Kwil instead, not knowing that it was taking you as the quotee. How bizzare.

Kwil:

The_root_of_all_evil:

fanklok:

But why did you quote me with something I didn't say, and stop quoting glados.

LAWL, whoops....mistake on my part, that was meant to be to Kwil. *blush*

Kwil:

Any game designers out there -- READ THAT STORY.. then get inspired to make something like it!

Play Portal

Oh please. Don't get me wrong, Portal's a fine game, but it doesn't have anywhere near that level of twist. It starts off with you vs. malevolence and ends that way. There's no point in the game where you think life is fine and dandy. No way you ever even have the option to ignore the evil. Not to mention it's nowhere near as dark. Burning a companion cube vs.

just doesn't compare for levels of disturbing.

Portal doesn't start with you vs. malevolence. There is absolutely no reason to assume that GLaDOS is evil, unless you've been brainwashed by every other film and game before ever. GLaDOS helps you, gives hints, complements you, and slowly becomes more and more disjointed and disturbing up to the point that she shoves you into a fire. I for one didn't see it coming. The attempted murder, that is. It had become clear that all was not well, but the actual murder was still unexpected. Portal starts out as a quirky puzzle game and slowly becomes a fight to survive against an insane AI.

I have a problem with the assertion that Gary Oak is an asshole villain. Yeah, he's a bit of a dick for the first season, but even as early as season two he's a more level-headed, respectful and intelligent character than Ash is by miles.

Sorry about the fanboy rant, but I just marathoned 11 1/2 seasons of pokemon, I'm a little wired.

Swaki:
how does "fool" rimes with "do", i have been trying to say it out loud in every accent i could imagine, and unless they pronounce it "dool" where samus lives i dont get it.

if someone got a audio file where someone gets it to rime i would greatly appreciate it.

Indirec rhymes are a staple of poetry.

To the topic, I never thought of him that way, but yeah. EVIL.

I see nothing wrong with Tom Nook. Hell, unlike the VGCats comic, he can't really come after you if you don't pay. Outside the first house, it's always your choice in the end to upgrade and the game itself is based solely on collecting things from your environment that are unowned. Consider that the other merchant, Red, will fraud you occasionally I'd say that Nook's rather upstanding.

Scrythe:
I remember reading a story somewhere in the depths of the internet where it started out being a review of Animal Crossing and ended up turning into a horror story involving harvesting organs, transformations, and an undead antagonist.

EDIT: I found it!

Read it. Now.

I read everything....O__O

I'm never ever playing Animal Crossing....

Thank you. My innocence on the gamecube has been shattered to how sick and disturbing that story was XD

Nightfalke:
I must point you all to the Something Awful Let's Play of Animal Crossing.

http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Animal%20Crossing/

All the secrets will be revealed there.

And it's brilliant.

Damn that is some scary shit, read it all in one go. Only thing I didn't like was the wmv clip, kinda destroyed it :s

Really? That tanuki must have some big balls to pull a stunt like that. Ba dum tish.

(Ha ha ha! Japanese culture joke.)

Racoons/Racoon Dogs aren't rodents FYI.

You bring back fond memories of grinding Mr. Young. Trying to pay off that debt, dollar by dollar, sea shell by sea shell. Only for Nook to say, "Nope. Your still in massive debt. Get over it and start fishing again jack!"

What's up with Stolen Pixels? Been almost 2 weeks already.

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