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What? Is the game actually like that? That's just silly.

VanQQisH:
This is the first of your comics that I actually didn't get. Can someone fill me in on the reference so I can go and enlighten myself?

George Orwell's 1984. One of the most thought-provoking books ever written, it concerns a totalitarian state in 1984 (which was, when it was written, in the future) in which every action is watched by a mysterious and possibly non-existent entity named Big Brother. Newspeak (doubleplusungood) etc were all methods of bringing the populace to heal. I wont say more cos it will ruin it should u read the book (whoch u should trust me). It was written in attack of dictatorships and the principles of totalitarianism (Orwell was a highly active Democratic Socialist) and its the strip is basically saying that this game alludes to 1984 in ways which would make poor deceased Mr.Orwell spin in his grave.

So because Tony Hawk games are selling so well, they thought slapping another persons name on it would make it better?

Irridium:

Grey Carter:

The fact that Ecko himself is a raging goddamn assbox didn't help matters.

"assbox"

hehe

OT: That has always bugged me. If your against "establishment" and whatnot, why do you still buy certain boards/clothes/music? Aren't they still part of some corp or something that your trying to take down?

*sigh* silly children. Fighting the machine by buying things from different parts of the machine.

The only parts of the machine that are evil are the parts that don't pay me to sell there stuff. Product placement at its finest.

VanQQisH:
This is the first of your comics that I actually didn't get. Can someone fill me in on the reference so I can go and enlighten myself?

It references a famous book by George Orwell called 1984. I got it but I didnt find it funny. The comic is just a really subtle, ironic and hypocritical reference to how George Orwell made the goverment a villian and in the comic your replacing a totilitarian goverment society with in game advertising and capitalism.

Which is causing George Orwell to kickflip in his grave.

That settles it. I am now taking donations for airfare to go kick Shaun White in the balls.

Gindil:

Latinidiot:
I tried reading 1984 again, to see why I loved it so much.

And now i remember.

Because it fucking scared me to death. Nights have gone by sleeplessly, because I feared an other big Brother might take over.

God, it has made me shit my pants more than most horror stories.

I'll do you one better

Strangely that doesn't scare me. I am in full control of what I want, and what i don't want. very little I am forced. what did scare me were in 1984 were the newspeak, the deleting of means to express oneself. I believe that is still firmly intact.

That was good, very good.

best one thus far I'd say.

VanQQisH:
This is the first of your comics that I actually didn't get. Can someone fill me in on the reference so I can go and enlighten myself?

Go read George Orwell's 1984. It's an awesome book you should've read already anyway.

OT: very nice, I was just thinking about the Orwellian future a few days ago thanks to that movie Equilibrium

Gindil:

Deeleted:
I don't fully get it. Because George Orwell was against autocracy and democratic socialism, he is turning in his grave?

1984 was his dissent against government controlling people's lives.

But then if you're going out to dissent against that to promote corporatism... Yeah... That's just hypocrisy.

Ah, alright. Havn't read the book. Thanks :)

Doubleplusgood! Crimethinkers unbellyfeel Ingsoc crimethink. Thinkpol geted crimethinkers puted joycamp.

Very nice. The whole "revolution" aspect of the game does seem a little shallow, what with the advertising. "Replace the chains of government slavery with the chains of corporate slavery!" Very "revolutionary" indead...

Like the end alot too. When I saw the grave, I knew Orwell would be spinning in it, but I didn't expect the "360 spin - 360 spin - 360 spin - 360 spin!". Doubleplusgoodful!

Sounds a bit similar to Jet Set Radio. Except bad. At least in JSR the government simply wanted to clean up the place, they just went a bit power mad doing it. To the normal citizens of Tokyo-to, I'd say Beat was the villain of that game, skating around and vandalising signs and cars.
Actually having the skateboarders as a way to free the place from tyranny and totalitarianism is just ridiculous.

YAAAY DYSTOPIAS!
Not like I had to write 30 damn pages on them or anything...

How does that premise make it to market without someone doing a double-take? Was there simply no liaison between the development and marketing segments of the company at all?

I feel like shaving my head and eating a Jr. Bacon Cheesburger.
Oh wait. I did/am.
nom nom nom

I...what...this...*aneurysm*

Love the comic, truly brutal satire of their(I actually can't think of an adjective which adequately expresses stupidity) concept.

It's good to see skateboarding and consumerism finally being recognized as the noble and important struggle for human rights and freedom they really are. Surely a quality script such as this is a most worthy contribution to the medium of gaming!

...or not.

What a shame. The book was bad, sure, but it didn't deserve to be stripped down in and re-purposed in such a pedestrian way.

at the rate his works have been used and abused, we should connect Orwell's grave to a generator and thus solve the energy crisis

Latinidiot:
I tried reading 1984 again, to see why I loved it so much.

And now i remember.

Because it fucking scared me to death. Nights have gone by sleeplessly, because I feared an other big Brother might take over.

God, it has made me shit my pants more than most horror stories.

There already is a Big Brother. It's the NWO lol
So, I guess the point of the game is to advertise businesses who are going to take over the government?

Deeleted:
I don't fully get it. Because George Orwell was against autocracy and democratic socialism, he is turning in his grave?

George Orwell was almost revolutionarily against totalitarianism... Yet this game makes you set people free from a totalitarian reign through skateboarding and comercialism

Wow, I just finished writing a book report of 1984 for my computer class.

Latinidiot:

Gindil:

Latinidiot:
I tried reading 1984 again, to see why I loved it so much.

And now i remember.

Because it fucking scared me to death. Nights have gone by sleeplessly, because I feared an other big Brother might take over.

God, it has made me shit my pants more than most horror stories.

I'll do you one better

Strangely that doesn't scare me. I am in full control of what I want, and what i don't want. very little I am forced. what did scare me were in 1984 were the newspeak, the deleting of means to express oneself. I believe that is still firmly intact.

That comic should scare you. The fact that you're not scared by it means that you either don't understand how right he is, or you don't live in a part of the world where that is exactly how the population is being controlled (ie, North America).

Grey Carter:

manythings:
It took me a second to get the last panel because I was trying to see the Skateboarder but now I realise how dumb that was.

OT: Wasn't the exact same plot of a game a while back but you were a rollerskating graffiti artist or some similar bullshit?

You're thinking of Marc Ecko's: Getting up, I believe. I think. It was similar yes but that was more about Graffiti, which has a much more credible link to revolution/dissent than skateboarding. It was nicely written too but even so it had a lot of product sponsorship which seemed at odds with the game's message. I'd certainly recomend it though.

The fact that Ecko himself is a raging goddamn assbox didn't help matters.

He may also be thinking of Jet Set Radio. Except the thing about JSR was that it was both awesome and cool. It could be a little obnoxious but the entire point of it was to to show how to bring art to the world through means of pressurized, sprayable paint. The figurative "Man" would have simply been the one who didn't allow this free form of expression. And since I am of the persuasion of people who believe that if everything can be painted awesome and intricately, i think we should do it. I do however really hate bad graffiti artists, because i hate to look at just a couple of stupid curvy lines carelessly written on a wall. The reason Shaun White is a tool is because he took what could of been an alright simple "down with the man" story and just put baconators all over it.

Grey Carter:

I.E.D.:
To be honest, I clicked my way here only because of the title, so I have to ask: Is this comic about that skateboarding game a parody of sorts or that truly is the premise of the game?

No seriously. You have to fight against the evils of the 'Ministry' which has outlawed fun and emotion. To do this you do rad tricks and sell Baconators.

I wish I was making that up.

You are kidding right?...Right?

OT: Well that sounds...like an interesting game story...

Georges Ripped it! XD

Ah, I've been reading 1984 as of late so the title made me quite happy.

manythings:
It took me a second to get the last panel because I was trying to see the Skateboarder but now I realise how dumb that was.

OT: Wasn't the exact same plot of a game a while back but you were a rollerskating graffiti artist or some similar bullshit?

You're thinking of this -

http://www.vgboxart.com/viewfullbox.php?boxid=27064&boxloc=/boxes/PS2/27064_jet_set_radio-orig.png

Nice knowledge!

Edit - Dammit, just read through page 2 and someone beat me to it...

Gindil:

Latinidiot:
I tried reading 1984 again, to see why I loved it so much.

And now i remember.

Because it fucking scared me to death. Nights have gone by sleeplessly, because I feared an other big Brother might take over.

God, it has made me shit my pants more than most horror stories.

I'll do you one better

My mind = blown

Grey Carter:

No seriously. You have to fight against the evils of the 'Ministry' which has outlawed fun and emotion. To do this you do rad tricks and sell Baconators.

I wish I was making that up.

Is it possible that it's done in a sarcastic and satirical manner as a critique on the stupidity and short sightedness of youth subculture and their typically ridiculously inept views on government?

No? They're playing it straight down the line? Fuck me...

Great one guys, one of your best.

So it's Jet Set Radio Future with the cartoon irony stripped clean to be replaced by real (unintentional) irony?

EDIT: Ninjas. ...Damn.

hweh.... dipshits on expensive planks.... or are THEY the planks?

Either way, thank you for panning the terrible game and acting as the revenge conduit Orwell no doubt demands!

I hadn't heard about the game; so, I went and read a review of it on IGN just to familiarize myself with it a bit. At first, I thought "what a piece of crap!". But, then, I started thinking on it some more. On a superficial level, the game deals with some fictitious political conspiracy that sounds all too ridiculous. Not to mention, the idea of creating a colorful, happy world with all smiles and candy probably would cause the typical "hardcore" crowd to scoff and scorn.

It was at that point that I then thought maybe that's just it, what the game is really getting at. Maybe the game is expressing how many of us in gaming(and geeks and nerds, in general, perhaps) have lost our sense of wonder for the fantastic. We constantly demand games that adhere to a very strict logic and rigid prescription of reality. We've gone away from being able to playfully indulge in the wild and outlandish. Maybe the game is trying to say that we have ourselves created a bleak, gray, lifeless world of rigid rules and authoritarian restrictions by our own expectations and demands, and we have forgotten what it's like to engage, appreciate, and enjoy true fantasy. We just don't really enjoy life anymore. It's not a battle against an iron-fisted regime imposed on us by the world outside from which we try to escape; instead, it's a battle against the tyrannical hegemony of inner ideas that we created ourselves and seek to impose outside that has created this lifeless view. The only way to be free is to take a chance on the absurd; ride your board and make some colors.

Or maybe, I'm just reading more into this than there really is.

Gindil:

I'll do you one better

Sir, that is one of my new favourite images.

And I'm SO glad that most people got the references in the cartoon. Must re-read Brave New World and 1984 soon.

(The most scary point: 1984 is 26 years ago...)

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