Critical Miss: Children of Steam #2

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Loved it!

Wow, finally! It's taken long enough.
Congratulations, this Critical Miss hasn't critically missed.
This actually managed to arise a giggle out of me.
If more strips are actually clever in future like this one, there may be hope for this series yet but as it stands... this is not Penny Arcade.
-Tabs<3-

Irridium:

Also, buy the Witcher 2 from GoG! No DRM when you buy from GoG!

I noticed that. Are you pre-buying it for when it gets released as an oldie on GOG? Some wait.

minus_273c:

Irridium:

Also, buy the Witcher 2 from GoG! No DRM when you buy from GoG!

I noticed that. Are you pre-buying it for when it gets released as an oldie on GOG? Some wait.

CD Projeckt Red owns and runs GoG. And its the only place they can release it DRM free. They want to give their customers the best deal, so its there.

Sebenko:
You know, Minecraft isn't on Steam.

Apocalypse solved.

Woo! I can sleep at night again...

This was serious incidentally; MC eats about 65-70% of my gaming time, :-)

Well, no steam... that'd cost me... oh yes, Cod: Bug Ops. Nothing to get mad about really.

Pseudonym2:
You come off as incredibly elitist. Only people with powerful computers and connection to the internet can use Steam. Not everyone can afford both of those.

Ironically the IGN fans might be more likely to go to Direct to Drive which doesn't use additional DRM.

that does come off as strongly elitist. PC gaming isnt all that unless youve done your homework (which as console sales of games have pointed out, the average person doesnt want to)

Pseudonym2:
You come off as incredibly elitist. Only people with powerful computers and connection to the internet can use Steam. Not everyone can afford both of those.

Ironically the IGN fans might be more likely to go to Direct to Drive which doesn't use additional DRM.

A 700 dollar laptop made last year can play many steam games including but not limited to: KOTOR, a vast quantity of indie games, Rome total war, medieval II, europa universalis III divine wind, the undergarden, civilization IV, super meat boy and without steam it can plya starcraft II with settings lowered and a great internet connection

so if you got a desktop 4 years ago you are fine and can use steam.

No one needs to play fucking call of duty or new vegas in order to enjoy steam.

I'm sorry for quoting you.

wildpeaks:

Tom Phoenix:
I mean, what is the first thing every smart person would do if an apocalypse occured?

If I ever meet one, I'll ask him/her :)

XD

How about Cosmo Yuki? Considering he causes apocalypses, maybe we should ask him.

...On second thought, let's not.

Ah, Alone in the Dark. If you squint and muffle your head you could think you were playing Alan Wake. But you can't do that, because in Alone in the Dark your character squints for you.

Meanwhile, I, playing my GoG.com games, realize the Escapist is town, and mistakenly believe it is but a network issue.

While I do love my Steam collection, I have a substantial collection outside of it, plus I own a nice number of my Steam games on console too. I'll be a hybrid, ravenous and hungry for Steam games yet sane and able to play console games. You won't know when I'll attack...

Gabe? What have you done?

Tharwen:
Gabe? What have you done?

Unspeakable horrors, infuenced by R'lyeh, of course ^^)

wildpeaks:

Tharwen:
Gabe? What have you done?

Unspeakable horrors, infuenced by R'lyeh, of course ^^)

...

Gabe Newell is fat

Grey Carter:

HT_Black:
Why do those retarded Ex-capists seem so familiar...?

No, I'm serious. I can't put my finger on it. Does anyone know?

The one on the right is frighteningly attractive.

I dunno. Just from the doodlings, I would guess the one on the left is more-- oh wait, you mean they are.. oh yes, yes, you are correct. He is indeed a man of attraction and panache.

Tharwen:

wildpeaks:

Tharwen:
Gabe? What have you done?

Unspeakable horrors, infuenced by R'lyeh, of course ^^)

...

Gabe Newell is fat

I mean worse than that :)
Edit: and yes, for some reason I can always find a "worse" version, it's the native gift of [epic] programmers :)

mr_rubino:

Grey Carter:

HT_Black:
Why do those retarded Ex-capists seem so familiar...?

No, I'm serious. I can't put my finger on it. Does anyone know?

The one on the right is frighteningly attractive.

I dunno. Just from the doodlings, I would guess the one on the left is more-- oh wait, you mean they are.. oh yes, yes, you are correct. He is indeed a man of attraction and panache.

Is kinda scared and very disturbed by that *. :)

*: which is a good thing :D

Pseudonym2:
You come off as incredibly elitist. Only people with powerful computers and connection to the internet can use Steam. Not everyone can afford both of those.

Ironically the IGN fans might be more likely to go to Direct to Drive which doesn't use additional DRM.

my computer in not highly powered...its actually just a laptop, I also I have very limited internet which means I cant download games I buy retail, though usually its ok once I install a new game, it takes ageis but once all the autmatic downloads come through (before I can play, usually about 250mb) I can switch to offline mode and its all good

steam isnt perfect but I can live with it if I have too (*glares at ubisoft*)

I live in the third world and buy retail games it's fucking expensive shipping + taxes, one game can easily cost 100-120 USD and the salaries here are no much thing. Borderline, or you use Steam or pirating. Some guys like me can buy a retail from time to time but you must have a BIG job or rich parents.

Jab at IGN, that is brillaint!
It shall be a dark day for many when Steam falls, I am not among them, but I may go feral just for the fun of it.

Good thing for me I use console games and good old flash games to avoid the downfall.

I can guarantee that many will die when my account of 175 games is closed and I become feral.

Haha. I'm loving this arc. Yeah, yeah, the closing of steam wouldn't be the end of the gaming world, but this comic still speaks to people like me who have purchased so many games on Steam that they would be royally screwed if Steam were ever to shut down.

Hey, look at the bright side. Nobody will be stressing about whats going on with Episode 3, right?

GrizzlerBorno:
Also, I SO have a crush on badass-survivor-Erin right now. That's one thing that's good about an apocalypse though; Humanity will never die off because in any given doomsday scenario, the few women survivors are so damn hot, by virtue, and hence will never have problems....well, you get the rest. see also, Zoey(L4D) and her fanbase.

Oh good so I'm not the only one then. Post-apocalyptic chicks rule.

Slowking for the win.

SupahGamuh:

Cowabungaa:

wildpeaks:

You think that's bad ? Wait until your list of games costs more than your computer :D

After calculating the worth of my own collection (without the Steam calculator that doesn't seem to work) mine is one of them. Hell it's about twice as expensive as my computer.

I payed way less for it of course. Yay for deals!

I can guarantee that many will die when my account of 175 games is closed and I become feral.

72 games is a low number. I'm sitting at 139 right now. Its definitely valued more than my $500 computer, with a Geforce GT 240.

I've got a few installed with 214GB used. That does not include GoG games, GFWL game downloads, Amazon games, or Disc based games.

i dont use steam

becuase i rather go to the nearest gamestop and buy the damn thing

besides im working on a video game box fort,

Those vegans will never get to me

Vegan: JordanXLord Stop eating meat!!

JordanXlord: i'll stop when you sons of devils go back to hell

*graps RPG and fires it*

thank god he is dead

see the fort of game boxes save you from the god forsaken Vegans

MEAT EATERS FTW

SteelStallion:

JeanLuc761:

SteelStallion:

You do realize that there's probably a billion gamers world wide? The vast majority living in third world countries?

Yeah... 30 something million gamers doesn't seem like a lot anymore, does it?

Do you have ANY statistics or evidence to back that up? At all?

In America alone, there are (I think) 45 million + Xbox 360's in homes. There are 30 million registered users on Steam. There are 11 million users on WoW. There are over 80 million users who play social games on networks like Facebook. Those are all based off of real, verifiable statistics.

You show me ANY source that verifies there's even close to a billion gamers on this planet, and I'll be happy to lend your argument more weight.

I was exaggerating for effect. All you're taking into account are gamers who are registered online, but there are plenty more gamers playing on all platforms, mostly modded older gen ones. I don't have any statistics, but if you've ever been to some of the poorer countries you'll find that 90% of the youth there do play video games, and they'll probably own a playstation or something.

No. Bulgaria aint 3rd world country, but we are poor. The average person gets 250 dollers a month here.
Guess which is the most used platform? PC.

Pseudonym2:
You come off as incredibly elitist. Only people with powerful computers and connection to the internet can use Steam. Not everyone can afford both of those.

You come off as incredibly naive. I only got a powerful computer this year, i've had steam for two. I was running it on a computer that was built in 1998.

But please sir, assume more!

Hmmm...I have a fair amount of games, games I like.

Would REALLY devastate and piss me off but going feral? Probably not.

Probably because I'm a cross-breed gamer, a little of both consoles and PC, it's the best way to enjoy games IMO.

Divinegon:

Hah, Slowbro.

Oh neat, I'm immune from Steam. Although I don't even play non-handeld console games so I might be a whole different mutant breed altogether.

You are not alone my friend ...you are not alone :|

But as a side-note ...I love it how Carter and Cory just inserted themselves in the fifth panel there. :D
...
Are those pieces of the 4-th wall I see scattered there O.o!?

Rainboq:

I was there when the strength of men fell...

When we actually started to enjoy Kane and Lynch 2

Oh god.

*Takes strychnine pill*
*Jumps off cliff with noose around neck*
*Slits own throat on the way down*

Yeah, the fall of Steam wouldn't affect me in the slightest bit. Not at all.

mhm...
somehow i do not understand what this is all about.
something about steam...
dont know much about steam.
i only used it once with "civilization V", but that s all.
didnt even play that game much, because i already played CIV2.
and civ5 is not much difference exept some features and the graphics.
nice game, but "if you know CIV you know CIV."
you can quote me on that ;-)

And thus is steam's fatal flaw revealed. Server congestion like the kind we saw when Fallout New Vegas released or an internet outage renders all your "property" useless. Some people herald it's model as the future, if it is so then call me a Luddite. I prefer to be able to hold something I pay for in my own two hands. While I own games on both Steam and Direct 2 Drive, I prefer the feeling of true ownership that boxed retail provides. If I don't like a patch I don't install it. If I want to play the thing in 20 years, I can be assured if a functioning console or os emulator is available I can. And If I just want to admire all the pretty pretty boxes on the shelf and leaf through any of the manuals without subjecting my eyes to the cold glare of the monitor and a clunky pdf, well I can do that too. I can smell the pages, I can run my fingers over the cardboard or the plastic. If that makes me a caveman so be it.

If the world of mandatory patches, (or unfinished launch products) feature stripping system updates and increased vulnerability from company's idle whims in the form of rapidly shifting UELA's is the future, then imagine a jack boot, stomping on a gamer's face forever.

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