The Great Step Forward

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The Great Step Forward

It was a neceseseary evil.

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Nice of you to work in a Jim Sterling cameo, I'm guessing he's the one you picked for Jaffe's idea?

The first panel is just pure art.
It just needs to be on a stained window or a wall.

It's a sad day when you have to provide context for the joke.

But seeing as how the last two comics got a myriad of 'I don't it', then I can understand why :D

I've found it more funny than anything because I only just now conquered my spelling of 'necessary'. I kept switching the c's and the s's.
Neck-ess-ary, minus the 'k'.

Oh I loved the Arthur Geese :D

Also, I love that first panel just as a whole.

langauge iz veri flooid pritty shure yoo kan mish spel evree wurd yoo uze grammeh natzi's bee dammened.

That David Jaffe is one weird cookie.

ryo02:
langauge iz veri flooid pritty shure yoo kan mish spel evree wurd yoo uze grammeh natzi's bee dammened.

Your grammar sucks, flooidd is spelled with two d's.

OT: It's odd, often I don't get the strips, this time where the context is provided I got it without any problems...

I must have missed a news story.

Hooray! I finally got the music lyric at the end of the strip! Of course, any Python fan worth his salt is going to get it, but still, I got it for a change.

There's no way in hell Susan would go down that easily.

itsthesheppy:
I must have missed a news story.

oh I saw the context we were given I'm just saying perfect spelling is over rated you might say it isn't "necessary".

and I just quoted the wrong post -_-;

Yopaz:

ryo02:
langauge iz veri flooid pritty shure yoo kan mish spel evree wurd yoo uze grammeh natzi's bee dammened.

Your grammar sucks, flooidd is spelled with two d's.

OT: It's odd, often I don't get the strips, this time where the context is provided I got it without any problems...

Heh, I always get the number of "c"s an "s"s mixed up to.

But...spellcheques have bin round four ages. Grammar chequers, that's what ewe wont.

itsthesheppy:
I must have missed a news story.

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Read the link that provides the context......... It might help a bit....

And why, I must ask, is Erin not at the front of the torch-bearing mob with something like flaming nunchuku or maybe a BFG? After all, she goes all out for spiders, so why not the editors?

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Now, call me crazy, but isn't what Mr. Jaffe suggesting similar to, but not identical to, what the BBC does?

Of course the BBC has editors and such, but they are bound by it's Royal Charter and Agreement to maintain "editorial independence" and, because of the licence fee providing guaranteed income (i.e. no need for advertisers) they can cover stories in any which way as long as it remains neutral and independent, even as a state broadcaster.

The way I see it, what the hypothetical Kickstarter money would do is give the hypothetical writing team that same level of editorial/writing independence.

tl;dr: make the whole of the BBC a games focused news outlet.

Chrono212:
Now, call me crazy, but isn't what Mr. Jaffe suggesting similar to, but not identical to, what the BBC does?

Of course the BBC has editors and such, but they are bound by it's Royal Charter and Agreement to maintain "editorial independence" and, because of the licence fee providing guaranteed income (i.e. no need for advertisers) they can cover stories in any which way as long as it remains neutral and independent, even as a state broadcaster.

The way I see it, what the hypothetical Kickstarter money would do is give the hypothetical writing team that same level of editorial/writing independence.

tl;dr: make the whole of the BBC a games focused news outlet.

If it gets Jim Sterling on Have I Got News For You then I'm all for this.

I don't think the link was necessary (ha ha, I am smarter than that journalist!) to explain the joke. I suppose context is nice though.

Daystar Clarion:
It's a sad day when you have to provide context for the joke.

But seeing as how the last two comics got a myriad of 'I don't it', then I can understand why :D

It's even more sad that people haven't seen "Say Anything" and don't realize how Activision is evil.

Like Bill Cosby, I have a bad taste in my mouth now..

Really Jaffe? $125K annual salary? Don't know what kind of flower scented fantasy world he lives in but the damn thing must be carved out of gold. Started to get a gag reflex every time I see his damn name come up.

Grey, I had this bizarre dream last night that you were the leader of my Guild Wars 2 guild and that you were an autocrat demanding we view and like Critical Miss comics...

I just thought I should let you know.

Nicolaus99:
Really Jaffe? $125K annual salary? Don't know what kind of flower scented fantasy world he lives in but the damn thing must be carved out of gold. Started to get a gag reflex every time I see his damn name come up.

Yea, I saw that and thought "Wait... no, that can't be right..." the I started crunching numbers.
Is he mocking me? Is he mocking that this profession yields fairly low revenue regardless of how hard you work, if you don't have an already massive audience to latch on to?

I get the same reaction every time I hear his name, I'm not even sure how it started, but I think it may have something to do with him being a bit of a prick.

It's funny without the context, but with it, I don't know where to start. I guess I'll start by asking how much does he know about this occupation? Plus, what happens when the Kickstarter doesn't reach its goal?

I like that David Jaffe mentions Jim Sterling as one of the journalist good guys.

No sarcasm, either, it's good to know a guy like him has got such a widely-heard voice in the industry.

Oh, and funny strip. I always have more trouble actually structuring what I'm going to type rather than spelling it though, so I imagine any editor working on my stuff would more likely go "Ugh, what do I have to move around in this one..." rather than "Ugh, let me re-type this up to be legible..."

unacomn:

Nicolaus99:
Really Jaffe? $125K annual salary? Don't know what kind of flower scented fantasy world he lives in but the damn thing must be carved out of gold. Started to get a gag reflex every time I see his damn name come up.

Yea, I saw that and thought "Wait... no, that can't be right..." the I started crunching numbers.
Is he mocking me? Is he mocking that this profession yields fairly low revenue regardless of how hard you work, if you don't have an already massive audience to latch on to?

I get the same reaction every time I hear his name, I'm not even sure how it started, but I think it may have something to do with him being a bit of a prick.

His next line says that the $125,000 would be paying the salary of up to 5 people, making it something more like $25,000 a year salary which is pretty modest.

What I find more hilarious than the strip it self is that, in predicting that some people wouldn't get it he posted the related article... and then some people still didn't get it.

Why is Jim not on the editor's side. He's the Review Editor at Dtoid.

I think Jaffe phrased the whole thing badly and didn't think it out. But he has a really good point.
There are very few journos who I follow in games (Jim being a good example) and the idea of holding them to account the greater population of gamers is a fantastic idea. It's not a replacement or suppressing of anyone, it's the concept of paying a good reviewer to provide a service. It's a nice twist on the crowd funding and supports quality and rewards someone who brings something to the table. It's a fantastic idea. And like all fantastic ideas, people will get involved and fuck it up. Great art today BTW.

I think the people being herded into the sea are the old guard and Jim and co. being the mega paid new gods of gaming. I guess that site editors are the only people who can spell.

lord.jeff:

unacomn:

Nicolaus99:
Really Jaffe? $125K annual salary? Don't know what kind of flower scented fantasy world he lives in but the damn thing must be carved out of gold. Started to get a gag reflex every time I see his damn name come up.

Yea, I saw that and thought "Wait... no, that can't be right..." the I started crunching numbers.
Is he mocking me? Is he mocking that this profession yields fairly low revenue regardless of how hard you work, if you don't have an already massive audience to latch on to?

I get the same reaction every time I hear his name, I'm not even sure how it started, but I think it may have something to do with him being a bit of a prick.

His next line says that the $125,000 would be paying the salary of up to 5 people, making it something more like $25,000 a year salary which is pretty modest.

He actually explained it better in his video and he meant that he hopes the kickstarter will raise enough so that as many people as possible could get a $125k salary. I think he just chose it to be 5 people in total as it seems like a decent number.

I don't think he was genuinely trying to insult any game journalists and I think he really believes that uncompromising journalists such as Jim deserve that kind of pay. As he said, he's not sure how much any one of them makes and he apologized if he undershot the amount. As for overshooting, I don't see why he would need to apologize for what would then be incredible generosity if people do make much less.

He expands on his idea in the video in that journalists would then be unrestricted and could potentially research and write about any industry related topic without the fear of not having enough traffic thus compromising their pieces to make them more eye-catching.

What I don't agree with (and the comic is about) is that he doesn't think editors are all that necessary. He does go on to say in his video that if the belief is that editors are needed (which they are) they can split the $125k salary right down the middle with the editor.

I think it's a neat idea that would likely need a bit of refinement to work.

tl;dr He suggested $125k for each of 5 writers and thought that's a deserving amount for noteworthy game journalists. I think it's a neat (if slightly unrefined) idea.

lord.jeff:

His next line says that the $125,000 would be paying the salary of up to 5 people, making it something more like $25,000 a year salary which is pretty modest.

You mean this line?
"Posted by da criminal at 2:40 PM 30 comments"

Arakasi:
I've found it more funny than anything because I only just now conquered my spelling of 'necessary'. I kept switching the c's and the s's.
Neck-ess-ary, minus the 'k'.

Handy way to learn it - necessary - one collar, two sleeves. Necessary is a shirt, just like a shirt is necessary. At least where I come from.

Aside from that, cracking comic. Particularly enjoyed the art.

Well, it seems one can do much without an editor.

We need a hi-res version of the first panel. It's godly and epic.

This idea is older than dirt. Everyone knows Shakespears line: "Kill the Lawyers," but no one remembers the context (its two drunk guys discussing what they'd do if they were in charge-they're not meant to be taken seriously)

Falseprophet:
There's no way in hell Susan would go down that easily.

That's the flaw you see? I scoff at the fact that Sterling is running.

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