A Games Journalist, a Horse and Nikola Tesla Walk into a Bar

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Hahaha, isn't that cute. She thinks she's a journalist.

Anyway, nice comic so far. Has potential. Would wait for completion and perhaps a sale though.

What's with all that talk about Ealry Access lately btw? Not that I mind. because I think it's an interessting discussion, but Early Access isn't that new and I didn't hear anything about anything out of the ordinary happening on there. Yet you hear so much about it lately.

No matter what the punchline would be, it's most likely better than anything Penny Arcade ever did.

OT: If people want to waste their money on unfinished stuff, let them. Basically we just took the next step and start paying for alpha versions rather than full price betas.

'Evangelion Guy has been buffed. Now deeper, more meaningful'

I lol'd.

MRW browsing Steam.

"Oh hey, this looks pretty intersting."
*Notices it's Early Access*
"Oh, well, I didn't feel like spending my money anyway."

How come I can't click the "Add to wishlist" button ? :(

I'll just wait for it to go on sale.

I like the touches of the comic, though. Lots of smaller jokes like the changelog.

This is just crazy funny. I laughed out loud! and I'm so glad the resurrected Tesla finally got some exposure. It's about time. Now if only Erin would show a little more skin....

I hope the crash has been sorted for good. Pesky little bastards always seem to come back though.

Anyway, has potential, but I'll wait for others to test it out first.

If giant cockroaches with the faces of screaming children are not funny then why did I laugh?

CorvusFerreum:
What's with all that talk about Ealry Access lately btw? Not that I mind. because I think it's an interessting discussion, but Early Access isn't that new and I didn't hear anything about anything out of the ordinary happening on there. Yet you here so much about it lately.

Early Access isn't new, but not only have there been a lot of high profile Early Access games lately, there's a bit of a shortage of other games releasing to talk about instead. Three of the top ten best sellers on Steam right now (Including one and two) are Early Access. The only thing worth mentioning that is releasing between now and March is Broken Age part 1. It's basically either talk about Early Access, speculate about future stuff, or flick playing cards into a hat.

This strip has the potential to be the greatest comic of all time!

If I give you $780.00, can I get a 3D model of Grey in a virtual studio?

How do subscribe?

Good choice of genre, but I feel you are selling yourselves rather short.

The bit about Evangelion Guy getting buffed by becoming deeper and more meaningful was great. On that note...

*goes to read Penny Arcade* :P

Looks interesting, but I think I'll wait for the finished version before giving you my money.

Early Access is my version of the lottery, except it has a decent win rate. :D

Still, I'll wait on this one, at least until I hear that the final panel is half done.

OMG! Critical Miss comics are the best! I can't wait to read this with my friends online!! Also it has my favourite animal and favourite physicist in it. I so hope they include the rat and the bear this would be awsome. Also refrencing every other videogame made so far would be great. Oh I hope wish they do that. I can't wait to flame all the whinners who are of a diffrent opinion :D!

And if it not turns out how I want it to be I will get very upset and write an angry blogpost!

I don't see the problem, sorry. Don't want to buy an unfinished game? Then don't. I see it as a means of supporting the game developers while development is still ongoing and it seems very much like the kickstarter campaigns.

Pfft, this is a shameless rip off of the other early access comic strip "Why did the Smarmy Game Critic, a Unicorn and the specter of Albert Einstein cross the road?".

Seriously, this was pretty funny. I'm guessing something significant happened in the world of early access that I'm missing, since many of the sites content creators seem to be taking a knock at it.

THAT'S RACIST!

Furthermore, I backed this comic on Kickstarter. That's basically the same as preordering it, right..?

(all intended humourously, of course. It might be difficult to get across in text, but rest assured that it is)

<This is where an editorial on the merits and pitfalls of Early access will go. In the meantime, try these videos by Total Biscuit and Jam Strelong.>

Jam Strelong?

I actually thought that the punchline was that the light went out because Tesla invented the lightbulb, for some reason. Still, I'd wait for this comic to turn up in a humble bundle.

MegaR:

<This is where an editorial on the merits and pitfalls of Early access will go. In the meantime, try these videos by Total Biscuit and Jam Strelong.>

Jam Strelong?

This mistake is a known bug and will be patched when the next build is released in Spring 2014. Until then, it's a feature!

Good comic, liked the little details.

I don't really understand how we can be for Kickstarters and Indiegogo Campaigns but against Early Access and Preorders. There is no guarantee or safety in donating to a Kickstarter, there are no assurances, heck you are not even sure a kickstarter will be in line with what you want. They could change things drastically down the line, completely rework mechanics you wanted.

I guess I am asking why Kickstarter Campaigns don't get the same flak that Preorder/Early Access Games do. It is pretty much the same thing, except you have an idea of what you are getting when you buy an early Access game, when you fund a Kickstarter you are more often than not funding an idea, something not even started yet.

Cecilo:
I don't really understand how we can be for Kickstarters and Indiegogo Campaigns but against Early Access and Preorders. There is no guarantee or safety in donating to a Kickstarter, there are no assurances, heck you are not even sure a kickstarter will be in line with what you want. They could change things drastically down the line, completely rework mechanics you wanted.

I guess I am asking why Kickstarter Campaigns don't get the same flak that Preorder/Early Access Games do. It is pretty much the same thing, except you have an idea of what you are getting when you buy an early Access game, when you fund a Kickstarter you are more often than not funding an idea, something not even started yet.

The difference is that when you fund kickstarter, you're not a customer buying a product. You're a supporter and a funder, and you know there's a risk of not seeing the final product. But when you buy an early access game, you're buying something that has already been started, and therefore you expect it to reach its eventual completion.

Kerbal Space Program, Starbound, Drunken Robot Pornography, etc.

Additionally,
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There are no circumstances where this is ever true.

For those saying they don't understand the problem with Early Access: I think the main issue is it promotes laziness. Call it the Google syndrome (or Minecraft Syndrome, whichever you prefer). The developer is already making money on their game, so there's no need to hurry and finish the game. While that promotes a more bug-free game, it means folks who want to play the completed version of the game will have to wait forever for it to be finished.

bartholen:

Cecilo:
I don't really understand how we can be for Kickstarters and Indiegogo Campaigns but against Early Access and Preorders. There is no guarantee or safety in donating to a Kickstarter, there are no assurances, heck you are not even sure a kickstarter will be in line with what you want. They could change things drastically down the line, completely rework mechanics you wanted.

I guess I am asking why Kickstarter Campaigns don't get the same flak that Preorder/Early Access Games do. It is pretty much the same thing, except you have an idea of what you are getting when you buy an early Access game, when you fund a Kickstarter you are more often than not funding an idea, something not even started yet.

The difference is that when you fund kickstarter, you're not a customer buying a product. You're a supporter and a funder, and you know there's a risk of not seeing the final product. But when you buy an early access game, you're buying something that has already been started, and therefore you expect it to reach its eventual completion.

...the warning label is there to let you know that this is not the case. I realize this isn't a catch-all, since the devs write the warning for each game, but it still amazes me that people impulse-buy these when they say stuff like
(and I quote)
[sic]"If you choose to take part during stage 1 you should expect bugs, lots of balance changes, you shouldn't get too attached to your character or universe as we may make changes that require you to start from scratch. You should expect the game to be broken at points as we make sweeping changes but you'll get to enjoy exciting new content added constantly. The engine won't optimized during this stage of the beta so performance could be poor on some low end machines."

To me, that (and every other early access game I've glanced at) screams "if you're not already closely following development news about this game, know what state it's in, and still want to play what is there so far... do not buy it".

My problem isn't that early access exists. It's that everyone and their cat are releasing them, and now we're being flooded with shitty half made games on a store meant to sell me finished ones. Make an option to filter out early access from stream and I'll be happy.

Chaosritter:
No matter what the punchline would be, it's most likely better than anything Penny Arcade ever did.

Haha, true that. I absolutely lost it at #Poor Man's Penny Arcade.

Lvl 64 Klutz:
For those saying they don't understand the problem with Early Access: I think the main issue is it promotes laziness. Call it the Google syndrome (or Minecraft Syndrome, whichever you prefer). The developer is already making money on their game, so there's no need to hurry and finish the game. While that promotes a more bug-free game, it means folks who want to play the completed version of the game will have to wait forever for it to be finished.

I could swear that Garry's Mod came before Minecraft and was basically in-development most the time it was on sale. Minecraft sure slapped a label on it and said "buy my game in Alpha; buy it in Beta!". The game's basics were all there and it was more or less about adding features to the game.

Comparably, many of the 'Early Access' games on Steam are so far from even close to being ready for public consumption. They are not only missing large, key features of the games, but they're also missing many of the basics as well. It's like a Jenga set that someone is trying to put pieces back into a wobbling tower standing on a single piece.*

*I'd say Rust is an exception, so is Starbound. Both are very well established and further on than any other Early Access game. Dayz, however, is not; that game is the basic basis of the word "alpha".

Wouldn't the early access version of comics be artist streaming?

"Sorry, Erin. Just wait outside; we'll only be a minute."

/rimshot

Ouch.

OTOH, can't you just not buy early access games until they are finished? Sure, the idea is stupid, but it's an option, not a necessity, right?

Poor mans Penny Arcade?

Needs more dickwolves.

thaluikhain:
Ouch.

OTOH, can't you just not buy early access games until they are finished? Sure, the idea is stupid, but it's an option, not a necessity, right?

Yea, I always felt that peoples view of Early Access is a bit silly. Surely we KNOW what we are getting into, and if we are not willing to deal with the many MANY bugs, lack of content and a posibility that the game will in fact never be what the developers claim it will be, why would we buy into it in the first place?

I think people need to simply get used to the idea of waiting for the game to actually be released before they buy into and pass judgement on an Early Access game. It is, after all, not finished. Steam should have a filter option, so that those that dont want to see Early Access games dont have to...

I get the annoynace at the sheer volume of games though, all seemingly doing the same damn thing. They can be 2D sidescrollers or survival zombie games (sometimes even both at the same time!), but there doesn't appear to be much else X3.

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