While not a true web comic the Zero Punctuation review series is on the web - features crude animation and makes fun of a specific niche: it’s own audience – More specifically those that may enjoy the game critic Yahtzee Croshaw is grilling that particular week – As an aside anyone with a name combination that unfortunate - if it is not a pseudonym – may deserve to express the deep bitterness he does towards game designers whom have the minimal human trait of being named like people - though one could show this to an indicator of their much chastized lack of creativity - His publishers also seem to make a point of mentioning his Brit-living-in-Australia nationality as though this makes him some awesome hybrid of Shakespeare and Yahoo Serious as opposed to validating his angst with games given the big price mark up Aussies must pay – which he mentions every 3 minutes – or to invoke a form of international street cred for living in a country that’s mostly desert – full of venomous species - and is tough enough to eat onion/squash paste as a condiment.
Publically-educated urban-stigmatized African-American blogger Digga continues.
Some of you may be wondering “Digg, you charismatic Caribbean adonis of alliterative comical keystrokes, is it right for you to critique a competitor” – One, his reviews entertain gamers which puts him in our jurisdiction and Two we’re competitors the way GameSpot competes with Tyrone – the guy that lives in the apartment down the hall and sells bootlegged games – you can drop by whenever an shoot the shit or fire up some Soul Calibur III but don’t expect us to have a big selection – until we too sell out to a dot com that’ll buy us games (smiling while typing, no jealousy at all)- Plus Yahoo – err – Yahtzee has done something similar:
Despite any intrinsic hateration – or conflict of interest for the suburban – I enjoy this series a good deal – The choppy simplistic animation matches the stream of consciousness writing style well and invokes a conversational feel – though without the periodic “Huh? What does that mean?” interjections we English speakers must inquire from those speaking the Britstralian tongue - the animation helps with this: so “twat over the head” paired with a figure slapping another upside the head communicates the slang’s meaning – pussying comprehension in the viewer’s mind – The humor is of a moderately cynical bent instead of the bold all caps rage-athon of other online critics that do little but shit on an entire subject and whom restrain any compliments to how hard or easy it is to deride - or pseudo-authoritative fanboys that follow the masses in lock step or those that give an honest opinion based on their tastes but dont acknowledge those preferences – therefore providing no insight unless you’ve read every single review they published.
Most of his insights are spot on – “on the money” in English – and I agree that most games are either clones of the most profitable if not fun or creative paragons or suck ass in their attempts to innovate – which is the highest compliment you can give anyone on a subjective opinion of something – unless you’re in da Dominion where a consensus of such opinion magically creates objective Truth (wank wank) But on Wednesdays, at theescapistmagazine.com, you can treat yourself to 4 minutes of comedic critique not of our making - though you are supporting the outsourcing of laffs.