#1015 "Epstein comes to curse his machine"

August 13th, 2012, 3:21 pm

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Reply NtKGar, August 13th, 2012, 4:04 pm

Went out to Blackrock Market this weekend and found an original Game Boy with Tetris, which I got for a mere €27. I partially got it for the nostalgia factor, but the main reason I got it was for my favourite version of my favourite game of all time: Tetris.

I like the DS and PS3 versions of Tetris, but they don't try to kill you as hard as the Game Boy version. You've got the queue thing where you can see the next six bricks that are going to come out, you can hold a piece, and you can rotate a block as long as you like at the bottom of the screen trying to get it to fit into place. I once played a single game of Tetris DS for the entirety of a transatlantic flight.

Not so with Game Boy Tetris! You can see one block ahead (unless you turn that function off), once your block touches down, you've only got a split second to nudge it left or right before it locks into place, and if you need a line piece to get a tetris then you're just going to have to wait for it.

The play strategy is actually very different. Tetris DS you can just pile up your stack and only ever clear lines to score tetrises, Game Boy version you've got to clear lines before the pile gets too high or you won't have room to maneuver the line piece whenever it finally appears.

It's a much more difficult and more satisfying game. Tetris DS is still fun, but if I'm playing Marathon mode the only reason to stop playing is because I get bored. On this one, getting more than 150 lines feels like an achievement.

Of course none of this has anything to do with the comic, I just love Tetris is all.

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Reply shadow7127, August 13th, 2012, 5:28 pm

I give it 4 more pages until somebody walks in, and wonders where all the skeletons came from

Reply Agen (Guest), August 13th, 2012, 6:50 pm

<-Spotted a Bummie!

Reply TheAlbumAtrium, August 13th, 2012, 7:38 pm

Neko's going to have a feild day with that skeleton, I can feel it.

Reply Jamie (Guest), August 13th, 2012, 8:48 pm

I read ALL of this in under 3 days!

Reply Licourtrix, August 13th, 2012, 9:27 pm

On The issue of overlap/resolution. Ok, for my screens usual resolution 1024X768, the comic looks alittle weird. not all of it is on screen and the ads overlap and the site looks alitle squished. So I decided to see how good/bad altering my display resolution can change things.

*Note: I'm on a computer with a high end Nvidia AGP graphics card. Performance with one of these is about how you'd expect from tech that is now officially outdated.* My monitor is a Asus 19 inch widescreen. (1024X768 is not the best resolution my screen can do, but its the one I'm most comfortable with given my slowly degrading vision and the fact that I don't want to put a strain on my outdated graphics card. Testing will be done in Firefox as I don't use IE for normal web browsing anymore. Screen refresh rate set to 70-75hz

800X600: Worse. Overlapping issues out the bum(my). Comments are at best 3 words across.

1024X768: Benchmark. Some overlap, but you can still read the comic. Ads along the sides for some things are covered by the comic, some aren't. The project wonderful ads sometimes cover up site elements, *like the archive bar unless you click it. but its workable, and I can always right click "view image" in firefox to see the rest of the comic.

1280X800: Perfect. The ads don't overlap anything. The whole site looks clean and smooth and the comic is within the white bordered area and perfectly readable. When I get my glasses this is the new format I'll use for most things.

1280X960: Comic visible almost nothing wrong, except the site elements cut off the Scribol ads a bit. Text is also a bit hard to read in comments but this could be due to my poor eye-sight and not a fault of the site.

1280X1024: Same as previous.

1440X900 (recommended by NVIDIA.) Same as previous, text and my other pc functions appear far away and alittle difficult to read. ouch.

Reply PiMaster, August 13th, 2012, 10:58 pm

@Licourtrix, what browser?

Reply n3ox15 (Guest), August 14th, 2012, 1:35 am

WAIT...WUT? so alice is naturally a red head? cus i cant imagine her being 30-50 and still dying her hair, btw, thanks for the fact that the characters dont actually have a b-day, or even an age for that matter,I really wanna celebrate neko's b-day...MAKE MY DREAMS A REALITY!!!

Reply NtKGar, August 14th, 2012, 3:26 am

@Jamie: Thanks! Glad you're enjoying the comic

@Licourtrix: Thanks for helping us debug the site :)

@PiMaster: He said Firefox

@n3ox15: Keeping the characters of an indeterminate age is a deliberate choice, like never specifying the location. It's a matter of audience identification. I write everyone as if they're around my age or the age of my peer group, if people read them as if they're around *their* age or the age of *their* peer group...good.

Not specifying ages/birthdays/dates in general also helps if I do a storyline that takes place across a single day in the Nekoverse, but takes three years worth of comics to wrap up in the real world. Plus it means that after ten years worth of comics, Neko isn't ten years old in-world.

The only characters with an actual defined birthday are Keno and Poe, who were born at Alice's Halloween party one year. If I ever reintroduce any of Neko and Maisy's other kittens as recurring characters they'll have the same October 31st birthday.

As for Neko's birthday...that's what the strip last Tuesday with the cats dancing was all about.

Reply Guest, August 14th, 2012, 9:59 pm

these last two... yea, creepyist shit I've seen in this comic. it even tops the exploding babies.

Reply NezcalSpindrake (Guest), August 14th, 2012, 11:59 pm

Whooo!! I read this all in... half a day? Less? ....I have no life. But I love this comic!

Reply FPS (Guest), August 15th, 2012, 1:09 pm

Is the Name Epstein related to the Epstein–Barr virus?

Reply Saskyou, April 29th, 2013, 1:49 pm

HEY! This is ALSO the 9/11 of comic strips!

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