Or just a jetpack?

But what’s the real best gift?

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This was last week’s Medium chart. Of course, this week’s chart is up now.

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Last week Geoff (my Friendly Design Bro) introduced me to a game called Ridiculous Fishing, which I wholeheartedly recommend to you all. Here’s the highlights:

  • You try and avoid fish while your lure attempts to make its way further downward to the bottom of the lake/sea/ocean.
  • You have a chainsaw.
  • Once you snag a fish, you try and grab as many as you can on your way back up.
  • When you get to the surface, they all shoot into the air!
  • THEN YOU SHOOT THEM WITH A GUN.
It’s a fun game with an amazing art style. If you’re wondering exactly what looks so “off” about it, let me just ruin it for you: ALL OF THE ARTWORK IS AT 45 DEGREE ANGLES. This is the straight up baller design equivalent of playing basketball with two hands tied behind your back. Or something.
Anyway it’s cool, you should play it.
MORE INFO HERE »

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Steve Napierski of Dueling Analogs is a ridiculously talented illustrator, but decided to flush all that down the toilet and draw a comic in the unique style you Systemics have come to know and love (teaser seen above). If you want to just see the damn thing, click on this link here. Otherwise, here’s his breakdown:

First, I had the idea for the comic and then I came up with the title for it: Beating the System. After that my affinity for puns took over because I began to associate the title/comic with Ross Nover’s popular webcomic The System. Then I started thinking, “Since ‘the system’ is in the title why not make the comic look like The System, as well?” So I did and here we are.

POPULAR? Really Steve? I think we all know better than that. If you like video games and you like my comic, you should check out the guest comics I did for him in the past over at his site here and here.

Oh, and thanks, Steve!

 

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All Those Voices (Guest comic by James Hatton)

I was in a bike accident on Sunday and beyond any physical damage (stitches in my chin and a severe blow to my pride) I’m playing catch-up all this week, so you guys get some guest comics!

Hatton and I clearly share a kinship, as his comic In His Likeness uses a sort of minimalism akin to what goes on often here at The System. Of course the style and usage are very different, as his is much more of a continuing story following God, the Devil, etc. This is also most likely a reference to a guest comic I did for him recently which you should check out here.

The minute I posted word about the accident and the need for guest comics, Hatton jumped to it straight away. As much as we jibe at each other, he’s a good friend and it’s moments like that that make doing a website by myself actually fell like much more of a community.

Thanks for the Birthday Wishes

A quick thank you to all of you from both Rossmom and myself! You helped her celebrate her 60th birthday in style, leaving a whopping 58 comments! I know, half of them are her responses, but I give you credit all the same. The times this site goes from a monologue to a dialogue are always great for me, and for that I thank all of you Systemics. Also, this was a really cheap gift to give her, so that helped too.

Trivia Night Sunday

Any of you in the DC area should come by Bedrock Billiards in Adams Morgan on Sunday night, I’ll be hosting a trivia night. Topics will include (but not be limited to) “Stupid Shit on the Internet”, a favorite of mine. It’s free to come and play, and the winner gets $50 off Sunday night’s bar tab, as well as a shirt from the HilariAwesome.com store. Bring a few friends and come along!

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It’s an 8-bit game based on the cult midnight movie so-bad-its-good The Room. It’s a great movie in itself (well, in the same way Birdemic is a great movie) but the game is what gets me. It’s thorough. They have all the scenes broken down into a really fun little game, with Final Fantasy style dialogue and fighting, and even an 8-bit chiptune-style soundtrack. The real joy of it is the places the writers got snazzy with the things that were off screen. Be sure to explore what’s on the next block, what’s inside Denny’s room, and talk to all the people on the street. I got pretty far into it but had to give up. As my friend Cledwyn had to say, I got fed up with this wurld.

You can play the game here »
Here’s a Wired article on it where it Systemic Cledwyn found it »

If you’re looking for the comic, it’ll be up around 1pm EST-ish.

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The System 408: Bowser Testing

Let’s see here…

  • Bad pun? Check.
  • Web design reference? Check.
  • Old school video game reference? Check.

Yeah, I think my work is done here.

But your work isn’t done! Some outstanding Systemic Actions need your help!

The Venn F%*king Diagrams shirt is up for sale. Lots of you were interested and haven’t preordered yet, consider this your best chance to do so. Don’t have the cash? I’d consider it a solid favor if you spread the word just the same.

Still trying to get that SXSW panel! If you could go to the site and vote for it, then leave a comment that would help a ton. The site is at 10 comments right now. If it gets to 20, I’ll do more custom art (like I did for the survey, see below).

Jami “Angry Zen Master” Noguchi is working on Puppy Cow, and needs your help milking the last 25% of the funding together. He even did a cute comic thingy with Puppy Cow (just follow that link).

Oh, and remember that survey you guys filled out? I lived up to my end of the bargain! Go check out the post to see some custom awesome artwork I did, and if you haven’t filled out the survey please do. It helps, and thanks to those of you who already did!

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The System 337: A History of Video Gaming

This one originally ran as a guest comic for Steve “Dueling Analogs” Napierski, and did pretty well for him making the rounds on Reddit and the like.  I couldn’t let him have all the fun, not to mention I wanted it somewhere in The System’s archive. An old addage says “the more things change, the more they stay the same”.  In this case, “the more things change, the more buttons you have to memorize”.  Sometimes less is more, simpler is better.

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Oh, and what’s that? You want a print? It’s even for sale in the store, Hilariawesome.com!

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I got this in the mail a few weeks ago, which means I just finally got around to seeing it at the bottom of a pile today.  Thanks to Caldwell (who does some awesome comics) for this awesome drawing on this great postcard. The card is from a series that has so many of my friends involved that I’m amazed I didn’t hear about it sooner! Go webcomics!

As for the content of the card itself, it says “Plumber X-ing” and is what I suppose goes on traffic signs in the Mushroom Kingdom. Well done, sir.

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NOTE: This is just the first line, not the whole comic.  Click the link to see the rest.

This past Friday I did a guest comic over at Dueling Analogs by the great Steve Napierski in honor of yet another year of his throwing his life away doing webcomics. He lists me as one of the first webtoonists he ever met, which I find interesting since I doubted he even knew who I was at the time.  Anyway, having gotten to know Steve over the last few years, I can honestly say that as far as gaming comics go, he tries harder than most.  LINK.

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