Putting Myself Out Thereon August 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Now that #c64month is coming to a close I’m turning my attentions back towards doing the long-awaited comic about Super Street Fighter 2.
After the great reception I got for the Street Fighter 2 and Street Fighter 2 Turbo comics, I just figured people would want another one in that vein – a long-winded account of the night I bought Super Street Fighter 2 for the Super Nintendo and almost got killed in the process.
But is that really the right way to go about it?
I’m getting two very different types of feedback on Blow The Cartridge lately. The first type is from people who think these autobiographical, slice of life tales that are only tangentially related to the game in question are some of the best stuff I’ve ever made. The second type is from people who think they were a nice gimmick but feel ripped off that the comics weren’t really about the games.
They’re both valid pieces of feedback, and thanks to everyone who took the time to not only read my nonsense but also let me know what they think. Interestingly enough the first type of comments were generally from people who aren’t regular readers, while the second type are from people who have been here a while (and boy, am I grateful there are some of you!).
I gotta admit I’m pretty conflicted. On one hand I really enjoy doing the more personal stories because most games remind me of a particular time of my life. Video games were pretty much the only thing that glued my life together growing up. Instead of hanging out with friends I would spend my weekends holed up in my room playing on my Commodore 64, Super Nintendo or MegaDrive. When I started working as a reviewer it would mean endless long nights playing or writing about video games with nothing but a computer, a PlayStation and N64 for company. All my social life centered around gaming in one way or another. On my first date with my now wife she asked me if I knew were all the hidden warp zones were in Super Mario Brothers. I got married the day after the first game I developed went gold. Video games shaped my life and they still do and I love nothing better than sharing stories about that.
And some people really enjoy these stories, they feel like they can get to know me better, which is always a nice thing.
The other camp basically says “We came here for a joke about Mutant League Football, not a long-winded story about the girl you had a crush on while you played Mutant League Football”, and you can’t deny they got a point. I don’t want to disappoint people, or make people think they got something they didn’t want when clicking a link to my comic. Some games just need a simple joke told well with some nice art. I certainly don’t want to stop doing that kind of comic, hell, they’re certainly a LOT easier to draw then the other kind!
The Cruisin’ USA comic I’m working on I’ve actually got two versions of – a quick joke one about the game and a long one that’s about a night going horribly wrong because of the game. I might do one, I might to do both, I might do neither! I think at the least I need to make the comics with me in it more directly related to the game, perhaps.
In the end though, I guess I have to do the only thing I can do – keep making comics the way it feels the best. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.
One thing I will not argue about is that Cruisin’ USA was a damn good game, that thing ruled.