A few housekeeping questions from the past few days:
What’s the deal with those graphs in the corner?
They’re… comics? I guess? Little images designed to impart data of zero informational value? I don’t know what else to call them. I put the little branding on the bottom: “A Thing About Stuff”. That seems to be serving as a title for now.
A while ago I made this collection of silly graphs for Stolen Pixels. I enjoyed making them and they were well received. I had ideas for many more such images, but I didn’t think they were a good fit for Stolen Pixels in the long term. The comic is about videogame screenshots, and the graphs felt a little out of place. So I decided to make them a regular feature here on the site.
There are 15 of them right now, and the image changes once daily. Every once in a while I go crazy and make a few more.
Graphs? What are you on about?
You’re most likely using adblock. The comics are acting as a placeholder for ads.
What happened to the Team Fortress 2 servers?
I just didn’t have time to play. A lot of other people seemed to have the same problem, since the server spent a lot of time empty. Taking care of that server was like gardening. You have to prune the jerks and water the newbies, or the thing would lose its unique personality and be just another server. I felt like I didn’t have the time the thing required.
Hey! What happened to Spoiler Warning?
Randy escaped custody and fled to California. My bounty hunters (I keep some on retainer for situations like this) scoured the state, and after a couple of weeks they found him in a motel just outside of Barstow living under the name Marice LeVroom. Randy was recaptured after a brief gunfight and a car chase that resulted in the destruction of his rusty, dust-colored ’78 Impalla. I think a gas station was blown up in the process.
Anyway, we’ve got him again and as soon as he sobers up we’ll once again be making him play through Mass Effect at gunpoint.
Unless he escapes again. He’s wily, that one.
What happened to the rest of the Mass Effect 2 review?
The delay in the rest of the review was caused by the game itself. While playing ME2, I basically burned through all of my lead time in my various projects. (Comic, column, Let’s Play.) So I need to take a week or so and get caught up again.
What happened to the final strip for Chainmail Bikini?
The ball is actually in my court. Shawn has drawn the thing, and now I have to write some stuff. This is backwards from how we used to do things, but this is just a one-off thing. I’m just overcome with the need to make this one Meaningful and Witty because it’s the last. So I’ve been sitting on it for a week now, trying to come up with something to do it justice.
Also: Mass Effect 2.
Anything else going on?
I actually have another project I can’t talk about yet. It’s just a one-time deal, not an ongoing project. Still, it looks like it’s going to eat up a day or two this week. More on that tomorrow.
A video Let's Play series I collaborated on from 2009 to 2017.
Even allegedly smart people can make life-changing blunders that seem very, very obvious in retrospect.
A look back at Star Trek, from the Original Series to the Abrams Reboot.
PC Hardware is Toast
This is why shopping for graphics cards is so stupid and miserable.
Best. Plot Twist. Ever.
Few people remember BioWare's Jade Empire, but it had a unique setting and a really well-executed plot twist.