Well, this cartoon ended up being a bit more political than I expected. Originally, it was going to be just another cynical comic about how old FPS games are better than new ones. But, then I remembered this Eurogamer article I read a while ago about how some modern games companies pay large licencing fees to arms companies in order to include their guns in their games (it’s like a strange form of inverted product placement).
To get a little bit more political, I believe that this kind of stuff is only really a problem for gamers over the pond in America. Given that, in many other parts of the world (including the UK, if not especially the UK) game companies can advertise real guns as much as they want but people thankfully can’t usually actually buy them.
Still, it’s yet another reason why FPS games should return to the good old days of including a vast array of interesting, cool-looking and most importantly very much imaginary weapons.
I also made some visual edits to this cartoon after I’d scanned it. In most of the series so far, I’ve had to edit the dialogue for quality/flow reasons, but this is one of the most major visual changes. Basically, I removed a large dramatic-looking mushroom cloud from the last panel, since it accidentally made the accompanying dialogue imply that nuclear war was “cool”. Which it isn’t.
As usual, this comic update is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.