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Analog and D-Pad 05.01

December 1, 2017 by Tim


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Skyblade
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So, is this the grapple releasing the way it’s supposed to? Or did it release early and we’re about to see Ethan plummet to the ground in a bloody pulp before he respawns?

Brendan
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Brendan

Definitely, definitely the latter.

Derfman
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Derfman

Judging by the angle of the rope, I would say it is working as expected.

Skyblade
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Skyblade

Given that it’s Ethan, though…

chris feltner
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chris feltner

i got a feeling this is going to hurt

Hisham M Al-Beik
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Hisham M Al-Beik

He will get a feeling. Inside his bones. sorry.. I’ll leave now.

Hamstermer
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Hamstermer

A crawling feeling ,as though something were embedded deep into his corporeal body. As if his very epidermis was quivering.
Crawling.
Deep.
Inside.
Yeaaaah no

Ro'Wan
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Ro'Wan

“You should watch that last step Doc…………
It’s a LULU!”
Bugs Bunny

Hamstermer
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Hamstermer

ULU

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

If you pay attention to the positioning of the rope, it’s clear that it attaches when Ethan’s on one side of the ledge and detaches after the swing. Which is something you actually want to happen if you’re a Batman-like superhero that has to rely on gadgets to get around. A&D is set up like a comic book, so you’re going to have pages that don’t have a punchline. It’s a slow build-up. Ethan’s returning back to Lucas after moping around for a while, so he’s got some distance to cover. I always think that the balance of powers between… Read more »

Liam Rogers
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Liam Rogers

I think that tim may have a later idea there at the end…

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Dark thought: How does Ethan *know* he has unlimited continues?

What if, say, he only got 99 lives? Or 128, which was an arbitrary limit on numerical values in early video games?

What if it’s tied to his bank account, and he loses 100 cents (or 10 cents, following the Mario Odyssey mechanics) every time he dies?

And what if he ran out of lives?

… well, if that’s the case, it’s probably nothing much to worry about. A superhero never stays dead for long.

ThatOneGuy
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ThatOneGuy

I’ve been sayin that same thing since he first said “unlimited respawns”. I really thought a plot point in the whole troll thing was going to be that. But still, bad, bad, dangerous assumption to make

Hamstermer
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Hamstermer

Lucas was granted powers by the arcade machine, whilst Ethan was granted his powers by the Not-Exactly-But-Very-Close-To-Almighty Gods of Gaming; his life is sustained by them, and as he is the greatest font from which their knowledge flows, he provides his own might. As long as he is not struck in a manner that prevents him from communing with the Not-Exactly-But-Very-Close-To-Almighty Gods of Gaming, he shalt be immortal.

ArthurRex12
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ArthurRex12

You make a good point. It would also explain his insistence on going through with playing Eternal Darkness for Wintereenmas instead of suing the fuck out of Megagame when he injured himself on their property.

Hamstermer
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Hamstermer

I do? I thought I was just making a joke.

Skyblade
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Skyblade

I did notice that. But, since it’s Ethan, I can’t help but think that it’ll go wrong at some point.

Liam Rogers
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Liam Rogers

Ethan is Ethan. 🙂

James
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James

How many lives does he have though? Video games only give so many lives… I’m just saying.

Johannes
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Johannes

@James
Could be like Dark Souls, infinite respawns, but your wallet drops to the ground where ever you died.

The onomatopoeia “KUK” at the end made me LOL. In Swedish, it’s a crude term for male genitalia, and fittingly enough something you might yell if suddenly falling towards the ground because your grapple came loose.

raven0ak
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raven0ak

if it was souls respawn you’d drop wallet on spot and be teleported to last checkpoint location

raven0ak
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raven0ak

(analogs respawn mechanic is closer to old era games where you respawn on spot with score intact but have finite lifes provided you dont gather extra lifes, which in analogs cases could be: saved life = + life)

bargamer
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bargamer

Sorry to kill the joke, but that’s not KUK, it’s K-L-I-K.

Skyblade
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Skyblade

Depends on the video game. A lot have moved away from life counters. Maybe it’s like Mario Odyssey, and each respawn just costs him a bit financially.

Hamstermer
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Hamstermer

So are these going to be daily or in the regular schedule?

Demonicdueler
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Demonicdueler

I am currently playing through Horizon Zero Dawn and every time the character Rapels down something I imagine what happens in the comic happening to the character.

ArthurRex12
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ArthurRex12

That’s a pretty badass image.