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Console War: 1985, p3

October 21, 2019 by Tim


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Killiak
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Killiak

Very nice reference to one of the greatest videogame failures ever 🙂

foducool
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foducool

can’t talk about Atari without talking about ET lol

Casra
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Casra

I actually owned that game… It was, really annoying.

Burning batsu
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Burning batsu

The amusing thing is there was an ET game on the atari 800 home computer that was actually quite a good game. No pit mechanic, all the parts were in the open to find.

ShonaSoF
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ShonaSoF

Atar-ET

Cyrad
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Cyrad

Would be more accurate to describe the A’tarry blighting the land with its overfarming of disgusting crops that led to starvation and deaths of countless tribes. The Nintendo settlers survived and caused the land to recover only with a sacrifice to their god using a wickerman resembling a ROB.

CRN
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CRN

Somehow, due to actually understanding the reference I always think “I was there Gandalf, 3000 years ago when E.T. hit stores”.

MRD
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MRD

I, too, was there. And remember the very dark days of that time.

Bradley Hausfeld
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Bradley Hausfeld

But everything changed when the Playstation nation attacked!

Solokov
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Solokov

Obviously that’s a Sega armada on the horizon.

David
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David

I don’t know, could be new colonists with the POWER GLOVE 🙂

RblDiver
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RblDiver

I’m pretty sure the guy on the right in the first panel already has one of those on.

Casi
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Casi

I can’t wait till the horrible deformities from the Virtual Boy Pandemic to start. It really hurt the Nintendo nation during the 4th Console war between the Nintendo Ubermensch and the Sega Master System. I believe that the 4th console war was also the first real war to involve commando units with the Gameboys on the nintendo side and Game Gears fighting for the Sega nation.

Ron
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Ron

Don’t forget the elite, super soldier Nomad commandos. Those things sucked down batteries like Barney sucks down Duff.

RblDiver
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RblDiver

Nope, look at the sails, it’s more NES’s.

Brian
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Brian

As someone who lived through the console wars and was an active partisan, I can assure you we are decades away from the rise of the PlayStation nation. If Tim is going back to the beginning, I just hope he doesn’t gloss over the doomed rise and fall of my beloved NeoGeo. We fought hard, it was just not meant to be with the perfidious Nintendodites with their Super formula and the Sega fools with their Genesis and then the CD and 32x abominations.

Casi
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Casi

I’m glad that the NeoGeo nation was able to survive in Arcadia though. Their ability to use multiple munitions at the same time helped keep them alive and defend the other Arcadian people. I know its much further into the future than whats here, but I’m surprised that NeoGeo survived the N-Gage controversy.

Ron
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Ron

Can’t forget about the Jaguar warriors too!

Moridin
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Moridin

I also wanna see the TurboGraphix 16 and its CD add on. Loved that system (Ys!).

Logan
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Logan

Random cameo from Phillips 3DO! xD

P. Stein
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P. Stein

I know it’s just a comic, but I wanted to mention something that may be interesting for some people. At least, that’s how I’ve come to understand things and, if someone has a better knowledge, I’d be more than willing to learn. When the Europeans arrived on the American continent, they did not in fact know how to survive the winter. In fact, that’s why the first expeditions were a failure – everything was fine during the summer and fall, but they could not manage to get everything going for them by winter. It was difficult – you had to… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

Just like on Rimworld, the first winter is always the hardest

Black
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Black

Eh, when I play, I usually have either *all* winter or *no* winter.

Erik Marques Schroeder
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Erik Marques Schroeder

Still it is relevant to point out that the success of their arrival in the comic is not by any means linked to real history but to the fact that the NES itselft was a success. So yeah, while I thank for the knowledge you share that knowledge being known or not would most likely not change anything in this particular case.

Erik Marques Schroeder
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Erik Marques Schroeder

The only thing I think was a lost oportunity was to show the “people back home” as Famicons instread of NESes still. Awesome new series.

MajorWeirdo
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MajorWeirdo

Genius!! “Sour fruit, called ‘eetee” Just cheer genius 🙂

Will they go and bury it in a dark hole as well ?

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

This was probably the best way to fit the NES/Atari into the English settling the Americas, but I’m a little sad that some of the history had to be whitewashed. ET hit in 1982, being the gigantic friggin’ straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of terrible Atari games. Nintendo really had an uphill battle in the States to be considered after the video game crash. That’s why ROB even exists. They had to market the NES as a toy, not as a game console. That’s why Nintendo’s iron fist under Kimishima did so well in the 80s and… Read more »

toughluck
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toughluck

No point nitpicking, I guess, but the best analogy might be that the eetee fruit not only tasted horrible itself, but that the crop pulled all nutrients from the soil it grew in and even all around it and rendered it barren so that growing anything would be extremely tough.

Leon
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Leon

This whole 1985 thing hasn’t been that funny. Go back to ‘whore’-frost…….

Erik B
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Erik B

I’m guessing this is not funny because you are still a teenager and can’t relate to the old systems. I think the majority of folk who grew up in the era of Nintendo taking North America by storm probably find this more entertaining than you do.

It’s just a guess, mind you. I’ve been wrong before.

Also, Tim writes a comic and puts it on the internet for free. I don’t think he is beholden to pump out exactly and only what you want.

Cheers, hope you find a comic this Monday that suits your taste better!

HonoredMule
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HonoredMule

I tend to assume such attitudes come from people lacking sufficient age to have acquired some maturity and sensitivity. It may not be true, but it’s a charitable assumption that dovetails nicely with your own point on valuable missed historical context.

Leon
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Leon

Actually, I’m 30

Urazz
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Urazz

So still too young for the original Nintendo.

The rAt
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The rAt

30 years old as of today would put your birth year as 1990 (maybe late 1989), at/near the end of the console generation being parodied here. Since most people don’t have a lot of clear memories of early childhood, I suspect the bulk of your early video game experience (assuming you had that interest) would have been the later SNES/Sega era or early PS1/N64 (yes, I know I’m leaving some steps out). The point still stands that the NES era (let alone Atari) probably isn’t something you’re going to have a lot of nostalgia for. And that’s assuming you’re being… Read more »

Leon
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Leon

You don’t like my comments? Go suck a duck

Kelibath
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Kelibath

As a 33 yr’old gamer girl, I have to say, you’re not doing our generation any favours with these comments. I don’t remember the original Atari very well, although I did, sadly, get to play the school computer variant of E.T. – mainly because it was there, while at home we were told to stay away from the evil epilepsy machines. Somehow this didn’t kill my nascent love for gaming stone dead and when I finally cajoled the ‘rents into getting the Master System and then PlayStation it took off admirably. Despite that lack of context I’m able to enjoy… Read more »

Logan
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Logan

You would do well heading your own advice then… “Don’t like the comics Tim puts out…. ?” Well, you already said it. >_>

Leon
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Leon

You people realize that, by arguing with me, you’re playing right into my hands? >:)

leduk
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leduk

you’re just a well feed troll but it’s not an achievement, you know?

CTown
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CTown

lol’ed at “I’m 30” (-21 rep)

Leon
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Leon

And now I’m bored again

David
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David

The “fruit” in the second panel, is that meant to be wads cash (growing on trees as you will), or is the fruit meant to be the ET game?

BaronVvoltage
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BaronVvoltage

I think its meant to be the Atari cartridge of ET, because lets face it, their carts were kinda small

Erik B
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Erik B

This fruit is an Atari cartridge, not cash. Yes, the name eetee is in reference to E.T. the game.

Ken Akamatsu
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Ken Akamatsu

I wonder if Commodores would be mentioned… after all, they were in dominance of the PC market before the IBM PC evolved to what it is today.

Bwauder
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Bwauder

Or the random assortment of other small market consoles (intellivision is one that graced our living room in the way back) or independent early computers like Tandy’s
I could see a collection of lost tribes being found only by their trace remains, and a huge archeological controversy over whether the Xerox “fossil” is real or a fake from a desperate new researcher.

Marquar
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Marquar

I guess we are going to skip over the tribal split after the shaman of the A’tarry had an A’cti vision?

JustMrMartin
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JustMrMartin

I have always loved when you work in the console wars from time to time, and this look back is just brilliant. You certainly brought a huge smile to the face of this old old school gamer. I would have loved to see old bones in the ground of the Calecovision, Intellivision, and Odyssey.

Luc
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Luc

I actually had a Coleco-vision growing up. My grandparents had an Atari at their farm, but I never much cared for that. I wonder if the Coleco will make an appearance? Haha, I kinda doubt it, but I guess they would just fit in as some other generic tribe on this new continent.

Tony
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Tony

Watch out for the Commodores and the rogue TRS-80s

Enclave
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Enclave

Ooo, is that the Master System on the horizon sailing in? Twas the superior system, only reason it didn’t crush the NES was Nintendo’s pretty anti consumer practices with publishers, developers and even retail locations.

Even with Nintendo doing that, the Master System still did fairly well and even was the dominant console in some places.

Burning batsu
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Burning batsu

NES may have been the winning system in the USA, but in england/UK, the master system absolutely crushed the NES due to the more reasonable game prices, being roughly half that of the NES, plus poor product placement in UK shops.

Kelibath
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Kelibath

It has to be; that foreshadowed comment about “living peacefully” can’t be leading to anything else, surely. And the Master System defiantly beat out Nintendo in the UK, polarising kids’ experiences between Sonic and Mario.

KBABZ
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KBABZ

I was about to correct the use of 1985 as the Famicom launched in 1983… but this is a metaphor for the NES’s launch in the US, SOOOOOOOOOO

Alex
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Alex

Lol i was born that year, how come nobody on my school talks about this in history?

A Halo Tryhard
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A Halo Tryhard

ET Game phone home…
ET GAME HAS NO HOME, IT MUST DIE

xtra
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xtra

i would like to know, why are videogames so many things?! in this one they’re food, in some they’re ammo, in a couple they’re weapons! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Bernie Margolis
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Bernie Margolis

For what it’s worth, I rather enjoyed the ET game as a kid. Granted,it doesn’t hold a candle to what became available when the NES hit, but I thought the game was OK when it was first released. I understand some of the hate for the game, but it’s always seemed exaggerated to me.

The rAt
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The rAt

I’ve never played it myself, but I always suspected it was at least partially affected by unrealistic expectations given the source material.

E.T. the movie? That’s Spielberg at or near the top of his game. By putting the name of a very popular movie on the cartridge, they set the standard high right out of the gate; granted I don’t know from experience, but I have to assume that was already going to be a handicap.

Marcus Assarlind
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Marcus Assarlind

“Constance”? Didn’t get that.

Ichiyama22
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Ichiyama22

I thought the coloNESts didn’t arrive until after the A’tarry had wiped themselves out entirely with inedible crops.

Tonkin
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Tonkin

I was mildly disappointed that their muskets werent the duckhunt guns tho…