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Trust, p21

August 19, 2020 by Tim

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Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
2 years ago

Oh God I love Zeke.

Erm. Z1. I mean.

*sniff*

John Swift
John Swift
2 years ago

This kinda looks like a final panel, will be sad if we gotta wait for lucas’ reaction but this was interesting. He set up shop in their, shop… I like it. I hoped we would atleast get a few good steps from Zeke here even if plot forces big changes.

Shecky
Shecky
2 years ago
Reply to  John Swift

I imagine the last panel would be Scott explaining to Lucas that the zone was expanded to prevent mishaps with Ethan, and some discussion/reactions.

Robert Loughrey
Robert Loughrey
2 years ago
Reply to  Shecky

Seriously. It would be totally reasonable for Ethan to take him out into the still closed store to select some games right now.

7eggert
7eggert
2 years ago

My GPS says it would be reasonable to expect positions from all the buildings next to the current building,too. A comic GPS might be more accurate, but reasonably only a five-minute-average would avoid a false positive … usually. Being in the store for a minute should be nearly safe.

Marco Daniele
Marco Daniele
2 years ago

Do you plan to add the option to pay on an annual basis for the star caster patreon?

Waerolvirin
Waerolvirin
2 years ago

Agoraphobia is a troublesome thing…

Havok
Havok
2 years ago

Lol….Ethan’s infected Zeke with his personality quirks

Austin Mills
Austin Mills
2 years ago

This is both cute and kind of concerning. Never thought I’d think him better-adjusted when he wanted to break Ethan’s spine.

Ocramot
Ocramot
2 years ago

So… if he can go crazy, that is the definitive proof that he IS a sentient being. Right?

7eggert
7eggert
2 years ago
Reply to  Ocramot

Then any microsoft software would be … no they are crazy from the start.

Stephen M Schaefer
Stephen M Schaefer
2 years ago
Reply to  Ocramot

I mean, putting *me* on the grid to play *games*! Who does he calculate he is?!

Mousio
Mousio
2 years ago

Gamer’s throne of unpacked games

Tim
Tim
2 years ago

Are those bandages on his legs? Did he leave and have to put himself back together?

Darkening
Darkening
2 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Think he’s always had those as part of his ninja robot aesthetic.

Digi
Digi
2 years ago
Reply to  Tim

That is part of his Ninja Outfit.

Scortch
Scortch
2 years ago

Throne of Games.

toughluck
toughluck
2 years ago

Just to rekindle the discussion in the previous panel.
My question:
• Did Scott *really* plant (or reactivate) the bomb? Could it have been just a bluff?

To which @Nobody replied:
• He never deactivated it. He just took over control of the dead man switch and added other ways to trigger it.

toughluck
toughluck
2 years ago
Reply to  toughluck

It’s just a technicality. We know he took over control, and we know he’s certainly capable of adding ways to trigger it if needed.
That wasn’t really my question, though. I wasn’t asking how Scott did it or whether he could do it, but if he actually add a trigger that would destroy Zeke if he left the room, or if he decided to be honest and give him actual freedom.

Glaedien
Glaedien
2 years ago
Reply to  toughluck

The thing is, Scott had no reason to lie to Lucas. Unless that scene was setup specifically for Scott to lie to us through the 4th wall (which doesn’t really seem the style here), I see no reason to suspect that he didn’t set up the GPS perimeter.

toughluck
toughluck
2 years ago
Reply to  Glaedien

Thing is, using GPS to establish a perimeter is extremely unreliable and imprecise. There’s a 10 m radius error in civilian GPS signals that can be increased to 100 m in state of heightened security. Your perimeter would need to be an order of magnitude larger than that to avoid triggering it by accident.
Going further, GPS doesn’t work indoors. If there’s no signal, should you take it as indication of out of perimeter or within perimeter? Because if it’s the latter, you can move around in the sewers just fine.

Glaedien
Glaedien
2 years ago
Reply to  toughluck

So he was speaking generally. There’s no hard line just outside the door’s threshold, just a vague store sized to block sized safe zone. That’s certainly a realistically achievable perimeter, we already do this in the real world with ankle monitors for those under house arrest. Perhaps ankle monitors are a step above standard civilian GPS units, perhaps not –I’m certainly not an expert in the matter– but I believe it’s a safe assumption that someone like the master would go the extra mile to keep track of his hypocrisy fueled war machines. Something along those lines would also deal… Read more »

7eggert
7eggert
2 years ago
Reply to  Glaedien

If he likes the kill-my-friends-bot, he’s hiding it from himself. I think he’ll come to that stage after spending some time with our new overlord.

SilverShadow4
SilverShadow4
2 years ago
Reply to  toughluck

In a world with sentients robots (especially one who could be tracked by his former master) I’m willing to believe GPS technology has progressed further than IRL

Shecky
Shecky
2 years ago
Reply to  toughluck

To be fair, they would not know if the explosive is functioning because they are not the original engineers of the device. The original creator could have botched the execution perhaps without even realizing it, or environment could have altered it’s effectiveness, etc.

FireballDragon
FireballDragon
2 years ago

To quote Casablanca, “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Austin81
Austin81
2 years ago

Can’t wait to know if also in this universe Scott will become evil and controlled by a penguin overlord xD

Darkening
Darkening
2 years ago
Reply to  Austin81

I mean, I’ve seen stupider supervillains.

Scott
Scott
2 years ago
Reply to  Austin81

Possible plot twist:
Scott is actually being controlled by Z1…

Hunter
Hunter
2 years ago

That was not what I was expecting… It is good

Him.
Him.
2 years ago

“Early 2000s Zeke emotional state” is a much nicer way to end this than “scattered Zeke bits on the ground”. This will be beautiful, I know it 😀

Christopher
Christopher
2 years ago

This is brilliant and comical. Comical, obviously. But brilliant in its Coping plus Sentience. The bot CAN’T simply “accept further incarceration” but knows “voluntarily staying put” is his best option. THUS? Create your own kingdom within the space. Brilliant.

Zl4
Zl4
2 years ago

So when is scott going to change the LEDs in Z1’s eyes to be green?

Digi
Digi
2 years ago
Reply to  Zl4

And his Chest.

Scott
Scott
2 years ago
Reply to  Zl4

RGB LEDs… Controlled by an IoT module… Compatible with Google Nest…
Oh Sh**!

Leon
Leon
2 years ago

Is he going Mechanist from Fallout 4 on us?

Caleb
Caleb
2 years ago

I’m not sure exactly how I expected Z1 to rationalize staying after getting intimidated by the prospect of total freedom… but I’m very satisfied with the result lol

Reaga
Reaga
2 years ago

He says, while sitting on the video games

JozMk.II
JozMk.II
2 years ago

XD

TheBlacksmith
TheBlacksmith
2 years ago

I know this comic is mostly about Console games. But when is Z1 going to be introduced to Rimworld?

Mr_Meng
Mr_Meng
2 years ago

Okay I’ll admit I was definitely one of the people who wasn’t trusting Zeke and was thinking he might have to be destroyed but he’s definitely won me over with this and the last few comics.

Digi
Digi
2 years ago

What is that symbol on Ethans shirt?

Mark
Mark
2 years ago

Patreon’s new “12 month lump payment” feature comes Awfully Conveniently at a point where they are at risk of going completely belly up due to a massive wave of potential lawsuits coming in from from far-left and far-right political based patrons and their subcribers when Patreon decided to shut down their channels with no warning, depriving the Patron of their income and the subscribers from the content they paid for and suddenly can’t receive due to the channel disappearing… Patreon new they fucked up, hence the sudden radical shift in their terms of service to try to protect themselves from… Read more »

Jacob
Jacob
2 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Patreon’s controversy is precisely why I haven’t signed on yet. Instead, I disable my ad blocker for the website and buy merch from time to time to support the Artist.

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
2 years ago

Right then, he’s ready for Nier. *Grins manically.

darkening
darkening
2 years ago
Reply to  Crestlinger

Jeez, that’s throwing him into the deep end.

Skyblade
Skyblade
2 years ago

Hey, look. Open Borders for a Luxury Resource. Zeke’s been playing Civilization recently.

atlachan
atlachan
2 years ago

Not gonna lie, this is pretty much what I would’ve done in that situation

Stephen M Schaefer
Stephen M Schaefer
2 years ago

Better, Zeke seems to have concluded, to reign in Hell…

OMG it is happening
OMG it is happening
1 year ago

Let me guess (because my brain is as malfunctioning as Zeke thinks)… Zeke was going to conquer the big world, then he noticed he was in a full packed video games store so he changed his priorities.