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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I'm A Traitor To The Internet

Posted by Earnest "Nex" Cavalli on Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 9:15 PM


Before I get into why I'll no longer be invited to the Cute Overload Christmas Party, or get birthday phone calls from the I Love Egg people, let me assure you all: Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People is a a fun game.

In fact, for what it's worth -- and particularly for the low $10 price point when the game is downloaded onto your Wii -- the game is a very enjoyable, funny adventure title that brings fans of the iconic Flash series all the poorly-animated gags one would hope for.

The problem with the thing is one of immutable realities. Strong Bad, like Joan Rivers (Topical!), can't avoid the inevitable scourge of time.

If we'd all fallen asleep in 2003 and missed the last half a decade, SBCGfAP might seem fresh, but after offering nearly identical content on the Homestar Runner website -- the FREE Homestar Runner website -- for the last e-millennia, one wonders why we should blow $10 for a few added laughs.

I'm all for supporting the Chapman brothers with monetary donations to the site itself, but licensing out your characters to create a game like this just seems like a terribly cynical cash-in, years after the subject could have been its own viable franchise extension.

As a responsible "Netizen" (and the kind of douchebag who uses words like "Netizen") I realize how all of this sounds, but the reality is that with so many of us becoming increasingly used to free, on-demand content thanks to the wonders of the 'net, I just can't go back to the idea of paying real cash for things.

Yeah. I just realized how that sounds.

I'll be over in the corner, wearing an eyepatch if anyone needs me.

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