First of all, sorry for the late replies, guys. I've used the loosening of my schedule to organize stuff that required some travelling, and - of course - caught the damn flu in the process. All that wreaked havoc with my freelancing schedule and turned the last few days into a huge game of catch-up. Anyhoo, here I am, finally, ready to reply, and sticking around.
Man, this did feel like a season finale... It really is Constantine all over again, only there is hope of this continuing on another site (like going from Fox to Adult Swim to Comedy Central, kinda...) Anyway, this did make me think twice about Simtown, so I know the later seasons will deal with that area's true colors in due time...
Hah, the reason a friend of mine skipped Constantine despite huge interest was that she expected it to be cancelled after season one and didn't want to start watching until she was sure it was a goner. Kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy, but she was also spot-on about the cancellation. I'm yet to watch it myself, hard to get to it here (in Poland) if one tries not to pirate.
Other than that, that last panel finally made me realized that this series could potentially switch art styles to fit the mood/setting if it felt like it, thus opening another mystery in this world's "inconsistencies"... Oh my glob! When's Season 2 of Game On Hardcore coming out already!? #thesuspenceisreal
Well, technically we're still at season one (which, according to my count, is "around 40 episodes"), but you're spot on about the possibility of switching the art style. :D
I honestly hope you continue this comic, even if it's on another site, I'd love to see what happens next...
Thanks, CrazyGirl! I'll be sorting a few things out over the next weeks, finances et al, and I hope to organize a way to make it work. Do check for updates on my site or Twitter feed once in a while, and do keep in touch.
At least there is a sense of closure in your last strip.
Glad to hear that. :) Hopefully not *too much* closure yet. :D
I'd love to see future works made how the last panel was- 3D art. Just nicer on the eyes, but that's just me speaking. Nice comic as always :) many references ahead, ahoy!
Well, that would probably slow down the work on it to a stand-still. I'm afraid that last shot took quite a bit of time. ;D
Loved the Command and Conquer reference. Vote 1: Brotherhood of Nod, hey?
Aye, sir. No other options available, of course. ;) Peace Through Power!
Read a few comments and WHAT THE HELL!!! Don't people enjoy slow build ups and character development and all that other stuff anymore? Well it's The Escapists loss... Will you be continuing the strip on your own web site? Or will you keep it in the freezer till a future date?
I'd love to continue it right away, but can't do so without some financial backing - simply put, I don't have the cash to finance my own work on this (in terms of covering my costs of living and whatnot), and my artistic needs are of course a lower priority than my physical ones. I've jumped onto other kinds of work right now, and am hoping to establish a solid plan on how to continue soon (waiting for some news on copyrights and possible financing) - most likely taking the way many has suggested: Patreon-financed, with irregular updates. I don't want to talk any specifics or certainties until I have it all figured out, though - but I do hope to know more soon.
Meanwhile the rest of the dedicated base noticed the link you left behind along with a clue.
Let's just hope that when I'm through organizing all this stuff, that dedicated base won't shrink to us few people commenting here. :D
Damn... You do realize that after reading all that I have a great need to see Game On: Hardcore continue? I never minded spoiler because for me a story is about the journey, not the destination, and now I really want to know the details of what happened to get things the way they are and how's it all gonna pan out. If you go the Patreon route I might seriously consider it even in my impoverished university student state.
Thanks, Dangoball, I greatly appreciate the sentiment. :) I'll let you know when it's up in one form or another - as I mentioned above, I don't want to say anything specific until I know what's up and where, and when.
So Pulse isn't an NPC? Aw - though I guess Ep4 had already killed that theory of mine, I just hadn't noticed the player list.
Why are so many (but not all) of the Video Game characters hostile? (Honestly, I was half-expecting EDI to attack them while they were exploring Normandy.)
Ha, fun fact: there was supposed to be a longer (episode-long) showdown between Pulse and the StarChild, with Pulse falling into a bunch of stacked corpses...
Pulse... wasn't acting like she knew Jenn. Or at least, that's how it felt. Was that a cover story on her behalf, or has she forgotten stuff now that she's in the virtual reality?
Your interpretation of Pulse's behaviour is correct! ;)
I feel like I was missing context (may not have played the appropriate games) with SimTown. Should I know who Kane and the Sheriff are?
The context would be provided as we move along the way (the reveal of Kane being the Mayor was added to the last episode due to its end here on the Escapist), no need to worry about not getting it yet. Spoilers below!
I also have a hunch that Qwertz is somehow connected to our mystery 5th player... But I'm deliberately not phrasing that as a question :) If GO:H ever gets running again, I'd like to find out naturally.
Well, you then need to decide whether to open the spoilerific spoiler below. ;)
On the topic of the viewer numbers - advertising individual episode releases on koobismo.com might have pulled in a few more. That said, I have no idea what your own site's viewer numbers, but I check in fairly often (I don't have an account though - I may get around to getting one).
Yeah, that would've probably helped. I'm generally horrible at keeping up with the updates, due to the way I usually work: in absolute seclusion, silence, usually disconnecting myself from the interwebs to not allow myself too many distractions. But, yeah, I should definitely up my marketing game. We're all busy people, and it's easy to miss out on fun stuff simply because it's not advertised enough, or not in the right way. Another one on the pile of reasons, eh?
And finally, lets end on a GOOD note. That final image of the comic - just... wow. We may have already known that the setting is a video game virtual reality, but that shift of graphics and interface was a brilliant way of hammering it home. Nicely done :)
Thank you! :) I had a small moment planned later on, when Jenn's mind is trying to cope with seeing...something unnatural and vastly undescribable (to use a semi-Lovecraftian term ;)) and switches to representing the whole world as a current-gen game of sorts (just for a short while, allowing us to make some additional fun of current gaming conventions)... But, as I needed something to close off this run on the Escapist, I thought that switching to such an image should work nicely, playing with your gamer feels. ;) Glad it worked!
Oh, and by the way. As I was asked multiple times about what I'd use as a soundtrack for the series... I think I finally have an answer. It was in front of me all along.
If you guys need me for anything, wanna' talk or whatever - I'm here, on Twitter, my site, accessible by e-mail and all around. Just poke. And I'll let you know about Game On's continuation as soon as I have some solid info.