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Penny Arcade - Comic - The Ring Within

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edited August 21 in The Penny Arcade Hub

imagePenny Arcade - Comic - The Ring Within

Videogaming-related online strip by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. Includes news and commentary.

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  • SpinelesSSpinelesS Registered User regular
    Someone die?

  • RonaldoTheGypsyRonaldoTheGypsy Or just "Ron" Registered User regular
    I think it's more that Nintendo has helped prop up Sonic for years and the strip makes the case that they're actual friends.

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  • FireballDragonFireballDragon Registered User regular
    edited August 21
    So were those his tears or his blood?

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  • RonaldoTheGypsyRonaldoTheGypsy Or just "Ron" Registered User regular
    tears? Sonic doesn't bleed, he shoots rings out.

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  • EnlongEnlong Registered User regular
    So, was this him crying onto the letter, or a sniper getting him as he reads it?

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  • Zilla360Zilla360 21st Century. Surreal. Immersive. Earth.Registered User regular
    Enlong wrote: »
    So, was this him crying onto the letter, or a sniper getting him as he reads it?
    The former, I think.

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  • bwaniebwanie Posting into the void Registered User regular
    edited August 21
    agreed, i think this is supposed to be emotional.

    Why would sonic cry blue though? Is that canon?

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  • Golden YakGolden Yak Burnished Bovine The PIT, level 26Registered User regular
    bwanie wrote: »
    agreed, i think this is supposed to be emotional.

    Why would sonic cry blue though? Is that canon?

    Probably a callback to him bleeding blue earlier.

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  • V1mV1m Registered User regular
    "Select your beloved video game character, then select your gun..."

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  • PreacherPreacher Registered User regular
    Is sonic really beloved? He's the dreamcast of franchise characters. All potential and nostalgia very little actually good.

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  • RonaldoTheGypsyRonaldoTheGypsy Or just "Ron" Registered User regular
    A lot of people like Sonic, Preacher, even if your icy heart can love nothing.

    It just speaks volumes that the best sonic game aside from Mania in recent history is Smash Bros. The same is true of Mega Man.

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  • PreacherPreacher Registered User regular
    A lot of people like Sonic, Preacher, even if your icy heart can love nothing.

    It just speaks volumes that the best sonic game aside from Mania in recent history is Smash Bros. The same is true of Mega Man.

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  • Hawk oneHawk one Registered User regular
    I'm surprised that people's minds are rather clean in regards to what sort of fluids it is on the letter.

    I believe there's a hint in the way that there are those grey borders around the blue itself. There is one fluid that, while not normally blue, will lead to that particular border.

    But signatures don't really work, do they?
  • RonaldoTheGypsyRonaldoTheGypsy Or just "Ron" Registered User regular
    It could be lamenting the Olympics games via nosebleed. I like my interpretation.

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  • EnlongEnlong Registered User regular
    It's true for Mega Man, but there's been stuff like Colors, Generations, and Lost World since Smash for Sonic.

    Mayhem is definitely the most widely-beloved one in quite some time, though.

    YggiDee wrote: »
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  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of all interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    I don't suppose there's much point to my getting involved in a discussion of the ups and downs of the Sonic games. :P

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  • DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    Tears might be clear, but cartoon tears are blue.

  • Jacques L'HommeJacques L'Homme Shoes for industry! Shoes for the dead! Shoes for industry! Hi, I'm Joe BeatsRegistered User regular
    Don't care what anyone says, this is the nicest comic they've done in a while and I'm actually kind of choked up over how sweet it is.

    Also, "it's-a-me," followed by Mario as a signature is probably one of the most if not the most humanizing things I've ever seen someone do for Mario as a character, and it's beautiful.

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  • Brew78Brew78 Registered User regular
    Good to know I'm not the only one confused about what's being portrayed.
    Still not sure, to be honest. Tears? Blood? Other.. fluids? (really, hawk?)

    I guess I'll go with "It was a touching letter that made Sonic cry"

  • mename.b.arbitrarymename.b.arbitrary Registered User new member
    edited August 22
    yep, i don't think there's any darkness just the maturity that they're both aging franchises whose mutual nature is to simply be fun games, but whose reputations were marketed to rival each other... a loving, at one point unnecessarily fraught, relationship, and a friendly letter sent to allude to but dismiss its former adolescent tension

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  • DarthEnderXDarthEnderX Registered User regular
    edited September 1
    Definitely gonna need a DownloadableContent for this one.

    Edit: And I got one! They're tears. The comic was intended to be full-on sweet.

    And they fact that they're blue IS a reference to him having blue body fluids in the previous strip.

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