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Penny Arcade - Comic - Two Out Of Three

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

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    dennisdennis aka bingley Registered User regular
    They're Grade F.

    At most.

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    Dark080matterDark080matter CrateriaRegistered User regular
    edited February 2019
    I so badly wish that Gabe had drawn this exact strip but with the Apex characters (or a hybrid of Gabe 'n' Tycho fused with their in-game characters as they have sometimes done in the past) having this conversation.

    Oh well, maybe it's also meant to be a more universal Battle Royale strip then a specific reference. Even though the title, context of a three-way conversation, and the fact they're falling in a synchronized pattern makes it pretty obvious this is an Apex Legends thing.

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    MercadeMercade Registered User regular
    “It doesn’t matter.”

    Perfect.

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    DemonStaceyDemonStacey TTODewback's Daughter In love with the TaySwayRegistered User regular
    This is a very good strip.

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    Monkey Ball WarriorMonkey Ball Warrior A collection of mediocre hats Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited February 2019
    I won my first game of Apex. Since then, I haven't survived more than 3 minutes or so. I've got more kills with punching than with actual guns.

    Apex seems kind of chaotic relative to pubg and fortnite. I can't say exactly what the difference is, maybe the map is smaller or the more serious art style, but in Apex I never feel like I have any time to survey the situation and plan things out. The game just feels kind of stressful and random.

    It doesn't help that 3 vs. all is the only mode and I'm simply not used to grouping with randos who just run off the moment they land.

    edit: that reads a bit negative. I'm still playing it anyway, so...

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    Golden YakGolden Yak Burnished Bovine The sunny beaches of CanadaRegistered User regular
    dennis wrote: »
    They're Grade F.

    At most.

    "Mostly circus animal, some filler" ?

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    DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    I won my first game of Apex. Since then, I haven't survived more than 3 minutes or so. I've got more kills with punching than with actual guns.

    Apex seems kind of chaotic relative to pubg and fortnite. I can't say exactly what the difference is, maybe the map is smaller or the more serious art style, but in Apex I never feel like I have any time to survey the situation and plan things out. The game just feels kind of stressful and random.

    It doesn't help that 3 vs. all is the only mode and I'm simply not used to grouping with randos who just run off the moment they land.

    edit: that reads a bit negative. I'm still playing it anyway, so...

    I think it's because of the ziplines and high mobility. It's fairly easy for someone to go where they want from anywhere.

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    DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    "curate a selection of artisinal gear for whoever kills me" just slays me. We've all had that game where we end up not in combat for 20 minutes, build up the perfect set, and then just get dropped the very first time we run into someone.

    What is this I don't even.
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    LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    Darkewolfe wrote: »
    "curate a selection of artisinal gear for whoever kills me" just slays me. We've all had that game where we end up not in combat for 20 minutes, build up the perfect set, and then just get dropped the very first time we run into someone.

    This is me in any shooter with weapon spawns. Not even a unique problem in battle royale. Could be Quake Arena or something, and I run around, grab a rocket launcher, a super shotgun, tons of ammo, and then I get killed from behind, never get to use my weapons, and I drop all that stuff for the guy who got me.

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    Steel AngelSteel Angel Registered User regular
    I so badly wish that Gabe had drawn this exact strip but with the Apex characters (or a hybrid of Gabe 'n' Tycho fused with their in-game characters as they have sometimes done in the past) having this conversation.

    Oh well, maybe it's also meant to be a more universal Battle Royale strip then a specific reference. Even though the title, context of a three-way conversation, and the fact they're falling in a synchronized pattern makes it pretty obvious this is an Apex Legends thing.

    I think it's a pretty universal sentiment for any multiplayer game with teams and random matchmaking. Some days I'm so off I feel like I should preemptively apologize to my teammates at the start of the match/dungeon/mission/etc.

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    MarcinMNMarcinMN Registered User regular
    They should be saying, "Yeah, we're terrible, but at least you get to play with the Penny Arcade guys. How awesome is that?" ;)

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    dennis wrote: »
    They're Grade F.

    At most.

    the least healthy jabronis allowed by law

    hold your head high soldier, it ain't over yet
    that's why we call it the struggle, you're supposed to sweat
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    QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    Honestly at this point I think my favorite part of battle royales is just jet gliding in to places.

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    cB557cB557 voOOP Registered User regular
    Every panel in this comic, especially the first one, is really funny just by itself.

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    RatherDashing89RatherDashing89 Registered User regular
    edited February 2019
    This reminds me of one of my favorites:
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    OctoberRavenOctoberRaven Plays fighting games for the story Skyeline Hotel Apartment 4ARegistered User regular
    Not having touched this or any BRs for a while, would it be safe to guess the 'hide somewhere and move only when necessary' strat isn't as viable here?

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    jungleroomxjungleroomx It's never too many graves, it's always not enough shovels Registered User regular
    edited February 2019
    Not having touched this or any BRs for a while, would it be safe to guess the 'hide somewhere and move only when necessary' strat isn't as viable here?

    Hahahah nah

    Apex is all about constant movement and positioning.

    If you hole up in a house all they'll do is load it to the gills with frag grenades

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    PohtHehdPohtHehd Registered User regular
    Not having touched this or any BRs for a while, would it be safe to guess the 'hide somewhere and move only when necessary' strat isn't as viable here?

    Hahahah nah

    Apex is all about constant movement and positioning.

    If you hole up in a house all they'll do is load it to the gills with frag grenades

    That being said, I have won several times by laying low somewhere. Hell, I've won a match with 0 squad kills thanks to EA's servers disconnecting people.

    The game is a mess and it gets old quick.

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    cB557cB557 voOOP Registered User regular
    Not having touched this or any BRs for a while, would it be safe to guess the 'hide somewhere and move only when necessary' strat isn't as viable here?
    I'm pretty sure that never really was a good strat.

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    ZenigataZenigata Registered User regular
    PohtHehd wrote: »
    Not having touched this or any BRs for a while, would it be safe to guess the 'hide somewhere and move only when necessary' strat isn't as viable here?

    Hahahah nah

    Apex is all about constant movement and positioning.

    If you hole up in a house all they'll do is load it to the gills with frag grenades

    That being said, I have won several times by laying low somewhere. Hell, I've won a match with 0 squad kills thanks to EA's servers disconnecting people.

    The game is a mess and it gets old quick.

    I think you forgot the "Praise Geraldo"...really though, I've had minimal issues with Apex connectivity wise. I have had a few, but over maybe 20 hours of gameplay I've only had it happen 2-3 times.

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    DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    I've gotten so hard into this game it's ridiculous.

    What is this I don't even.
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    OverkillengineOverkillengine Registered User regular
    I so badly wish that Gabe had drawn this exact strip but with the Apex characters (or a hybrid of Gabe 'n' Tycho fused with their in-game characters as they have sometimes done in the past) having this conversation.

    Oh well, maybe it's also meant to be a more universal Battle Royale strip then a specific reference. Even though the title, context of a three-way conversation, and the fact they're falling in a synchronized pattern makes it pretty obvious this is an Apex Legends thing.

    I think it's a pretty universal sentiment for any multiplayer game with teams and random matchmaking. Some days I'm so off I feel like I should preemptively apologize to my teammates at the start of the match/dungeon/mission/etc.


    I think it is in part due to modern matchmaking games being seemingly designed to prioritize speed and quantity of matches rather than quality. So teams inevitably get pitted against each other with a large variance in member skill tier compositions instead of waiting a extra 30 seconds to a few minutes to build opposing teams of (relatively) homogeneous skill compositions. Thus the concept of the "team carry".

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    OctoberRavenOctoberRaven Plays fighting games for the story Skyeline Hotel Apartment 4ARegistered User regular
    cB557 wrote: »
    Not having touched this or any BRs for a while, would it be safe to guess the 'hide somewhere and move only when necessary' strat isn't as viable here?
    I'm pretty sure that never really was a good strat.

    in PUBG I'd regularly get top 5 by just chilling in one of those rest stop buildings.

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    MarcinMNMarcinMN Registered User regular
    cB557 wrote: »
    Not having touched this or any BRs for a while, would it be safe to guess the 'hide somewhere and move only when necessary' strat isn't as viable here?
    I'm pretty sure that never really was a good strat.

    in PUBG I'd regularly get top 5 by just chilling in one of those rest stop buildings.

    How long is your average PUBG match? Wouldn't that be boring to the point of making one ask why they are playing at all? lol

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    H3KnucklesH3Knuckles But we decide which is right and which is an illusion.Registered User regular
    Don't BR games have a pseudo-randomly positioned shrinking boundary circle you have to stay inside to discourage camping and force the shrinking number of players into a relatively consistent population distribution?

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    AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    H3Knuckles wrote: »
    Don't BR games have a pseudo-randomly positioned shrinking boundary circle you have to stay inside to discourage camping and force the shrinking number of players into a relatively consistent population distribution?

    Yes. So you can't hide on tye edge of the island where no one comes, but you can kinda lay low and hope other players are distracted enough to not pay attention to you.

    It is how I tried to survive dodgeball too.

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    RatherDashing89RatherDashing89 Registered User regular
    I mean it's basically how Katnip and PETA did it.

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    OctoberRavenOctoberRaven Plays fighting games for the story Skyeline Hotel Apartment 4ARegistered User regular
    Also in Battle Royale, the main characters basically camped until it was just them and Kiriyama left.

    The two survivors had one kill attributed to them each, and in Shuya's case his was basically an accident.

    And PUBG has had documented cases where players win by doing literally nothing.

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    cB557cB557 voOOP Registered User regular
    cB557 wrote: »
    Not having touched this or any BRs for a while, would it be safe to guess the 'hide somewhere and move only when necessary' strat isn't as viable here?
    I'm pretty sure that never really was a good strat.

    in PUBG I'd regularly get top 5 by just chilling in one of those rest stop buildings.
    Yeah, but isn't it worse for actually winning?

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    OctoberRavenOctoberRaven Plays fighting games for the story Skyeline Hotel Apartment 4ARegistered User regular
    cB557 wrote: »
    cB557 wrote: »
    Not having touched this or any BRs for a while, would it be safe to guess the 'hide somewhere and move only when necessary' strat isn't as viable here?
    I'm pretty sure that never really was a good strat.

    in PUBG I'd regularly get top 5 by just chilling in one of those rest stop buildings.
    Yeah, but isn't it worse for actually winning?

    Meh, I was just in it to see how well the game emulated the source material.

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    dennisdennis aka bingley Registered User regular
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    Darkewolfe wrote: »
    "curate a selection of artisinal gear for whoever kills me" just slays me. We've all had that game where we end up not in combat for 20 minutes, build up the perfect set, and then just get dropped the very first time we run into someone.

    This is me in any shooter with weapon spawns. Not even a unique problem in battle royale. Could be Quake Arena or something, and I run around, grab a rocket launcher, a super shotgun, tons of ammo, and then I get killed from behind, never get to use my weapons, and I drop all that stuff for the guy who got me.

    At which point, you feel you should have just shot the rocket launcher at your feet so at least you'd get to say, "Yeah, but at least I killed that one dude with my rocket launcher."

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    EnlongEnlong Registered User regular
    dennis wrote: »
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    Darkewolfe wrote: »
    "curate a selection of artisinal gear for whoever kills me" just slays me. We've all had that game where we end up not in combat for 20 minutes, build up the perfect set, and then just get dropped the very first time we run into someone.

    This is me in any shooter with weapon spawns. Not even a unique problem in battle royale. Could be Quake Arena or something, and I run around, grab a rocket launcher, a super shotgun, tons of ammo, and then I get killed from behind, never get to use my weapons, and I drop all that stuff for the guy who got me.

    At which point, you feel you should have just shot the rocket launcher at your feet so at least you'd get to say, "Yeah, but at least I killed that one dude with my rocket launcher."

    Reminds me of this one time in Overwatch where, as Pharah, I jetpacked up to the roof of an airplane hanger and used my ultimate, which fires about 2 dozen mini rockets. Without realizing that I had hovered right in front of a hanging airplane. All of my rockets hit the plane and the explosions killed only me, in about a second. But I did get an Ultimate Shutdown credit for it!

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    TheSchaefTheSchaef Registered User regular
    This is basically me playing Fortnite with my sons. I'm the handicap for competing squads.

    The one VR I have to my credit, I was more or less stuck between a mountain and the storm wall, while the leet pros were duking it out on the mountaintop. If the eye had shifted towards my side of the mountain I would have been trapped and probably died in the storm. Instead it shifted away. The sole remaining player shot at a construct off in one direction thinking I might be hiding inside, then jumped off the mountain and ran off to keep ahead of the storm. I ended up killing him in the back with a combination of AR shots and a quick switch to rocket - mostly a combination of luck and old UT instincts - as the storm was overtaking us.

    On rare occasions, it's better to be lucky than good.

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    TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    dennis wrote: »
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    Darkewolfe wrote: »
    "curate a selection of artisinal gear for whoever kills me" just slays me. We've all had that game where we end up not in combat for 20 minutes, build up the perfect set, and then just get dropped the very first time we run into someone.

    This is me in any shooter with weapon spawns. Not even a unique problem in battle royale. Could be Quake Arena or something, and I run around, grab a rocket launcher, a super shotgun, tons of ammo, and then I get killed from behind, never get to use my weapons, and I drop all that stuff for the guy who got me.

    At which point, you feel you should have just shot the rocket launcher at your feet so at least you'd get to say, "Yeah, but at least I killed that one dude with my rocket launcher."
    Ideally the explosion sends your stuff over the edge so you deny your enemy the satisfaction of looting.

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