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Console Wars

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Explaining the joke. by Vaughn Smith

With Brokeback Mountain tearing it up in terms of Oscar buzz, a parody in Console Wars was a veritable no-brainer. Once again we see the PS3 taking the brunt of the abuse from the Xbox 360, who is clearly the smarter of the two (at least for now).

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For the life of me I couldn't think of a movie title for the script the Xbox 360 was working on, that was remotely interesting or humorous. To this day, a funnier title eludes me. I settled for "Disc Read Error Mountain" which doesn't even make sense, nor can I even twist some BS story into something esoteric to make myself appear smarter, as though I called it that for a reason. I called it that because I couldn't think of something better.

The pink cowboy hat: While I was creating this strip, the PS3 was originally wearing a regular brown cowboy hat. In the middle of designing it, my wife asked me to go across the street to see what kind of furniture my off-kilter neighbor was putting out on the curb with a "Free! Take it!" sign. I was extremely reluctant to go as we had lived there for about 9 months and I had successfully avoided eye contact with him and I wasn't feeling in a mood where I needed to invite more weirdos into my life (remember I work on the internet...). Once across the street, I could tell that this was the world's lousiest particle-board furniture and that I wouldn't be taking any of it. But my wife watches HGTV and TLC where people go garbage-picking and then turn crap into design works of art, and she was hoping that I was going to come with a Ming vase or something. As I turned to leave, the owner of the house came outside and I was forced into a very bizarre conversation involving everything from million dollar lawsuits, horrific accidents, scar tissue and internet porn. I finally got out of there and returned to my everyday normal world where I could continue work on my talking video game systems comic strip. After a few minutes, I heard a noise coming from across the street and I looked out my window and saw my strange neighbor wearing a girl's pink cowboy hat. He wasn't wearing it to be funny - as he kept it on throughout most of the day. I immediately took that as a sign, and placed a pink cowboy hat on the PS3.

Things to note:

  • The script dialogue the PS3 reads is taken directly from the "Brokeback Mountain" movie.
  • I cannot remember the original punchline which didn't involve the pink cowboy hat. Needless to say, it was quite possibly the world's funniest ending, but alas we'll never know.

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