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Console Wars comic – click to enlarge

Explaining the joke. by Vaughn Smith

This comic is a direct jab at Nintendo's lack of online support for their extremely rare GameCube network adapter. I have yet to actually see one. I'm not even sure why they bothered. Phantasy Star Online had already been done on the Dreamcast and anyone who wanted to play it, basically already had. If you hadn't played it, good luck 1) getting your hands on a GC network adapter and 2) finding anyone online to play with. If the Xbox and PS2 really were living, breathing, wisecracking entities, surely they'd be completely exhausted with having to work so hard online for hours at a time. Without a doubt they'd be envious of the Cube, who didn't have to endure any of that and wouldn't have a clue why they were so tired.

It's also a backhanded slap in the face to young kids everywhere, who go onto Xbox Live and have these high-pitched whiny voices and talk trash to you. I no longer play XBL with headphones on for that very reason. When I'm on playing an M-rated game and have to listen to Jarred's voice changing while he squeaks insults at me, that's where I draw the line. The fact that he's totally kicking my ass doesn't make me any happier either. It's also my way of saying (via the Xbox and PS2) "Why don't you kids go outside and play for awhile and get off the games and the PC?" That's just the dad in me talking.

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