Calculated Risk

Calculated Risk

by Steve Napierski to Comics

I honestly believe at this point in my life, I have quit being able to call myself a collector and have now turned into a video game hoarder. Once you look in your “collection” and realize that you own multiple copies of Shaq Fu, there is time to seek professional help.

Still, my daughters are getting interested in video games. They like the Mario, watching me play Final Fantasy games (and pointing out when I am back in an area I have already been) and have fun helping me out when I’m stuck on puzzles that are apparently easy enough for a child to solve. So then maybe I am doing this to leave onto them…Or at least that is what I will keep saying to myself next time a copy of Shaq Fu* magically appears in my house.

*Just wanted to note for the record that I only own two copies of Shaq Fu, but that is still two copies too many.

Update: Here is a companion piece to this comic.

Discussion (19)¬

  1. Cody Shiranai
    Cody Shiranai says:
    January 24, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    You can live through your daughters and make them… errr gently persuade them to play the games you too wish to beat.

    • Steve Napierski
      Steve Napierski says:
      January 24, 2013 at 9:11 am #

      The goal as parents is to teach our children which games are actually worth finishing.

      • bidoopoo
        bidoopoo says:
        January 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

        “The goal as parents is to teach our children which games are actually worth finishing.” – Steve Napierski

        The fact that this isn’t chiseled into the side of each brick and mortar videogame selling establishment is appalling.

        • Nomotos
          Nomotos says:
          January 28, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

          That’s because only 2-3 games come out a year that fit those credentials. Brick and mortar places need more than that, or else they’ll have to result to becoming pawn shops…o wait…

  2. Morbox
    Morbox says:
    January 24, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Whooooa…hold it right there. An original comic? I mean, the topic sure isn’t original, but still!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous says:
      January 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

      I know, right? It’s been so long, I was having withdrawal T.T

  3. Jnite
    Jnite says:
    January 24, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Stupid backlog. I still got PS2 games I haven’t played. Heck, I’ve got PS1 games I’ve bought off PSN that I haven’t played. Plus I have a 360 and Wii…. and Steam….

    To make matters worse I’m slightly a perfectionist so I like to do everything I can (secrets, side missions, trophies). Plus I like games like RPGs (90+ hours for a single game) and hack’n’slash games like Dynasty Warriors (9001+ hours).

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous says:
      January 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      My backlog is mostly DS games…I’m hoping my eventual backlog of 3DS games doesn’t become as large…

  4. magicianfairy
    magicianfairy says:
    January 24, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    “I can download a port of Chrono trigger onto my vita?” Because the snes, ps1, ds, copies aren’t enough. And i’ve gotten every possible item/sidequest/ending on each of them.

    The cycle continues.

    • TZer0
      TZer0 says:
      January 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

      I went through on snesbox and got all the possible endings for Chrono Trigger. (Recently installed SNES on my old Sony Phone. Started FF III and Earthbound) I remember the first time I beat the game. Me and a buddy rented it, my dad got us snacks and a bunch of Chinese food. We played for two days fueled on MSG and caffeine to beat it. So much fun.

  5. Joe Mantico
    Joe Mantico says:
    January 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    eek! I have the same problem!

  6. Heartless
    Heartless says:
    January 24, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    There´s a sale for the PS3/PSP/VITA Versions of FFI to IX right now (+Tactics and Dissida, not counting III) so i now have even another copy of them to play…i´m never going to finish my original VITA games it seems…i hope i can get one or two FF finished before X finally arives ;)

  7. BigLord
    BigLord says:
    January 24, 2013 at 6:17 pm #


  8. Garitt A. Rocha
    Garitt A. Rocha says:
    January 25, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    Okay, can we not bring up overall backlog length ever again? I'm trying to keep it together as it is and I ever do those calculations I'm going to going to snap. Definitely. Going. To. Snap. @___@

  9. Korbl Klimecki
    Korbl Klimecki says:
    January 25, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    I'm not even at that point. I stress out over the fact that I paid for a month of game time on WoW and bought a bunch of games on steam too…

  10. PrinceJonathan
    PrinceJonathan says:
    January 25, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    “Why the hell am I on Steam buying more?!”

    I’m wondering how the hell you can even see the damn computer screen.

  11. Douglas William Wolfe
    Douglas William Wolfe says:
    January 26, 2013 at 4:12 am #

    I'm pretty sure that two copies of Shaq Fu is somehow actually three copies too many.

  12. Norman Yeung
    Norman Yeung says:
    January 27, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    What about games that don't have an end, like MMOs or Multiplayer games ?

  13. DeltaBladeX
    DeltaBladeX says:
    January 28, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    This is me. My collection of game has recently gotten over 1500 titles over various systems.