Support Issues

Support Issues

Support Issues

by Steve Napierski to Comics

There was an article on Kotaku this week about how some of the WiiWare developers are not thrilled with the lack of support that Nintendo is giving to that aspect of the platform. Seriously, this is nothing new. Nintendo has always had a hands off kind of philosophy when it came to third party developers. In their mind they have no problem supporting or promoting their own games so why the hell should you. It’s nothing new. They’ve been doing it like forever and right now they’re definitely not suffering from that philosophy. With the emphasis on “right now” of course.

I decided to do this strip in a newspaper editorial comic kind of feel. Just felt it worked best for the joke.

Okay, question time. How would you feel if I changed the days of the week that Dueling Analogs came out on? I was thinking of having new Dueling Analogs comics on Mondays and Wednesdays now… BUT I was also thinking about running “Dueling Analogs Presents: The Consoles” on Fridays. They would be similar to the regular console comics that appear on the site every now and then, but they would be updated to use line artwork instead of the vector images that are currently used and a few other minor changes. In the end, this means more work for me. So if this is something that you guys would or wouldn’t be interested in seeing, drop a line in the comment section of this posting and let me know. Thanks.

That’s it for now. See you on Monday!

Discussion (23)¬

  1. TalKeaton
    TalKeaton says:
    January 21, 2010 at 12:11 am #

    Personally, I’ve never been a fan of the console strips. I mean, they’re not bad, but I don’t enjoy them nearly as much as regular strips, and given the choice I’d rather you focus your efforts on those.

    That’s my two cents, anyway. :) Keep up the good work!

  2. David
    David says:
    January 21, 2010 at 12:28 am #

    Super Mario Tits. Sounds like a fun new game.

  3. NaruZap
    NaruZap says:
    January 21, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    I like your console strips, that brobox360 always gives me a chuckle with his antics.

  4. Gushi
    Gushi says:
    January 21, 2010 at 1:53 am #

    My favorite “nintendo sucks” story was always the one about Maniac Mansion, if you’re familiar with it.

  5. Tubazo1989
    Tubazo1989 says:
    January 21, 2010 at 2:25 am #

    I feel honored that you are even asking us. I got hooked a while back and still need to read all of your work, but to be perfectly honest, you have been consistent to your updates, and that is what counts! Change it to whatever works for you, and keep up the amazing work!

    I don’t know where you are in the world, but I’m pretty sure you heard me laughing when I read this one! I couldn’t have said it better myself!

  6. @phoenixtaichou
    @phoenixtaichou says:
    January 21, 2010 at 2:54 am #

    My honest opinion might be a bit confusing – I personally am not a fan of the console comics, so having a strip a week dedicated to them to me is not a good thing. However, I could argue that it would be a good thing, as with some comics who have dedicated a strip a particular day to an offshoot comic (such as Least I Could Do: Beginnings) has worked out pretty well, because you’ll have those extra few tuning in just to read it, or those extra few tuning in knowing Mondays and Wednesays are, in a way, dedicated to not being console strips. I think my point may get a bit lost (it’s 8am, I’ve just woken up) but hopefully it’s useful.

  7. 0verlord
    0verlord says:
    January 21, 2010 at 3:21 am #

    I quite enjoy the console strips…

  8. XSportSeeker
    XSportSeeker says:
    January 21, 2010 at 3:29 am #

    About WiiWare – I guess the problem isn’t exactly the lack of support for 3rd party developers… but the lack of support for the service itself.
    Also, having that mindset of “it was always like this, we can do nothing to change it” isn’t healthy to anyone. WiiWare developers have all the right to complain, and they should do it more frequently.
    What’s the use of creating and adding WiiWare/DSiWare as a service if Nintendo is going to ignore it?
    Ended up sounding they just put it there because other console systems are also doing it, which is just bad.

    Not to create a console war situation here, I don’t hear much about Playstation Home too, other than announcements of new skins for avatars. XBox Live on the other side is always bringing some interesting stuff out there… almost on a weekly basis.

    Take note I don’t own any current gen console, and despite liking several aspects of all three, I’m still not convinced to buy any of them.

    About the strips – the more the merrier! :D

  9. vnunes
    vnunes says:
    January 21, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    A console comic every week would be awesome. I love those. As for the update days, It’s more up to you. As long as we have regular updates, I think we’re gonna be happy with whatever you choose. I know I will.

  10. Half o the Rum
    Half o the Rum says:
    January 21, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    I wouldn’t mind seeing three strips a week and I’m ok with the console strips.

  11. James L
    James L says:
    January 21, 2010 at 8:21 am #

    I’m not even sure what the comic publishing schedule is now so I saw, go for it!

  12. BigLord
    BigLord says:
    January 21, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    I love the console comics, because, well, usually they are well made… of course, if you think the quality of the punchlines will suffer due to too much work for you, well then DON’T DO IT PLEASE.

    If you got some great jokes/ideas lined up for the next comics though… Please let us have it!

  13. Matt
    Matt says:
    January 21, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    Honestly I’d save yourself the trouble of making the console strips with line artwork. I understand the reasons why you would want to shy away from the vector art but I personally think the console strips work well with vector art and you’ve already got the technique down.
    But about your schedule, whatever works for you works for me.

  14. Meirnon
    Meirnon says:
    January 21, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    I didn’t like the console comics as much as I liked the other gag comics (Rejected Mega Man Robot Masters and “What if the DA was made by…”) but they were enjoyable. As for your low update schedule, all I can say is that at least you’re not as bad as VG Cats. :D

  15. Herbert
    Herbert says:
    January 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Honestly I would rather you only do 2 strips a week here and finish the outer circle. But whatever is easiest for you is cool with me.

  16. Legacy
    Legacy says:
    January 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    Whatever works for you man. If you feel you can handle the extra work while maintaining a stable schedule, then by all means. If you want to do one of each a week, I’d be ok with that. So long as you maintain communication with your community regarding changes and maintain your schedule, you’re aces in my book.

  17. The Anarchyz
    The Anarchyz says:
    January 22, 2010 at 12:56 am #

    My vote is YES for console jokes.

  18. bidoopoo
    bidoopoo says:
    January 22, 2010 at 2:04 am #

    “Nintendo has always had a hands off kind of philosophy when it came to third party developers.” – ‘Big Daddy’ Steve

    Keep in mind what we wind up with when Nintendo DOES decide to get behind a third party developer.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Glove

  19. CathickleSquall
    CathickleSquall says:
    January 22, 2010 at 2:08 am #

    i think you should stick with how you are doing things now, cuz i mean, 3 updates a week will probably equal out to less updates in the long run because of more work on your part, in turn will leave people waiting even longer for the next comic to come out. I would rather have less comics a week and more updates in the long run

  20. A.L.
    A.L. says:
    January 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    Pretty much what everyone else is saying,don’t do more than what you can handle,and I think most of us realize you already do plenty for yourself,for us,and for your family.If you think you can pull it off,you got support,but if you feel like it’s putting more stress on you and want to go back to two comics a week,that’s fine too.I don’t have a problem with the console strips,but you can keep them as vectors instead of switching up to lineart,I think it would make it easier on you unless you’re just going to copy-paste different images to make them,which would be a great time-saver.

    Also,I’m buying a Hamthrax shirt next month.That print better be big enough to advertise that shit to the world.

  21. A.L.
    A.L. says:
    January 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    Almost forgot about the current comic,I liked it almost thought you did another syndicated comic strip,but then realized you did it along the lines of a politic strip.I rather like it and reminds me of a conversation I was having with a friend of mine regarding the current systems out and the different support/hardware/software pros and cons they each have.Also I’m still waiting on my Tatsunoko vs. Capcom strip.You know you want to do it[/peer pressure]

  22. TK64
    TK64 says:
    January 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    Getting more comics per week would be great, but if it’s gonna affect the quality of the comics then I’m gonna have to disagree.

  23. chokaho
    chokaho says:
    January 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    There is low support because the pinnacle of the wiiware gaming experience is already here, muscle march.
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/59623.html