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Comic: The GameSetWatch Comic

Column: Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic - 'Welcome to the Shinra Board Meeting'

May 6, 2008 4:00 PM |

['Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic' is, once again, a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about the continuing adventures of our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. He's back!]

The last of the previous run of Persona's GameSetWatch comics ran in October 2006, before it lapsed into extended and much-missed hiatus.

For those who didn't spot it - or were too miseducated to be reading GSW at that time - you neglected such delicacies as bizarre Pokemon pastiches, the misadventures of Shen Mue's Ryo Hazuki, and, of course, the totally disturbing Mario cartoon that should not be named.

In any case, we're delighted to welcome his return with a weekly comic that promises to dwell on the 'Welcome To The...' theme, with this first one taking aim at the... new world of Final Fantasy's evolving business practices in these Wii-tastic times? Bravo, Sir:

Cherry Bahamut might taste good

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is a 3rd year character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts. When not working on cute low poly models, he posts stuff on the Mecha Fetus Visublog.]

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny' - Welcome to the End?

October 7, 2006 10:07 PM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And about leaving unfinished plot lines!]

"What's going on? Is this closure? Will there be a next part??"

END OF ACT 1?!

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the awesome collective Mecha Fetus. There'll be a new design for his page uploaded this week!]

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny' - Pokemon Mystery Dungeon & NEW Sonic the Hedgehog

September 30, 2006 6:24 PM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And about mocking classic literature and about new games that spit on my childhood hero and make me cry.]

Here's Persona double-dealing the goods: "Sorry guys, school work is piling up already on me! It's only like the third week of classes and already we're animating things for homework like Thumper from Bambi saying, 'I triple dog dare ya!'. Anyway, to make up for the comic I didn't put up last week, I made two for this entry!

"The first comic deals with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, a Chun Soft mysterious dungeon game where you, a human, has been transformed into a Pokemon and recruit other Pokemon to help you traverse the various randomly generated dungeons. The story and illustrations are pretty cute and I like how the game asks you random questions about your morality that determines your Pokemon persona. They should implement that feature into the actual Pokemon games to determine your starter!"

My name is Gregor.


"This second comic is about the new Sonic the Hedgehog game entitled Sonic the Hedgehog for PS3 and Xbox360. I really like Sonic but the way Sonic Team has been handling his games as of late makes me cry. The slipshod glitches of the new game is harkening back to Adventure 1 falling-through-hoops-and-going-straight-through-the-ground-like mess-ups. Not only that, shouldn't the levels be designed better by now? The on-rails, hopping on to random animals/objects to travel around, running and getting sucker-hit by an enemy you can't see style design still doesn't capture any sense of speed and doesn't even live up to the amazing level design of the original Genesis games. And worst of all: why are the Chao gone? Having a small Tamagotchi-like animal that I could raise on the VMU and plug back into the game was the only reason why I kept going back and playing the games on the Dreamcast!

Anyway, in the recently released Tokyo Game Show trailers for the game, there are snips of FMV segments where Sonic seduces a young princess and carries her off in his arms. This wouldn't be that bad except Sonic positively looks like a guy in an animal mascot suit as he grabs the princess by the hand. It's really creepy. In the trailer they also milk the Sonic 2 ending song, 'Sweet Sweet Sweet' by Dreams Come True, in a 'come on guys, this is SO totally a Sonic game' nod. So basically, the team working on the game is so insecure about this Sonic title that they need to name it after the original game AND use the original song just to get a reaction out of people. It's totally Sonical!"

Fancy having a go at it, Princess?

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter (which just came out with a new issue a week ago!) and his website on the awesome collective Mecha Fetus. A new website design is going to be put up pretty soon! And check out the forum; they're having a "Make your own dating sim" contest complete with help on how to use programs to make them!]

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny' - Welcome to the Oregon Trail

September 15, 2006 8:10 AM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And about fording rivers and not being able to carry enough food back to the wagon.]

"My classes have started! I'll try to get the comic back on schedule next week so bear with me!

My friend had a copy of The Oregon Trail on her computer and I played it again out of nostalgia. It surprised me how easy it was to get to Oregon now that I was older and was more capable of micromanaging small virtual travellers. Maybe it was harder back when it only in green and black on the Apple II?"

I suspect their last names were Donner.

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the awesome collective Mecha Fetus. A new website design that's almost finished is coming soon! Also, the link to the Gamer's Quarter has finally been fixed!]

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny' - Revenge of the PokéOffice

September 8, 2006 4:19 PM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And fulfilling childhood dreams of global domination stemming from a massive inferiority complex as well as massive guilt from having incestual feelings for one's sister.]

Wait, heeeeere's Persona: "Sorry for being so late again, guys. My school started this week and I had a bit of trouble moving in and procuring an internet connection and business of that sort. My schedule seems kind of busy this year so from here on out I'll probably make the comics just in grayscale or something simple like that. I hope you enjoyed all the beautiful colors! (Oh, and try to ignore that typo in box 4.)"

Lobbyist digivolve to... CONGRESSMON!!

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the awesome collective Mecha Fetus. He's also currently suffering from loan problems and other financial difficulties related to school. Make sure to never to send your kids to art school if you want to have some money in your pocket to retire!

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny' - Tamagotchi!

August 31, 2006 8:03 AM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And about little black and white pixel animals that poop and die.]

Here's Persona to update us on whatever the heck this week's column is about: "Sorry guys, I was really late with this comic! To compensate, it's really, really long!

You see, I went up to the mountains to train with the yaoi priestesses like I mentioned last week, but when I got there they made me pass through thirteen trials in order to gain access to the scroll of all whispy knowledge. I was able to clear the first thirteen or so with no problem but the 'Jam your p****s into a giant bear' trial had me really stumped. I eventually realized something was wrong when all the priestesses kept on giggling when I asked them what a 'p****s' was. It turned out all the priestesses were actually just some furry perverts renting out a shack in the woods with no knowledge at all over the ancient techniques of the whispy lines!!

The whole ordeal left an unsatisfying taste in my mouth so I tied them all up on to the trees surrounding the area and covered them with honey. As I heard the snorts of bears approaching, I ignited the priestesses' temple in the all-erasing flames of justice with an explosive technique I learned from the Great Otter of the South Sea: mix pure water with two parts acorn jelly and dandelion roots and light. As I looked back to the site, a sereneness passed over me and I realized an important lesson: don't check Craig's list for secrets of the ancient arts."

In reality I just had trouble procuring financial aid for my school year.

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the awesome collective Mecha Fetus. His adventurous soul will never die!

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny' - Animal Crossing!!

August 22, 2006 11:51 AM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And about lovesick dramas between little super-deformed animal people and little super-deformed people-people.]

This week, Persona's words of wisdom are as follows: "I liked Animal Crossing better on the Gamecube than on the DS for some reason. I think there was something nice about leaving messages behind for a theoretical other player to see, presumably someone that lived in the same house and could access the game anytime. Of course, in my case, there was no other player so I was leaving clues behind for no one, except for occasional asshole friends who would come and chop all my trees down and bury mounds of trash everywhere.

I originally had in mind a more wispy color style for this comic but then soon realized that I didn't really know how to color like that. I think I should go up to the mountains and rededicate myself to learning how to draw wispy lines and delicate colors from women living in rock cabins who draw yaoi doujinshi while fighting bears and eating salmon!"

It is a game about animals and people mating in the forest! Get it??

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the awesome collective, Mecha Fetus. Excitement is burning!

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny' - Welcome to the PokéOffice

August 15, 2006 9:01 AM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And more drama within the office of Silph Co.]

This week, Persona comments tragically (also, note, this comic is SLIGHTLY NSFW due to swearing fun and bizarre smuttiness!): "My plan to turn this comic into an all Sega comic has failed. Woe! Also, my last few comics have been drawn on an LCD monitor and I'm really noticing that it's ruining the colors on other screens. I'll return to a CRT for the next comic!"

Ash is an innocent boy despite looking at Poképorn just a comic ago!

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the awesome collective, Mecha Fetus. Hm!

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny' - Classic Sega games

August 7, 2006 4:44 PM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And about spaceships that sprout legs and walk when they contact the floor.]

Here's the latest insanity from our man in a straitjacket Persona: "I secretly plan on turning this weekly comic into a giant Sega orgy. This is my first covert step towards achieving my wonderful yet nefarious dream/scheme. Mwah ha ha!"

fzonecomic.jpg

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the awesome collective, Mecha Fetus. Drop by the forum and say hello!

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny' - Pokémon Series

August 1, 2006 4:56 AM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And about the post-monster training reality of a famous red-capped character.]

So, the ever-weirded out Persona has done a little more thinking about the underground world of Game Freak and Nintendo's favorite 'catch 'em all' simulator,, and has come up with the following semi-insanity:

"Thinking back on the world of Pokémon, there's really not that many civilized areas on the map. Each town usually consists of just two houses, a Pokécenter, and a mart. Between them, there's like acres of grassy knolls and dark forests and caves where little monsters linger, waiting to be abducted and brainwashed by elementary school children. Realistically, what kind of career could a person living in this world really find? Running a mart? Becoming a veterinarian? Gambling?

If anything, I assume he's working at Silph Co. He saved the president from Team Rocket attacks when he was a kid afterall. I'm sure he could've used that influence to get himself a nice, cushy job."

pokeoffice.jpg

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the awesome collective, Mecha Fetus. And if you want to see what Green's blackmail image was along with Ash's porn, come visit Persona's Livejournal!]