February 21st, 2013

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 22 February 2012

Today's strip reminds us that Lynn really doesn't see any substantive difference between a video arcade and an opium den; this is because when Gordon marvels at Elly's hatred of arcades, he cannot see the sleazy-looking degenerates (Steph's word, not mine) that infest (my word, not Steph's) the place.

(Strip Number 557, Original Publication Date, 24 February 2013)

Panel 1: We start things off with Gordon congratulating himself on getting 20000 points on Space Blaster. For those of you who are paying attention, there's a silhouette of a man smoking as he operates a console. If memory serves, that was immediate grounds for expulsion from the arcades of my youth.

Panel 2: As they walk around the nightmare fantasy arcade of corruption, filth and defying ignorant old meataxes who don't give Michael any alternative because they're 'busy', Gordon tells Mike that the place is neat and can't understand why his mom won't let him go there.

Panel 3: Gord then tells Mike that if Mommy let him out to play, he could get good at twenty-five different video games.

Panel 4: Lynn really hammers home the 'point' that video games are a flashy waste of time that destroy work ethics and all sorts of other things that they don't by contrasting Gordon's statement about how he could really improve himself and the two PSA-quality sleazebags that allege to show us how arcades really improve people.

Summary: As before, we can expect Lynn to stand by her panic, ignorance and refusal to admit that video games are really evil because she lacks the coordination, patience and intellect to master them. We can also expect her to confuse some sleazy lounge in an airport some place with the average arcade.