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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Employees Only - Dr. Bison Strikes Again

Well look at me! I managed to remember I was posting a comic every Tuesday and Thursday - something must be wrong with the world.

When I look at Bison You Fiend! I can't help but wonder what the hell it is that makes synapses fire in my head. Certainly I thought it funny at the time, but I was in a rush to make comics for the web comic contest, and perhaps I was eager to latch onto any idea that seemed even moderately amusing. Random seems to be the flavor of my funny bone, and I doubt that I'll get more sophisticated in the months and years to come, especially if I procrastinate like I did leading up to the contest deadline.

On the matter of video game related injury, I can't deny that my hands often take a lot of punishment - hell, my whole body seems to protest after long sessions on the couch. When I get up from turning off the 360, I can actually feel the blood pumping a bit harder; it's as if my heart is saying, "Oh, you actually want to move more than your thumbs? All right, give me a sec..."

And just to clear up any controversy, my actual primary care physician is not a Bison-headed medical care professional. I don't know if it was necessary to clarify that, but I like to avoid irritating anyone who may decide to stick me with needles.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Employees Only - Cutting the Fat

I couldn't tell you exactly why the thought of my belly fat hitchhiking along a desert railway is funny, but I can tell you that I might be the only one who does think it's funny.

As I continue to try to motivate myself into doing these comics regardless of the consequences, it's easy to tell myself that, "I can only get better." Which I guess is technically true, but you could say that about anything really - take weight loss for example.

Let's be clear, I don't think Wii Fit is in the habit of that sort of patronizing commentary. When the thing first came out there were stories about parents angry about it calling their kid "fat", but I thought that I was going to be free of such ridicule until it asked if I have trouble walking straight because of my poor balance.

For some reason, the Nintendo personal improvement video game line is really keen to dish out the negative reinforcement. I've been playing BrainAge 2 for a few months now and I swear it doesn't matter how much better I'm actually doing, Doctor Kawashima seems to be disappointed most of the time anyway.

Why is it that I want his approval? The man is a program on a hand held screen for Pete sake!

I don't know though, could it be that the heavy handed approach is the best treatment after all? As a child of The Karate Kid playing in theaters, I carry something of a soft spot for a stern but effective Mr. Miyagi type teacher*. Perhaps all I can hope for at my age is some popular video game platform telling me to wax on, wax off?

Now there's and idea for the next balance board game - The Karate Kid. Who wouldn't want to try out some crane kicks with their Wii?

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The Brain Age Dr. Ryuta Kawashima Image Generator can be found here.

*How cool/sad is it that there is a fictional biography on Wikipedia about Mr. Miyagi?