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In summary: Ina points out an obvious plot hole and Cho makes a daring strategic retreat!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, I love video games! By happenstance, I also love videogame websites. Kotaku.com, polygon.com, destructoid.com, and a myriad of youtube channels are on my daily browsing list. But my favorite gaming site for years has been gametrailers.com. And as of February 8th, the entire staff was laid off and the site stopped updating. The business reasons behind the layoffs, while not public, are pretty obvious in that the site’s traffic had been waning and Defy Media, the owners of the the site, didn’t see it fit to put effort into making gametrailers.com profitable so much as they’d rather let it fade away and forget they ever bought it.

I discovered GT back in the days when finding video content about games was not as easy as searching youtube. I spent a lot of time watching trailers for upcoming games, but I really fell in love with the site when it started generating original content, such as the podcast Invisible Walls with Shane Satterfield and Marcus Beer. The podcast covered the games industry and their often sarcastic/pessimistic thoughts on it. The site created videos of game retrospectives as well, and they were always something to which I looked forward. Eventually Shane and Marcus both left to pursue other opportunities, and many of the behind-the-scenes interns and staff stepped up to take center stage. The site began to morph into something a less like a game industry information and  game trailers repository, which youtube had made unnecessary, and more into an original content and internet personality generator. The younger team was filled with enthusiasm and optimism that was infectious, and they always came off as a lot of funny, hard working people who loved the hell out of what they were doing.

After watching gametrailers.com’s original shows for years, and, more recently, their nightly Twitch streams, I can safely say I feel very close to the site’s entire editorial staff. I could probably go on for hours about how much I loved Mandatory Update, The Final Bosman, Trailer Score, GT Time, and the many game reviews and opinion editorial videos. Brandon Jones, Daniel Bloodworth, Kyle Bosman, Micheal Huber, Ian Hinck, Elyse Willems, Brad Ellis, and Brandon Jones feel like family to me and it still feels very weird to know that there will never be any new gametrailers.com videos. I wish them well in whatever the team does next, and I hope they can do whatever that may be together, because I’d be there to watch!

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  • Leo

    Spend enough time around Cho and you’ll start understanding?

    • Kid Chaos

      They’ve gotten so used to his Ice-Cream Koans, that they’re starting to make sense. 😜

  • Xinef

    Can I buy a DictChonary somewhere? Because I’d love to be able to explain things the way Cho does…

    • RickRussellTX

      The explanation that burns twice as bright, falls twice as hard.

    • IDPounder

      Xinef wins for new word of the week!

      • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

        Stephen Colbert would be proud!

  • charles81

    Yep. Time to stop punching and start digging.

    You’re always in it Yori. It’s just the depth that varies.

    • Da’Zlein

      Sometimes you just gotta know when to put down the shovel

  • Flaming Squirrel

    Call me oblivious, but is Ina offended by Yori suggesting she might have a blind spot, or is she implying something about Cho’s… blindness?

    • Xinef

      Call me oblivious, but my interpretation is that her blind spot is that she does not see her true feelings for Yori. Or something like that. At least that would explain the situation.

      • KungFuKlobber

        I hope it’s something less schmoopy, and more what a bully she is. Here’s hoping Yori will be able to summon the courage to tell her what’s what.

        • Kid Chaos

          Ina has some Tsundere tendencies (SEE: her conversation with Yori after he rescued her from Ryoku), but she also has a nasty habit of being a gigantic hypocrite on occasion (SEE: her conversation with Ryoku before Yori rescued her). As you can see, these traits have put a bit of a damper on her relationship with Yori. 😯

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      She’s showing mock anger and having someone imply she has blind spots.

      • Flaming Squirrel

        Mock anger, huh? And you passed up the PERFECTLY GOOD chance to add “MOCK ANGER!” to your list of sound effects?

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          OH YOU’RE TOTALLY RIGHT!!!

  • IDPounder

    Really love the light/color interplay on this page, Alex. The 3D effect is palpable and makes my eyeballs happy!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      I can feel my ego being stroked! I CAN HEAR IT PURRING! (That got a little weird…)

      • IDPounder

        As long as it’s not wearing neko-neko ears. That really WOULD be weird.

        Sorry to gush, I’m just a great admirer of good lighting and color. Most folks don’t put in the time on details like that.

  • CocoaNutCakery

    I see that Ina has switched into Maximum Overbitch.

    • Kid Chaos

      It’s just her Tsundere-ness showing; she’s still struggling against her feelings for Yori. 😍

      • CocoaNutCakery

        Having experienced this sort of bullshit first-hand for years and only a few months ago recognized how abusive and unhealthy it was (freeing myself of the “tsundere” in my life), I have little patience for this excuse. It’s just her character, yes. But her character is an arrogant, abusive bitch. That’s all I’m saying.

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          I’m glad you got out of a bad relationship! I barely understand what exactly tsundere is, but Ina’s not actually angry here, which will be apparent on the next page. I also don’t think Ina’s all that abusive, she throws a lot of compliments at Yori, and her insults are more joking than cutting. But she does have some growing to do in terms of her ability to take criticism and accept outcomes she doesn’t like.

          • Xinef

            Her mother too has some growing to do 😛

          • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

            WHATCHOO SAYIN’ BOUT MY MOTHER??

          • Kid Chaos

            In the meantime, can we get the group moving back to the front lines? We’ve got a war to escalate stop! 👿

          • CocoaNutCakery

            My point here is this: She is free to make snide remarks about someone that she supposedly has feelings for. Yet the mere implication that she is not utterly beyond all others, the implication that she’s human, provokes a reaction from her that sends Cho fleeing. That’s a pretty Maximum Overbitch situation, don’t you think?

          • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

            Point taken. Ina’s unreasonable anger probably is not the best trope we could fall back on for a punch line.

          • CocoaNutCakery

            My point was not to disparage the writing or the character design. Her behavior in this fits with her character, and her character design is realistic. My point was more to criticize the character herself, if that makes sense.

          • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

            Welll, you know what they say, “You can please all of the people some of the time, but you can please most of the people from time to time.” Wait, I think I got that wrong…

          • Kid Chaos

            “You can fool some of the people some of the time, and jerk the rest off.”–Abraham Lincoln (aka Robin Williams) 😜

          • Xinef

            Though I think it’s important to remember that Cho and Yori also overreact. I mean, she’s just glaring at them. Just because her reaction sends Cho fleeing speaks as much about her as it speaks about Cho. If I were to avoid every girl glaring at me wouldn’t mean that every girl is overbitching.

            What I mean is, to judge her personality in an unbiased way, we’d need to see her interaction with someone who reacts reasonably. I doubt their reaction here is reasonable.

  • RazorD9

    For a blind guy, Cho see’s many things.

    • Kalrakh

      Because he is blind, he gets less distracted. Our sight is probably a sense that fools us more often than it really helps. 😀

      • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

        Your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them! (Yeah, I’m quoting Star Wars, it’s what I do.)

        • Kid Chaos

          Let go of your conscious self and act on instinct. 😎

    • Leo

      The question is, does Cho, in contrast, have any spots that AREN’T blind?

  • Sunwu

    Its really just a case of the blind leading the blind here. Ina’s eye for detail should never have been questioned but Yori and Cho were too short sighted to see where she was going with that comment and then got blind sided. However Matrix should be proud of her pupils for learning so much so fast. Their eye-hand coordination has really improved

    • Xinef

      Eye see what you did tharrr.

  • Arkantos

    Please tell me she’s not going to be THAT petty.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Worry not! She’s not as angry as she lets on, which will be apparent in the next page.

      • Kid Chaos

        Oooh, spoiler alert! 😎

  • Hfar

    You get back here Cho! There are still trees that be pining for your gentle touch!

  • Da’Zlein

    Hey Kids! Can anyone guess why would Cho be leaving?

    Is it:
    He has 360 degree senses and is offended at the implication of blind spots
    He is blind and doesn’t want to associate with anyone who talks about blind spots
    He recognizes that a chewing out is about to occur and doesn’t want to get involved
    He decided he needs to figure out more difficult phrases since Yori is figuring them out
    His arms are just tired

    Decide your response, answers coming next week! Or never! Maybe we’ll just leave you to debate online forever!

    • Xinef

      Because the Tao wishes him to do it!
      (apparently Tao likes comedic relief)

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