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In fact, Fumio’s pettiness is LEGENDARY status.

I was really jonesing for a puzzle game, so I picked up The Witness. I regretted it after about four hours because it is insanely obtuse and I started looking up answers to puzzles. I figure after you start looking up answers to puzzles out of frustration, you probably aren’t enjoying a puzzle game very much! The game itself treats its puzzles like a language, with the basic rules being imparted to you through simple puzzles, and then the rules for different sets of puzzles get compounded in to more complex puzzles.

It’s all great in theory, but I ran into a series of puzzles where I solved about four into the set having no idea how I solved them or what the rules were. After re-solving them about a dozen times while slowly and methodically trying to determine what exactly the patterns where to signify the rules of the puzzles, I gave up and just looked it up. I know there are a lot of people who love this game, and I tend to love puzzle games too, But THIS game, well, maybe you’re suppose to sleep on it a bunch when you get stuck, I dunno. I do like the philosophy on display in The Witness, though! Notably this short movie (which I came across early in the game, so it’s not really a spoiler.) Maybe I’ll just cheat-guide my way through the tough puzzles for my own sanity so I can finish the game. Life’s too short to get frustrated over video games, after all!

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  • Chris Kotthoff

    … he must wear that helmet to protect the soft spot on his head.

  • charles81

    VAGRANT!
    Sticks and stones may break my bones but… Oh wait… Your fists can break my bones 👊😲☠⚰

    • Sunwu

      You mean like the web-comic hark a vagrant available now in book form for only $19.99??

      • charles81

        No, I mean $19.95+shipping

        • Sunwu

          $19.95+Shipping?! What a deal!!!! At such a good price you could pass on the savings and buy NN4B volumes 1&2 now

          • charles81

            No, because they are unavailable 😢

          • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

            If you want Volumes 1 or 2, email Joe (jwkovell(at)gmail.com). Dunno why Hiveworks’ store says it’s sold out. We’ve got plenty of copies ourselves!

    • Kid Chaos
      • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

        Totes bought that and love it.

        • Kid Chaos

          I got the hardcover from my local library, then checked out the comic online. :)

    • http://rhr.thecomicseries.com Bree

      At least words alone aren’t enough to break bones?

  • okamitora

    For a couple of robbers turned retainers to cunning lords with strong ties to ninjas… these two are terrible liars.

    • Turul

      They must be used to just hitting people really hard and taking their stuff. Then pretending to be peaceful travellers to avoid authorities.

      “We’re just peaceful travellers! Do you believe us? IF NOT… *shake weapons* “

      • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

        They don’t like to over complicate things.

  • Pumpkin_Cake

    Aww, they consider Cho a friend? That’s kinda cute.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Everyone’s a friend to Fujio!

      • Xinef

        And now two of Fujio’s monk friends will try to kill another of his monk friends. Eh, can’t have too many monk friends, can you?

      • Flaming Squirrel

        Every farmer is a friend, and every farm is a home! Their opinion on the subject is irrelevant.

        • Xinef

          FAAAARMEEEERS!

  • clogboy

    As puzzle games go, I really enjoyed Monument Valley. It employs Escherian spatial logic to get your character from A to B. It’s something you’ll finish in a day though.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      I enjoyed monument valley too! Way too short, unfortunately, even with the DLC.

  • Sunwu

    Mmmm I wanna Craft more Stuff for NN4B …..Maybe I should do Wu’s box next… but there’s no cool designs on it that Make it distinct
    Guess I’ll have to wait until something else cool is drawn *Siiiigh*

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      That is my failing as an artistic visionary! NN4B’s character designs are over a decade and a half old, and I kinda regret making them so simple.

      • http://rhr.thecomicseries.com Bree

        Well there’s nothing stopping you from, in theory, pulling a George Lucas and fundamentally changing their design without so much as a word of notice to the fans, just in this case for the sake of making something more complex and cool.

        …And more subtly, there’s a lot of control available to webcomic creators in that if they write the plot, they can write what happens…including the chance for a wardrobe change, giving an in-universe reason for the update rather than an out-of-universe retcon.

        • Xinef

          Or they can do it the good ol’ way. First tetcon things without explanation, and then when people complain add a mention that “it happened between episodes”.

    • Xinef

      Craft the inside of the box, and let the Tao lead your path. Or something. Tao rewards creativity. With cheeseburgers.

  • Flaming Squirrel

    “Well, that is unfortunate. If you ever happen to see them again, please tell them we’re looking for them. And going to kill them. Have a good day!”

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      You looked at the script!

      • Flaming Squirrel

        You are mistaken, sir. I AM THE SCRIPT!

        • Xinef

          You are the writing on the wall!

  • IDPounder

    Brother Wu has very, very large fists. I tend to listen very politely to people whose fists occupy over 1/3 the volume of my head.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Sage advice!

  • Kid Chaos

    In other news, I have finally been turned on to Gunnerkrigg Court; it’s so weird, I love it. 😍

    • Znayx

      About time!
      Seriously it’s awesome. And the art gets better… super sexy. Have fun on the wild ride! :)

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