186: Console Lines

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Console Lines
If I get a Wii, it will be the first game console I've owned.
Title text: If I get a Wii, it will be the first game console I've owned.

[edit] Explanation

This comic relates to video game consoles. At that time, there were three major products competing: the Playstation 3 by Sony, the Xbox 360 by Microsoft and the Wii by Nintendo. When a game console gets released, fans are often waiting outside the stores or camping on the pavement. The comic shows such a console camp and points out the differences between the fan communities. While the fans waiting in line for a Sony or Microsoft product are very rude, the Nintendo fans are apologetic and try to comfort those who arrived too late to obtain a package. The cliché that Nintendo fans are nicer and more polite may be attributed to the fact that the Wii is targeted at children and families while the PS3 and the Xbox are targeted at the "serious gamer" crowd.

The title text primarily expresses Randall's distance from the console wars while also indicating an inclination towards the Nintendo Wii.

[edit] Transcript

Fans turning away latecomers to all-night game console campouts:
Sony/Microsoft:
Cueball: The line is full, asshole! Fuck off!
Nintendo:
Cueball: I'm so sorry, all the consoles are spoken for.
Cueball: Do... Do you want a hug?
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