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April 2nd, 2008

Theory of Evolution

TimFor a last-minute, one-panel comic, this was probably more work for Ray than we thought it would be (what else is new). This is one of those comics that’s funny in a “oh, that’s pretty cool” sort of way, not so much an “LOL!!!” type of funny. There were a lot of different characters considered for our progression, but I think our final version works alright. Any changes you would make to our progression?

RayThis comic became more trouble than we originally thought it would. Hopefully you guys still enjoy it.

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64 Comments

  1. I love the concept and the idea behind it, but for the life of me, I cannot place the caveman dude. Nice job.

  2. dr. game says:

    I always have to read your comics twice to get then but I like that and this wold be funny to my frind who is the bigest halo fan ever

  3. Baka says:

    Great comic, but the last one should be Professor Layton.

  4. Dragonblader1 says:

    Electroplankton thingy, Cheep Cheep, Frogger, Ivysaur, Donkey Kong, some caveman… I have no idea who that is… is it like Bonk or someone obscure like that who no one knows?, Link, Master Chief.

    You’re missing the part where Master Chief evolves into [spoiler]Tabuu[/spoiler]

  5. lwelyk says:

    Caveman is Bonk I believe. Good comic.

  6. Andrew says:

    NCG!!

    Random cave dude should totally be in a video game some day!

  7. Phil says:

    I would have liked to see Megaman but oh well.

  8. VFDroid says:

    I’m pretty sure the caveman is Bonk. Great comic, guys! I think I might use it as my desktop wallpaper… :mrgreen:

  9. Saturn2888 says:

    I’d have to say this is the first one I really didn’t like. I think having all Nintendo and going up to Master Chief is like a shot at Nintendo saying they’re at the lower end of the evolutionary cycle. Going from DK to Link was cool, but ending w/ Master Chief? Why not Samus? The whole thing is influenced by males. Ending w/ a female, especially a Nintendo one, would spice it up a bit.

  10. Tim says:

    Kevin,
    There was some thought as to doing it all Mario, but the progression didn’t seem right. It’s actually not all Nintendo even without Master Chief as Bonk and Frogger are not Nintendo characters. But Samus WAS a consideration for the final ‘futuristic’ character. It’s funny because the idea for this comic ‘evolved’ a lot. I’ll share more about it in our next podcast.

  11. Metacore says:

    Needs more “Right here, right now” (by Fatboy Slim).

    Here you go:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=R795KiMD4zs

  12. Dave says:

    any chance of getting that as a desktop?
    cause that would be really rad

  13. Echo says:

    HOW DARE YOU PUT LINK BEHIND MASTER CHEIF!

    No seriously, what were you thinking?

  14. Chris says:

    I’d have used J.C. Denton instead of Master Chief. Much cooler.

    Perhaps Chuck Rock or the Lost Vikings in place of whatever that thing is in the ‘early man’ spot, too.

  15. Hubert says:

    Nice comic, this one could be a version 1 and you could really do other version or a part 2.

    Would be nice.

    But that’s just my opinion.

  16. Defenestrator2.0 says:

    HOW DARE YOU PUT LINK BEHIND MASTER CHEIF!
    No seriously, what were you thinking?

    Um, because Master Chief is taller than Link? He’s about seven feet tall, if I’m not mistaken. (I could be wrong, but it’s no less than six.)

  17. Troy says:

    I thought this was a good comic until Master Chief. Maybe in the next one you could have Mario come in and stomp him.

  18. Tristan says:

    Electroplankton (a Hanenbow to be precise)
    -into-
    Cheep Cheep
    -into-
    Frogger
    -into-
    Ivysaur
    -into-
    Donkey Kong
    -into-
    Some caveman guy everyone seems to think is named Bonk
    -into-
    Link
    -into-
    Master Chief (I know, it should be Mario/Tabuu/J.C.Denton standing there and I agree with those who came up with those ideas)

  19. tustin says:

    HOW DARE YOU PUT LINK BEHIND MASTER CHEIF!
    No seriously, what were you thinking?

    Ummm… because Link has a sword and shield like a medieval knight and Master Chief has a spacesuit, guns, and has encountered aliens?! MAYBE?!

  20. tustin says:

    And actually (sorry about double post) I think Tabuu is more of a God-like character than a super-advanced human being. After all, he basically flapped his psychedelic wings and everyone died/turned into trophies. (Did he appear in any other game besides Brawl?)

    This would mean that Brawl is being sacreligious!! THEY’RE KILLING A GOD!!! A mean and evil one… but still… :)

  21. RD says:

    No PS love at all? I’m sure you could’ve fit Solid Snake, Kratos, Sephiroth or Crash Bandicoot in there somewhere.

  22. FrikaC says:

    You know you’re old when you recognize Bonk right off but you have to look in the comments & use google to find out what the Pokemon is.

  23. Ascended_Shinigami says:

    At first, I didn’t get it, I thought you were implying that Halo is better than LoZ. but then I noticed that each character fits almost perfectly with the famous Evolution poster. NCG.

  24. Ascended_Shinigami says:

    Sorry for double post, but anything involving [spoiler]Tabuu[/spoiler] should be in a spoiler tag.

  25. Ascended_Shinigami says:

    On an unrelated note, does anyone know how to customize an avatar?

  26. Rich says:

    funny idea, though it seems a bit nintendo-weighted. What was the 1st character? personally I would have put pacman or a space invader in the water. Also, there’s no human. we go from elf to superhuman but I’m probably overthinking this a bit.

  27. Tim says:

    Ascended_Shinigami,
    Go to Gravatar.com and create a free account using the same email address you use to leave comments here. This site will read the image you choose for your avatar on gravatar.

  28. Yasumy says:

    Is that where evolution ended? Damn it, maybe I should go back in time…

  29. dj75728 says:

    I think Master Chief should evolve in into Sonic. And then Sonic into Wolf-Sonic :mrgreen: .

  30. jadenguy says:

    joe and/or mac. or perhaps master higgins.

  31. Dragonblader1 says:

    Also, apparently Tim evolves into Ray, what I wanna know is at what level this happens. My Tim’s level is currently 39.

  32. Ema says:

    I disagree with this, putting Master Chief in there just ruined everything. Why do people think a dumb green power ranger fps game that is the same old thing as the other FPS except u get to play a gay ass ranger is all cool?

  33. Wow, that many gamers don’t recognize Bonk?

  34. Freddy says:

    Somewhere after bonk you should have put Zonk in there, I would have loved that.

  35. JWatts says:

    Bonk was pretty obvious to me, from the Adventures of Bonk on the TurboGraphix-16 and PC Engine in Japan. I think this is a great comic too

  36. Yeah and... says:

    This is way cool from an evolutionary stand point but maybe… like a game evolution from first game to newest era, side by side with human evo joke ya know like… maybe we did it wrong lol, i mean it’d go lil dot from Pong, then like pacman then some aquatic thing i’m unsure of then like dk and so on until it gets to current games, they were’n't in evo. order and that’d be funny next to how we did it i think, just an idea great comic btw keep em comin u rock

  37. dj75728 says:

    I disagree with this, putting Master Chief in there just ruined everything. Why do people think a dumb green power ranger fps game that is the same old thing as the other FPS except u get to play a gay ass ranger is all cool?

    Calm down man, and please keep the language family friendly ^_^ .

  38. Tim says:

    My initial thought WAS to do a literal evolution from Pong to GTA, but the look of it wouldn’t have worked well.

  39. Ajvizzgamer101 says:
    HOW DARE YOU PUT LINK BEHIND MASTER CHEIF!
    No seriously, what were you thinking?

    Um, because Master Chief is taller than Link? He’s about seven feet tall, if I’m not mistaken. (I could be wrong, but it’s no less than six.)

    Thats not why, its because Zelda timeline takes place way before Halo.

  40. Ajvizzgamer101 says:

    Anyway, why isn’t their a present time characters like Mario or GTA guy.

    I mean it goes from Medieval times to the future. Nothing of this day!

  41. Bob Ogel says:

    nice touch with the hannenbrow

  42. Tristan says:

    i liked RD’s idea that it should be Snake at the end, i think that would work. plus, according to his brawl trophy, as best as i can remember, he has an IQ of 180, and is a master of 6 lanugauges. I dont think master cheif can claim as much.

    on a side note, my freind cooper is making a little brawl video and he sent me a copy of the script. hopefully, when it’s done he’ll upload it onto youtube or something. Cooper is doing the voice of Snake. thats why i thought of it, with all the talk bout snake.

    Snake! SNAAAAAAAKE!!!

  43. Tarpo says:

    Without looking at the comments I wonder how many people have whined about how they aren’t in order or just hate that Bonk is in there.

  44. TMK says:

    scratch master cheif and put mario and then R.O.B, my opinion at least

  45. Andrew says:

    Bonk is ok, but you should definitely switch Master Chief out for Samus.

    Also, they should change Harry Potter so Dumbledore lives, and in the Lord of the Rings it would be good if Frodo could have a horse for his trip to Mordor. Then they should re-release Memento with everything in the right order, and maybe the Marx Brothers could change Duck Soup so that Mussolini likes it.

  46. Nikolas says:

    I like it … But where’s Mario?

  47. tustin says:

    Bonk is ok, but you should definitely switch Master Chief out for Samus.
    Also, they should change Harry Potter so Dumbledore lives, and in the Lord of the Rings it would be good if Frodo could have a horse for his trip to Mordor. Then they should re-release Memento with everything in the right order, and maybe the Marx Brothers could change Duck Soup so that Mussolini likes it.

    What did you say, Andrew? You had your tounge stuck so so firmly in your cheek that no one will understand what your saying! :)
    (Translation: Nice Comment.) And yes, there are way too many people whining about this comic. NCG!!!

  48. Maria says:

    I think the Cave boy should be replaced by Garfield.

  49. lwelyk says:

    I think everyone is being a little whiny.

  50. Saturn2888 says:

    Kevin,
    There was some thought as to doing it all Mario, but the progression didn’t seem right. It’s actually not all Nintendo even without Master Chief as Bonk and Frogger are not Nintendo characters. But Samus WAS a consideration for the final ‘futuristic’ character. It’s funny because the idea for this comic ‘evolved’ a lot. I’ll share more about it in our next podcast.

    Works for me.

  51. tom says:

    well i liked it!
    everyones being a bit too nintendo loving, moaning that master chief is in it and what not
    i spose the guys are trying to open up to a more general audience not just ninty, so stop moaning

    and yes despite saying this i like ninty the most

  52. firebelly says:

    could you upload a wallpaper of it to put in the extras section

  53. Jon M. says:

    I looked at this for a few minutes and cannot think of any other way that it would logically progress then the way it is now. Good job, guys. As always, I love your work. Thanks for making the comics.

  54. vincecult says:

    i think link should have nubby elbows

  55. george says:

    must… have.. tshirt

    Please email me if I can make on on cafepress or something. I won’t add any profit to it.

  56. Pascal says:

    COOOOL, finally the WP is on. btw: i still think the guy from crysis would have been a better choice as last chara… but i understand your choice, would have been tough because it wouldn’t have fitted in, because it’s hard to get him cartoonish.

  57. Ragna-Rok says:

    Seriously? Only about four people here have ever heard of Bonk (Otherwise known as B.C. Kid)? If you have’nt ever played the awsome Turbographix games starring him (Bonk, Bonk 2, Air Zonk!!!!!!!, Super Air Zonk) and you own a Wii then for goram sakes download them(At least Air Zonk!). They’re like a fiver apiece and the Bonk series is a really solid and fun platformer. I can’t say enough about Air Zonk because it happens to be my second favorite side scrolling SHMUP because it’s so crazy and awsome.

  58. wayne says:

    I’m seeing to much fanboy’s around here xd
    by the way exelent comic I really like your job =)

  59. duduman56 says:

    who da caveman???????????????

  60. alexander the great says:

    i can’t believe so many people can’t recognize Bonk. if you don’t know who he is you should find a way to play Bonk’s Adventure. the game is the pinnacle of the head-butting platform genre.
    check the wikipedia site for further info
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonk's_Adventure

  61. Sorceror says:

    All this talk about switching Master Chief for Samus or Mario … here’s my 2 cents as a casual gamer:
    1) Samus is short (Mario is shorter). It wouldn’t work with the line.
    2) To me, this line could be interpreted roughly in terms of graphics development/technology (in this case I think Link’s a bit out of place).
    3) This is so important that it requires its own lines below. Like it or not, Master Chief represents Halo. That’s:

    Halo: COMBAT EVOLVED.

  62. nathan says:

    This is awesome, and can be made so much better. After link – mario -> Dr. Gordan Freeman -> master chief -> Samus

  63. yeah568 says:

    That logo was awesome – placing Tim behind Ray. :D

  64. Mirby says:

    If that Electroplankton is Hanenbow, then you have a slight inadvertent Brawl reference. Also, this could be a good gamer test.

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