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December 3rd, 2008

Oil Panic

TimI’m a big Game & Watch fan, so I’m glad we’ve finally done a Game & Watch comic! I never owned Oil Panic, but I still own my Mario Bros. G&W from when I was about 6 years old and it works great. My brother and I would play it on long car rides, him controlling Luigi and me controlling Mario. I’m not sure how something so simple kept us so entertained, but it sure was great fun. I’ve found a couple more G&W games at garage sales that I snatched up, but at the prices they go for on eBay, I doubt I’ll get many more. For those that don’t know what OPEC is or haven’t noticed that filling up your gas tank costs about half what it did six months ago, you probably didn’t understand the comic, so my apologies! Finally, we do know that the pixels shown aren’t true to the original G&W LCD screens, so for the record, this is the Game Boy remake which DID have pixels. Ha!

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37 Comments

  1. hydrocow says:

    lol great comic guys. not one of your best but still great. just so you know at lest one person gets it.

  2. MetaRidleyR27 says:

    Took me a minute to get it, but nice comic guys! Oh, and the logo is awesome. :)

  3. roadjcat says:

    Sorry, not much to say about this one other than NCG. :D Actually, maybe I have more to say. Well, I laughed, that’s for sure, and the art is really spiffy.

  4. Gadoink says:

    Its simplicity it part of what makes it awesome. Like Pong or something, its simple, but great. Even though its only one panel, it’s still really awesome. Great job! By the way… do I see SHADING around the edges of each ‘pixel’? Or am I just going crazy?

  5. NSBAceAttorney says:

    lol, that is hillarious!

  6. Rokai says:

    Awesome job with all the pixels. And nice joke too.

  7. FluffyPanda says:

    Its simplicity it part of what makes it awesome. Like Pong or something, its simple, but great. Even though its only one panel, it’s still really awesome. Great job! By the way… do I see SHADING around the edges of each ‘pixel’? Or am I just going crazy?

    You’re not crazy… the image is a jpg. Solid blocks of colour are not really friends of the almighty jpg. Png would probably have been a better choice.

    Or maybe Ray just thought that the jpg looked cool. I quite like the slightly blurry look it gives to the pixels actually, though I’d be interested to see what the original vector image looked like.

  8. lwelyk says:

    OMG. This is so brilliant. Ray, Tim. I love you. This is the best comic you’ve ever done. I want to have your babies.

  9. Tacos says:

    Like said above, simple yet brilliant. I second the wallpaper idea (it seems like you owe us a lot of wallpapers). Anyway, keep up the good work

  10. hyper says:

    OMG i’m laughing my A** off right now.
    PLZ PLZ PLZ PLZ WALLPAPER

  11. Ray says:

    You’re not crazy… the image is a jpg. Solid blocks of colour are not really friends of the almighty jpg. Png would probably have been a better choice.

    I did a few tweaks to the colors to make it more than just grayscale, so there actually are some subtle gradients of gold running through. You can notice this the most on the left half of the comic. The blurry pixels are probably because of JPG’ing it to death. You can thank Tim and his evil restrictions for that.

    Or maybe Ray just thought that the jpg looked cool. I quite like the slightly blurry look it gives to the pixels actually, though I’d be interested to see what the original vector image looked like.

    Although I have been known to do entire pixel artwork in Illustrator using vector squares, I actually did the entire comic in Photoshop this week. Is that a first for me on this site? Regardless, I’m not planning on doing this often. I’d like to keep our comics at least 95% vectors, and this time I was just more excited to click pixels…

  12. Ray says:

    I want to have your babies.

    I’m not sure I’m ready to have kids yet.

  13. D3vin says:
    I want to have your babies.

    I’m not sure I’m ready to have kids yet.

    Then how are you going to have the spinoff, 2P START: THE NEXT GENERATION ? It will star Your daughter, Rayline and Tim’s son, Tom. It’d be an instant hit!

    oh, ncg… (not that it really matters anymore)

  14. Dominator_101 says:

    Nice comic!

    It doesn’t look too bad as a jpeg. I hardly even noticed it. I’m guessing it was too big a file as a PNG? That stinks…

    And I love the logo this week!

  15. Mkava says:

    Awesome comics guys. Great art from Ray (as always) and a good joke from Tim.
    And yes, I was gonna complain about it being pixels until the Gameboy remake comment. xD
    Awesome title image this week as well.

  16. BulimicKoala says:
    I want to have your babies.

    I’m not sure I’m ready to have kids yet.

    When your ready I call seconds. Unless Tim is available

  17. steve-ohs says:

    I really like the comic. Great Job!!

    I have the G&W gallery game for GB, so I don’t have a problem with the pixels.. This makes me want to go play it now.

  18. Wow, very different from your average 2PSTART! comic (I mean that in a good way). I didn’t even realize I was at 2pstart.com until I saw Tim’s post below it. NCG.

  19. roadjcat says:

    Can we attempt to not be creepy for a couple of seconds? I understand it’s hard…but try.

    Honestly, the comic was really funny, but the Mario Kart Wii one is still my favorite.

  20. lwelyk says:
    I want to have your babies.

    I’m not sure I’m ready to have kids yet.

    When your ready I call seconds. Unless Tim is available

    I’m having Tim’s first as well. As soon as I eliminate Sarah that is.

    Okay I’m creeping myself out now. >_<

  21. CKcheeseboy says:

    Wow, very different from your average 2PSTART! comic (I mean that in a good way). I didn’t even realize I was at 2pstart.com until I saw Tim’s post below it. NCG.

    See, I realized as soon as I typed “2pstart.com” into my browser and hit “enter”, plus the giant “2P START!” logo (which I like this week) clued me in as well.

    …but that’s just me.

  22. Gadoink says:

    Or maybe Ray just thought that the jpg looked cool. I quite like the slightly blurry look it gives to the pixels actually, though I’d be interested to see what the original vector image looked like.

    yeah, i think it looks cool too ;-)
    and as to the ‘babies’ disscussion…. wtf?!

  23. ultimateDK says:

    Hey I work in NYC and all I hear about is how much we are stuck in some “dark times” and honestly its nice to take a lighthearted approach to it all, just like this comic. I totally love it.

    FYI Ray, I am listening to all the old podcasts for the first time, and as far as Sonic Unleashed goes, I think you might enjoy listening to your “present of future Christmas” gift to Tim at about 13 minutes into Episode 10.

  24. BulimicKoala says:

    I want to have your babies.

    I’m not sure I’m ready to have kids yet.

    When your ready I call seconds. Unless Tim is available

    I’m having Tim’s first as well. As soon as I eliminate Sarah that is.
    Okay I’m creeping myself out now. >_<

    Something has gone wrong in 2pstart’s comments. The awesomeness of Ray and Tim have turned us gay.

  25. Wow, very different from your average 2PSTART! comic (I mean that in a good way). I didn’t even realize I was at 2pstart.com until I saw Tim’s post below it. NCG.

    See, I realized as soon as I typed “2pstart.com” into my browser and hit “enter”, plus the giant “2P START!” logo (which I like this week) clued me in as well.
    …but that’s just me.

    Typing is so old school. Oh wait, I just typed that and this didn’t I? crap. ANYway, when I get home from work I go to my firefox bookmarks, go to my aptly named webcomics folder, and do ‘Open All in Tabs’. Like clockwork. Every day. No typing needed. Over a dozen webcomics appear, one of which is this one. Somehow, I’ve managed to train myself to ignore the top banners of most sites. Don’t know how. In fact, I usually don’t notice the new logo here until after the comic, after commenting, and after reading other comments, some of which complain about, or praise, the timeliness of said logo. =D

  26. CKcheeseboy says:
    See, I realized as soon as I typed “2pstart.com” into my browser and hit “enter”, plus the giant “2P START!” logo (which I like this week) clued me in as well.
    …but that’s just me.

    Typing is so old school. Oh wait, I just typed that and this didn’t I? crap. ANYway, when I get home from work I go to my firefox bookmarks, go to my aptly named webcomics folder, and do ‘Open All in Tabs’. Like clockwork. Every day. No typing needed. Over a dozen webcomics appear, one of which is this one. Somehow, I’ve managed to train myself to ignore the top banners of most sites. Don’t know how. In fact, I usually don’t notice the new logo here until after the comic, after commenting, and after reading other comments, some of which complain about, or praise, the timeliness of said logo. =D

    OK, I actually have to give you that one then. For me, this is the only one I check on Wednesdays that doesn’t update at or close to midnight (EST), so I usually check the rest before bed and have to wait until during the day for this. I also usually check at school if I have a chance between classes, so no bookmarks for me there.

    And I understand the top banner thing. Pretty much 90% of sites use that for ad space, and the ones that don’t have the same banner all the time, so there’s no need to look at it every time.

    But anyway, I guess I stand corrected.

  27. billtodamax says:

    ncg, though this really does need to be a wallpaper.

  28. Oliver Strano says:

    Great comic guys! I also love game and watches. My favourite is the mario cement factory release. In general, great work, with that nice almost sadronic undercurrent of humour I’ve come to expect. Keep it up.

  29. Oliver Strano says:

    sadronic.

    Typo – Sardonic.

  30. Pstar says:

    u should make a before and after comic about the same theme, this guys some months ago where abusing of us with high gas prices.

  31. Gadoink says:
    sadronic.

    Typo – Sardonic.

    btw, 5 minutes after you post something, you can edit it. so take that type to check for typos in the future, instead of having to make a new post. kthxbye

  32. CKcheeseboy says:
    sadronic.

    Typo – Sardonic.

    btw, 5 minutes after you post something, you can edit it. so take that type to check for typos in the future, instead of having to make a new post. kthxbye

    And by that you mean “take that ‘TIME’ to check for typos” :P

  33. Ray says:

    FYI Ray, I am listening to all the old podcasts for the first time, and as far as Sonic Unleashed goes, I think you might enjoy listening to your “present of future Christmas” gift to Tim at about 13 minutes into Episode 10.

    Great catch, ultimateDK. Very funny to listen to that now. Good thing I emphasized ‘..but actually make it good’.

  34. Gadoink says:

    sadronic.

    Typo – Sardonic.

    btw, 5 minutes after you post something, you can edit it. so take that type to check for typos in the future, instead of having to make a new post. kthxbye

    And by that you mean “take that ‘TIME’ to check for typos”

    doh.
    how’s that for irony?
    but yes, that’s what i meant to say…

  35. Mirby says:

    This is great! How do you win?

  36. 2pPunch!! says:

    You guys need to “Rise From Your Gays”

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