48 "Breaktime"
January 06, 2011

How do you make a hilarious webcomic? It's easier than you may think. All you have to do is steal a joke from an old strip of a webcomic that is immeasurably more popular than your own comic will ever be. Apologies to Anthony Clark for this bastardization.

Super Meat Boy is probably the most unforgiving game I've played in a long time. Or at least that I can remember. If you haven't heard of it, it's a platforming game that requires you to weave through a stage of immediately fatal obstacles. You don't have health; instead, if you touch something that hurts you, you just die. The game gives you an unlimited number of tries on every stage, and that's definitely a good thing, since a lot of the levels involve a certain degree of trial and error. Many of the stages--especially the later ones--are very delicate procedures that you must pull off just right or not at all. Luckily, it's just as fun as it is challenging, and it's easy to lose yourself in the game for hours at a time. Until your thumbs hurt from holding down the run button and also pressing the jump button for those hours. I played to the point of performance-hindering discomfort two days ago, and I can still kind of feel it lingering there in my thumb, mocking me in my desire to play more Meat Boy.

Damn you, thumb.