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The Zapper!: "GU pays a visit."
Posted: Monday June 5th, 2006 by

It never fails to amuse me that, when I upset someone, they invariably tell me GU is dying. They let me know that everyone hates the forums and that all my readers are leaving. All because I editted one of their posts, or made fun of their race/class in an MMO.

For some reason these folks believe that everyone else thinks like they do. It's exactly the kind of mindset we're fighting with anti-gaming crusaders. They hate videogames so they believe everyone else does or should too.

Well, I'll be honest, I get emails and PMs almost every day from people telling me they appreciate the friendly environment the tight Forum rules generate. And every couple of weeks someone contacts me to ask if they can adopt my rules on their own sites.

And as far as "my readers leaving" goes, the stats package reports show a slow, but steady increase in unique visitors. So, if I am losing my readers, new ones are showing up to take their place, and, appparently, are bringing their friends with them.

And, in a somewhat related topic, it's not uncommon that someone actually blames me for games/companies hitting the Zapper. I guess they feel that GU strips, that are less than glowing, negatively influence current and potential clients alike. I don't know if that's true. But, if GU could actually impact a game's numbers to the point that it could result in the company closing the game, then their product wasn't really strong enough to survive on the market in the first place.

A third little tangent to the comic is me constantly saying stuff like "I'm going to get a real job". But the truth is, GU IS a real job. And, for the most part, I enjoy it. I wish I had a good writer so all I had to do is draw, but hey... that's the breaks right?

Besides, I can't shelve the comic and move on yet. I still have too many GU related projects I'm working on... like the site redesign with a bigger comic, a new search engine I'm working on that I'll be implementing tomorrow, new database plans that will help me more effectively update the site, and several big projects that I can't talk about just yet, but I think you guys will get a kick out of.

So no. GU isn't any where near the Zapper right now.

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UPDATE:
I updated the comic graphics to zoom in closer to the flies.

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