JEFBOT.268_Out of Reachon August 24, 2010 at 12:40 am
Oh, how little jefbot has learned since buying Halo 3, uh, can it really be three years ago!? Or not. Just like I decided back then, I think I’m going to split the difference between the $150 Legendary Edition and $60 Regular Edition, and just get the $80 Limited Edition, which doesn’t come with the 10 pound statue, but does have the classified documents and its own custom packaging. Of course, I might just buy the game by itself this time. Like the Cornfather said in today’s strip: I generally look at all the limited edition stuff the first day, then put it on a shelf or pack it up, never to really engage with it again. Kind of getting tired of that. Either means I’m getting older or the marketing machine isn’t working on me as much these days. I’d like to think it’s the latter.
Against all odds, we’ve made it to the semi-finals of the TGT Tournament, all because of your votes! This means that out of FIFTY other webcomic interviews, you’ve pushed JEFbot into the FINAL EIGHT! I’m seriously blown away by all the support you readers have shown this webcomic during the tourney, and only ask that you keep doing what you’ve been doing. We’re a little behind right now but I feel the BOT ARMY can post a few more numbers before this tournament is over on Saturday. Remember, you can vote once a day, every day this week, so go back and vote the rest of the week if you’re feeling it. Again, thanks for all the votes you guys have been posting. That we’ve progressed this far is already a victory!
Me first? Oh evil me, did I spoil the Happy Dance?
WOW! you posted “first” in under a minute of the strip going up, Rod Lane, and so you are bestowed the spectacular spectacles of firstness this time!
Sorry – you can have my Spectacles of Firstness, if you want 🙁
You are a worthy opponent.
I’ve been up since 05:30 this morning so the constant refreshing kinda gace me something to do – as did the QC ustream. It’s now 08:47 and time to get a cup of tea and think about breakfast.
Honourable mention to EvilStepQueen who tried to stay up but was defeated at 03:30.
gotta give you a hand though, AdM! you were the FIRST “firster” to get the spectacles THREE TIMES IN A ROW!!! that’s just amazing! 😀
looks like Rod’s got some ninja mojo goin’ on, too.
I’ll always have that ^_^
Yes, the Force is strong with this one. I guess I’ll have to go back to Dagoba and return when my training is complete.
Easier for me – it’s 08:45 here and I had my Comment already in my cut & paste buffer. Took underhand planning to beat you!
Fellow Brit, then?
Yeah, so Britain rules for FOUR consecutive spectacles of firstness. Jeff really needs to post these strips earlier to give the USA a better chance!!!
ha! or later, RL! maybe i should post ’em at 9am pacific time once in a while. 😉
WTH?! Don’t you people sleep?! 5:30 AM? There’s a 5:30 AM?! My BADness….
The only pattern to my “sleeping pattern” is that it is consistently inconsistent. Sometimes I’m asleep half the day, sometimes I can’t get more than 4 hours. Sometimes I’m noctural, sometimes I’m an early bird. I never know which it’s going to be until it happens. Good thing I don’t have to work or anything, really. I suppose…
I know it’s the game that counts, but the other stuff’s so COOL!!!!
Poor Jefbot taking on such difficult decisions and the Cornfather just doesn’t get it. I love the concentration on JB’s face, he’s obviously taking this very seriously.
Still, cool as things may be, I think I must be too old for 22 ’cause I tend to pine over the thing that’s more awesome but actually get the least costly version. I’ve actually had arguements with boyfriends in the past about whether I should buy things or not; I don’t mind them buying things for themselves but things bought for me are a waste of money. I actually got upset the last time I was given flowers. Yeah, I’m not a real girl :/
Seeing as we are the only people talking at the moment I have to agree about the ‘cool stuff’. Back in VHS days I often bought the special edition tapes with all the extras and the bigger box, until I realised I never watched or did anything with the extras and they never fitted on my shelves. However, at 54, I think I am now regressing; not only am I taking part in Spectacle of Firstness Jousts but I have recently started a small collection of figures and models from my fav SF TV shows & films (movies). Well I suppose it may be a boy thing?
Ahhhh, VHS! I should raid my mum’s loft at some point. I’m sure we’ve got some old Star Trek box sets up there…
Don’t get me wrong, though; I really do want the cool things and the presents, but I can’t justify the money being spent on non-necessities. Despite trying to be sensible with my funds, I never seem to have much let over – anyone else find that?
i think the lack of funds is just the way of things, AdM. but being sensible never hurts! 🙂
i bought those VHS special collections and boxes too, Rod Lane! i also still have a TON of LaserDiscs which i rarely ever watch anymore, either. glad to hear you’re regressing, even if i think i’m headed the other direction. i’m seriously thinking of selling off some of my toys and books. not to say i won’t buy new things, but i’m reevaluating all this stuff i’ve hoarded away in boxes for decades. 😛
Oh yes AND I’m addicted to Twitter!
I came late to Twitter. I was finally persuaded by my deep admiration (bordering on worship) of Stephen Fry. Now I’ve always got a tab open for Twitter. It’s ‘internet stalking’ made easy! ^_^
Of course, it backfired when a friend made me tweet “Dear @jefbot I love you forever & want your babies” – the words “I dare you” are one of my biggest weaknesses. Revenge is a dish best served EVIL and I shall get them back! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! *ahem* Sorry.
agreed: Stephen Fry is WAAAAAAY awesome. just saying.
and as far as that tweet goes, AdM, i saw nothing wrong with it then and i see nothing wrong with it now. what’s wrong with love? 😉 (let me know when and how you get your revenge.)
I’m kind of the same way with the whole Flowers thing. I love them, but they really are a waste of money for something that is going to just die in a few days. A plant on the other hand is AWESOME! Roses especially. They tend to be my fave.
I can see the point in plants. Personally, I prefer if they’re functional too – medicinal or edible. Maybe it’s my inner witch, or I just love Granny Weatherwax a little too much.
it’s true, Angela della Muerta, the other stuff IS so cool!!! i really wouldn’t mind that 10-pound statue of the Halo gang, but really – i can’t even remember the last time i looked at the art book i got with the last Gears of War game or the locking safety deposit box i got with GTAIV.
and as long as you pine for the “thing” but then get the cheaper version, i think you’re getting the best of both worlds since you’ve obsessed about it enough to have it seared into your brain without actually having it around.
no need for flowers or chocolates or fluffy things? your boyfriends must love you. 😉
Hmmm… When Starcraft 2 came out I was going to order retail copy with all starcraft books. And then I found out they dont do retail here so I had to go with digital download…
Still, thinking about things is good, as long as you choose for yourself.
We need to vote more! Jefbot is paired up with Legend of Bill, and thats a big fanbase!
i haven’t gotten Starcraft 2 yet, Maryz – i need to knock a few games off my “to play” list before i do that, but i hear it’s amazing. what do you think of it so far?
and re: votes. thanks and yes! JEFbot only has like, 37% of the vote right now! we must defeat Bill! 😀
Starcraft 2 is awesome man! First game had a special feeling to it, that its realy two giants in a playground with us small people caught in the middle thats kinda missing now and Karrigans voice actress kinda isnt up to par with others – also I miss Dragoons but those things are so small overall they dont matter that much. Starcraft 2 ROCKS!
You are welcome.
aww, man – i was hoping you were going to say something like, “it’s just okay. no need to get it right away.” i have a friend at Blizzard who may be getting a call from me sooner than later, now… 😛
if we remember not to far back..jefbot was trapped under a huge pile of crap..i mean…collectables! just go with the game.
good point, t_d. fear of that possibility could be why i’ve been thinking of getting rid of some of my stuff, lately.
additional stuff would just clutter the place. buy just what you need.
…now, the word ‘need’… that’s pretty flexible… xD
true, Jaeh. did i really need the Big Daddy model that came with the limited edition of the original Bioshock? yes. yes i did.
Oye! *raises hand* yeah…I’m guilty of the whole *I need it cause it’s awesome and I will die without it!!!!!” ploy. I have tons of stuff in boxes that is “Awesome” but I really have no use for. Like my Todd McFarlane Gene Simmons Dolls. Still in the packaging….They look neat on a shelf.
Jeff, if you remember me telling you about a movie called Trick R Treat? Yeah…I almost bought a BluRay player especially for that movie because the BluRay had all the special features….I feel your consternation.
Love the look on Jeff and CF’s faces.
love trick R treat! it’s the pulp fiction of the halloween movies!
FINALLY someone else who has heard of it other than the fans on Myspace!
My new favorite Halloween Movie. Trick R Treat is THAT amazing.
“the pulp fiction of the halloween movies” is high praise, t_d! i GOTTA see this movie!!!
i have SOOOO many Todd McFarlane toys boxed up too, Pixie! was obsessed with the Akira and Spawn Manga lines for a while, not to mention some of the Tenchi and Dark Ages figures, but while i’ll definitely keep the Akira stuff, i think i’m ready to let go of the other toys at this point.
i still haven’t seen Trick R Treat! for shame, i know. i’ll have to order the blu and watch it to get in the mood for this halloween season! when i do, we’ll have to talk about it. 🙂
Ya know, If it’s in the right spot, Wal-Mart by my house has it in the $9 DVD section. Which is a shame in and of itself because it really is a great piece of modern cinema. That being said, as soon as it is in stock again, I will b e picking it up LOL! I had a digital version on my old laptop that decided to have a massive corinary and DIE! *grumbles*
We will definately have to have a discussion about it. You’d be surprised by some of the big names stars in this little independent movie. Mike Doherty is a genius…Well ok Supperman Returns but everyone gets at least 1 mistake!
just looked it up on amazon (DVD/$6.49, BLU/$10.99) and you weren’t kidding about the big names in it – Anna Paquin and Brian Cox are two of my favorite actors! definitely getting it. thanks for the recommend! 😀
Congrats! Went to vote, and it looks like you’re way behind, so we need to rally the troops folks! Jeff’s going to need your vote to beat Legend of Bill!
still way behind, Stan! yes, the troops must be rallied!
i have the same problem. lolz. got a warhammer online collectors, a fallout collectors and also a cabal collectors edition. lolz. since everyones vying for 1st let me be the
yep! sounds like you have the same prob indeed, jf#300. heheh. fortunately, i don’t buy many PC games anymore (although i’ll be getting Starcraft II at some point) but i did get the Fallout lunchbox for the 360.
woo-hoo! 22nd!!! sorry, no spectacles for that, tho. 😉
Hmm Collectors item statue could be valuable in near future to anyone with the geek gene(like me) or just the game for a mere 90 bucks less not that hard a decision get the collectors item.
heh. that “mere” 90 bucks is exactly what i’m struggling with, Drakeye! will i get $90 of enjoyment looking at that thing before popping the game in and never looking at it again!?
if you’re getting Halo Reach, let me know what decision you come to.
Excellent! I struggle with these kinds of decisions all the time!
And congrats on the contest! We need to get those guys to interview us too!
yep, it’s a constant struggle, Kev!
re: interview. totally! Kurt Sasso, the guy running the joint, is a swell guy. couldn’t be nicer. 🙂
Heh. My brother pre-ordered already, so he’s probably getting either regular or limited edition. BTW, it doesn’t look like you’re going to win this round of the TGT tournament. Also, I already said that if you took the dare, you would be allowed to call yourself the Mad Scientist of Extreme Awesomeness. However, if you somehow manage to top all of the Youtube videos of truly mad scientists, you will be allowed to call yourself the Supreme Emperor of Mad Scientists.
i’m still on the fence about which edition to get, ND!
yeah, unless a miracle happens, it looks like this round is lost. but still vote! it’s possible i could still make the finals if i get more votes than the other contestants that don’t win their brackets.
hmmm… “Supreme Emperor of Mad Scientists.” i like the sound of that. 🙂
Or SEMS for short. *LOL*
Ok am I NOT seeing the voting stuff on this TGT thing? All I get is a red blank page. HELP! I’m pretty….
Same issue here, Pixie. It just doesn’t want to play nice with my flaptop 🙁
been getting some emails about this issue, and apparently, the site doesn’t work with Internet Explorer 7. so if you really wanna vote, upgrade to IE8 or Firefox!
it’s a conspiracy i tells ya! 😉
Didn’t think about trying it with Firefox *rolls eyes*
Great strip, Jeff. I’ve gotta admit that the extras get to me sometimes too, though not with video games since despite the Wii we got for Christmas last year, I didn’t turn into a gamer girl. I was almost hoping I would, but it didn’t stick.
I admit to buying many items because I want to put them on my shelf, but I’m not likely to do more than just look at them. A Hello Kitty pez dispenser, Wallace and Grommit figurines, and Bone figurines are all part of the collection I was sucked into purchasing for no real reason. Oh yea, and I also have a Darth Tater (Mr. Potato Head in a Darth Vader costume) sitting on my shelf at work. 🙂
thanks, Shanna! so what’re you playing on your Wii? didja get Super Mario Bros. Wii? or Mario Galaxy 2? i gotta tell ya, i’ve become totally addicted to those games over the past few weeks and they’re perfect for playing in small bites.
W&G and Bone figurines sound AWESOME. i absolutely adore both of those properties. and not into Hello Kitty but i was totally into Bad Badtz Maru for years. miss that little guy and it seems Sanrio has pretty much phased him out. 🙁
Not true about Batz Maru. I just saw a stuffed Hello Kitty in a Batz Maru outfit! It was pretty cute. I have a Batz Maru avatar that I use sometimes. He’s pretty awesome, too, but definitely not as common as HK. I wouldn’t say he’s been phased out though.
good to know, Shan. maybe it’s just at the Sanrio shops in hollywood and in the valley – they’ve completely erased the Badtz Maru sections. only a few pencils and candies left. i guess i’ll have to look online.
Oh yea, and about the Wii, we did get the new Super Mario Bros, but I just really suck at all of those games. That’s part of the reason I didn’t become a gamer girl I think. It was just too painful to be so bad at them. 😛 It would take a real commitment to improve enough to be able to play Taran and not get cremated every time, and I don’t have that much time to spare with yarny pursuits taking up most of my free time.
“yarny pursuits” are important, Shanna! actually, there’s a game for the Wii coming out called, Kirby’s Epic Yarn which looks promising! i love Kirby games, and this one has a “yarny” aesthetic. i thinks you should check it out… 🙂
Oooooooooooooo! I’ll have to look for it!
By the way, the Sackboys from Little Big Planet are really popular among yarn people. I have seen a gazillion of them that people have made. There seem to be quite a few gamer/yarny crossovers. I just don’t seem to be able to be one of them.
I like to balance my lust for buying limited edition things by buying them pre-owned. Doesn’t always work, but sometimes I get lucky and find a crazy offer I can’t refuse.
Hello again everyone~! My mother is doing so much better that I was able to get some free time to visit friends and family in Oregon. In fact I just returned not 2 days ago. Thanks for all the good vibrations to help her get better everyone! <3
OH! I recently got HeartGold anyone interested in trading friend codes? @u@
Foxmouse! good to see ya and glad to hear your mom’s doing better! family’s hugely important. where were you in Oregon? i flew into Portland and visited Salem last week!
i can appreciate being thrifty when buying collectibles; i used to troll eBay looking for cool stuff for years! my pocketbook thanks me for not doing that much these days.
and yeah, let’s trade codes! next time i play Soul Silver, i’ll write mine down and email ’em to ya. we totally need to set up a little Pokémon group to do this kind of thing. DaughterJudy and i have been pokéfriends for a while now – maybe her JEFbot community site would be the perfect place to get a bunch of pokébots together. DJ? 😀
I was in Tigard, actually. Must have driven through Salem like a bajillion times! Well, maybe not that many, but you get the idea. xD
A nice little group would make trading codes a whole lot of fun~ If I could get my hands on some links I’d be all over that like a fat kid on a cup cake. <3
-waves- http://community.livejournal.com/jefbotadn/profile is the Jefbot fan community I made on LJ, its kinda dead at the moment but maybe this friend code thing would help it get back on its feet. I have 4 different gen 4 pokemon games and I have the ability to get any pokemon in the games, but like Bot said we could make that our homebase for battles and trading and stuff 🙂
sounds good! we gonna post friend codes there?
Sure I’ll make a Sticky Post and we can all Post them there.
This sounds familiar. XD my roommate bought the special edition of Dragon Age cuz the BOX was prettier… >>
i almost bought the Dragon Age Collector’s Edition for the same reason, DJ! a friend who didn’t love the game persuaded me out of it, but what i’ve played of it, i’ve really liked, so kind of regret that decision.
check out Foxmouse’s comment above and my reply to it and let me know your thoughts. i know we’d have at least 3-4 people interested. 🙂
I’m totally addicted to that game at this point. I have nearly 40 hours into my first playthrough and I got the game less than a week ago. I blame the lack of classes all last week… and its addicting nature. And now I have like 20 more trophies than you, better catch up. AND Mass Effect 2 is going to be released for the PS3 sometime in the near future.
i’m gonna try and make some time to get some more trophies soon, DJ! my fingers are crossed, though i’m not holding my breath. classes are starting soon for you, no? like, this week?
i think we should add my achievements on XBOX to my trophies on the PS3 for the real tally! after all, i generally get multiconsole games (like Dragon Age) on the 360. 🙂
I had my first round of classes this week. Not looking forward to 9am Organic Chem three days a week. But I do have Japanese this year so yay! 🙂 Now I can play my Japanese SoulSilver and actually maybe understand it.
The real question I have is, if you buy the Legendary version, will you even want to open it?!? You better buy both! One to look at and one to play-
Jefbot, thank you for always getting a great laugh out of me twice a week, or more!
heheh. good question, Funnyshaffer. so much of my collection is indeed unopened and sealed away behind bubble wrap and cellophane, but these days, when almost nothing will be a collector’s item due to everything being marketed as “collectible” and everyone being a collector, i’ll usually open things with no misgivings.
you’re welcome for the laughs. thanks for coming by twice a week and taking the time to comment, man! 😀
Dude. I thought the cat helmet was cool, but a 10 lb. statue? And a special helmet that can be worn in-game? You totally need to go legendary, and think of this. For an extra $10, you can have the “even more legendary” edition. That’s how much I think it will cost popbot in materials if you ask him to forge you a wearable Halo helmet that you can wear while playing. Of course, I can’t vouch for how closely it’ll resemble an actual Halo helmet since you know it’ll be made of sheet metal and wood, possibly with some butcher paper and duct tape thrown in for good measure.
hmmm… yes, i may just have to ask Popbot to build me a spartan helmet. now that would be a real limited edition item!!! heheh. or maybe a helmet and body armor that would fit on the family dog. 😉
I still have the 6-ft. Michael Keaton cardboard cut-out Batman Returns McDonalds display for the 6 Collectors Cups with 6 unused cups in place…I say spend the $150, no question.
nice! a 6-foot display like that’s something that can’t be hidden away or placed on a shelf somewhere, Annie! if only they’d figure out a way to include a 6-foot Master Chief statue with every Halo purchase… 😉
The agony of indecision, the worst part is you’ll probably not finish it.
i’ve finished every Halo, Af (well, except for Halo Wars), so i don’t think that’ll be a prob. assuming i have time to play, that is. 🙂
Ever since I’ve had to cut on my spending and discovered deals4download I haven’t spent more then 20 bones for a game, though that might change if I can get my hands on the transformers games for ps3
once everything goes digital, i guess i won’t have to worry about all the cool physical “stuff” that comes with these special editions, Prophet. 😛
been hearing mixed about the latest Transformers game for the consoles – some of my friends love it, some get bored after a weekend with it. let me know what you think if you get it.
Just a heads up about the halo reach stuff. I went with the 150$ pack, not for any of the stuff except for the flaming helmet. On the first day people will be selling the codes on ebay for 150$ minimum and Bungie announced unlike the halo 3 legendary, this will be quite limited due to the statue being a numbered limited run. If you think your the kind of person who when playing games must have all the unlockables then you must have the legendary for the helmet, and if preordered at gamestop theres a code for armor as well. I must have all so that made my choice but either way the codes are what it all comes down to, not a statue. Good luck.
thanks for the heads up, SADISTICH0RR0R. i do like it when i see that stuff i have goes up in value, but the problem is, i never sell it! i just hoard it! and i don’t play Halo competitively, just with friends on occasion, so i really don’t need the exclusive helmet or armor. …or do i? i probably do. heheh. obviously, i’m still torn. 🙂
Limited Edition here. I’m so ready for Reach, I expect to have no life for a while…
i’m leaning toward the LE too, MissPaprika. it’s in my amazon shopping cart, now i just need to hit “checkout.” …but i need to think about it one more day. 🙂
did you hear about Satoshi Kon’s passing? way too young. 🙁
I ordered from Amazon too since it comes with a gift card:D
And yes, it’s so sad about Satoshi Kon:(. Have you seen his last words? http://makikoitoh.com/journal/satoshi-kons-last-words
thank you SOOOOOOO much for posting that link, MissPaprika – i hadn’t read that document of Satoshi Kon’s and am extremely glad i did. brave, sad, poetic and devastating (especially when it came to Maruyama-san, his parents and his wife) but beautiful, nonetheless. Satoshi Kon will be missed.
The problem with this strip is that it proves you know how wrong it is. …but that’s why we all LOVE Jefbot! Great strip, man. Really funny dialogue and facial expressions as per usual. IMO, I think you should not but either Halo versions and take the Cornfather to Vegas. 😉
i think the Cornfather knows how wrong it is, but jefbot’s probably still processing. heheh.
as for that Vegas trip – if you can put together an awesome vacation package for $150, let me know, and i’ll think about taking you. 😉
I’ve never understood the whole “special edition” hype; I have the game, there are plenty of mods to make the game more interesting for most (some even give you the special features on a regular edition), and all sorts of free stuff (or at least very cheap stuff) you can get to show your love for a game, movie, book, or anything else you enjoy.
From all my years of gaming, reading and movieing (?) I’ve amassed a grand total of two extras; Zidane and Squall figurines, and that was only because the store had them going for two for the price of one.
yeah, that special stuff is totally irrational, likeacupcake – especially for games i’m not crazy about. sure, Halo’s awesome, but i love the Pokémon and Kingdom Hearts series more. i’d much rather buy a figurine of Bulbasaur or King Mickey, but i just don’t think they’re going to offer things like that with those games anytime soon.
i admire your restraint, but i’m just not that strong, yet. 🙂
Digital Download… I don’t need another stack of useless boxes and lousy paper in my place from a game…
i used to be completely against downloading media and games, Tanya, but after iTunes and the XBOX Marketplace, i’ve gotten accustomed to downloading almost everything! still… i love having physical media. but i can see a day where that won’t be the case. 🙂
Must. Shoot. Things.
dude. i want to shoot things with you.
Another thing: Nearly anything can be justified in the name of science. If you decide to walk around the neighborhood in a panda suit, by saying that it’s for science, the discreet whispering will be not aimed at you but at whomever they believe hired you to do it. Just remember to carry around a clipboard with important-looking papers and an attached pen. Practical jokes? Researching people’s reactions. Diet Coke and Mentos? Physics experiment for more reliable data spreads. Murder? Still going to jail, bud.
heheh. good insight, NeoDarklight. i’m heading to Target to pick up a clipboard this afternoon. 😉
I’ve already pre-ordered the regular edition Reach. I would have pre-ordered the limited edition if I had the money, but I don’t. Two things are definitely going to be true about Reach. One; it is going to more that likely be one of the greatest games of all times. Two; it probably wont have been out a week before hackers and modders start reeking havoc in the multiplayer games.
ended up buying the Limited Edition, Fijiman; was able to fight the urge to get the Legendary Edition. and let’s hope it really does become one of the greatest games of all time! that’s a lot to live up to, tho. no doubt about those hackers and modders: i know a couple people who’ve already downloaded the game using illegal means (something i totally frown upon), so i bet people have already figured out how to mess with the multiplayer, sadly. 🙁
Oh, of course, Jefbot want’s all the stuff.