Anybody familiar with the gamer subculture will recognize the webcomic Penny Arcade. Well, now gamers can find another source for a cheap laugh (get it? Penny Arcade? Cheap? Nevermind, then). Virtual Shackles, a webcomic created by Jeremy Vinar and Mike Fahmie, has been poking fun at video games and development since March 27, 2009.
Virtual Shackles is centered around Jack and Orion, two less than thrilled development employees “making games they’d never play for people they don’t like.” The comic is brimming with wit, and the illustration can be pretty impressive when it needs to be. With references ranging from casual social games (FarmVille, MafiaWars, etc.) to more serious games (Halo, Zelda, and whatnot), Virtual Shackles has more than enough to satisfy your inner-dork.
Though the comic may seem like a PA rip-off to some people (“Two guys making a comic about gaming? How Penny Arcade!”), Virtual Shackles can definitely stand on its own. Is there anything wrong with two guys sharing their humorous thoughts on gaming through a visual format? I think not. There’s no denying that Virtual Shackles is funny, so enjoy it. The first comic should have you hooked. Be sure to check the site Wednesdays and Fridays for more hilarity in relation to your gaming life.
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