Monday, January 11, 2010

secret shame

Okay, quick show of hands:

How many of you, besides me, are guilty of FULLY RECOGNIZING that "Ctrl Alt Del" sucks... but can't stop reading the fucking thing? It's as though it's devolved into something like the ultimate, last-word parody of masturbatory, self-aggrandizing, soap-operatic webcomics... except it doesn't know that it's a parody. It's "The Room" of webcomics.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bloody hell, you've seen The Room? Probably the all time best worst movie ever. Ever.





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Scythe said...

Wow, this is weird. I've been reading ctrl alt del for a long time now and I've known that for many years it hasn't been that good(it had some good jokes early on, but not much else) and just 2 minutes ago I checked the update for today and thought to myself, "This story really sucks, like, more than usual." and wondered to myself why I still read it. So here's one that's as guilty as you.

Anonymous said...

Wow that's amazing, it's like you read my mind O.o

Tom said...

Yup.

Enkidu said...

I used to follow it, knowing it sucked, but I went cold-turkey some months ago. I still have to fight the strange urge to check up on it every now and then, tho.

Philbo said...

*sigh* it's true, but at least it doesn't take long to read (would take even less time if it weren't for the walls of text though.)

South said...

Guilty as charged...

Geez, it's like a bad Family Guy episode that just never ends.

Gray said...

Used to be that way, but then I kind of lost interest. There are only so many webcomics I can follow at one time.

In CADs defense though. It's not all crap, when it actually bothers with gaming related strips (instead of long soap opera storylines) it's not much worse than a lot of the other stuff out there. Sadly, that is not too often :-/

Euler d'Moogle said...

They say a stopped clock is right twice a day. I say CAD is funny twice a year and always accidentally.

Unless someone tells me that by shear luck it managed to be funny on some day, I avoid it.

Kyle said...

You're just noticing this now? Ripping on CAD is just way too trendy for me. All my friends rip on it and it's gotten really old to have to listen to them.

It's not great but I still read it.


Least I Could Do is probably my absolute favorite.

Lance said...

Ditto for me as well. I have a morning routine where I read several online comics during breakfast and I find it difficult to break or even alter my habits. This has led to type of comic entropy, where I read comics that have long since ceased to make me laugh. In fact, I still (occasionally) read Garfield simply because it was the first comic I started reading, even though I feel Garfield-minus-Garfield is a superior strip.

Interestingly, I find clean artwork (like that in CAD) makes it easier to keep reading a not-so-funny comic.

Josh said...

Nope. Tried reading it once, lost interest because it's just not funny.

My habits involving YOUR blog however...

(winky-smiley-face)

Peter S. said...

Eh, I don't really read webcomics at all. I don't even read Penny Arcade (ducks at sight of random molotov) even though I do recognize it as the bar to which all other webcomics rightfully aspire. The only "webcomic" so to speak that I regularly follow up on is Yahtzee Croshaw's "Zero Punctuation" even though it is first and foremost a review show. But yeah, everything that I've seen thus far of "Ctl Alt Del" has flatly unimpressed me.

Josh said...

How the hell is Zero Punctuation a webcomic? It's a video with narration.

Peter S. said...

And cartoon animation. Watch his webcomic review and after 4 minutes of bashing webcomics for being unoriginal Penny Arcade clones he says at the end, "Again, very much aware of the hypocrisy, thank you." I dunno, maybe I misinterpreted it but that's what I got out of it.

David said...

I never got where all the CAD hate came from.

It was never my cup of tea but I don't much like webcomics outside of penny arcade.

Philbo said...

I think the hate comes from trying to amalgamate the ridiculous (Zeke (the Robot), Chef Brian, etc) with some form of real life story/plot movement. This came to a head around the now fairly infamous miscarriage storyline, when everyone and their Mother decided they hated CAD. Also: Walls Of Text in speech bubble form.
In my case, I got the first book print he made, but just don't want the others, nowadays its 'slightly exhaled breath' funny, nothing more. Like other posters have said, I read it now because it's part of my routine and has been for years.

Kenedy said...

Phew, I thought I was the only one. Thanks for posting this. It was the first webcomic I started reading regularly, so I feel some sort of familial attachment to it. Like no matter how badly it messes up I can't stop supporting it. There is some genuine entertainment though, in seeing how stupid Buckely's plots can be. I thought the miscarriage story was bad, but now he's introduced the older brother who's in trouble with the mafia.

Anonymous said...

I've been there. Then I stopped reading one day. One turned into two. Pretty soon I was off the toxic stuff and I can fully recognize it for the simpering crap that it is.

tyra menendez said...

only webcomic i follow is xkcd. and it, at least, stuck to it's theory: nerd-humor with stick figures. for the most part.

when the whole dead baby meme came about, i had to go look up wtf cad was.

the problem with webcomics, i think, is there's no editor to reign them in and make them do something funny, instead of making 3-6 panel soap operas.

Ender said...

Stopped reading CAD over a year ago.
GPF still manages to make me laugh most of the time. Probably because it does keep up the geeky humor. I never got into Penny Arcade.
Schlock Mercenary is still my favorite. Unlike almost all the ones I read, it just keeps getting funnier. A few of the strips from the past couple of major story-lines are pure comedic gold. Totally worth the read if you're not already.

Anonymous said...

It is like watching a train wreck. A consistent wall of text train wreck.

rob said...

Wow, I'm pretty much the only guy who still likes CAD.
It's Penny Arcade that I cannot find interresting enough to start reading, I tried to, started all the way from the beginning and read the first 3 years, but it was just too confused.

Btw, what's going on? Escapist's Yahtzee (Zero Punctuation) also went quite out of it's way to bash CAD.

Yes, CAD is revolving around the gamers more than the games, but is that a bad thing? It's the story this author decides to tell us.
You don't have to read it, it doesn't charge you $15 dollars for a ticket and $5 for a drink. It's 1 story by 1 author.
I used to like Scrubs (until the Med School thing) but do I bash ER or Grey's Anatomy? No, because it's just the stories the writers tell.

Also, bashing CAD like that, I don't really see a difference with Star Wars fans bashing George Lucas, and Bob, I completely agreed with you plee "Let's forgive George Lucas" on The Escapist.

Now, if we wanna bash someone, let's go to VGcats.
Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad strip. But it was so good, that even now, after the years of no regular updates have passed, I still check almoast daily. Scott Ramsoomair is evil for having us quit cold turkey like that!