Annotations for “Untitled (Please Choose Quickly)” 8 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #11
Writer: Kieron Gillen, Artist: Nahuel Lopez
Note: Some of this is obvious, but you never know who’s reading and what their exposure is. If there’s anything we missed or got wrong, let us know in comments.
General: Fringe goes shopping for a modded, ultimately choosing a centipede-like one. Tommy Zero reminisces about early work he did with Bloody Susan.
In his email newsletter, Gillen mentions this issue: “CINEMA PURGATORIO 11 is out, which I believe is the one inspired by Ex-Official Xbox Jon Hicks reminding me what games journalists were like while hungover.”
- Being sold in the store:
– Hat made of weapons, including revolver, grenade, and ammo belt.
– Hat made of plumbing.
– Hat made of bullets (with added tobacco pipes?).
– Bondage/gas mask head gear.
– Hat made of meat.
– Hat made of frog eyes, with dangling frog legs.
– Helmet with star, as part of outfit that includes a chain gun and combat knife integrated into the arms.
– Hat made of turkeys.
– Hat made of colanders.
– Hat made of watches.
– Assorted chainsaws.
– Assorted umbrellas.
– Hat made of vegetables (a la Carmen Miranda).
- The logo on the door includes an arc of coin-like objects. In many platformer games (dating back to Super Mario), these arcs encourage players to try and collect them all in a single, perfect jump.
- Left to right are: Fringe, gamer, Tommy Zero, and Gory Balls.
- “Peak-juice comes down hard” refers to the gamers coming down when the Mountain Dew caffeine buzz wears off.
- “whatever that is” refers to the modded which appears to have two sets of female legs/lower torsos, surmounted by a technological chassis. This seems to be a comment about what traditional young male gamers value.
- “Chainsaw Rhythm Reggae Action” is explained in the next panel. Some games choose mode names based on what sounds cool, not any particular relevance.
- As will become clearer next chapter, CRRA is a riff on the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game genre, a similarly lengthy and not-terribly-descriptive name.
- This panel begins a flashback. Left to right are Tommy Zero, Bloody Susan, and Scout. Scout was introduced in CP4.
- The creatures in the background are reminiscent of the video game Centipede.
- Young Bloody Susan has braces and dew-stains on her lips.
- Susan’s creation is similar to some found in Japanese Survival Horror games.
- The graph on the wall shows killing increasing asymptotically over time.
- All the centipede-m creatures have been squished.
- “The gnoll” is possibly a nickname for Scout? In Dungeons & Dragons, a Gnoll is a large goblinoid creature.
- “A+ 10/10 megamodded with high graphicsability” – Multiple measuring scales, with excellent scores on each. This refers to both rating scales within games (such as those rating how good your Pokemon daemons are), and ratings of games (as decided by reviewers). Kieron Gillen was a game reviewer for many years.
- Gamers becoming obsessed with reaching the highest numerical scores is a real problem, both within games, and in reference to gamers becoming highly invested in the review scores received by their favorite game franchises.
- This creature seems somewhat similar to the centipede-creatures in the flashback, though better armored.