Man it’s been a tough week to get work done.
I don’t care if they used Roadhog as the example to get kicked around in the Sombra video, in my heart he’s 2analog2hack
Nah, she just hacked his tire. Junkrat’s probably quite tired of that, thus he’d consider Sombra a talentless hack.
you stop that
But he’s on quite a roll!
Buuuuuurn Rubber :v
Hahaha. Junkrat would just start dancing around for the hell of it while everyone is hacked. I don’t know how you do such a good job of keeping all of the overwatch characters both funny and in character.
It helps that all the Overwatch characters are ridiculous (if cool), even the serious ones like Reaper and Soldier 76
Well, they all have pretty clear and archetypal personalities to begin with, so that probably helps.
Adorbs! Hope you’re doing alright and that your tough week is at least over, and maybe not so stressful. (I’m aware this makes me sound like a Facebook grandma but it’s how I feel so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
In my noggin junkrat is dancing to a irish gig.
What does Analog mean?
The technicalities of it are more complicated to explain as I’m sure someone will step in to Well Actually us all about later, but colloquially, “Not digital”. Like a cassette or VHS tape would be an analog format. A lot of art folk I know use it to refer to art that was drawn on paper VS on a computer, because most of the ways people refer to digital art normally makes it sound like the computer is doing all the work.
There’s more detail but that’s pretty much it. Digital and analog are mostly colloquial concepts out in the world. As you look deeper it only starts to blur.
Really simple actually: Non-numeric. An analog device isn’t read, it’s measured.
Like looking at your watch’s hour and minute hands to see the time. An analog camera exposes chemical film to varying amounts of light. Even an analog calculator(slide rule) doesn’t *interpret* the values you put into it – all you’re doing is sliding two ruler scales past each other, for you to eyeball the closest result.
In all these processes, the machine doesn’t care about the value’s meaning. There’s no counting or computation, and nothing to fool except physical processes and the user themselves. Hence, “too analog to hack”.
To borrow from a dictionary:
“relating to or using signals or information represented by a continuously variable physical quantity such as spatial position or voltage.”
The core of analog vs digital is based on the idea that digital things have *discreet* values, and analog things have *continuous* values. If you think of a simple computer, it can count integers easily (1, 2, 3, etc) but it can’t do fractions. Modern computers can approximate fractions, but they have a limit to their precision. Real-world analog values are, by contrast, infinitely precise. The universe doesn’t have round-off error (at least under normal non-quantum environments; it’s important to ignore quantum physics at all times).
In this context, Roadhog is using the colloquial secondary meaning of analog vs digital to refer to non-computing physical hardware (analog), as opposed to a computer-driven hardware with some sort of microchip control or full-computer control (digital). In other words, he’s got a gun that works with gears and springs and stuff instead of having a computer, and you (usually) can’t use software to hack things that don’t have computers.
…now you’ve made me very curious about when you possibly *could* use software to hack things that don’t have computers.
Well don’t I feel old now :(
Not run by computers.
I could see Junkrat having an interest in folk dance on the side, and probably taking it quite seriously, too. :)
Junkrat already does a version of the famous “Hello my baby, hello my honey” Ragtime dance scene known as the ‘Michigan J. Frog dance’ from Looney Tunes in his dancing emote.
The hacked leg just cheered up my week
Guys , go to youtube and search “teeny titans just gotta dance” … :D
My favorite Shadowrun characters are based on this concept, “‘acker can’t do nuffin’ if there ain’t no ‘puters in it.”
I once had an NP hacker try to throw off the ninja-adept by screwing with his rifle sight and popping the magazine. In a bit of random luck, he had the exact powers which allowed him to catch the dropping mag, and throw it back in. Then started firing analog.
Any other character would have been out of the fight for at least one turn and overwhelmed by the biodrones. He lost one attack and managed to keep the momentum…
With regards to panel 1:
Genji: And my sword!
Hanzo: And my bow!
Blackhardt!Reinhardt: And my axe!
But who is Boromir in this situation?
Which character won’t stop dying?
There’s your answer right there.
That’s…kinda all of them? I mean, they all die a lot.
How does one hack what is literally a chain and hook, anyway?
It’s a weird futurish world. The motor that reels in the chain has wifi
If you watch Sombra’s character video she seems to project a physical circuit matrix over the surface of things she hacks. If you want to be mildly ridiculous, this suggests some sort of amorphous material or nanomachines that she can physically project onto ordinarily inert hardware and interfere with it.
If you prefer a more reasonable interpretation, that hacker circuit goo she sticks on things can’t hack the chainhook at all, but it *can* hack Roadhog’s nervous system, and just paralyzes his arm.
The Overwatch World has “hard-light” technology/magic. Symmetra’s job and lore are based around building cities out of it. Sombra can could easily be making electrical circuits out of Light where no circuitry exists.
Nanites! …or we can go with the Simpsons Y2K joke that everything has a microchip in it and have Roadhog get attacked by a carton of milk next.
The problem that people have is caused by the massive disconnect within the Sombra character between the LORE and the GAMEPLAY, far greater than in any other Hero class so far:
Sombra’s in-universe canon abilities as seen in her Origins trailer and the Infiltration and in her ARG (Alternate Reality Game) are Hollywood hacking, but at least they’re clearly limited to electronics like computers, robots, Omnics and so on. Nowhere is there any indication that she can remotely hack cyberlimbs like McCree’s arm, let alone the brains and nervous systems of unaugmented living people.
But Sombra’s gameplay abilities are almost the exact opposite. Her hacking and EMP blast can remotely shut down other player characters’ LShift, E and Q abilities (except those that are already placed on the map, like Junkrat’s steeltrap) and right-click abilities that aren’t shooting, but not people’s weapons or standard movement, including passive abilities like Genji’s wallclimb and doublejump and Lucio’s wallriding. Her powers affect map features like healthpacks that only exist in-game and have no existance in-universe. She can magically stop Roadhog from throwing his hook or McCree from doing a tumble and even “delete” blue shield bars from Zarya’s and Zenyatta’s health bar (with her EMP), but she can’t shut down Symmetra’s teleporter or Torbjörn’s turret or control Bastion’s electronic brain by hacking. Logic not applicable.
Michael Chu, the Senior Game Designer on Overwatch, openly stated in an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun gaming magazine on 23 May 2016 ( https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/05/23/overwatch-michael-chu-interview/ ), that in-game things like gameplay, team composition and map objectives, are disconnected from the story canon of the Overwatch universe. The maps contain hints of canon lore, but his reply to the question “Why do characters who are allies in the Lore fight on different teams in the game, while enemies like Tracer and Widowmaker can be played on the same team?” was that their design concept was “gameplay comes first”. Overwatch is a 6v6 first person team shooter first and a story project second, thus gameplay trumps narrative logic. Same with fall damage, it does not exist in-game, yet no-one would question that it exists in-universe.
But this disconnect has already lead to absurd speculations in the fandom where fanfic authors are giving Sombra godlike powers she doesn’t have in the trailers, like magical hacking that can remotely invade and control anyone’s brain to turn them into meat puppets, hack cyberlimbs and even stop mechanical blackpowder weapons from working, in desperate attempts to explain Sombra’s illogical and inconsistent in-game abilities in the context of the larger OW universe. (sigh)
That is why I personally would have prefered Sombra as an NPC enemy for a brawl similar to Junkenstein’s Revenge, where she could have sent mobs of controlled Omnics at the players.
Gameplay abilities =/= Canon Lore. As Coelasquid said, Roadhog should be too low-tech to be “hacked”. If Blizzard ever has a brainfart and shows Sombra “hacking human brains through empty air” in canon material such as movies and comics, I’m going to scream.
Roadhog just pretends to be hacked so he can be one of the cool kids.
He just doesn’t want his team to feel bad about getting hacked. They already live with the terrible burden of not being one man apocalypses, he ain’t gunna rub it in.
and I read it as anal hog >_<
Considering how much dirty fanart of him i find, you’re excused.
Well Junkrat, Road hog gets a little frivolous, too. I mean, just look at those painted nails! (Pretty sure that’s not 100% intentional, but I hope they stay.)
Roadhog and Junkrat have painted nails in the game.
I hope they painted each others nails
I hope so too. That sounds really adorably silly.
On a sidenote, I actually had to double-check, and Coela’s right. I just never noticed… And now I’ll never stop staring and wondering when they found the time.
I actually thought it was from the dirt and soot getting beneath the nails since just working with charcoal makes my nails black. But I do love the thought of them painting each other’s nails.
It is actually possible it is a side effect of the radiation from living in Australia after a fusion core exploded. There are reports that people who forever grew black nails after Hiroshima (Though those nails were considerably more disturbing as they bled when cut)
I had not noticed this. That’s delightful.
Black painted nails are practically a requirement for anarchist characters who ride a Harley, wear leather straps and spikes as fashion statement, and live their lives to the beats of a Heavy Metal soundtrack. ;-)
(Their theme song used in the “Introducing Roadhog and Junkrat” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw6BDxaZ8Qs)
Irish jig? Oh no, Junkrat is a morris dancer, of the Pratchet school.
*insert music for junk rat to dance to
I was just filling in music automatically, and somehow* jumped from Lindsey Stirling and Blackmore’s Night to Wardruna. Somehow Junkrat prancing around to Fehu is hilariously appropriate.
*it’s the strings
Your Junkrat friend should be happy, Junkrat is pretty much a hard counter to Sombra. AoE damage to kill her cloak, doesn’t need his abilities to win 1v1, and can drop a steel trap on her Teleporter pad if he finds it to guarantee a no-effort kill.
I’m also waiting for the inevitable Youtube compilations of Roadhog hooks grabbing Sombra completely on accident and then one-shotting her. Because those are going to be hilarious.
I only JUST got OW. Loving Zarya oh so much, especially her Cybergoth look. That lady is a BEAST and doesn’t get enough love.
I love her forever.
I started cracking up by the middle panel, but then broke down laughing so hard by the end. I hope your Junkrat friend feels better
This feels like a very Junkrat thing to do! “You having trouble too?”
“Nah, I just wanna”
Very In Character! :D
Junkrat also has a mechanical arm …
I feel this gives the best reason why it wouldn’t be affected.
Having never actually played the game, most-everything I know about Overwatch I learned from MGDMT.
As such, Junkrat is my favorite character.
anyone else hear this song when they see dancing junkrat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkfU1JqmkHM&ab_channel=DarthBeaver
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