Does not deserve an ounce of hate
There is no reason to hate Ctrl+Alt+Del. There is reason to hate something like Pv P
which can be arrogant, violent and mysognistic, there can be even reason to hate VG Cats
or Penny Arcade*
, because they can be verbose, reliant on gore and really really dark humour. CAD is not like that, and of all the main gaming comics it's the least prone to obscenity and relying on shock value(there is violence, just less). You love or hate PA, but with CAD you continue reading or stop.
Equally Tim Buckley isn't a monster. He's a very ordinary person, honest and knows that what's happened to him is amazing. Faced with an internet of hate and his own forum kersploding as only a forum can, well maybe he didn't deal with it in the best way. And sometimes he can come off as arrogant, but you can see he's not trying to and that should count for something.
And that's why I can forgive CAD, for all it's faults, it's always honest and always sincere. You can't even hate it for the miscarriage because it's clear the author knew just how serious something like that is. He talked about it tearing apart the deepest of relations and never once did he portray it lightly or something funny. The only criticism you can make is maybe he didn't fully succeed in describing that, but that's a reason for not caring, not hate. Compare this to the typical aborted fetus joke appearing in most 'dark' webcomics.
CAD is famously a bit wordy and often doubles up the punchline, this can either spoil the joke for you, or give it a wry edge, as if the second punchline is showing you the first isn't that serious. The drama plotlines aren't good drama but I felt this
was a lovely bit of character development and I hope Tim's able to produce stuff like it more and more often. His silly plotlines are silly and all the fun that goes along with a story about martial penguins and his gaming
jokes are definitely his best. The art is uncomplicated, a little copy and paste but helps to keep the light atmosphere.
CAD is like a friend rather than a comedian. It's got the same sort of humour a good friend has, doesn't have great drama, but if you get to know it you can care and become touched. In the end a comedian keeps you on edge, but a friend you can relax and spend time with.
Incidentally, how come all the other CAD reviews are now hard to access now the mainpage has switched?
14th Jan 12
14th Jan 12
Diolch yn fawr :D
14th Jan 12
(edited by: Tomwithnonumbers)
Go to bed, Tim.
16th May 12
Sorry I missed the meaning on that one?
16th May 12
He's saying that you're Tim Buckley.
To be honest, I really don't like this review. I don't like that the reviewer is telling me what I can and cannot "hate." I don't hate CAD. I'm actually really, really indifferent to it. Out of all the webcomics I've read, it's... one of them. I actually kinda tend to lump it in with VG Cats, PA, and Pv P
— they're all gamer-based webcomics that I've tried based on others' recommendations, and I didn't really like any of them.
I really don't have an opinion of Tim Buckley. I know that he's supposed to be super-arrogant and can't handle criticism (and I've heard that he criticizes other webcomics that aren't up to his standards), but that's really all I've heard of him. A few years ago I always saw stuff written about him on the internet, stuff I didn't read because I didn't care, but nowadays I don't hear about him. I guess he's no longer relevant or active or whatever.
I'm sorry if I'm coming off as hostile or condescending, but I'm just really unimpressed with CAD. It's not even something that I could read out of pure bile fascination. It's just... there. The only thing I can really make a positive or negative judgement on is the art: it's not great. Uncomplicated, definitely, but I think that it goes beyond that. The art in CAD is bland.
The characters look the same, the backgrounds are boring, and the whole thing veers into visual narm on occasion. These are qualities I also found in VG Cats, Penny Arcade, and Pv P
, to be honest.
So in short, I think CAD is very "meh" and that while Tim Buckley might not deserve all the hate he gets, he's not exactly a webcomics genius, either. Also, you shouldn't tell other posters what they can and cannot think about a series, especially as it's all based on your personal, subjective experience with the work.
30th Nov 12
30th Nov 12
28th Feb 13
Tim Buckley isn't a monster, he's a stand-up guy who shows his penis to underage girls, banhammers people at random on his forums and gets hypocritical about copyright.
2nd Mar 13
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