Gunpoint is just… it’s very, very well made. And it’s very well written also, which is just showing off because the same person did both things. Nobody likes people who are good at everything - nobody likes having people perforate the Meritocracy like this. We like it the other way, where everyone has crazy merit just inherently, wholly independent of performance, output, or attitude. So when somebody strolls in and starts firing divine beams of concentrated potential it’s just… I don’t know. Don’t do that, I guess. It’s rude.
The bug we describe in the strip is actually a bug in the human mind as opposed to the impeccable software. If something feels good we will, in all likelihood, do it again. Jumping from the ground up through a second floor window right onto a person and then punching them a ton feels good, which is too bad for people. Also: you have to get things in this game, different kinds of things, and they don’t want you to get them. They’re not opposed to getting things, to the getting of things, in some philosophical way. But they definitely don’t want you to get their things, and it’s a position they enunciate with their sidearms. When you have been stymied by one of these entities - just a handful of pixels, really, a position, and a bundle of behaviors - getting the better of them typically involves a few well-earned victory punches. More than one, certainly. As many as a hundred victory punches might be required for especially stubborn or smug faces; we have a Google Doc that details the punch thresholds for a series of discrete Entities that goes from “Jimmy Grins” (one or two errant, half-hearted punches while checking Twitter your phone) all the way up to “Thomas Punchon.”
If at any point you tire of Gunpoint, or become exhausted by today’s blockbuster reveals and feel like you would like to play a videogame, why not play the one I wrote? On The Rain-Slick Precipice Of Darkness 4 is seriously less than five dollars, which makes no sense because it took forever to make, but just because we are bad at setting prices doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take full advantage. Indeed, I am expressly inviting you to do so.