How to Articulate Your Vision

Now that gift giving season is upon us, I remind you that I have some items available on Amazon, such as the Basic Instructions 2012 Calendar. I further remind you that the link I just provided is an "Affiliate link," which means that I get a small cut of anything you buy after using the link, even if the item you buy has nothing to do with me.

Most bloggers and web cartoonists have an affiliate link somewhere on their site. It's a great way to send a little something our way without costing yourself a dime.

Just sayin'.

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Reader Comments (24)

Is there any greater benefit to you if we buy directly from Gladstone?

Note from Scott: Well, it's slightly more profitable for Gladstone, and as such makes me slightly more desirable as a property. Really though, they're happy as long as you're buying it.

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThomas

This is actually a great idea. I can see it being quite funny.

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEsn

Anyone for whom smartphone games are a reasonable substitute for 3DS games doesn't have very high standards when it comes to video games.

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoto13

This is to make up for being morally upright about the handicap scooter episode, isn't it?

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSterling Camden

A racing game with old people would take forever to play though. One lap would be like half an hour.

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

I would have bought something from that link but you stated your dislikement (My word) towards Mario Kart so there is that,

(*I wouldn't)

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCornh

you might appreciate this

Note from Scott: That's the stuff!

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Dave - that granny race game is making me look forward to decreptitude.

However I love Scott's idea of throwing walking sticks and dentures for power-ups. we could add popping an iron jelliod, or swigging Sanatogen tonic wine to that. Slow downs/penalties could include peeing your drawers, losing your medic alert bracelet and forgetting what you have done and having to repeat a level.

Note from Scott: The peeing the pants is a bit harsh. The goal is to laugh with the elderly, not at them. I like the forgetting to do a lap, though.

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Instead of speed bumps, there would be wrinkles in the road. WRINKLES, do you hear ?!

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

"Escape from Shady Pines" - Make your way past nurses who try to medicate you into submission, grandchildren who want you to sign legal papers, and other "inmates" who want to bore you to death (literally!) with stories from when they were young. Collect power-ups such as glasses, dentures, hearing aides, upgraded walkers, and hard candies. Your goal? Get to the diner for the early bird special!

Not really a cart game, I'm thinking something more like "Harry the Handsome Executive".

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessiEeee!

@Roto13: I don't believe that Scott stated that smartphone games are a REPLACEMENT for other handheld games. His point is that smartphone users are less likely to purchase ANOTHER handheld system. Those same smartphone users might game on a computer or console, but they can't justify another handheld device.

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

I started laughing as soon as I saw the title and that today's characters were Scott and Missy. Nobody deflates a guy's hair-brained ideas faster than his wife, and I knew Missy would do her duty. Not that this idea doesn't have some merit.

What is Gladstone?

Note from Scott: Gladstone Media is my calendar publisher (Great group of people, btw).

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrip

Ah, cool. "Thanks for ordering from! Your purchase information appears below."

I got the calendar AND the new William Shatner album via that link. HTH.

(I _was_ looking for that new CD locally, but no one carries it. I bought the last one, "Has Been," in an actual store, but I'm guessing the CD market has shrunk a bit since then.)

Oh, yeah, Mario Carts Senior Edition: "And their blinker would be on _the whole time!"_

Plus, the game timer would end at 4:00 PM, when the drivers stop for dinner.

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Smartphone games are really easy to make, and easier to copyright and sell. If someone was to make it, you should link it to your site! (Maybe I'll give it a shot)

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersilzz

Solak said:
"Instead of speed bumps, there would be wrinkles in the road. WRINKLES, do you hear ?!"

Reminds me of the problem I had with my iron. Turned out the iron was fine, but my ironing board had wrinkles built-in it, so now all my clothes have permanent wrinkles in them.

Anybody need a perma-wrinkling ironing board?

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThom

u suck 'cause I can't get your calendar shipped to the Norwayes and yes I know its not your fault and that I'm being unfair but I don't care so there. >:|

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwickedragon

This is indeed a good idea, I will experiment.thanks!

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Great idea! I'll start working on it as soon as I've acquired the skills needed to built such a game. Which means you'll hear from me in about 20 years or so.

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoris

Careful on the elderly humor, the probability of an elderly reader is going up all the time. An example of the true genius of Jobs/Apple: my 72 year old mother (still has her teeth, doesn't use a walker or cane BTW) has consistently refused to learn how to use a computer for the last 15 years and yet went out and bought an iPad after playing with my wife's for about 10 minutes. I can assure you she will never be a regular reader for you, Scott, based on her sense of humor, but others may be out there. Beware ;-)

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Somebody's going to release an awful top-down racing game based on your idea in a month, I can see it now.

And Roto13 obviously doesn't have an iPhone. Infinity Blade, Fifa 12, Jet Car Stunts, Dead Space, Real Racing 2, Sonic 4, Hook Champ, Across Age....just a few examples of 3DS-quality iPhone games. And I bought all of them for the same price I paid for my first (and so far only) 3DS game, Street Fighter 4. Also there are numerous games that exist on both iPhone and 3DS.

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWill

*ahem* "I see no way in which this carefully laid plan could possibly go wrong"

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGaldon

I'd have changed panel 3 to "nobody over 40", because:
a. You already tweak oldsters pretty well in this strip, spread the love and get in a dig at the middle-aged
b. Even though I'm a gamer from way back, I won't game on a smart phone. Eyes can't take it.
c. Nobody i know plays games on their smart phone, aside from Scrabble and Angry Birds.

sounds like a cool game, release it for PC and i'd download the demo!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjustruss

I think you also need to have the gas and the brake pedals randomly switch places.

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClumber

@John's statement: "Careful on the elderly humor, the probability of an elderly reader is going up all the time. . . . " is correct.

At 72, I am one of the "elderly" and I love Basic Instructions. I've been devoting a good portion of each day getting caught up in the many are there!? I'm annoyed that neither of my sons told me about this comic. They should have known I would like it--after all, they got their sense of humor from me!

July 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma
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