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Why Video Games Are Better Than Reality: Part 2 by Isriana Why Video Games Are Better Than Reality: Part 2 by Isriana
I used to play sports, but then I took an arrow in my interest zone and started playing video games instead. :P The upside is that kicking people's asses takes so much less sweating when done virtually. The downside, however, is that last week when I actually had to run few hundred metres to catch the bus I was panting half an hour afterwards and felt like I was going to die.

So yeah, as an incredibly crappy runner I can't help being partly envious and partly amused by the fact that everyone in video games seem to be able to run indefinitely no matter what the conditions are. There they sprint in their full battle gear, day and night, up the mountainside from one battle to another - they're never out of breath, never break a sweat or show signs of tiring. Not a word of complaint about aching calves, weight of their huge inventories or the sores those Heavy Iron Boots Of Strength +3 must be causing... I want super stamina too! :eager:

So many RPG characters seem to be unnaturally skilled in long distance running so I decided to choose more than one game as examples. Oh and those of you who wonder... I use Sacred Ashes mod (this one dragonage.nexusmods.com/downlo… to be specific) for my Leliana, hence slightly different looks. I also have Phoenix Armor for my Warden - DAO is a modding paradise... :D


Izalie Rowan, Molly Shepard, Ellara Cousland and Skaila Skaran me
Casavir, Sand and Neeshka Obsidian and Atari
Liara T'Soni, Garrus Vakarian, Alistair, Wynne and Leliana Bioware
Lydia and Vigilance Bethesda


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SirenDrake Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018
Actually, No.  When you RUN in Skyrim, you deplete your Stamina.  Once it's gone, you can no longer run, you can only walk until it replenishes, and you wheeze until you regain some Stamina.
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tron1112 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017
So true
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Mar-speedsman Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Well that doesn't apply to all videogames. Just awesome RPGs were you could become your most awesome self.
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keldeomasters Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I know that feeling...
well... maybe not so much now since I rarely game often anymore.
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kurotenshililith Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
lol...story of my life...yet again...you and I are freakishly similar hahahahha 
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dailydragonlair Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016
Heh heh too true :D Awww, Alistair with the little heart! ;) And the poor follower in Skyrim, forced to carry the burden, as usual :P
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King-Of-Snakes Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016
oh neeshka, easily my favorite neverwinter nights character
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DarkusRelling Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha, Garrus is adorbs.

also I WISH I HAD RPG STAMINA TOO
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LostFigment Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So much yes!:happybounce: 
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Napoleonbon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
Should have been Fallout instead of NWN2!
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Esitaro3670 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
True Story, also i like the part of Skyrim XD
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Granten Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Why video games are worse than reality.
If you thought YOUR government was bad, you should see how these people handle a crisis.
It is often possible to rip apart someone's mind and turn them into a happy psycho cultist trying to kill everyone.
Unholy abominations trying to burn the world are actual things and not just the product of fevered imaginations of people who take certain parts of the Bible too literally.
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DracoAlpha Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016   General Artist
Oh boy, another one of those "video games are made by Satan and should be destroyed", wanks. Look kid, what does that tome have to do with the majesty of gaming?
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Granten Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
Translation, I point just how messed up all our lives would be if it actually was real and not just a game, you don't seem able to handle it.

And I love that Satan bit, especially how you'd have to clearly not actually look at what I said in order to think it said anything like 'video games are Satanic'.

Tl;dr? Get a life and read what people say before you make dumb posts.
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DracoAlpha Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016   General Artist
Sticks and stones break my bones, but words never hurt me.
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Granten Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
That is an amusing comment that does not change the fact that you still didn't actually bother to check my first comment before you responded to it.
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DracoAlpha Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016   General Artist
Blah blah blah.
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AlumiFish Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Student Writer
This is trie. So true. So true that i can't even describe it.

Oh and I was wondering; on a scale of one to ten, how much woudld you reccomend the games in this comic? Other than Skyrim, which i already have. I've been looking a bit into Dragon Age Origins. Is it really good?
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Isriana Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love Dragon Age: Origins so I might not be the most objective source but yes - if fantasy setting and RPGs are your thing you just can't go wrong with DAO. The other Bioware titles Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (not featured in this comic though) and Mass Effect series are very close to my hear as well, and Neverwinter Nights 2 is my very first RPG so I'll obviously treasure it forever. :XD: So yeah, I'd highly recommend all of these. If you were to pick only one, though, I'd say go for Dragon Age.
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AlumiFish Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks for the input! I'll be sure to keep my eyes open for any of those games! :D (Big Grin) 
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Azerua Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Yeah.....i was wondering how'd they keep running so endlessly
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Gwendelyn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: True!
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Velvet-Crowbar Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I have never seen a drawing so accurate and relatable...until i saw this.
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hah!  Yeah, that gets me too.  All I ever did in high school gym was jog and I was STILL the absolute worst runner in my class.  But play a video game and you'll hike a mile without breaking a sweat.  Wanna climb a mountain?  Be Lara Croft, you'll climb three on the way to an optional power up.
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verge-1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student
so so true
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AkatsukiRocket854 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
I wonder if you should play skyrim with some of the survival mods installed
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LadySlipstream Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
I always laugh at it, whenever my heavily armoured characters are sprinting in what becomes an endless sidescrolling game for them, and leisurely breaking of olympic records for me. Skyrim frame ees lol! Practically took a photo of what I did the other night, suddenly taking an interest in a blue dartwing and running across fields and rivers and mountains to get it. Volstag (coincidence or someone else?) followed like the good backpack he is. Barbas the Butt was ditched long ago, though, and Vigilance will be bought one day when I can guarantee that he won't die the way Queen Alfsigr almost always tries to.
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hunterXIII Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student
I never noticed the unlimited stamina thing till now. Real life sucks sometimes
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TheLeadBasedDesign Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE IT!
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Spazkid1997 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
You had to run to school at one point?! That actually happened?!
:iconofaceplz: :iconmplz: :icongplz:
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Isriana Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Technically, I was running home which is far more pressing matter. :XD:
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Spazkid1997 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Oh. That's still incredible!
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ZackWriter23 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
what's neverwinter nights like?
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Akili-chan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Video game people: they use magic to make sure that they can run for miles on end.
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DevilChicky210 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol :) love it!!!!!!!!!!
you made Garrus look so cute!!!!
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Zaarin1 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just keep reminding myself: Commander Shepard doesn't have asthma; Commander Shepard has Reapers. :(
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Baelickoris Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
heh another reason video games are better than reality.

in video games you loot the dead, get lots of money, and quests to save people and kill bad guys and stuff.

in reality, its called graverobbing, and you get suspected for murder. heheheheeh. you should do a comic on that if you haven't already hehehehheeeh.
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AndytheB-Artist Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist
I can run 400 meters in a little over a minute and a half.
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Isriana Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good for you. I hate running with passion... :XD:
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ToBeAdvised Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ha Ha, nice work. Also I love the way Garrus is running! ... calibrations. :P
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TheLugia702 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to walk that every day. And I'm in a marathon tomorrow....
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kolotho115 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
although this comment is a bit late..

you idiot .
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:iconthelugia702:
TheLugia702 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what else is new?
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kolotho115 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
not much
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Theseekingseer Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Ah what kind of font did you use for your letters, they look quite elegant!
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Isriana Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The font is called Morpheus, and it can be downloaded for free (for example from dafont.com) :D
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Caspia583 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooo, which armor is she wearing in dragon age origins? I gots to know :)
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