Looking at webcomics every week, I notice how often old, or "retro" games are depicted. You can anticipate a new Pokemon, Zelda or Mario comic nearly every week. Knowing how interesting and funny some of them turn out, I really have no problem with it. What stands out are the comics that point out problems with today's hottest games.

No, I don't think the artists are "doing it wrong" by complaining about modern games, but when topics such as premium content and microtransactions are an important part of gaming culture, it makes you wonder about the ways the industry has changed through the years. Some of those changes are for the better; no one should have any issues with excellent episodic-style game releases or free downloadable add-ons for their favorite games. Others are met with constant debates. Could some publishers simply be doing it wrong?

When I look at the weekly Mario-themed comics now, I realize that some players might be yearning for simpler times. Who could be faulted for that? I encourage you to check out last week's webcomics and vote for your favorite after the break!

Mario babies (Extra Fabulous Comics)
It's Thinking (Nerd Rage)
Hiiiiya! (Corpse Run)
Meryl and Snake (Legacy Control)
Call of Duty: The Ultimate Pointstreak (Dorkly)
Butt Stallion (Manly Guys Doing Manly Things)
Mindcraft (Penny Arcade)
Hints from the Miiverse (Brawl in the Family)
Weekly Webcomic Wrapup: December 1, 2012
Mario babies (Extra Fabulous Comics)189 (30.2%)
It's Thinking (Nerd Rage)13 (2.1%)
Hiiiiya! (Corpse Run)14 (2.2%)
Meryl and Snake (Legacy Control)40 (6.4%)
Call of Duty: The Ultimate Pointstreak (Dorkly)49 (7.8%)
Butt Stallion (Manly Guys Doing Manly Things)28 (4.5%)
Mindcraft (Penny Arcade)181 (28.9%)
Hints from the Miiverse (Brawl in the Family)112 (17.9%)

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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