Dueling Analogs

Dueling Analogs
Dueling Analogs
Author(s) Steve Napierski
Website duelinganalogs.com
Current status / schedule Monday & Thursday
Launch date November 17, 2005
Genre(s) Video games, Parody, Gag-a-day

Dueling Analogs (a pun on the Dual Analog Controller) is a webcomic by Steve Napierski (also the creator of The Outer Circle). The website was launched on November 17, 2005, and new comics are posted every Monday and Thursday. Dueling Analogs is a gaming comic and as such most of the comics take place in the universe of the games discussed. There are few ongoing stories or plotlines as all of the comics are self-encapsulated (one exception is the trial of King Bowser [1]); however, there are repeated themes such as 'Rejected Mega Man Villains' [2], 'Games that I am glad were never made' [3] and 'What if...?' [4]. Dueling Analogs is also a founding member of a webcomic group of gaming comics.[5] The comic came to prominence in the webcomic community after the "So Dark the Contra of Man" strip.[6]



Dueling Analogs is a color semi-weekly webcomic that lampoons the characters, culture and subtext of modern gaming culture


  • Harvey - Harvey is the voice of Dueling Analogs. Whenever the comic needs to talk directly to the audience about a topic, Harvey is there. Harvey's design is modeled after the look of its creator from his high school years. This is in contrast to the character Steve from The Outer Circle which was modeled after a more recent look of the creator.
First Appearance: 2005-11-29, strip 4.
  • Mario - Though not created by Steve Napierski, Mario has appeared in so many Dueling Analogs strips that he is considered a regular member of the comics cast.
First Appearance: 2005-12-01, strip 5.
  • Jeremy the Sony PR Gnome - The voice of Sony. Jeremy acts as the counterpoint to the voice of Harvey’s pro-Nintendo views. Could possibly be a parody of the gnome from Amélie or the gnome feature in the Travelocity commercials: Where is my Gnome?.
First Appearance: 2006-07-31, strip 76.
  • Xed Box - If Microsoft had a spokesperson in Dueling Analogs, Xed Box would be it. Unfortunately, Xed Box is nothing more than a box with a crudely drawn "X" on it.
First Appearance: 2006-08-16, strip 81.
  • Jon Shelf American - Jon Shelf American is what's considered Dueling Analogs` stereotypical gamer (introvert, unsociable and still living at home with his mother). Name based on George Liquor American created by John Kricfalusi.
First Appearance: 2007-01-15, strip 130.
Harvey Mario Jeremy the Sony PR Gnome Xed Box John Shelf American


Dueling Analogs has featured such games as Final Fantasy VII [7], The Smurfs [8], Mega Man [2], Karnov [9], Super Smash Brothers [10] and Final Fantasy X-2 [11].

Awards and nominations

Dueling Analogs has been nominated for two Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards

  • 2006: Outstanding Gaming Comic [12], Outstanding Web Design [13]

Dueling Analogs has been voted best gaming webcomic of the week by the readers of Joystiq on nine occasions: May 23, 2006 [14], June 3, 2006 [15], June 24, 2006 [16], February 13, 2007 [17], March 27, 2007 [18], May 22, 2007 [19], October 23, 2007 [20], April 23, 2008 [21], May 29, 2008 [22]


  • Dueling Analogs was a monthly comic in Hardcore Gamer Magazine [24] from June through November 2007 .


  • Article about Dueling Analogs on Destructoid [25]
  • BBC Article about webcomics [26]
  • Article on 411mania discussing gaming webcomics [27]
  • Dueling Analogs Living Achievements Vicariously comic [30] was mentioned in a 411mania article [31].


  • Author Steve Napierski, was interviewed in Zoinks! Magazine [33] about Dueling Analogs and his other comic, The Outer Circle in October 2006.

External links


  1. ^ Dueling Analogs :: So long, King Bowser (Part I)
  2. ^ a b Dueling Analogs :: Rejected Mega Man Villains I
  3. ^ Dueling Analogs :: Games that I am glad were never made
  4. ^ Dueling Analogs :: What if Rich Burlew
  5. ^ http://www.gamerspairofdice.com Gamers Pair of Dice
  6. ^ Roberts, James (2008-02-03), Dueling Analogs Creator Steve Napierski, LANGaming.net, http://www.langaming.net/article.php?aid=20021, retrieved 2008-03-07 
  7. ^ Dueling Analogs :: Farewell Aeris... Aerith
  8. ^ Dueling Analogs :: The Real Reason Why Smurfs Are Blue
  9. ^ Dueling Analogs :: Karnov Goes to School
  10. ^ Dueling Analogs :: Super Smashed Bros. Brawl
  11. ^ Dueling Analogs :: Wakka, Wakka, Wakka
  12. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Web_Cartoonist%27s_Choice_Awards#Outstanding_Gaming_Comic
  13. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Web_Cartoonist%27s_Choice_Awards#Outstanding_Web_Design
  14. ^ So Dark the Contra of Man - Joystiq
  15. ^ Readers pick best webcomic (May 29 - June 3) - Joystiq
  16. ^ Readers pick best webcomics (June 18 - 24, 2006) - Joystiq
  17. ^ Readers pick best webcomic: 95% almost brand new! - Joystiq
  18. ^ Readers pick best webcomic: Living Achievements Vicariously - Joystiq
  19. ^ Readers pick best webcomic: Wii and my shadow - Joystiq
  20. ^ Readers pick best webcomic: And now you know ... - Joystiq
  21. ^ Readers pick best webcomic: Square peg, round hole - Joystiq
  22. ^ Readers pick best webcomic: Million Dollar Arcade - Joystiq
  23. ^ Game Revolution Comics - Dueling Analogs
  24. ^ http://www.hardcoregamer.com/ Hardcore Gamer Magazine
  25. ^ Friday Comic Intermission: Dueling Analogs. Destructoid offers reviews, previews, trailers, cheats, and more
  26. ^ BBC - collective - webslinky #082: gaming humour
  27. ^ 411mania.com: Games - Working Title 08.30.07: Working Spotlight- Web Comics
  28. ^ Dueling Analogs :: So Dark the Contra of Man
  29. ^ Geek Trivia: The cheat goes on
  30. ^ Dueling Analogs :: Living Achievements Vicariously
  31. ^ 411mania.com: Games - Working Title 06.07.07: Gaming's Little Complaints - Achievement Points
  32. ^ Joystiq profile: Dueling Analogs' Steve Napierski - Joystiq
  33. ^ http://zoinks.boneflake.com/index.php?page=issue-current Zoinks! Magazine

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