The Pocket God Comic Book Has A Story Somehow

One of the biggest games/apps/whatever-it-is on the iPhone and iPod Touch, Pocket God, will be turned into a comic soon. Here's page three, the second page to be shown to the public (after this one). But what's the story?

Dave Castelnuovo of Pocket God studio Bolt Creative explained, over e-mail, what the comic is about: "Well, here's a look into the first issue. The pygmies live in a world where they are basically immortal, they can get killed but then minutes later they come back to life. Even beyond that, it seems like they get randomly exposed to dangers for some reason that is beyond them. For the most part, the pygmies believe in a group of gods that they have to somehow appease by praying to them and offering them sacrifices.

"The main character is kind of a smart arse and questions these beliefs. He is a rebel that plays pranks on his fellow pygmies that often times cause them to die. He thinks its really no big deal because they will just end up being resurrected but the other pygmies think he is taking the gift of immortality for granted.

"The first arc is about them losing the power to be resurrected and their mission to figure out how to fix it."

If you've played Pocket God, you get all that right? That annoying pygmy-tormenting god is.. you. At least, it is in the constantly-updated game which doesn't have much of a story. "Since Pocket God began, it's really just been a platform that we used to experiment and evolve the world that the pygmies live in," Castelnuovo told Kotaku.

"At first, there was hardly anything but we eventually started adding new islands, games, and even a story mode where players can create their own narrative with the pygmy characters. The comic book is just a new step in that direction where we are starting to give the pygmies personalities and flesh out the world that they live in. We are looking to do an on-going series but the first arc that is being produced will be four issues."

The Pocket God comics series is expected to be available on iTunes in June or July. It will be available in print form in September from APE Entertainment.


    Just when I thought it was safe to finally put away my embarassment of Western outreach, along comes Pocket God. And now they're doing a comic! *Rolls eyes* I'm typing to you in dark glasses from behind an effing palm tree.

    I'm American-British, white (as it happens) & an avid gamer. My hubby comes from DRCongo. So yeah, I'm embarassed & offended. The game itself was a real eye-opener for me. In my review, I wrote:

    "While the game play is ok, I'm surprised the devs didn't think through the choice of character in the first place. Uh, Pygmies really exist, guys.

    Setting aside the various native groups worldwide, even the generic term means "members of any human group whose adult males grow to less than a specific height". So it's a cute game targeting & killing a particular group of people.

    [Why not use] robots instead, specially created for destruction? As things stand, it's the gaming equivalent of blackface."

    Bolt can insist that such offense is misplaced, but they're using the word 'Pygmy' all over the place and the main character's name is 'Ooga'.

    Please. How different is Pocket God from Jynx in Pokemon? Not so much...

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