Super Meta Boy: Concerned Joe

By Alec Meer on April 25th, 2013 at 12:00 pm.

Oh my God JC, a GIF!

Tis the season for narrated platformers, shalalalalalala. Wait, was that enough las? Or too many? Writing is hard. Anyway! First Thomas Was Alone did the whole narration-while-jumping thing, and now we’ve got Concerned Joe using a similar concept but with more open humour and in which you, the player-as-character, are addressed/mocked directly, in GlaDOS stylee. No, actually, I am allowed to write ‘stylee’ as I was an honest-to-God teenager in the 1990s.

Anyway, again. Concerned Joe already exists as a free webgame, but, as was the case with Meat Boy evolving into Super Meat Boy, a well flashy new version is en route. Cue Immediately Engaging Footage:

I must admit that, after the ongoing rennaissance of the last few years, playing a platformer holds basically zero appeal for me now, but I am sorely tempted by this one. I want to see how far the commentary goes, how much it observes and pillories my actions and errors. Or, indeed, if it just says one line at each new screen then shuts up. That’d be shame.

There’s also the death clock factor, wherein if you stop moving for too long, Joe’s concern proves well founded and he expires. It’s like Speed, as starring collection of blue pixels capable of infinitely more facial expressions than Keanu Reeves.

The rudiments of both the wry narration and the death clock may be found in the original game, which still lives here and is Quite Good As These Things Go.

The shiny new version of Concerned Joe should be out later this year. If you’re concerned (ha) the devs aren’t working hard enough, why not watch/shout at them on their livestreams:

Watch live video from xelubest on www.twitch.tv

Watch live video from 4urentertainment on www.twitch.tv

They call themselves ‘Those Awesome Guys’. A bold claim indeed.

Here’s an earlier look at Nu-Concerned Joe too, featuring a MOUSTACHE:

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  1. apocraphyn says:

    A GIF?!

    • Ian says:

      Blew my damned mind.

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      distantlurker says:

      Stone the heretic!

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      stahlwerk says:

      Super Baby Method?!

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      Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      Pfaaaah. I hate animated gifs. They make the street-urchins* operating my ponderous kinematoscope exert themselves unduly, and there is little in the world that I despise as much as urchin sweat.

      *They work for tuppence, and to stop the beatings.

      • Niko says:

        I say! Have you heard of this new start-up called “Newcomen & Psmith Steam Company”? It may sound ludicrous, but they claim to make those “steam engines” that provide power to various contraptions, kinematoscopes included. My uncle has got one of those to power his ear trumpet and now he can hear all the rats in the walls. Well, he would be able to if not for all the noise the steam machine produces.

  2. Khalan says:

    Two more las, immediately!

  3. Tusque D'Ivoire says:

    autoplay videos. argh! maybe it’s my opera browser, but there’s nothing worse than a webpage that starts babbling uncontrollably for an infinite time.

    Also, good god, that commentator is obnoxious! I know that he’s supposed to be, but that’s taking it too far!

    • sabrage says:

      Please, no more autoplay videos, or I’m installing NoScript.

    • solidsquid says:

      Did they update this? As far as I can tell it’s not set to autoplay, possibly Chrome blocks it?

  4. rustybroomhandle says:

    Hey, I too was a teenager in the 1990s but only briefly. I got better!

  5. Bhazor says:

    Autoplaying embedded video? The horror.

  6. Kitsunin says:

    Actually, looks pretty cool. I got a few chuckles out of the various vids.

  7. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    This type of narration has been done before in platformers. Stealth bastard is a good example. Then there was this other platformer.. it may have been a flash game but it also had that.

    And yeah, the autoplay on that stream video is rather annoying.

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    Jonfon says:

    So we can watch them on Twitch TV watching us via this page on their browser?

    How very meta!

    If they then activate the TwitchTV movie of themselves on this page does the digital universe collapse?

  9. fish99 says:

    I’ve been watching that character for the last 30 minutes, I’d swear it’s moving!