This was one of the “sample” bits of clip art Rob gave me when he first asked me to take over the strip. It took me this long to figure out what to do with it!
Every idea I had with this piece had something to do with video card games becoming the norm and actual physical card games becoming the exception, and once again it was one of those things where every idea became far too wordy to fit in three panels. The one with cowboys complaining about how a mechanical decision-makin’ contraption could never replace a real player because they wouldn’t be able to flip a table seemed the most promising, but ultimately I had to pick a direction I could go in without having to connect too many dots.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that I have a seemingly-unlimited number of games available in my pocket at any given moment. But there’s a big difference between sneaking in a few minutes of Words With Friends on your lunch break and having a loud happy evening of Dixit with actual friends.