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Due to the usual problems of webcomic time, the technology progress in EGS may occasionally look weird, no matter what year it is supposed to be set in, simply because time in EGS moves much slower than real time, yet some stuff is influenced by real life.

Note that one possible explanation for that is that researchers are using information obtained from Uryuoms to speed up the research.

See also: Time progress extremes

Phones Edit

The best example are phones: at the start of the comic, people are using land lines. Tedd worries that Elliot's phone is tapped.[1]

They apparently get cordless phones with base stations later[2] and then real cellphones[3], although Susan is still worried about price of text messages.

Later, people start having phones with video capabilities.[4]

The phone Elliot as Cheerleadra merges with later apparently has GPS.[5]

That's a lot of progress for one year passed in the timeline, isn't it?

Alternative explanation Edit

Note that if we think hard, we can make another explanation. Dunkels were poor, Tedd was affected by slow bureaucracy of DGB who took a while to develop secure enough smart phone and Susan had that plan because she wanted to prove herself and rejected much better phone or phone plan her mother would give her.

Speaking about secure phones, given how Elliot effectively goes over all the secrets he knows when talking to Mr. Verres about the Bloodgrem[6] and Edward not only doesn't complain, but says enough[7] to endanger the real secret[8] of accessibility of magic, it's obvious that Tedd and everyone he's likely to talk with over the phone (so, all main eight probably) got phones DGB doesn't need to worry about being tapped.

Camera Edit

Prior to the already mentioned phones with video capabilities, Sarah was showing off her digital camera, boasting about it's 512MB card and gigabytes of space on computer.[9] That was on March 9th, exactly month of comics time before ... but, obviously, FIVE years of real time.

TV Edit

Susan's 64" widescreen TV with surround sound and DVD/VHS player[10] is big, but apparently CRT or maybe rear-projection TV, as Ellen wouldn't be able to sleep[11] on a plasma and/or LCD ... of course, if you have that big of a CRT, you may not hurry with upgrading either.

Hard to say if the widescreen Dunkels bought[12] is CRT or LCD ... the TV Tedd has in basement seems like CRT[13] but may not be new ... there seem to be flat display in basement later, though ...[14]

On a related note, the monitor Elliot has on his computer is flat.[15][16]

References Edit

  1. EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-02-25 ("Oh, Like Your Phone Isn't")
  2. EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-11-11 ("More Familiar Faces")
  3. EGS Main Story Comic for 2007-10-13 ("Please Thank Nanase's Imagination for the Nifty Susan/Diane Fusion Imagery")
  4. EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-10-15
  5. EGS Main Story Comic for 2016-04-04 ("Best Power")
  6. EGS Main Story Comic for 2008-08-27 ("...I'm Sorry, What? I Was Distracted by Lavender")
  7. EGS Main Story Comic for 2008-08-29 ("Doomed to Transgender Mayhem")
  8. EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-05-09
  9. EGS Main Story Comic for 2005-08-24 ("Dude, Like, Sarah Just TOTALLY Flashed Female Justin!")
  10. EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-06-13 ("Terms")
  11. EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-06-26 ("Everyone Has Theories...")
  12. EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-03-12
  13. EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-11-08
  14. EGS Main Story Comic for 2016-09-23
  15. EGS Main Story Comic for 2017-03-17
  16. EGS Main Story Comic for 2017-05-05