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Dragon Nest Contest (Which Rhymes)
Posted by News Fetcher on August 30 '11 at 06:30 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
It’s generally my task to test games which require advertising space, and I had been putting off Dragon Nest because I had a ton of shit to do, and also because I play a lot of these games and I sort of felt like I knew what I was in for. To jump immediately to the end of the story, I was deeply, deeply wrong. It hews closer to the MMO standard than a game like Spiral Knights let’s say, but it’s very much an action oriented approach: it’s like some wicked brew of Phantasy Star Online and Lord of the Rings. The surprise was pleasant.

I was pleasantly surprised.
Anyhow, the team made a few Poochums (this is a poochum)



and wanted to know if we would give them away, which we will! Indeed, all you must do to get one is to send a mail to dragonnestcontest@gmail.com and we’ll choose five mortals to adopt one of these slavering beasts.

(CW)TB

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Contingencies
Posted by News Fetcher on August 29 '11 at 11:30 PM
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The Tragedy Of The Commons
Posted by News Fetcher on August 12 '11 at 09:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I love this kind of stuff.

For those of you not familiar with the story, “a dude made an image of his electronic Starbucks Card available for anyone to download and use. And use it they did! Which is to say that they used it straight into the fucking ground. Until they started recharging it, and using it down to zero, and recharging it in an echo of an extant human tradition until the coffee card came to represent the eternal push-pull of yin and yang.”

He denies that this is part of an elaborate social medioid hyperblitz, but if it works, I don’t really think it matters very much. If it wasn’t a machination in this particular case, it certainly will be in the future. And we got a strip out of it, so I can’t feel too bad. Implementing a Caffe sospeso policy chain-wide might see some advantages, in addition to being an objective good, but as a profit center a single card doesn’t really seem like a winner strategy for anything but brand awareness. Most people have heard of Starbucks.

Starbucks is a thing.

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The Tragedy Of The Commons
Posted by News Fetcher on August 11 '11 at 11:15 PM
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Dad Stuff
Posted by News Fetcher on August 10 '11 at 01:31 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I know you don’t come to this website for news about my spawn but I can’t help but share this. My eldest son Gabe is almost seven years old now. He is fixated on a few different things. Lego, Minecraft, Adventure Time, and (God help me) iCarly. Gabe plays Minecraft every single day and that’s no joke. For a while I thought maybe I should be limiting his time because that’s what parents do right? They limit “time”. Then I started looking at the shit my son was doing in this game and I could not ask him to stop.

He is building and solving problems in ways that frankly I think are far beyond his years but maybe that’s just becasue I’m his Dad. Either way I think the “game” has been incredibly good for him. He’s learned spelling by making his own signs, some pretty complex math from using his furnace and smelting, How to think of something and then figure out how to build that thing, and then just basic computer skills and the concept of mouse look+WASD.

His fascination with Minecraft has lead him to ask me the other day if there was “something you could look at that would show you how to make things in minecraft.” Up until just the other day he had been discovering all the recipes on his own. He figured out boats, buckets, doors,armor and a ton of other stuff just from trial and fucking error. So I showed him the Minecraft Wiki and its recipe list. I thought his little brain was going to explode when he saw that you could make a bed. After that I noticed him typing minecraft into YouTube and I got a little scared. My baby boy was using the god-damned Internet. Jesus only knows what sick shit he would find out there. As it turned out he found people showing off their Minecraft creations and giving tours of their worlds. This blew him away!

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Fed Astaire
Posted by News Fetcher on August 10 '11 at 10:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
The communities of DOTA, HoN, and LoL are notorious, even among gamer communities, for being noxious hellholes. It’s rare that I actually run afoul of these beasts; usually, they’re content to shiver and gasp in their rotting stumps. Every now and then, though, they do emerge, and I remember: oh, yes. You senseless things. Again!

Obviously you have a lot of larvae just learning to be human beings, and I can recognize their wretched, sightless writhings. But it’s simply a fact that this game is more stressful than other games. Part of it is almost certainly because the stakes are higher. On average, a round of League of Legends might be five or six times longer than a round of CoD. You can only waste a stranger’s time so long before they begin to resent it, and in an environment where there’s little to no repercussions to transgressive behavior there is a high likelihood that you will be transgressed at some point. I’m not saying it’s an awesome thing to do, just that it is done, and to gird yourself accordingly.

We’re playing LoL, but it doesn’t particularly matter which one you play - games of this unique genre gumbo necessarily have broad concepts in common, and I’m starting to find it problematic. I don’t even mean in a bad way, I mean that when my time becomes my own, I don’t want to play anything else. I can summarize why - imagine that these items occupy a set of expanding, concentric rings.

1) Custom Jargon (lane, bot, fed, etc.)

2) Tactical gameplay moment to moment

3) Choice-studded Power Progression Arc

4) Intrinsic/Extrinsic novelty based on party composition (“Deckbuilding”)

5) Persistence

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The trenches!
Posted by News Fetcher on August 10 '11 at 09:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Its been a long time coming but we have finally launched our new comic The Trenches. This comic is a collaboration between Tycho and I along with Scott Kurtz. Scott and I created the the characters and the look of the strip and he is handling the artwork for the actual comics. The three of us are writing it together and having a blast. The Trenches is much different from Penny Arcade in that it is has what the ladies call “continuity”.



The Trenches focuses on Isaac and his life as a game tester. As the comic goes on you’ll get introduced to his friends and the hell that can be QA. The comic will be updated every Tuesday and Thursday. Along with each new strip we will also be featuring a story from an actual tester about their experiences in the industry. So if you have your own horror story that you’d like to share (anonymously of course) you can hit this page and get it off your chest.

Its been awesome working with Scott on this project and I could not be more proud of the final result. I know it’s early but I promise we’ve got a lot of great characters and fun stuff planned. I hope you’ll keep checking in with The Trenches on Tuesdays and Thursdays as we introduce you to this world we’ve had so much fun building.

-Gabe out

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Fed Astaire
Posted by News Fetcher on August 09 '11 at 11:15 PM
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Live Drawing starting at 1:30 PST
Posted by News Fetcher on August 09 '11 at 10:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Watch live video from Penny Arcade on www.justin.tv

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New Site Design
Posted by News Fetcher on August 08 '11 at 01:01 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
It's ready to be tested under load - you can find it at beta.penny-arcade.com, and any bugs or issues you have with it can be mailed to webmaster+beta@penny-arcade.com.

(CW)TB

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Fruit Ninja
Posted by News Fetcher on August 08 '11 at 10:16 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
My friend Brian over at Kotaku posted a nice preview of Fruit Ninja for Kinect. In it he mentions the fact that the game will notify you when someone has beaten your score. Since he had the game early and so did I, he says he was competing with me. I hate to break it to you Brian but you were competing with my son. Lil’ Gabe is the Fruit Ninja in our house.

Brian seems to like the game but it was not a huge hit at my house. Even Lil’ Gabe got tired of it after only a few games. Fruit comes up on the screen and then you try and cut it by waving your arms. That’s pretty much all that happens. once you’ve sliced a couple hundred bananas the novelty goes away. Especially if you’ve already sliced said bananas on your phone or tablet. From my point of view there’s just not much there.

Now, From Dust on the other hand is an incredible Arcade title. I’ve been puzzling my way through this game for a couple weeks now and I still love coming back to it. They do an incredible job of mixing in new mechanics as you progress so that the puzzles stay fresh. I highly recommend grabbing the trial at the very least.

-Gabe out

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PAXDev Badge Delivery Deadline
Posted by News Fetcher on August 08 '11 at 09:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
August Tenth - so, Wednesday? - is the last day to buy your ticket and have it sent to you. Otherwise, you'll have to pick it up at the door. Which is also fine! Up to you.

(CW)TB

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Sound And Fury
Posted by News Fetcher on August 07 '11 at 11:30 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
What is true, absolutely true, is that Blizzard does not allow people to play Diablo III while they are not connected live to their servers. It is at this point that interpretation, reason, and cynicism create a drifting mobile of warring, caustic realities.

To put things diplomatically, this is a matter about which Gabriel and I do not agree. The growing ubiquity of Internet access keeps him from feeling any tremendous sympathy for the increasingly thin band of edge cases. Plus, and this may be applied as a generality, he is unfond of hippies and this type of complaint is situated in the continuum of Hippie-Type Shit, like how James tipped your bong after a monster rip and the whole fucking thing is seriously like whatever.

For my part, and I’m not, like, The Lord or anything, but the gulf between able to install a Spawn copy of the game and not being able to play offline at all seems pretty deep. Don’t really know what else to tell you. I saw that Blizzard came out with a response response, expressing their surprise at the consumer reaction, when this is more or less how consumers react every single time they learn the precise circumference of their golden leash.

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Sound And Fury
Posted by News Fetcher on August 07 '11 at 11:15 PM
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Kickball, Sport Of Kings
Posted by News Fetcher on August 05 '11 at 09:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
We held a bachelor party for Levin night before last, a bachelor party that began with drunken kickball and culminated in drunken drinking. Gabriel attended the former, and I tagged in for the latter, each playing to our respective strengths. The drinking portion involved a Whisky Tasting, and I offered a series of tasting notes for the flight via Twitter, like so:




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Kickball, Sport Of Kings
Posted by News Fetcher on August 05 '11 at 01:15 AM
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Humble Indie Bundle
Posted by News Fetcher on August 03 '11 at 10:15 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
bundlin' bundlin' bundlin' WHA

That's my evocative intro groove; I pray that you have been sufficiently tantalized. The HIB is back for a third outing, and Child's Play is honored to be in the mix. There's some hot, hot shit in there this time around - and when you pay over the current average, you get the second bundle as well. It's pretty twisted all told, might be somethng you want to get in on.

(CW)TB

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The Only Way To Be Sure
Posted by News Fetcher on August 02 '11 at 11:15 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
When I was tooling around the ‘Con a couple weeks ago, I managed to scam my way into a BioWare thingy where (much to my surprise) six massive Shepards stood vigil. The female Shepard that is, colloquially referred to as FemShep. It was all part of a contest designed to play up the distaff side of the equation, chosen by just under a fifth of the playerbase. You could go online and choose which one would be the default. Employees of the company were very excited about it, and all had their favorites; none of the ones I spoke to would have chosen the Shepard now known ignominiously as Shepard 5.

It’s one of these online shitstorms in certain quarters now, people don’t like how it shook out, or who might have shaken it out. That’s the trouble with democracy, huh? The wrong people are always voting.

The idea that this tousled, interstellar bad-ass with a sidearm, an assault rifle, and some kind of hard-light holoblade represents some kind of wilting star princess is beyond comprehension. This is the same Shepherd, Commander Shepard, whose exploits have cut this way and that across an entire galaxy; the one who parleyed with Reavers, and released the Rachni. The one who died and was reborn, the one who laid low a writhing and larval world-eater.

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The Only Way To Be Sure
Posted by News Fetcher on August 02 '11 at 11:15 PM
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Live Drawing starting at 1:30 PST
Posted by News Fetcher on August 02 '11 at 10:30 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Watch live video from Penny Arcade on www.justin.tv

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