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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:
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Acquisitions Inc.
Posted by News Fetcher on August 01 '11 at 02:00 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Are you ready for more Acquisitions Inc.? I certainly hope so because we are getting the band back together for PAX prime. That’s right Jim, Omen, Binwin and Al will be going up against Dungeon Master extraordinaire Chris Perkins in another incredible adventure! Was that too much?



On Saturday August 27th from 3:30 to 5:30 we will be playing live on stage in the main theatre. This new game will be filmed by WOTC and then chopped up and delivered online a few weeks after the show. You can watch last year’s live game right here. I don’t want to say too much but trust me when I say we’re kicking the theatrics up a notch this time. So if you’re a D&D fan don’t miss it!

-Gabe out

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The Fire
Posted by News Fetcher on August 01 '11 at 10:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I’ve made no secret of my struggles to integrate the Nintendo 3DS into the contours of an entire life. The machine is literally my son’s Pokedex - that’s all it gets used for. It’s very good at being that; I don’t want to seem like that’s nothing. But, considering the lineage, it’s starting to look like the blanged-out wastrel heir of a once great house.

We could say that they cut the price of the device, or that they are cutting it, when what they have done in actual fact is to butcher it, hacking madly until the blade meets the board. The cut is comically large, verging on the bulbous. It doesn’t look strategic; it looks like they’re throwing treasure overboard in an attempt to keep the ship above water. Maybe they've got a "media story" that makes all of this look like a real plan, but who knows. Their online store is a nightmare: it’s like the nightmare an actual online store would have, it’s like if an online store were looking into a mirror while its fucking face melted away and the only thing that could staunch this horror was the eventual liquefaction of its optic nerve.

I honestly don’t know what it means for the Vita - it depends largely on why you think the 3DS is having trouble. Certainly, games on the Vita look more expensive than their 3DS counterparts, and we can be confident that there’ll be a premium attached. The reality for me is that even as a “gamer,” an enthusiast, a true adherent, my phone is enough even on a trip. Period. The premium cache associated with Portability capital-P has been obliterated, being portable is insufficient as a motivator when I have multipurpose computational sliver perpetually en pocké.

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The Fire
Posted by News Fetcher on July 31 '11 at 11:15 PM
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Gabeart Show
Posted by News Fetcher on July 29 '11 at 12:30 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
We’ve posted another of my live drawing sessions on PATV. We listened to the feedback we got last time and now you can watch it in real time or sped up. You can check out wither version right here.



I’ve switched from Ustream to JustinTV for these streams. I’m able to deliver a much higher res stream and I have control over if/when you see ads. If you’re interested in catching one of these shows live you should follow me on twitter. I don’t do them on any real schedule but most of the time they’ll be around 1:00pm pacific time on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I’ll always announce a show via my twitter a few hours before I start though.

-Gabe out

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Accountability
Posted by News Fetcher on July 29 '11 at 10:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
The nasty bit about Summer of Arcade is its density; I’m in no way finished with Bastion, and now they want me to play Lord for some nomadic dudesmen. They aren’t finished with their claims on my time, either, with stuff from Signal Studios waiting in the wings and Robot Entertainment’s Orcs Must Die(!) outside the blast radius of the promotion yet still colonizing my forebrain. I understand being able to purchase them all, like they want you to, but play them? Who can do this? Goro?

I don’t think that absolutely every game has to be co-operative, but it would help; as I am absolutely certain I’ve told you before, having to decide between being social and being solitary creates psychological jitter. That is to say, I wobble; I become a creature of superposition, and I never really coalesce. I’m as likely to watch Farscape reruns or edgy Korean thrillers a I am to play a game at that point. But I will sometimes stop playing a game because I would enjoy it more cooperatively, that is to say, I would enjoy it more as a game which does not exist.

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Accountability
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 11:15 PM
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Live Drawing
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 10:30 AM
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The Pondiferous
Posted by News Fetcher on July 26 '11 at 11:15 PM
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Live Streaming
Posted by News Fetcher on July 26 '11 at 10:15 AM
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Comic Con Panel
Posted by News Fetcher on July 26 '11 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Another Comic Con has come and gone. I think that makes ten years in a row for us now. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth and bought some stuff or just said hi. We did a Q&A panel this year on Saturday night and it turns out it was recorded by Gamespot. The camera work is a bit crazy but if you want to check it out you can do so right here.
-Gabe out

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The New Shit
Posted by News Fetcher on July 25 '11 at 09:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I am not very good at social networking.

Twitter is the extent of the phenomenon that I’ve been able to integrate, and badly. I’d like to say that it’s because I’m simply too old, but my mom Books Face like a motherfucker, and she’s the crone of the Triple Goddess. I’ve got an overgrown Facebook profile somewhere that I’ve forgotten the password to, every now and then I get a tiny squeak from the service which suggests that I am letting people down, to which I mentally reply yes, obviously. That is my thing.

The problem is that the games on Facebook are now at the level of what I would call, well, &ldquo;games&rdquo; (to coin a phrase). I like those, and they’re being made by more and more of the people I actually care about, so I’m stuck. STUCK. I don’t want to go where everybody knows my name, in direct contradiction of the ancient wisdom. I want to go where I am the only person there.

For reasons which explicate themselves, as a thirty five year old man I don’t spend a lot of time with young women half my age. The only context where this kind of thing has even a remote glimpse of propriety is when a person matching this description comes to the booth, and I sit behind the booth. There is an alteration beyond known mathematics to the ratios of people coming to see us now, to the point that it’s rapidly approaching women at fifty percent, many of them from the generation of geeks that will inherit our enterprise.

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The New Shit
Posted by News Fetcher on July 24 '11 at 11:15 PM
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Annservice, Part Four
Posted by News Fetcher on July 21 '11 at 11:30 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Now you know why the series is called Annservice. I begged Gabriel to end the series this way, because I felt confident it would be awesome, even though it’s a fairly naked supplication of the reader somewhat outside the Gag Strip Milieu. I especially appreciate him letting me have Panel 3, particularly since he isn’t a fan in the least and may even be the opposite of a fan. Usually that term would mean something like &ldquo;opponent,&rdquo; but in this case I think it clearly means villain.

I had half a mind to bring my Xbox down to the show, just to play more Bastion.

I love everything about Narrators, even the unreliable ones, and the game’s exquisite use of this trick - and the gifted actor they’ve slotted in the role - is a Wow Device with the Captivator set at maximum. His voice is like wrapping yourself in a quilt straight from the dryer. There is much to like about the game; just on the edge of too clever, it’s got sentiment without going twee. Eloquent, demonstrative art. On a primal level, it have nice playings; it fun to hit beast. At the end of the day, though... that voice. The warmth.

Also, it was written by Greg Kasavin, and you know where I stand on the all-important Kasavin issue.

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Annservice, Part Three
Posted by News Fetcher on July 19 '11 at 11:15 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Tonight is Preview Night at the San Diego Comic Con, a very particular sort of environ, the very moment when the scab is ripped off the show and it begins to suppurate.

It’s actually very strange to sit under those lights as long as we do in there, it is unlike existence in key ways, and they crank the air conditioning up (or, more accurately, down) to cryogenic levels to prepare the hall for its imminent colonization. It’s so cold in there that you literally start grabbing things off of your own shelves and begin wearing them. You experiment with &ldquo;layers&rdquo; not just for the couture factor but also in order to fucking survive.

We will be available for anything you may require this evening at booth 1334, shivering even though we are mummified in our own merchandise, wracked with spasms like fever victims, bound up in dark dreams. Come for the con exclusive merchandise, stay for the lunatic prophecies.

Speaking specifically to the former, Erika’s Gamer Crest design is officially rad, with some Latinasty from Brian to the tune of &ldquo;I Came, I Saw, I Waited.&rdquo; We might have other versions of the shirt at some point, but this one is specific to the show; the superbear in the upper right quadrant establishes its unique role in the SDCC ecosystem.



We also have Kiko’s &ldquo;Keep Calm & Respawn shirt in an alternate color for the show. I don't entirely know what this color is called. I asked Gabriel if it was more &ldquo;merlot&rdquo; than &ldquo;plum,&rdquo; and he pursed his lips. &ldquo;It’s dark red,&rdquo; he said.

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Annservice, Part Two
Posted by News Fetcher on July 17 '11 at 11:15 PM
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