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Merch News
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '11 at 01:30 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:


Our Keep Calm and Respawn shirt has quickly become our most popular shirt ever. We’ve also created a series of prints based on the same idea.







You can grab them individulay via the above links, or get all three in one pack.



Also with the release of Portal 2 imminent, we’ve knocked 5 bucks off of all our Slide Forever shirts. That's mens and ladies!

-Gabe out

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The End Times
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '11 at 09:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
The Wii2 rumors are getting pretty dense up in this piece. Microsoft proved that you can get pretty far dropping a new platform before everyone else is ready, to the extent that if you can do it, you should. We've aggregated the most far-out content from blogs, newswebs, and dotcoms, boiling out the excess moisture until all that's left is a kind of dense cake.

I'm incredibly curious about the Steam integration on the PS3 - not the particulars of it (it's Steam on the PS3) but whether or not this is something people want. People use platforms and like platforms, and they play games where they like to play them. How often do they resent the yawning gulfs between them? Is this like creating a vegan menu for lions?

I explained the functionality to Gabriel, who reclined in his customary fashion, entirely unimpressed, and quite possibly asleep. He didn't even know who he would play with on the PC should he choose to purchase the game on the PS3, when the whole point of the conversation was that he could play with me. You will either understand completely or not at all: if I can play a game on the PC, I will. This thing is a Goddamned monster, a nightmare horse always pawing its burning hooves at the dirt. It must feed! etc. Because we live in the actual universe, there are sometimes caveats:

1. My friends occasionally choose my platform for me.
2. If the Digital Rights Management is exceptionally fruity, I may opt for a console version.
3. If it's not day and date.

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The End Times
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '11 at 09:15 AM
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PAX Prime & PAX Dev
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 02:00 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Registration for PAX Prime just opened, PAX is that videogame convention we do sometimes, and it tends to sell out so now is as good a time as any to register. i can remember reading somewhere that we were trying to manipulate people with this kind of language, and I can assure you it isn't the case! Every, every, every ticket gets sold before the doors even open. That also means that we need all the help we can get, so if you are interested in volunteering for the show - colloquially known as Enforcing, the application can be found here.
We're also announcing a second show, one that occurs just before the other, and is limited exclusively to developers: PAX Dev. We've been asked to set this up for awhile, by all kinds of developers for all kinds of games, who want a zone to talk exclusively about craft without a media circus atmosphere. Well, we're doing that, and we're sorry it took so long.
(CW)TB

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I Need 50 CCs Of Bubblegum Kush
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 09:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Every time a shop closes near our office, within the space of a week it is transformed into a dispensary. Italian Soccer Bar? Dispensary. Custom Engraving? This is now a dispensary also, though you can get things engraved while-u-wait. Our state decided a long time ago that it wanted Medical Marijuana to be a thing, but they never thought much about what that would actually look like, and in the absence of a legal framework what it looks like is that every time a shop closes near our office, within the space of a week it is transformed into a dispensary.

This is the passage of time, I suppose; you become an old person without realizing it, and the world grows wooly and strange. I understand that blowjobs are now a casual greeting among young people, and you can get high without having to hang out in a weird person's living room for five hours watching Rainbow Brite.

You're always born too late.

The two things I want to talk about the most I can't, because I've signed papers to that effect, which means that the remainder of my brain is focused on something I can't have, which is Portal 2.

I've been following the ARG associated with its launch, and potentially its early launch, in the observational way I "play" most ARGs. I'm not smart enough to penetrate those puzzles, or to even recognize that a puzzle is being presented. I come in after the fact and skim off the story stuff and spend a little time in the nimbus of their cleverness, feeling more clever thereby.

The last phase, though, is Brute Force - and that is something I can do, and it is something I can ask you to help with, and we can crank open the aperture on this muhfuckin' Victory Spigot. We can make the game launch early, on PC at any rate, and that's something I think we should so.

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I Need 50 CCs Of Bubblegum Kush
Posted by News Fetcher on April 14 '11 at 11:15 PM
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A Quaint And Curious Volume
Posted by News Fetcher on April 13 '11 at 10:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
There is a new Kindle in town, the "Kindle With Special Offers," which I would definitely have named something else.

I might also have priced it something else, but if they'd made the thing an even hundred bucks no-one would buy any of the other ones. Advertisements roil beneath the surface of your purchased books, ready to leap the moment it's put into sleep mode or to slide in unwanted when absorbing your gothic horror.

Gabriel will occasionally surprise you, and not just with his unhinged, borderline carnivorous ability to discern human weakness. For example, I'd forgotten that he had committed the entirety of Poe's The Raven to memory, which he quothed throughout the process of writing the strip. I asked him if he'd ever read The Gold-Bug, an adventure story which is about cryptography as much as it is anything else, and he said no. I can remember reading it on the bus home in high school, and being so utterly transported by the text that I missed my stop.

It was cool, though; I didn't mind.

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A Quaint And Curious Volume
Posted by News Fetcher on April 12 '11 at 11:15 PM
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Spiral Knights
Posted by News Fetcher on April 11 '11 at 04:45 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
That's the game I was talking about before. I actually thought I was mentioning it too much, that's how obsessed I am with it, everywhere I look there is another Spiral Knight. I could have edited the original post to put it in, but I think it's so weird that I managed to talk around the fucking thing for three paragraphs that I kind of want to leave it. Anyway, if you were made curious, there you go.

(CW)TB

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The Wise Man's Fear
Posted by News Fetcher on April 11 '11 at 03:15 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
People have been asking me what I thought of this book for a while. Minor spoilers ahead I guess.

I loved The Name of The Wind so much that I actually bought it as a Christmas present for most of the people in my family. From the minute I finished it I was hungry for the next book in the series to come out.

I was lucky enough to get an early copy since we happen to know Patrick but even though I got the book back in March, I just finished it a few days ago. The Wise Man&rsquo;s Fear is a great book and a satisfying continuation of the story but I gotta say the pacing of it is a bit slow for my taste. The reason it took me so long to read isn&rsquo;t that the book is about a million pages long, it&rsquo;s that I read a bunch of other books while I was reading this one. I needed to take breaks but I never lost my interest and so I kept coming back to The Wise Man&rsquo;s Fear.

I love Kvothe the most when he is out slaying bandits and being rad. The few times that happens in the new book had me literally shouting out loud as I read but I could have done with a lot more. Tycho loves knowing how much money Kvothe has and likes reading pages of Sympathy theory. I want action and while all the sexing in this book was cool, that&rsquo;s not the sort of action I&rsquo;m after. I still loved it though and I&rsquo;ve been dying to draw Kvothe since the first book came out. I had intended the art to be funny but at some point I realised I was just drawing my own sexy Kvothe fan art like the shit I make fun of on DeviantArt. Sorry about that.

So while I was reading The Wise Man&rsquo;s Fear I also read a few other books:

Dreadnaught - Fun steam punk/alternate history book set during an American civil war that never ended.

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When Larry Met Mary
Posted by News Fetcher on April 11 '11 at 10:30 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
We called up Pat Rothfuss, who was wasting away at some kind of romance convention, to show him our new strip before it went up. It was important to us that he know it came from a place of love. Gabriel wanted to warn people about spoilers for those who have yet to read A Wise Man's Fear, or The Name Of The Wind for that matter, but I told him - correctly - that if a person hasn't read these books yet, they are villains, and we need not concern ourselves with their writhings.

I have a well-known fetish for Free To Play weirdness, and I'm always delighted when I "have to" play one to see if it's worthy of our advertising space, but I tend to jump around a lot with free games. It's similar to the policy I have for candy sampler boxes, in that I will take a bite of each one, and then throw the box away. I thought it was because I just wanted a taste, and that's not untrue, but what I really like is tasting.

I like being dropped head-first into some batshit Korean whooziwhatsit and trying to figure out why we're golfing within the burning heart of an active volcano, or to what extent a lacy fan constitutes a martial weapon. This here is another kettle of fish, though: a cooperative action game, underpinned by crafting, a weird take on "player content," and incredibly appealing art. I always wondered what Three Rings would do when the time came to make their paean to the mainstream, and I was right to. It's horrifying.

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When Larry Met Mary
Posted by News Fetcher on April 10 '11 at 11:30 PM
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The Opposite Of Riches
Posted by News Fetcher on April 08 '11 at 10:15 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Gabriel just returned from something called a "Great Wolf Lodge," which sounds like a half-way house for troubled young lycanthropes. But it's not! And apparently there are many things there, things both wolven and lodgy, but the big takeaway is apparently MagiQuest which is like if they had RFID at Hogwarts.

If you want to play it correctly, and that's obviously what we should be shooting for as a free people, you can apparently run up a pretty good tab. Correctly in this case means a cloak. For starters.

Dragon Age II is firmly, deeply situated "in the bag" at this point, completion time thirty six hours or so, and the experience has been completely bizarre. As the resident Lore Hound, and indeed, for any person who knows what a Thedas is, there is a substantial quantity of aged narrative beef present. Cultural stuff barely hinted at by Origins' inclusion of Sten takes center stage, bolstered by ecstatic writing (that's ecstatic, definition 2) that has an entire alien culture as its payload.

I don't know how successful the original Dragon Age was, but given its interminable development cycle "success" as humans perceive this phenomenon may not have been possible. I don't think the climate at EA allows for that kind of build anymore, I don't think even BioWare can get away with something like that when it isn't attached to an ongoing payment structure. Something had to give, somewhere, and it's not hard to see where.

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The Opposite Of Riches
Posted by News Fetcher on April 07 '11 at 11:15 PM
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Another Round
Posted by News Fetcher on April 05 '11 at 11:15 PM
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Rex Ready: The Return Of Rex Ready
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 09:00 AM
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Baste Me With Your Corrosive Saliva
Posted by News Fetcher on April 01 '11 at 07:30 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
The dialogue that surrounds Dragon Age 2 is at least as interesting as the dialogue contained within it. It's ongoing, and you can't lose anywhere you plug yourself in, really, unless you're lead DA2 writer David Gaider. How many people does that apply to, though? One or two, at most. Anyway, there are concerns about the game's erotic menu, concerns which are wholly valid.

For example, David Gaider is being called on the carpet for not catering to "straight male gamers," but there is also a petition going around to get him sacked for having the temerity to write gay characters who are interested in sex. You really need to read that first link, there - it's incredible. This is why you don't piss off a writer on the Internet. In a medium defined by text, a writer is the closest analog we have to a sorcerer. But there is really no victory for him, is there? He made an imaginary world, but it either doesn't conform with enough specificity to people's baggage, or it conforms too well.

I've made it pretty clear that I tend to play women in Bioware games - Shepherd is not now, nor has ever been, a man. I don't know who the dude traipsing around in the commercials is; a jerk, most likely. That's why I never picked up on either of the above criticisms, because that whole band of data isn't likely to (for lack of a better word) penetrate. I often don't know what to do with these persistent, unwelcome proclamations of affection from others. And having sex with them would involve taking off my armor, and I don't know if you've played Dragon Age 2, but it's a dragon a minute around here. Place is lousy with fucking dragons.

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Baste Me With Your Corrosive Saliva
Posted by News Fetcher on March 31 '11 at 11:15 PM
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Live Drawing
Posted by News Fetcher on March 31 '11 at 12:45 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I'll be starting my live drawing feed in about 20 minutes.


Live video by Ustream -Gabe out

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Awesome Lookouts News!
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '11 at 10:00 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Pretty much since the day it came out people have been begging us for more Lookouts stuff. It is without a doubt the most popular side project we have ever created. Fans have been begging for more comics, toys, and especially a tabletop RPG. Meanwhile Tycho and I have been secretly working behind the scenes to make all this stuff happen.



I am beyond proud to announce that we have partnered with Cryptozoic Entertainment to deliver a deluxe hybrid role playing and board game experience. You and your friends will be able to customize your very own Lookouts characters. You&rsquo;ll jump into the magical Eyrewood, with all of its challenges, traps, monsters and characters. Each player will gain abilities and skills based on the merit badges they earn, becoming more powerful as they cross difficult terrain, face menacing creatures and encounter other hardships. Tycho and I have played this game and we begged them not to take the prototype back home with them.

Before the game hits, we will be wetting your appetites with even more Lookouts stories though. This fall we will be launching a digital Lookouts comic book! Follow along as the Lookouts go on adventures, learning the ways of the Eyrewood forest and how to live alongside it and then create your own adventures when the game launches early next year!

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