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Words And Their Meanings
Posted by News Fetcher on August 24 '10 at 11:15 PM
By from Penny Arcade:
I had a different reaction to the "fightin' words" of THQ's Cory Ledesma than most. But then, I probably have a different perspective than most. About a lot of things, probably. But this in particular. The idea that THQ is somehow "disrespecting customers" with this kind of rhetoric misunderstands the situation as completely as it is possible to do so. In a literal way, when you purchase a game used, you are not a customer of theirs. If I am purchasing games in order to reward their creators, and to ensure that more of these ingenious contraptions are produced, I ...

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Words And Their Meanings
Posted by News Fetcher on August 24 '10 at 11:15 PM
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D&D Essentials
Posted by News Fetcher on August 24 '10 at 03:00 PM
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I received an early copy of the new Dungeons and Dragons Red Box last week and quickly wrangled a group of friends for a trial run. The game consisted of my wife Kara who has only played 4e a handful of times. My friend Alex who has played in my Monday night game for nearly two years now (Holy shit has it really been that long!). The dashing Kris Straub of Chainsaw Suit fame with his months of 4e experience and his lady friend Marlo who had never played a game of D&D in her life. I want to mention ...

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Traditional Values
Posted by News Fetcher on August 23 '10 at 10:30 AM
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You might have heard of D&D Essentials already; I don't really know what to think of it yet. Billed as a streamlined yet compatible version of Dungeons & Dragons, it makes a virtue of speed at every level of play. It's not hard to find thoughts out there on it, but I couldn't contextualize them because I don't know what's true. I wondered when this day would come, to be sure. In the same way that you don't broach the subject of inevitable death at the register of the pet store, Gabriel was taking to this type of play so ...

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Traditional Values
Posted by News Fetcher on August 22 '10 at 11:30 PM
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Creationism
Posted by News Fetcher on August 20 '10 at 09:00 AM
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Nobody likes artists, and who can blame them? When they aren't challenging your preconceptions or whatever, or renouncing the boundary between being and nonbeing, they're beating you at games with their nigh mystical bullshit. It's been our intention to capture MNC in a strip, but this has to be something like food writing: trying to communicate what is noteworthy about it has a profoundly appetizing effect. We had the same fantasy about Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and a similar thing occurred. These are simply games which are Good, their Gs firmly capitalized. Their virtue hangs directly from ...

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Creationism
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '10 at 11:15 PM
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The RIAAl World
Posted by News Fetcher on August 17 '10 at 11:45 PM
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The RIAAl World
Posted by News Fetcher on August 17 '10 at 11:15 PM
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Precipice
Posted by News Fetcher on August 17 '10 at 12:15 PM
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Colloquially, people either refer to it as Precipice or Rainslick. Does that mean something, I wonder? Is one of these types of people from Venus? It's impossible to know. in any event, there's new Precipice (or Rainslick, if you prefer) available here. (CW)TB

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Something Which Actually Happens
Posted by News Fetcher on August 16 '10 at 10:30 AM
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Attempting to experience as broad a swath of the medium as I can - to maximize my usefulness to you, but also, you know, video games - it's still entirely possible for me to miss things. The worst part is that if I actually like any of the games I'm playing, which is a nice outcome, another game must inexorably lose. That's how it was with the original Mafia, considered something of a holy text by many PC enthusiasts, and something I skimmed at best. I don't intend to miss it on the second go 'round. Short of, say, something ...

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Lego Creationary
Posted by News Fetcher on August 16 '10 at 09:30 AM
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My son is a convicted Lego Maniac. This weekend we were at Toys R Us and saw a game called Creationary which looked pretty much like Pictionary but with Lego. We played it a few times this weekend and I still think that’s a good way to describe it. The box comes with a selection of Lego from basic bricks to wheels and even some people. You roll a die to determine a category and then pick a card. The categories are what you’d expect, Nature, Things, buildings, vehicles and a wild. The cards are separated into easy medium and ...

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Something Which Actually Happens
Posted by News Fetcher on August 15 '10 at 11:00 PM
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Breaking It Down
Posted by News Fetcher on August 13 '10 at 10:15 AM
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Reaction to Wednesday's comic fell, conveniently for my purpose, into two camps: those who found a phrase like "raped by dickwolves" a stunning return to form, and those who felt that we were somehow advocating the actual rape of human beings. It sounds as though we've already satisfied the first camp, but an effort should certainly be made to assuage the latter. Immediately after PAX East, which is to say the very next day, before the last leg of a book tour that would strip my mind of the knack for contiguous thought, we went to Irrational Games briefly to ...

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Tragedy is when I cut my finger.
Posted by News Fetcher on August 13 '10 at 09:15 AM
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What surprised me most about some of the reactions to our Dickwolf joke was not that people were offended. But that this was the comic that offended them. In each case the emails I got started with something like “I’ve been a long time fan” or “Been reading the comic for years...” and then they go into how this particular comic really bothered them. I just don’t understand that. Did the comics about bestiality, suicide, murder, pedophilia, and torture not bother them? Or how about the fruit fucker? I mean, we have a character who is a literal rapist. What ...

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Breaking It Down
Posted by News Fetcher on August 13 '10 at 07:30 AM
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The Sixth Slave
Posted by News Fetcher on August 11 '10 at 09:45 AM
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On The Rainslick Precipice Of Darkness
Posted by News Fetcher on August 11 '10 at 02:00 AM
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Episode 3 starts NOW. It updates on Tuesdays, more if I can, but always on Tuesday. (CW)TB

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The Sixth Slave
Posted by News Fetcher on August 10 '10 at 11:00 PM
By from Penny Arcade:
Something that is discussed with some frequency around here is how the quickly an MMO reverts to its default state, ready for the next bus-full of level appropriate tourists to do whatever that zone desperately requires. Whenever something happens outside this cycle - like WoW's phasing (which gets fairly elaborate by the time Cataclysm rolls around) or a dynamic party matching up against a tough public quest in WAR - it's exhilarating. And then you go collect your hooves. Gabriel told me about a quest he'd done, thought it might make a good comic, and I'm of the opinion that ...

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In Too Deep
Posted by News Fetcher on August 09 '10 at 11:00 AM
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There are multiple ways to watch Inception, just as there are multiple ways to see it. It has that "movie-as-game" process of narrative detangling that you get with Memento (also by Nolan) or Primer. Gabriel resisted investigating the ideas of the film initially, and while that isn't necessarily courageous Inception is a movie that can work under those conditions. It didn't last long: soon, my inbox was playing host to links of a spoilerian nature and lowercase treatises commingling lucid dreaming, Zoroastrian prophecy, and the secret menu from In-N-Out Burger. Looking over the Monday Night Combat review at Joystiq (the ...

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