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News - Succession
Posted by News Fetcher on June 15 '15 at 11:16 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I was once on the Time 100, alongside Taylor Swift, but I’m still just me and now she’s TAYLOR SWIFT in all caps, diamond-hard global goddess. When she was playing her guitar at the event, suggesting into the microphone that a song was “just poetry put to music,” I said, “You know what, this kid’s alright.” It’s much the same here. I think learning to yield, in the Tai Chi sense, is the only medicine for something like this. I have been given many opportunities to observe my annihilation, many remote cameras are cataloging the process. Soon, I will just be a bleached femur a few hyenas are listlessly fighting over.

I can hear a violin.
Watching the Xbox press thing was a very interesting experience. If Microsoft ever had a device called the Kinect, if it had ever been bundled directly with the platform, if it had ever been considered an inextricable piece of hardware, you couldn’t know that from the presentation today. I never hated it as much as my cohort, always hoped it would have some appropriate slash not shoehorned scenario - Kinect plus Oculus seems like the most obvious one. I’m not even sure it’s a thing anymore. I’m going to look under my television when I get home, just to see if I made the whole thing up.
It was strong, though. The only down note was the Gears of War reveal, because it’s Gears of War 4, and they didn’t have a treatment of the logo that said “Gears of Four.” For real. It’s like, these fuckin’ guys. Get with the Goddamn program.
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News - New First 15
Posted by News Fetcher on June 15 '15 at 08:30 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
It’s Monday and that means there is a new First 15. In this one Tycho and I take a crack at a co-op puzzle game called Kalimba.



This game was hard as hell but very cool. As someone in the comments pointed out, I think the hardest part of Kalimba might be finding someone to play Kalimba with.

-Gabe out

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Comic - Succession
Posted by News Fetcher on June 15 '15 at 06:30 AM
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News - The Possibilities
Posted by News Fetcher on June 12 '15 at 10:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
It turns out that running a press conference for a virtual reality thing is very hard when you can’t actually communicate what makes it special in a normal video. It’s similar to a few E3s ago, when the Playstation 3 was poised to herald an era of 3D. I can’t remember: did that end up happening? It seems like it didn’t end up happening. But the problem was the same: it would be like trying to tell someone about what it’s like to be drunk, and then showing pictures of drunk people. It’s incoherent.

I knew they were in trouble when they kept showing pictures of the same dinosaur from different angles, and saying, “Fucking imagine how scary this dinosaur would be if it were real. If it were a real dinosaur, right, and you were there. It’s just you and this giant dinosaur, and you’re like, fuckin’, get out of here man!!!” It don’t work, fellas. I understand that you have to do stuff like this, even if it doesn’t work. I feel bad for you. Not ironically, but for real. It sucks.
Still interesting though, and still worth watching.

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Comic - The Possibilities
Posted by News Fetcher on June 11 '15 at 11:15 PM
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News - Balmy Ballads
Posted by News Fetcher on June 10 '15 at 10:49 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I use Spotify for the same reason people used to use Xbox Live; their friends had it. Right? How much multiplayer do you want to play, and how much of that would you like to consists of you being ground into a powder by abusive strangers? It doesn’t describe a truly authentic choice. Likewise, if I want to make sure I’m hearing a sufficient quota of weird-ass shit from the people I know, Spotify trivializes the “here is my playlist” process. Then I can split this playlist from the bottom to the top and throw out the garbage.

There’s very little music that falls into that category for me, though. I have whatever the musical version of pica is. I have to stuff it all deep in my craw-zone. I’m always afraid, in any cultural context, that I’m missing this or that vital nutrient. The nutrient in question may not exist. Indeed, it might actually be poison. Only one way to find out, bottoms up, etc.
I wish I hadn’t gotten out of this practice of exposure; then again, I’m already keeping tight tabs on one exploding medium, and carrying PAX from nation to nation like a reliquary and trying to establish what will one day be The Old Ways. I used to decry the explosion of genres, and they haven’t stopped expanding, but I think we actually need this technology. We need crabcore. Well, maybe we don’t need crabcore. But you know what I mean.
I can’t say that I one hundred percent know what the difference between “Metal Mutilation” and “Deep-Bore Anal Metal” might be, but, you know. The Spotify havem the musics on there. I can push the play and then the musics can to be hearing them.
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News - PATV Wednesday
Posted by News Fetcher on June 10 '15 at 09:00 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Our first week of the new and improved PATV continues with the DLC Podcast Show today. It’s the same old DLC podcast but now you can watch me draw the strip as you listen to us write it.



-Gabe out

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Comic - Balmy Ballads
Posted by News Fetcher on June 10 '15 at 06:45 AM
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News - Legendary
Posted by News Fetcher on June 08 '15 at 10:01 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
We decided that we had to commemorate this bizarre crew somehow, and what better way to do it than to publicly shame my lack of everything that is required for valor. See if you can recognize any of the members of my incredibly high profile squad. The upper left and lower right are, in the manner of Bingo, free squares.

The reality is that there are only two raids for Destiny, which makes my ignorance in this matter even more shameful; that said, there are definitely some tricks you had better learn for some of these scenarios that don’t map to some of the standard raid “dances.” Monday night is the night we get together to do stuff like this, at varying degrees of sobriety, and there’s a jumping puzzle in Vault of Glass that is essentially a test of the “you are too fucked up to ride this ride” variety. Those who manage to get over to the other side can spend as many as ten minutes watching their fellows fall fast into an infinitely deep hole. It is the polar opposite of watching fireworks.
It’s been fun to put up our video stuff and watch people react to it. We’ve been filming forever basically, just messing around, so we have a lot of weird stuff piled up; Josh’s office looks like the kitchens they show on Hoarder type shows. Whatever the video equivalent of forty cans half filled with various unknown greases would be is what he have here. Apparently Dabe knows how to do animated titles for shit; he’s made my captured writhings seem very professional, somehow.
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News - Penny Arcade TV
Posted by News Fetcher on June 08 '15 at 09:16 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
On Friday we launched a bunch of new shows on our YouTube channel and laid out a new schedule. Today is Monday which means there is a new First 15 available. This time Tycho and I sit down and play some Motorcycle club. Check it out!



I’ve seen some discussion about the First 15 show being edited down. There’s been some discussion about that here at PA as well as we try and figure out the best way to do all this stuff. Personally I’d rather play fifteen minutes of a game and then just give you the good stuff. I feel like watching us navigate menus or just sit there silently is boring. I’d rather just give you the jokes but I understand some folks want to see the entire thing, warts and all. All I can say is that all these shows are just getting started and we’ll be listening to what you guys tell us and adjusting them as needed.

We uploaded a bunch of stuff on Friday but this is our first real week of new shows. We’ll drop a new DLC Podcast show on Wednesday and then one of our let’s play style shows on Friday. Don’t forget Club PA members get the First 15 and the DLC Show 2 weeks early.

-Gabe out

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Comic - Legendary
Posted by News Fetcher on June 08 '15 at 08:16 AM
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News - What is even going on?
Posted by News Fetcher on June 05 '15 at 02:45 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
My NINETY SIX year old GRANDMA just TWEETED me about my new YOUTUBE show.



-Gabe out

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News - Hating The Player
Posted by News Fetcher on June 05 '15 at 10:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Hatred really isn’t a big deal. I don’t mean, like, hating. Don’t do that! I’m talking about the game Hatred, which is crazypants. If you want to know about it, it’s basically a twin-stick shooter, which. I would never have known about it if there hadn’t been such a breathless, plainly mercenary attempt to capitalize on the game’s unvarnished, thoroughly amateur depiction of violence. That said, if someone is super good at Hatred call the police.

We have to come to terms with the fact that people are going to make art about their worst impulses and games are going to be where that happens sometimes. I can remember when turntables began to outsell guitars, and as digital tools and technology get wider purchase we’re seeing it again. People who would have formed bands are going to form development studios now, small, really fucking weird ones. And they’re going to make “punk.” Not the punk you like. They’re going to make “Fuck you” punk. And, as has occurred every other time, “squares” are going to take the bait.
A big part of the problem on the developer side is that they didn’t flatter games media. What a developer is supposed to do is to give their violence ironic cover, or agree to pretend that it’s a deconstruction of violence, or make the player wear a surreal animal mask, anything to “elevate” the piece so that the press can rub their faces on it like a cat. Barring these, you’d better fucking know one of them.

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News - The Return of PATV!
Posted by News Fetcher on June 05 '15 at 01:30 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
After a year long break we are finally getting back into producing Penny Arcade video content. We’re not just bringing back the old series though, we’re trying something brand new and honestly way cooler I think.

Our new YouTube channel is going to get three new episodes a week. You’ll be able to watch a new PATV episode every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Here’s how it’s going to break down:

Mondays

The First 15 with Gabe and Tycho

Join Tycho and I as we sit down and play the first fifteen minutes of a game. This one is pretty straightforward. It’s worth mentioning that Tycho and I don’t get to pick the game. Which means we end up playing stuff that we’d never have chosen ourselves. This has been…interesting.

Wednesdays

The DLC Podcast show

If you’ve listened to any of our DLC podcasts you know that they are just recordings of Tycho and I writing a comic strip. Well for the YouTube show we’re taking the podcast and adding video of me actually drawing the strip we’re writing. So now you get the whole package. Hear and watch a strip get made from start to finish.

Fridays

This slot will be a grab bag of let’s play style shows.

These will all feature a rotating cast of PA staff members. You can expect to see:



Play Date - PA folks pick one of their favorite games and have someone else in the office give it a try.

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Comic - Hating The Player
Posted by News Fetcher on June 04 '15 at 11:16 PM
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News - Club PA: Exclusive Comics
Posted by News Fetcher on June 03 '15 at 10:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
When we were running the original Club PA, in what almost certainly qualifies as Back In The Day, we would sometimes offer up bonus versions of comics or even exclusive ones. For a time, we did an extra strip altogether. It seems like if you are a member of a club called Club PA, maybe more PA is a good idea for that person. I understand such things are known as “incentives.” Business is not my department! But an extra comic still seems like a good idea, so we’re gonna do that. You’ll get the new strip and a mini-post (“postito”) that accompanies it in the Newsletter each month, though they’ll eventually be archived for members on the site also. I really liked the first one.

There’s another fairly bonkers thing getting launched on Friday that has Club PA Ramifications also, but we’ll tell you about stuff later this week.

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News - Asymmetry
Posted by News Fetcher on June 03 '15 at 10:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
There are tons of games I would like to write comics about, but there are a couple very specific challenges in this truly bizarre line of work. I am using the term “challenges” specifically for its hyperbolic thrust; I got it pretty fucking good here. But this is what I mean:

Good games that we both agree are good games are very hard to write comics about. What happens if you and your friend talk about a good game while in range of fully operational game console is that you will probably go over there and play it. Games want you to play them; it’s how they reproduce. You play the game or you talk about it and neither of those things is making a comic.
There are also games that one of us likes that the other doesn’t like, and while we have gotten many comics out of that situation there’s also a danger inherent in focusing on a schism. I’m just saying. We’ve been at this a capital L, capital T, Long Time. It’s harder to collaborate when you fundamentally view the Prime Material Plane in a different way. Who knew.
After a long enough period of time though, if I can deliver a more or less complete strip on my own, he will draw it. With Darkest Dungeon, I honestly think he could find the game I enjoy if we lived in a time of famine game-wise, but we don’t. I’m not entirely sure slack of the traditional kind exists anymore. But I got him into Bloodborne, so I know he has the mental machinery that sparkles when exposed to masochism. That will, uh… help.
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Comic - Asymmetry
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '15 at 11:15 PM
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News - The New Kids
Posted by News Fetcher on June 01 '15 at 11:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
When I read that E3 was allowing “fans” to attend the show, and not merely those ostensibly associated with the journalistic edifice, I was like… well, yeah. I’ve been doing that with PAX for a decade or so and it’s worked out pretty good. But fans means something very specific in this context: it means people invited by the exhibitors directly. Which gave me a second opportunity to say “well, yeah” in an incredibly short span of time.

Two things are sort of happening at once, and it’s fascinating. I have described the process of enthusiast media organizations as being one where we gradually get down to “media organizations” consisting of a single person. The current media environment in one in which trust is the only currency. Well, that, I guess, and currency. But the atomization of media happened along with the fact that the traditional media food source - advertising - was dying also. It isn’t just hard out here for pimps. It’s difficult even for those who filled out “Never” or “Rarely” on the Pimp Assessment Battery (PimAB). The ground is froze; you can’t get a shovel in.

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Comic - The New Kids
Posted by News Fetcher on May 31 '15 at 11:15 PM
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