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Negative Valor
Posted by News Fetcher on May 12 '15 at 11:15 PM
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A Recognized Phenomenon
Posted by News Fetcher on May 11 '15 at 10:30 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
“Doomed cycles” form the scaffold off which so many dork narratives hang, and this one - the generational doom - is an especially potent one.

A parents’ ghastly pallor can be cast over any cultural artifact, no matter how potent, rendering it an irrelevant grey dust. Your mom dancing to a song can obliterate it. Let me tell you something young people are not interested in: they absolutely do not want to hear the original version of the song they only know as a Minecraft parody. They don’t want to hear Radioactive, and they don’t give a shit about it, because it’s not about redstone.
We get obsessed with going to Mars or whatever, and it’s place of primacy among rust balls is unchallenged, certainly. One of the best. The best? Bring it up to after my third beer, we’ll hash it out. I always thought the only truly alien intellect we’d discover would be an artificial one, made by accident. Here’s what’s real: we’re creating alien consciousness all the time, on this planet, which we nurture until they terraform our planet and culture. Again and again. This stuff doesn’t come from nowhere.
I still have enough presence of mind to be delighted by this state of affairs, but if I understand this arc correctly there is a point on this thing - a horizon - where I won’t be able to perceive it anymore because I’ll be too fucking mad. Sometimes, I wonder what it will be; what unassailable tower I’ll retreat to once they’ve dismantled every blessed signpost and all the language I use to live.

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Monday Sketchdump!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 11 '15 at 09:00 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Here’s your weekly peek into my sketchbook.




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A Recognized Phenomenon
Posted by News Fetcher on May 10 '15 at 11:15 PM
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The Forgotten Podcast
Posted by News Fetcher on May 08 '15 at 11:00 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
We just recently found an ancient podcast that Tycho and I recorded back in 2008 while working on the RSPD games. A forumer named Adus actually helped us recover it so thanks Adus! We’ve gone ahead and added it to the DLC bonus content section and you can find it at the bottom of this page labeled RSPD podcast. I’m gonna be 100% honest with you and say I have not listened to it so I have no idea if it’s any good. I vaguely remember recording it but for all I know it’s just 15 minutes of us talking about butts.

Also, we’re working on some new stuff for you Pin Pals!



-Gabe out

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Centricity
Posted by News Fetcher on May 08 '15 at 10:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
All of Tycho’s dialogue in this strip is either a direct quote from Will Wright or is paraphrased in some way from interviews. I’m sorry: I can’t actually write anything funnier than the way people present their revolutionary social media shit. I can detail the loop that resulted in my closing the app, maybe forever. I read an article about the app on a website. Then, I installed the app, and swiped through a number of people’s psychologically measurable, Exhibit A type narcissism. Then, I found a thread by the person who had written the article, and it was just a set of links to articles on the website I had found the original article on. Nope! That’s on some Ouroboros type shit. Closing up shop.

I get that there may be a coven of true sticker enthusiasts who might leverage this potent app’s unique quinoa to foment revolution or whatever. That’s fine with me. There are a lot of global phenomenons that don’t intersect with me, or I don’t use, or I find grotesque, and yet somehow I have retained coherent as an entity on this plane of existence! Which is a mixed blessing, honestly.
I feel like Steam is sort of ineluctable for gaming on PC. That’s not a minority position I don’t think, but it definitely matters if you’re trying to launch a competitor to it. You must accept that any relationship you have with a customer on that platform will be fundamentally polyamorous. I like GOG for a couple reasons. One, that’s where I buy my Witcher games. And two, they had “booth babes” at PAX one year, but the booth babes were grandmas, and they gave you fresh cookies.

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Centricity
Posted by News Fetcher on May 08 '15 at 04:30 AM
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PAX PRIME 2015 BADGES, ON SALE NOW!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 07 '15 at 11:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I don’t want to freak anyone out but, uh…PAX Prime tickets are live. You can make your purchase right here. Hotels can be found here. Godspeed.

-Gabe out

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The Wisdom Of Crowds
Posted by News Fetcher on May 06 '15 at 10:30 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I was a weird kid.

I know what you’re thinking: Tycho Brahe? Prince of the Internet? But it’s true. I was incredibly, perhaps overwhelmingly religious. It’s possible to be religious and not weird, but I could never pull it off. I took the evangelical part of being an Evangelical very seriously, so seriously that it wrapped back around itself and became hatred for the Sinner, and my ministry became less about leading people to Christ and more about measuring, in full, the distance between that person and true righteousness - of which I was, conveniently for me, a gatekeeper.
There are many systems by which we determine who is the Not Us, and when I was old enough to understand that for me it was this Pentecostal, Speaking In Tongues, Holy Ghost shit I had to get out. It destroyed my relationship with my mom, not only because it represented a full manifestation of individuality (which would have been the normal course) but because rejecting the Gospel made me not us, which meant I could be treated any which way. Understand that this happens inside families. And then try to imagine what people do when there’s no blood between them, no backstop. No fundamental reassertion of common humanity. Except you don’t have to imagine it at all, because your visual field is saturated with examples.
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Like father…
Posted by News Fetcher on May 06 '15 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
The teachers at my son’s school are staging some sort of walk out today. I’m guessing it’s about class size and money but I’m not really sure. All I know is that since my wife will be at the dentist most of the day I need to stay home with my kid. His little brother still has a school to go to so it’s just gonna be Gabe and I at home all afternoon. Last week I got him his own PSN account so we could play games together. This morning he asked if we could just play Destiny all day since no one else would be home. “Son” I said “As your father I can’t sit on the couch and play games with you all day just because you got a free day off of school. That’s ridiculous. Obviously we will need to take a break for lunch and milkshakes at some point.”

There’s a good chance I’ll be streaming off and on today. Keep an eye on our Twitch page if you want to see some father and son game times.

-Gabe out

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The Wisdom Of Crowds
Posted by News Fetcher on May 05 '15 at 11:15 PM
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Drawing for fun
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '15 at 10:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Remember what I said about drawing for fun again? Yeah well this is what it looks like:



(click for the big version)

-Gabe out

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Gavinophilia
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '15 at 09:15 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
The joke used to be that if the Internet here wasn’t working, Kiko was torrenting several seasons of an anime simultaneously - but it wasn’t a joke so much as it was a true fact. It was an awful business, and not simply because of the profound immorality of these acts - the disregard for the edifice of law, which separates man from the hyena. That’s what I told him. But it also made it very difficult, if not impossible, to complete my own torrents.
The office is in a weird place, where getting Internet through a wire isn’t really feasible. We have had Wise Women out to survey the grounds, and we’ve been told that the building is situated much too near a “place of power” and that only by burying a gladestone beneath the entryway can we be safe from its raking, psychic winds. But that’s, like, the typical contractor thing, right? I’m not falling for that.
It’s all fixed now, but when we were trying to get the antennas upgraded it created all kinds of problems. It was like getting Internet from a hand pump, sometimes it would slosh and gurgle, sometimes you would go bananas and get nothing. I guess it was inconvenient, but whatever; trying to get the strip or the post up was like trying to whip an identity disc through the whirling bulwark of the MCP. It granted even these ordinary acts a patina of valor.
It did emphasize, though, how little of anything we keep on our machines now. Most of Gabriel’s work exists in a kind of neither/nor twilight state between local and cloud. You upgrade your machine, let’s say, grabbing all the MP3s off there isn’t a huge priority because you’re “always connected.” It embroiders nightmare scenarios.

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Monday Sketchdump!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '15 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
My new year’s resolution this year was to push myself to get better at drawing. I was in a rut and feeling pretty shitty about my art in general. This year my goal was to break through that wall and really try to improve. Part of that meant sketching as much as I could. I’d stopped drawing for fun. I’d gotten into the habit of only drawing when I had a job to do. Now I draw almost every night and I try and force myself to NOT draw things for work. It’s been awesome and while it was hard at first, It’s getting much easier.

I’m also pushing myself in the comic strips and I know that’s been weird to see. I don’t know exactly how to describe the thought process behind some of these experiments. I sort of have to try lots of crazy stuff to see what works and what I like. Often times that means going too far in a new direction and then walking it back or trying stuff that just doesn’t work at all. Today’s comic is a good example of that actually. I was trying for something in the second panel that just didn’t work. The figures overlap in an odd way and the way Gabe’s hair intersects Tycho’s face is a crime against God and Man. The first panel is goofy and closer to what I was going for but probably a little over the top. I like the way I drew Tycho’s tears and I really dig the line that defines the top of Gabe’s mouth in that panel though. Those are elements I’ll keep for sure. The last panel I actually like a lot and I think that is probably the best drawing I’ve done of Tycho from the back. So yeah, I look at every single comic like that these days. I see every strip as an opportunity to try something new. Some of it is going to hit and some of it isn’t.

Here’s some sketches from last week.


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Gavinophilia
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '15 at 11:15 PM
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Post Traumatic
Posted by News Fetcher on May 01 '15 at 09:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I had the weird-ass Brown And Green Zune, so I am not really in a position to defend myself; I made tremendous use of the device. I think it’s my job to act as a halfway house for orphaned, exiled things; I have always had a fear that a preconception or the preconception of another will foreclose realities in some way. I thought it was solid. IP wrangling being what it is, some of its cool tricks couldn’t manifest. It was a pretty fucked up time - you’ll recall that you couldn’t buy MP3s directly, yet. Microsoft has a strange, almost preternaturally doomed habit of releasing things at exactly the wrong time.

It occurred to me yesterday - right before we wrote the strip, which was good timing - that working there has to be a really complicated emotional scenario. For a long time, it would have been like working for Hydra. Hydra later, when everybody knows it’s Hydra. Not the secret Hydra. Like, you park your car and you pass the Hydra logo like ten times before you get to your desk. The implication that one is a tentacle reaching out from a skull. I know a lot of people who work there because I live here. They’re not literal tentacles. Well, Fernando is a tentacle. But that’s just one guy.
No, it’s about how you get perceived; how you get homogenized into a shelf-stable, uniform grey liquid by comments of forums and articles like the one I am writing now, even if I’m only describing the process second hand. Everyone I know there is smarter than I am and works harder than I do.
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Post Traumatic
Posted by News Fetcher on April 30 '15 at 11:15 PM
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Ethically Sourced
Posted by News Fetcher on April 29 '15 at 10:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I should have understood at some level that Silent Hills was too beautiful to live. If P.T. was any indication, we’d be talking about a psychological piece in the horror furnace of that damned place, executed by two unconventional, unquenchable, functionally speaking invulnerable fucking weirdos. I have let the part of my brain which has no contact with linear time run free on what it all means, though what it means in truth is that reality is a kind of sieve that retains horror and lets noble potential run straight through.

I didn’t even have an opportunity to generate an ambiguous position on Paid Mods For Skyrim On Steam before the entire thing was over. I don’t really know how to put this, but I don’t play Skyrim anymore. Never let it be said that I bear this particular Rim any ill-will - it’s clearly a premium Rim. I guess other games just came out, and I played those instead? It’s been said that there are those who hit it and subsequently quit it, while others stay and play (Mix-a-Lot, 1992). Maybe I’m in the former group.

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Ethically Sourced
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '15 at 11:15 PM
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Secondary Innovations
Posted by News Fetcher on April 27 '15 at 10:16 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I wouldn’t mind playing around with an Apple Watch, and I don’t doubt that it represents a very specific fork of our wearable future, but I don’t sense a hole in my life the device would fill. I also think the pricing is outta fucking control. What’s funny is that I would not find a traditional timepiece in that range offensive; such a device represents a graphable point in life, is Property, is functionally a phylactery which will communicate my cold will to future generations. I am trying to imagine how one would “inherit” a piece of notoriously transient first generation hardware. My daughter’s daughter would have to hit up Future Etsy for an artisanally made cable just to update the firmware.

I’m a believer in this class of device - if you’ve ever been to a convention with and without a Pebble, let’s say, you know that one of these scenarios is a substantial improvement over the other. At this specific chronojuncture, Pebble Time represents something lower to the ground and closer to what I want, or think I want, but who knows. A youth spent at the end of a bully’s lash means that in any confrontation, I choose David over Goliath. Then again, I typically follow up a block of reasoning like this by going and doing precisely the opposite of what I just said. At PAX Prime, pay close attention to my wrist.
It may be that there is some “must” The Orple Wurtch will be able to do that my phone can’t, some profundity I’m not able to conceive of. When I look at that app space right now it reminds me of when console manufacturers invent some new, more complicated way of doing some normal Goddamn thing, and now Nathan Drake has to throw his grenades with the Sixaxis or some shit.
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