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Dickerdoodles 2013
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '13 at 09:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
It is that time of year again. No I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about Dickerdoodles!



That’s right, it’s time for all you sickos to put on your aprons (and nothing else) so you can bake some sweet sweet cookie pornography!



Over the years we’ve had some pretty amazing entries. You can look through all the past galleries right here. Be warned these cookies are very NSFW!



As always I will pick my favorite three and give each of those lucky winners a prize pack full of PA merch.

I want to remind you all that anything you send me can and probably will get posted on the site. I know you want to gargle that gingerbread dong but think about that photo living on the internet forever.



If that’s cool with you then please send me your photo and be sure and put “Dickerdoodle13” in the subject line. If you don’t use the right subject line I can’t promise I’ll see your shameful acts. You’ve got until Dec, 21st to send in your entries



So once again show me your worst/best you monsters!

-Gabe out

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Game of the Year
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '13 at 12:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I didn’t watch the VGX awards live but I checked out all the coverage online after the event. When it comes to awards you’re never going to get everyone to agree. Even knowing that, I have to say I was really surprised at some of their decisions. I’m not going to go category by category but I figured I’d talk about game of the year.

GTA V picked up this award and I can understand why, but personally I’d have given it to The Last of Us. From game play to visuals to story this game had it all. I can still remember finishing it and just sitting on the couch with tears in my eyes. I actually woke up my wife who was already in bed so I could tell her how it wrapped up. The Last of Us moved me in a way that very few games (or books, or movies for that matter) ever have. Maybe it delivers more of an emotional payload if you’re a parent.

Not giving Last of Us game of the year seems even stranger to me considering they named Naughty Dog “studio of the year”. So the best studio didn’t make the best game? Don’t get me wrong, I think GTA is an incredible technical achievement but The Last of Us is more than that. Lots of people talk about the sorts of experiences games can deliver. As gamers we all know that games are art. That they can deliver stories on par with movies and even surpass them because of the interactivity. We’ve always believed that stuff but The Last of Us is proof.

I played so much good stuff this year it’s hard to pick a winner but I really believe The Last of Us was the best. I think Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons comes in a very close second with Ni No Kuni and Mario 3D World close behind. It really was a great year for games and with two brand new consoles in my living room I’m ridiculously excited for 2014.

Hey Tycho, what’s your game of the year? I’m guessing it was Aliens: Colonial Marines.

-Gabe out

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Subtlety
Posted by News Fetcher on December 08 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Changes
Posted by News Fetcher on December 06 '13 at 04:00 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
The 18th of last month was Penny Arcade’s 15th Anniversary.

There was never a lot of time to think about what we wanted Penny Arcade to be like. It’s like us, I guess, by default; sort of a mess. We just tried to make the best decisions we could, any time a decision was called for. It doesn’t always work out. And sometimes, you do things because “that’s what you do.” You “grow your business,” for example. You “extend verticals.” I honestly don’t know about the second one. I’ll ask Robert. But at 15 years, we’re taking a minute to figure out what we want to be when we grow up.

Child’s Play and PAX have lives of their own, now. They’re vital, and they need an obsessive level of care. We will do everything in our power to ensure that these things outlast us by a wide margin.
But I don’t think I want to “grow my business” anymore; I sort of want to do the opposite. And I’m tired, sick to death, of saying “Maybe Someday” when it comes to the things we really want to make. So, we’re not going to do that anymore. The next year is going to be a pretty big one, one of the biggest yet; it’s the year the previous fifteen have been leading up to in the literal sense but also in other ways. I think they’re going to be “big years” from now on, frankly. And it hurts pretty bad, but I don’t know where PATV as a “channel” for third party shows and The Penny Arcade Report fit into that. We’ll be shutting those things down at the end of this year.
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PA Merch
Posted by News Fetcher on December 06 '13 at 02:15 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I’m still trying to take care of all my Christmas shopping and you might be in the same boat. If you are looking to the Penny Arcade store for your Christmas gift needs I should point out that today is the cut off day for items shipped first class international to arrive before the 25th. You can see the rest of the shipping deadlines over on the front page of the PA store.

It’s also worth noting that the Pinny Arcade Christmas pins are now available for pre-order. These should start shipping on the 12th of December and Brian has told me he will do everything humanly possible to get them out in time for Christmas.



We’re also still planning on launching the Acquisitions Inc. pins this month but we can’t “pin” down the exact date.

heh.

-Gabe out

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Dickerdoodles 2013
Posted by News Fetcher on December 06 '13 at 01:45 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
It is that time of year again. No I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about Dickerdoodles!



That’s right, it’s time for all you sickos to put on your aprons (and nothing else) so you can bake some sweet sweet cookie pornography!



Over the years we’ve had some pretty amazing entries. You can look through all the past galleries right here. Be warned these cookies are very NSFW!



As always I will pick my favorite three and give each of those lucky winners a prize pack full of PA merch.

I want to remind you all that anything you send me can and probably will get posted on the site. I know you want to gargle that gingerbread dong but think about that photo living on the internet forever.



If that’s cool with you then please send me your photo and be sure and put “Dickerdoodle13” in the subject line. If you don’t use the right subject line I can’t promise I’ll see your shameful acts. You’ve got until Dec, 21st to send in your entries



So once again show me your worst/best you monsters!

-Gabe out

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Incorporated
Posted by News Fetcher on December 06 '13 at 09:15 AM
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I beat some games
Posted by News Fetcher on December 05 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I don’t beat most of the games I play. It’s partly because I play so many games. I’m usually jumping to a new game before I’ve completed the last. I also have a short attention span and it takes a lot for a game to hold my interest until the very end. I’m telling you this because I actually beat three games just in the last week or so. What are they and why did I stick with them?

Well when I got the PS4 I decided I wanted to check out the remote play functionality on the Vita. I had given up on this system a long long time ago and actually stuck it in a drawer and forgot about it. I was super impressed with the remote play though and once it was out and charged I decided to check out the store. I had just recently beat the Killzone Shadow Fall campaign on the PS4 and I loved it so I was in the mood for more. I picked up Killzone Mercenaries on the Vita and I could not believe what a great shooter it was! I don’t mean it was a good shooter for a handheld system. I mean it was a great shooter period.

I just wrapped up the single player campaign last night and like Shadow Fall I had a blast all the way through. It looks amazing, the controls (including the touch elements) are really slick and I even dug the story. It has you playing as a mercenary as you could probably gather from the title. This means that you get a much different perspective on the ISA/Helghast war. This is just a really impressive game all around and an amazing display of what the Vita is capable of.

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Dickerdoodles 2013
Posted by News Fetcher on December 04 '13 at 01:30 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
It is that time of year again. No I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about Dickerdoodles!



That’s right, it’s time for all you sickos to put on your aprons (and nothing else) so you can bake some sweet sweet cookie pornography!



Over the years we’ve had some pretty amazing entries. You can look through all the past galleries right here. Be warned these cookies are very NSFW!



As always I will pick my favorite three and give each of those lucky winners a prize pack full of PA merch.

I want to remind you all that anything you send me can and probably will get posted on the site. I know you want to gargle that gingerbread dong but think about that photo living on the internet forever.



If that’s cool with you then please send me your photo and be sure and put “Dickerdoodle13” in the subject line. If you don’t use the right subject line I can’t promise I’ll see your shameful acts. You’ve got until Dec, 21st to send in your entries



So once again show me your worst/best you monsters!

-Gabe out

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Them There End Times
Posted by News Fetcher on December 03 '13 at 11:17 PM
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Don’t Cross the Streams!
Posted by News Fetcher on December 03 '13 at 08:45 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
So a new game called Tiny Brains hit the PS4 today. It is apparently a puzzle game with some cool looking visuals. I’m going to fire it up tonight at 9:00pm PST. That’s about a half hour from right now. This is my first time playing it or even seeing it and I’ll go ahead and stream my session.

You will be able to watch right here and even join in on the chat.

Watch live video from CWgabriel on www.twitch.tv

If this is fun I can see streaming new games being something Tycho and I do regularly.

-Gabe out

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Child’s Play
Posted by News Fetcher on December 03 '13 at 09:30 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
The Child’s play Charity dinner/auction is coming up on Thursday and I wanted to mention one of the items I donated this year.



I gave Jamie my most recent sketchbook. This is the book I used to work out all the designs and pages for Sand as well as the Tithe. It’s full of lots of other stuff too like cover designs for PAX programs and even layouts for a few Penny Arcade strips.




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Cyber Monday
Posted by News Fetcher on December 02 '13 at 11:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
It’s Cyber Monday! We’ve speculated that tomorrow could be Tech Tuesday followed by Web-sday, Internet Thursday and Wi-Friday.



Perhaps you came to Penny Arcade today looking for some Cyber deals? Well we have them! We are running a big sale on all of our First Party stuff. Polos and Jackets are $20 off, Sweaters and Ties are $10 off, Notebook Sets are $5 off. If that wasn’t enough we’ve also introduced the new First Party belt.



Maybe you need to dress a little nice for work or you just want to look classy while still showing off your love of games. either way First Party has you covered. Hit the PA store and check out all the Cyber Dealz!

-Gabe out

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Window Of Opportunity
Posted by News Fetcher on December 02 '13 at 11:16 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I was surprised to learn that Gabriel’s experience with Ghosts mirrored my own, because it’s not like he was bad at it before, yet he’s still feeling the energizing benefits of the platform shift. There are a couple things going on, though, and I know what the other ones are now.

As I said, I’m playing the game solo, and one the results is that I feel social pressure from the strangers on my team to fucking not be who I actually am. They don’t want to lose, and I certainly don’t want to make them lose. I’m not the “jester” in their group; it’s not funny to them if I don’t get any kills or feed somebody’s fucking geosynchronous death platform. I’m not part of any recognizable narrative to them, except that of the doom’d anchor, which it is in my power to ameliorate.

The other thing is that simply being in a completely different context revealed how many bad habits I just… executed, over and over, without considering them. Die, respawn, run fast into a place where bullets are, GOTO 10. If I wait even three seconds, every indicator of success improves. That is to say, if I think about what I am doing at all. Though some can, it’s too fast for me to run this in a completely instinctual way. I now have a very convincing hunter/trapper impression I iterate now, something in the vein of “Davy Crockett 2013,” that seems to deliver results. It’s about controlling specific zones, and knowing when I can’t. This is basic stuff, but having to reinvent it made a game I was playing for my friends into something I am constantly turning in my hand; a dangerous little puzzle.
I’ve been sick for a full week, so I’ve had a lot of time to “investigate” what is going on with the Xbox One.
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Window Of Opportunity
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Black Friday
Posted by News Fetcher on November 29 '13 at 11:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
The day after Thanksgiving means two things. One: It is legal to listen to Christmas music. Two: Black Friday deals! So what can you expect from PA on this blackest of Fridays?

Black Friday

A bunch of new stuff!

Twisp and Catsby Plush as well as a Mr. Toots Plush.

<img src="http://art.penny-arcade.com/photos/i-x3N98RC/0/L/i-x3N98RC-L.jpg"

Jim Darkmagic "Live Magical" Tee.



We will also be running a few Black Friday specials:

Depending on how much you spend in the store we will be tossing in a little something extra.

$33 = Holiday Card



$66 = Naughty/Nice Digital Print

(I don’t have a picture of this yet)

$99 = Merch Pin



We will also have a pin special going on. Buy any 2 pin sets in the same order, get a free Pin Collection Poster.




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Distillation
Posted by News Fetcher on November 29 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
We’ve had a few reports that Gabriel’s “drivatar</a>” has modelled him exquisitely, in every particular; that’s been true in my own experience also. He tells me that he subscribes to the Days Of Thunder school of motorsport, where “rubbing IS racing.” And then he flips down an imaginary visor…?

I’m hoping to hit Forza again pretty hard, once I burn through this torrid affair with the multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed. Being able to drive realistic cars on realistic tracks realistically is good, as far as it goes: my skillset prefers looser, big drift racers generally. My favorites have been the Project Gotham series and Rallisport Challenge, the latter made by DICE weirdly enough. And I liked those games because they reminded me of Ridge Racer. That’s my DNA as far as that goes. But what really sold me on Forza was Forzavista; being able to walk around these ridiculously authentic cars and interact with them is the thing that motivates the gameplay loop for me. I want more.
I play AC’s multiplayer on the PS4, and I play Ghosts (quite a lot, for a game I supposedly hate) on the Xbox One. This means I’m constantly switching back and forth between them, and I have expectations which are occasionally thwarted. If you had told me a couple months ago that the PS4’s party system would be quicker and cleaner than that of an Xbox, I would have responded poorly. I don’t know exactly what I would have done. But it woulda been derisive for realz.
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Distillation
Posted by News Fetcher on November 28 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Black Friday
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '13 at 10:00 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
The day after Thanksgiving means two things. One: It is legal to listen to Christmas music. Two: Black Friday deals! So what can you expect from PA on this blackest of Fridays?

Black Friday

A bunch of new stuff!

Twisp and Catsby Plush as well as a Mr. Toots Plush.

<img src="http://art.penny-arcade.com/photos/i-x3N98RC/0/L/i-x3N98RC-L.jpg"

Jim Darkmagic "Live Magical" Tee.



We will also be running a few Black Friday specials:

Depending on how much you spend in the store we will be tossing in a little something extra.

$33 = Holiday Card



$66 = Naughty/Nice Digital Print

(I don’t have a picture of this yet)

$99 = Merch Pin



We will also have a pin special going on. Buy ay 2 pin sets in the same order, get free Pin Collection Poster.




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Games
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '13 at 11:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
It looks like I’m probably the opposite of Tycho here. I find myself preferring the PS4 controller. He has spent his nights playing XBox One and I’ve spent mine on the Playstation. That’s not to say that I dislike the Xbox, I’m just having a better time on the PS4 right now.

So what am I playing? Well I spent the first week playing through the entire single player campaign of Killzone. I thought it was great from start to finish. I’m playing some Need For Speed and a bit of Battlefield but most nights I’m in Assassin’s Creed multiplayer. Obviously these are games you could grab on the Xbox as well and have the same experience. I’m playing them on the PS4 because it came out first so that is where I purchased them and also because I prefer the user experience right now. I like how the PS4 menu puts my games and my friends right up front. I’ve also been streaming every night and I really like chatting with folks while I play. I respect the fact that the Xbox One wants to be my media hub/everything box but the PS4 feels like it was built to play games and play them with your friends. I like that.

I’m also very impressed with the PS Vita connectivity. I’ve been playing a few games via the remote play option and it’s awesome. Unlike the WiiU the range is really only limited by your WiFi and mine does a pretty good job of covering the house. I’ve had no problem playing Need for Speed and AC on the Vita while upstairs in bed. Digging out the Vita to test this also got me poking around in Vita games again. I have to say Tearaway is absolutely beautiful and a must play if you own the system.

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