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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.

(CW)TB

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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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News - Spice Girl
Posted by News Fetcher on May 29 '15 at 09:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
The first part of the strip is absolutely true: his haircut man was not available. It’s a continuum of human experience I’m not connected to in any way. I “cut my hair” the way a druid gathers mistletoe: under a full moon, with a scythe.

Upon learning that he would be granted an audience with the Master Barber, the pun shone brightly in his mind. Master Barber is an actual term I was not previously aware of, but what it means is dependent on where you are. Occasionally a class quest is required. In Lancashire, becoming a Master Barber requires one to “sheere the crown-hare of A Mother Gryphyn,” which is why Lancashire hasn’t had a Master Barber since 1465. Anyway: when Gabriel perceives that he has “material” of this kind, he is masterful at steering conversations toward his payload, except this time he had to do everything in how power to avoid it.

It’s like when you’re learning to drive a car, or ride a bike even. If you are looking at something, a terrible force draws you toward it until you are destroyed. If you have social anxiety, which I am told that some do have, you’re always worried that your secret thoughts will be made known to others by some betrayal of their own traitorous mouth. I suggested that the danger was probably minimal, because as a Master Barber they probably hear this shit all day, every day; that nobody hasn’t thought of it. He scoffed! He is known to. He was voted most likely to scoff. He got out unscathed, though, and to his mind, substantially improved - particularly in the hair region. He even gestured at his hair, as if to say, “look at this hair.” It looked like hair to me.
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Comic - Spice Girl
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '15 at 11:15 PM
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News - Observer Effect
Posted by News Fetcher on May 27 '15 at 11:15 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I was lucky with my own bandmates, actually; I was always the least reliable, least talented member, so disappointment tended to flow reliably in the opposite direction. I only played guitar at a couple shows, ever. I mostly just brought a microphone, or put in someone’s bag at practice so it would arrive without effort on my part, then hit the bar before the show to down a Snake Bite to sand the edge of my nerves. Then I’d hand a drink and a blank cassette to the guy at the board, and after the show I would listen to the tape on the way home, and make a thorough accounting of my failures.

The strip is really about the RPG format they adopted for Rock Band 4’s campaign. That’s very, very distinct from the new Guitar Hero, with its focus on live video performance and playing along with music videos. I think there are going to be players for both of these. In the old days, there was no daylight between the two experiences really. They have to offer something different in order to coexist. Hopefully that’s happening this time…?

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Comic - Observer Effect
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '15 at 11:15 PM
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News - Child’s Play Golf Tournament Tickets!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '15 at 02:45 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
They are available! I am by no means a golf expert; I come mostly for the buffet and the intensely shared fellow-feeling. For your calendar:

Date: Friday, July 17th 2015

Time: Golf Registration 9:00AM - 10:00AM, Mini-Golf Registration 12:30PM-1:15PM, Mixer 4:00PM

Location: Willows Run Golf Course, 10402 Willows Rd, Redmond, WA 98052

I’ve been to all of them, and it would be a fun way to spend your time even the absence of its profound charitable payload.

(CW)TB

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News - Monday Sketchdump!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 25 '15 at 12:15 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Last week I attended a special “Art Night” at my kid’s school. I ended up spending the evening drawing with elementary school kids and had a great time. Here’s some of my doodles:




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News - Cardophilia
Posted by News Fetcher on May 25 '15 at 10:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
So, last time, I was worried that between Destiny’s immediacy and my belief that there was some mystically optimal condition under which to play The Witcher, it would end up sort of like my Steam library, in a list more akin to a list of achievements than of time played or work considered. But that is not true. Having secured 32 Light in order to make myself marginally less worthless to my Fireteam, I had a chance over the weekend to plow through the “Witching 101” portion of The Witcher 3 and into the game proper, which isn’t an epic roleplaying game at all apparently but a card game called gwent.
I played a ton of Dice Poker in the second one, I was the Champion Dice Poker Man. It was like Yahtzee, and I like Yahztee. Weirdly, one of my favorite things about Dice Poker was how it emphasized the handcrafted physicality of the game: it was a box that people carried around with them, to play where they could. There were different backgrounds depending on where you played, like the table at an inn let’s say. Hearthstone does this, too. Gwent, the minigame equivalent in Witcher 3, doesn’t have the same verisimilitude thing going on. On the other hand, it is pretty fuckin’ rad.
The article I see most often referred to in this conversation is Vince Ingenito’s “The Witcher’s Gwent Is A Better Card Game Than Heartstone,” whose ambiguous, mushmouthed argumentation leaves the true position of the author unclear - a common problem with young writers. That said, we may triangulate from this aimless prose that the author thinks gwent is at least alright.
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Comic - Cardophilia
Posted by News Fetcher on May 25 '15 at 08:00 AM
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Throwback…Friday
Posted by News Fetcher on May 22 '15 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I forgot to post my Throwback Thursday art yesterday. It was a hit last week and I intended to do it again but just spaced it. So to make up for it I’m gonna post two incredibly embarrassing pieces of artwork from my past!

I did this first comic book page back in 7th grade. I don’t remember all their names but I know the purple and yellow guy was named Volt.



This second piece was done around my senior year in high school. This was Sam and he was a teenage runaway with the exiled spirit of a disgraced angel living inside him because…high school.



Please direct all public shaming to my Twitter account.

-Gabe out

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Exile
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '15 at 11:15 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Gavin came up with AirDND at lunch, and it was too good to leave on the table. Utilizing long-forgetten alchemical techniques, including those we have transmuted this notion into a comic strip.

I feel like I’m too new at Destiny to tell you anything of import about the new expansion; I’ve had a few lucky Crota drops, that’s the extent of my career as a Guardian. I’m the inheritor of all the creature comforts and improvements you and Gabriel had to suffer through, I never knew the worst of it. I know that when the game first came out, if you died while in a Darkness Zone not only did you have to restart from the checkpoint, you were also forced to order off the kid’s menu. It’s terrifying stuff.
No, all I have now is that relentless, smooth loop, of which the Prison of Elders is a good example - and between the novel loot structure and the round modifiers it’s filling a very specific role in the experience. I keep trying to sell my compatriots on Trials of Osiris, but they’re not super into the PVP, which I kind of get. I’m not super into the PVP either. But I am into gambling.
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Exile
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '15 at 11:15 PM
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PAX Q&A Question Sumbissionz
Posted by News Fetcher on May 20 '15 at 01:45 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Ask us questions, anything you want, completely asymmetrically! This is the new ritual for the Q&A panels, and it has made them diamond-dense with premium info. Drop a Q in there, and we will deliver an A several months hence.

(CW)TB

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