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Three things
Posted by News Fetcher on January 13 '14 at 09:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Thanks to everyone who showed up to play games with me over at Snapdoodle on Saturday. I ended up playing about five or six games of Forbidden Desert with a different group of people each time. I got to talk and trade pins with a bunch of folks and overall I’d say the night was a huge success. A few people asked if it was something I’d be doing again and I think I probably will. Also thanks to Snapdoodle for hosting us. They are a small store and we sort of took over the place. I saw people sitting on the little stools playing games on tables meant for toddlers. Everyone I talked to had fun though and I know the Snapdoodle folks were really happy with the whole thing.



I tried Assassin’s Creed Black Flag and loved the first bit but lost interest when it switched from being about Pirates to working at a software company. Normally that would be it for me but I decided to give it another try when I got sick last week. I pushed through the Abstergo stuff which I found crazy boring and then got back to being a pirate. I really like the ship to ship combat and I have to say I’m glad I gave it another try. I’ve played 16 hours now and I’m about 25% through the game. I’ve had to play through one more of those Abstergo sequences but for the most part I’m just sailing around it my pirate ship killing dudes and having awesome pirate adventures. I don’t normally give games a second chance but I’m really glad I did in this case.

Finally if you want to see an uncensored version of today’s comic strip…you’re a sicko. I can hook you up though. Click here to see Gabe’s cartoon ding-dong.

-Gabe out

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The Beast WIthin
Posted by News Fetcher on January 12 '14 at 11:15 PM
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Palantir
Posted by News Fetcher on January 10 '14 at 11:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
They didn’t actually cancel HBO, Game of Thrones is almost back on. But if you were carrying a sub to HBO specifically to watch people fuck in plate mail, it’s an itch you could almost certainly scratch via these streams.
It’s true, though, that a percentage of the traditional television watchings at Chez Krahulique have been absorbed by this service. You never really know what you’re going to get, and it’s always on the precipice of getting fucking bonkers. People operating digital peepshows where the “payment” for the various “revelations” was a certain level of viewers is, for me, just kinda… huh. Sony has a fairly complex messaging problem here, as they literally have a button on their controller that says “share,” and they can’t stop this without eroding some measure of their thesis. But “Playroom” exposes them to some incredibly fucked cultural blowback. It’s not my brand; I don’t care what they’re doing if everybody is into it, but, uh… I’m not sure they are? All the time?
There are people here at the office, and maybe at your office, or maybe in your house because it’s you, who find the weird reverse surveillance culture thing immensely disturbing for some reason - it just, I don’t know. It tickles their neck. There was a point where the gathered throng was watching people who were watching television, and it sent some signal skittering up the nerve trunk inside my spinal column.
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Palantir
Posted by News Fetcher on January 09 '14 at 11:15 PM
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Game Night!
Posted by News Fetcher on January 08 '14 at 08:00 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I’ll be playing games and trading some pins this Saturday at Snapdoodle toys in Kenmore. Here are the details:

Where:

Snapdoodle Toys in Kenmore

When:

Saturday January 11th from 4pm to 8pm

What’s gonna go down:

Games! I’ll be playing Forbidden Desert for sure but I’m down for anything. Come and play with me or bring some friends and play with them. I’ll have some Pinny Arcade pins for trading as well so bring your pins. Essentially I just want to spend the evening playing games and hanging out with PA readers.

-Gabe out

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Ben Kuchera Lands At Polygon
Posted by News Fetcher on January 08 '14 at 12:00 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I was overjoyed to see it, too. It’s a good match; it speaks well of both parties. I was curious what he’d think about something like Project Christine, that modular PC thing from Razer, and I don’t have to wonder now because he just wrote about it.

(CW)TB

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Two Jobs
Posted by News Fetcher on January 08 '14 at 11:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
The first is “Account Manager for PAX Australia.” You don’t need to be from Australia to apply, but you should definitely understand if you apply for it that Australia is super far away. Check a map. B]

The second is for somebody to help Jamie - something in the vein of a Child’s Play Administrative Internship. Actually, it’s not in that vein. It’s literally that. Check ‘em out.

(CW)TB

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Ask Your Doctor
Posted by News Fetcher on January 08 '14 at 11:30 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
For those who play the preview pane game, the snapshot for today’s comic must certainly rank high; with no crass art gumming up the works, only my intention remains. But you can hardly parody these fucking names! Even so, people are probably more likely to take something called “lunesta” than they are to orally ingest (S)-6-(5-Chloro-2-pyridinyl)- 7-oxo-6,7-dihydro-5H-pyrrolo[3,4-b]pyrazin-5-yl-4-methyl-1-piperazinecarboxylate. At least, I would. It’s a real mouthful. Where would you put the pill?

I said you should grab the Bravely Default demo on Monday, and I’m going to reiterate this recommendation today in more detail.

“Final Fantasy” is a crystalline structure that means a bunch of things. We can invoke it, and communicate a week, or a month, or a lifetime of information. That’s the part we knew going into Bravely Default, that contained within its fractal structure there was this other shape. But! There are things which are not that, and wouldn’t that be more interesting to discuss?

It has MP, which is used by the various classes in its Job system to “set it off” in various ways. But there is another resource, called Brave Points, which - combined with Default, the new “guard” option - make up the name. Generally you get one per turn, but it won’t surprise you to learn that there are ways of getting more than your linear share. So now that there is another way to gate powerful attacks, there are abilities which use BP instead of MP. You can also choose to go into debt on Brave Points, giving up future turns in exchange for immediate use. “Turns” as a resource, congealed into these points, is a cool idea. Managing a boss who is stockpiling turns to paste your crew works as gameplay. It works.
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Ask Your Doctor
Posted by News Fetcher on January 07 '14 at 11:15 PM
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Magnate
Posted by News Fetcher on January 06 '14 at 12:15 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
People have different thresholds about paying for for ostensibly free games. We did a comic about specifically withholding payment in some cases. In others, I’ve paid as I left the game for good; like they brought the check, and I paid on my way out. Typically though, I do it when it passes the Pinoccio Line, the one that marks its having become a real game. The point at which not paying begins to feel like theft. Gabriel tends to pay either when a game expresses itself with unique art, or it indulges his desire to become a Frost Wizard.
I haven’t gotten there with Warframe quite yet. But I think I will.
Brenna asked me if I liked it, because I’ve played it every night for several nights running, and I said I didn’t know. That makes no sense to her. Doing something that you both don’t like and does not serve the (loosely defined) nation is incomprehensible. But I tried to explain that saying I like something has ramifications, so I try to be careful with it. But also, it has to do with the freemium model in general. I don’t know how the operant conditioning chamber is configured at the beginning, compared to later. I don’t know if the sustenance apertures are bored extra wide.
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Magnate
Posted by News Fetcher on January 05 '14 at 11:15 PM
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Stream Of The Crop
Posted by News Fetcher on January 04 '14 at 12:15 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Gonna play some Skylanders Swap Force with my son and he wants to see how the streaming works. You can watch us right here:

Watch live video from CWgabriel on www.twitch.tv

-Gabe out

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Game Night
Posted by News Fetcher on January 03 '14 at 04:30 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I mentioned it yesterday but I just wanted to remind everyone about my board game night at Snapdoodle toys in Kenmore on the 11th. You can get all the details here.

-Gabe out

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The Thirstening
Posted by News Fetcher on January 03 '14 at 11:30 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Even though they are supposedly “forbidden,” there’s no taboo against their ownership or use. You can purchase and play Forbidden Island or Forbidden Desert without enduring stares or having an old Russian woman hiss and/or shield the eyes of her children. I always find out just how hardcore I am not when I go to Board Game Geek, but I always thought that Forbidden Island was a stripped down version of Pandemic, also by the same designer, and if we make a line between these two games that charts their relative complexity, there is a point on this line marked Forbidden Desert right between them. But it’s not Pandemic Junior; I would say that it’s more like Forbidden Island 2XX Hyper Gear Mega rev2.Y.
The satellite view of the game involves a groups of incredibly thirsty people trying to rebuild a quasi-mystical skyship while the desert tries to bury them in sand. The board itself shifts and shimmies based on the wind, and seems to have a preternatural awareness of what would please you, and then configures itself in such a way as to deny you that thing. I have been one turn away from victory on many, many occasions - you will probably hear the same story from others who have played it. Deserts! Avoid them if you can.
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Dickerdoodles 13 wieners!
Posted by News Fetcher on January 03 '14 at 10:30 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
It took me a while but I finally have your Dickerdoodle 2013 winners!

3rd Place

PA reader Stacy takes the third place trophy with her incredible “Dick Search” entry! She has managed to capture all the contestants as well as Tycho and myself in Dick form (although some might say the latter isn’t much of a stretch)



2nd Place

The 2nd place trophy goes to Ramon with his Elf on a Shelf “surprise”. As a parent I can attest to the shit this little bastard gets up to around Christmas but I have to admit I’ve never seen him pull this kind of stunt at my house.



1st Place

The coveted first place trophy goes to Amy this year who delivered a penis inspired take on a literary classic. The names are just too good!




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The Thirstening
Posted by News Fetcher on January 02 '14 at 11:15 PM
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Streaming the Cube
Posted by News Fetcher on January 01 '14 at 07:30 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
My evening streams have been a lot of fun. Last time I played I got a few requests to play Warframe and so that’s what I’m gonna do tonight. I played a bit of it on the PC a while back but didn’t really get it. I’ll give it another shot tonight starting around 9pm pacific.

Watch live video from CWgabriel on www.twitch.tv

-Gabe out

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Resolutions
Posted by News Fetcher on January 01 '14 at 02:45 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I’m not always a very good person. I’m mean and I recognize that. I know exactly where it comes from too. As a kid I moved schools a lot. I was always the new kid and I was a weird looking new kid which made it worse. There was no nationwide movement to stop bullying back then. The advice I got from teachers was to “ignore them” or “try and make friends with them”. It is hard to ignore or become friends with someone who literally sets your hair on fire on the bus. So what I did is decide at a young age that no one else’s opinion of me mattered. I had to in order not to kill myself. I had to flip a switch in my head and essentially decide that no one else could decide what I was or was not. I shut almost everyone out and decided that anyone who attacked me was an “enemy” and I began to attack back. I got very good at insulting people. Kids would come at me with some bullshit about my teeth or how goofy I looked and I would retaliate with insults I had custom built for them while lying awake at night and each one was a precision strike to their insecurities. This kid was short, that one had a hard time reading, this other one’s parents were getting a divorce. By 7th grade I could make someone hit me with a couple words.

They weren’t fights so much as they were beatings but I still ended up in the vice principal’s office. Eventually they started to realize I was instigating the abuse. They couldn’t understand why I didn’t just keep my mouth shut. Why I had to egg these kids on. “Why can’t you just ignore them and keep walking when they say something to you?” I can’t count how many counselors told me “they are just words, they can’t hurt you.” but words can hurt and as a scrawny kid who couldn’t fight I learned the right words can hurt much more and much longer than a fist.

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Last Night
Posted by News Fetcher on January 01 '14 at 01:15 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I went to the Olive Garden last night and ended up getting probably the worst food poisoning I’ve ever had. By the time we got home I had to run upstairs and lock myself in the bathroom. I stumbled out an hour or so later and explained to my wife we would need to remodel it. There was simply nothing left that was salvageable and the entire bathroom would need to be taken down to the studs. I crawled into bed and half expected the police to show up. What I had done in there was a crime. I fell into a fitful sleep well before midnight and dreamt that not only had I shit out my Tour of Italy, but my soul as well. I woke up sweating and convinced that I was not a ghost but the shell that a ghost might leave. I feel hollow and hungry. I wonder if I will feel like this forever.

Happy new year.

-Gabe out

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Game Night!
Posted by News Fetcher on January 01 '14 at 12:45 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
My son had a bunch of his friends over last week and when that happens all the moms tend to get together as well. So I had a house full of nine year olds and their moms for most of the day. I tried to make myself as inconspicuous as possible but a couple of the moms saw the new board games I got for Christmas and started asking me about them. The game in question was Forbidden Desert which is a sequel to one of my favorite games ever, Forbidden Island. I broke the game down for them and eventually led them to my game closet which is overflowing with board games of all kinds. One of the moms mentioned that she worked at a local toy store called Snapdoodle. It’s an awesome little store near my house with a surprisingly impressive game selection. She told me she has a hard time helping customers with all the games they have because she hasn’t played most of them. I had actually purchased many of my games from her store so I went through the ones I knew she sold and gave her the high points of each. I ran down the basics of games like Tsuro, Dominion, Pandemic, and Anomia.

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