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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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Manatomy
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '13 at 10:15 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
The “Intense Heat” generated by these PS4 streams isn’t even predictable, per se. Predictability implies that we can look at the data and, spurred by their factual constellation, arrive at a certain conclusion. But we don’t need to look that hard. We’re talking about cameras and young people. We’re not gonna need a graphing calculator.

Sony prioritized live streaming, and Microsoft prioritized the uploading of discrete clips; even having some kind of lead time though, I’m not entirely sure what can be done about it. You’re fucking with some pretty ancient magic. Eventually they’re gonna find a hole in your algorithm that detects the human peepee; they’ll put a scarf and a hat on it (“Cocktor Who”) or bind them in fanciful knots (“Schlongsman’s Caper”). Ultimately the evolution of our species’ prongs will be guided, like the bonsai, into multifarious configurations by these prohibitions. Bouyant spheroids, suspended on tensile roots of nerve cord. Ranged dongs, “launched” from what will be come to be known as “The Fifth Nipple.” And then where will we be.
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Manatomy
Posted by News Fetcher on November 26 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Tripartite
Posted by News Fetcher on November 25 '13 at 09:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Ryse: Son Of Rome is one of those games where you dice and julienne human beings until you earn enough XP to unlock the brunoise techniques seen in the finer houses. It is a lot of things, and rude is definitely one of them.

I think the Xbox One is on fire.

As a brand, as a philosophy, all of it. This device is like a bottle message from an alternate dimension. It’s entirely possible that this strange dimension represents our own future, but I think you might have a tough time making that case.
There are a lot of people who genuinely hate the Kinect. Gabriel is one of them; it is not possible to have a conversation about the device. Every misheard phrase or unintentional activation only cements it, and now it’s everywhere, all the time. I used the previous one a lot, though I’m the only person I know who did so; I would never say you had to in order to be a moral person. Voice and gesture is a paradigm for interaction with advantages and disadvantages, but their “wooginess” - their ambiguities - aren’t solved problems. I’m routinely not understood when I talk to people. With this knowledge well in evidence, Microsoft doubled down on it. The User Interface is like a physical place: you can get lost in it, and without voice commands a lot of it doesn’t make sense. That’s why you will hear people issuing voice commands all the time in game chat. And then issuing them again, when they are not perceived.
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Tripartite
Posted by News Fetcher on November 24 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Capitalization
Posted by News Fetcher on November 21 '13 at 11:15 PM
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the PS4
Posted by News Fetcher on November 21 '13 at 10:30 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I’ve had almost a week with my PS4 now and I thought I share some quick impressions with you guys. I’ll start with the games.

Killzone Shadow Fall

I really really like this game. I’m on chapter eight of the ten chapter single player campaign and I’m still really enjoying it. It’s pretty rare that I play the campaign mode of a shooter but this one is really holding my interest. Part of that is how amazing it looks I’m sure. I’ve streamed myself playing it a few times and everyone in the chat agrees it’s just a stunning game to look at. I also really like the story which is something I didn’t expect after reading some of the reviews. Finally it’s just a great shooter. The guns feel good and the environments make for some incredibly fun shoot outs.

I haven’t dug too much into the multiplayer but what I played was fun. I plan on investing some more time in there once I wrap up the campaign which should be tonight or tomorrow. It’s a fantastic launch game and one that honestly feels “next gen” to me when I’m playing it.

Need For Speed Rivals

Tycho talked about this game yesterday so I won’t go into too much detail here. It’s fucking awesome is all you really need to know. He calls it a caRPG which I think is pretty smart. Driving around taking quests, unlocking new cars and leveling up their powers is super fun. I personally prefer the cop side of the cops and racers gameplay they have going on. There’s nothing like tracking down a real live person, flipping on your lights and then chasing them chasing them all across the map. It feels incredibly good to smash their car into pieces or drive them off a cliff.

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