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Google Glass
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '13 at 09:00 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Well I picked up my Google Glass last Sunday and I’ve had a few days to play around with it now. Obviously I’m not super familiar with them yet but I wanted to get my first impressions of them up. I immagine as time goes on and I have the opportunity to use it in different ways, I’ll be sharing more thoughts about Glass.

The floating HUD looks pretty much exactly like what you see in the official Google videos. You can tilt your head up or simply tap the side on your Glass to bring up the display. This shows you the time and is the jumping off point for all your “okay glass” commands. The entire right side of Glass is actually an elongated touchpad. The UI is essentially a set of “cards” that you cycle through by swiping along the side of the device. Swiping from the front towards the back will first bring up the weather card, then local areas of interest and finally your settings. You can tap the touchpad to drill down on any of these cards. For example the weather card shows the current temperature but tapping on it will take you into a forecast view.

Swiping the opposite direction(from your ear towards your face) will take you into your “timeline”. This is a record of everything you’ve recently done with your Glass. Starting with the most recent things you will see pictures and videos you’ve taken, notifications, emails, google searches and anything else you’ve used the Glass to do. these are simple “cards” again and tapping will give your more options. For example tap on a picture you took and you’ll get the option to share it, tap on a tweet or email and you have the option to reply. It’s all very clean and intuitive.



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Strip Search!
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '13 at 09:00 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Part 1 of the epic two part season finale is up today!



Watch the episode and then head over to the spoilers page to see all the work they submitted. You can see all the comics, character bios and shirt designs that we saw.

Also in case you missed it, we have moved Gabeart to Tuesdays. Here’s the one that went up this week.



Drawing the Thing is a huge pain in the ass.

-Gabe out

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Glasshole
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '13 at 06:30 AM
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Google Glass
Posted by News Fetcher on June 12 '13 at 10:00 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Well I picked up my Google Glass last Sunday and I’ve had a few days to play around with it now. Obviously I’m not super familiar with them yet but I wanted to get my first impressions of them up. I immagine as time goes on and I have the opportunity to use it in different ways, I’ll be sharing more thoughts about Glass.

The floating HUD looks pretty much exactly like what you see in the official Google videos. You can tilt your head up or simply tap the side on your Glass to bring up the display. This shows you the time and is the jumping off point for all your “okay glass” commands. The entire right side of Glass is actually an elongated touchpad. The UI is essentially a set of “cards” that you cycle through by swiping along the side of the device. Swiping from the front towards the back will first bring up the weather card, then local areas of interest and finally your settings. You can tap the touchpad to drill down on any of these cards. For example the weather card shows the current temperature but tapping on it will take you into a forecast view.

Swiping the opposite direction(from your ear towards your face) will take you into your “timeline”. This is a record of everything you’ve recently done with your Glass. Starting with the most recent things you will see pictures and videos you’ve taken, notifications, emails, google searches and anything else you’ve used the Glass to do. these are simple “cards” again and tapping will give your more options. For example tap on a picture you took and you’ll get the option to share it, tap on a tweet or email and you have the option to reply. It’s all very clean and intuitive.



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Aftermath
Posted by News Fetcher on June 12 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
For as long as I’ve been actively watching industry events unfold, I don’t think I’ve we’ve ever seen anything quite like what happened at Sony’s press conference. It was a conflagration that consumed every cubic centimeter of Microsoft’s rhetorical oxygen. The damage was so absolute that to speak publicly in defense of the device known as the “Xbone” is to be made a fool. I would avoid the punch at Microsoft’s afterparty.

Until that evening, I thought the presentation from MS had good things going for it; your mileage may vary, dependent wholly upon your definition of “good.” Titanfall is one of very, very few meaningful exclusives, for example. But publishers are basically letting them twist in the wind, now, even though the system was created more or less to court their stated aims. The topic of Restrictions On Used is so toxic that nobody wants anywhere near it; they don’t want to join Microsoft at the bottom of the ocean.
When we were sitting down to write the strip, I happened to see a PS4 story on Kontralto called “Third Party Publishers Will Have Final Say On Used Games,” and I don’t know entirely what that means, but it does appear to mean something less universal than the thunderously applauded public beheading we witnessed earlier.

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Aftermath
Posted by News Fetcher on June 11 '13 at 11:15 PM
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We’re Gonna Stream Us Playing D&D: Chronicles of Mystara
Posted by News Fetcher on June 10 '13 at 01:45 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Capcom asked us if we wanted to do that, and obviously we did. We used to break out the copy we had for the Saturn every now and then, but having it on a machine that doesn’t make the kinds of sounds that Saturn makes is probably a good plan. We will joined by Scott who is this Scott, and Kris who is this Kris. This is also useful information, not only because it says when, but also where:

Event Date: 6/18 (Tuesday) 12 Noon~1pm PST

Live Stream: twitch.tv/capcomunity

(CW)TB

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Compulsory
Posted by News Fetcher on June 09 '13 at 11:15 PM
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“fan” mail
Posted by News Fetcher on June 08 '13 at 08:15 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I just got the best fan mail ever and I had to share it:

Dear Mike,

I love the Strip Search competition that Penny Arcade is currently involved in concluding and have enjoyed watching every episode.

I am definitely not your typical fan, but started watching Penny Arcade TV after my son, who is 24, introduced me to you all when you selected Erika (definitely the right choice) as you new hire. Since then we have watched lots of other very entertaining episodes. What I like is the banter and the chemistry you all seem to exude. What I don’t like is the over use of the f word. It just isn’t very original. Also, in all honesty, I don’t find your comics that you create with Jerry very funny. My son has to explain most of the jokes….not good. That being said, I find you all very likable people and feel like a proud mother (since I am old enough to be all you moms) at your success and how you are helping other creative individuals achieve their goals.

I can’t wait to see the final episodes.

Thanks,

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sent from my iPad


I love it!

-Gabe out

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Attend a showing of the STRIP SEARCH FINALE!
Posted by News Fetcher on June 07 '13 at 10:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Why not come watch the last three episodes with us, the artists, and lots of other cool people? Tickets are up now, and we expect them to go fairly fast.

(CW)TB

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Conversions
Posted by News Fetcher on June 07 '13 at 09:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Our own Galabriel was selected for inclusion into the Google Explorers Club, which might not actually be its name. I suspect there is a cool patch for your backpack, like the one you get for defeating a Gym Leader. What it means is that he was given the opportunity to travel on his own dime, and then purchase one at exorbitant cost which he’ll never truly own. It’s absolutely vital that he do so, though: I don’t want to harangue people I see wearing them in public, I want to harangue him about them while I’m haranguing him about something else. Plus, and here’s where they become a capital investment, these fucking things promise to be a strip generating engine.
Yesterday, Microsoft decided (no doubt at Ben’s fervent urgings) to break out as many facts as they felt comfortable with all at once. Some people think it’s bad. It’s definitely different. But I don’t need to buy anything today, and I can’t anyhow, so we can think about this in an abstract way if we want to. As near as I can tell, it’s the first time anyone has given any thought to what happens after iTunes.
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Google Glass
Posted by News Fetcher on June 07 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Two things about today’s comic strip.

1. It’s true. I’m going down to California tomorrow to get my Google glass.

2. We recorded a podcast for this comic strip yesterday. It will be the first of our new season of the DLC podcast and you should get it next week sometime.

The Google Glass thing is pretty interesting. I’m a big gadget nerd so I was super interested to see how Glass worked. I submitted my entry into the Explorer program and said that I would use glass to film myself drawing and show PAX from my point of view.

I guess they liked that idea because I was accepted! It’s sort of like winning a prize I suppose except that the prize is to pay for a trip to California and buy something really expensive.

I’m turning it into a little weekend vacation though and taking my wife with me. We will spend a day checking out San Francisco and I’m also going to get to see some internet friends that I hardly ever get to hang out with in person. It should be a cool weekend and when I come back on Monday I’ll be well on my way to becoming a cyborg.

-Gabe out

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Strip Search!
Posted by News Fetcher on June 07 '13 at 09:00 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Today’s shocking Strip Search will SHOCK YOU!



Are you sufficiently shocked?

Be sure and tune in next week on Friday the 14th for the first part of the mega-huge super exciting two part season finale!

-Gabe out

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Conversions
Posted by News Fetcher on June 06 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Pinny Arcade
Posted by News Fetcher on June 05 '13 at 02:45 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Pinny Arcade fucking blew up at PAX East and that makes me incredibly happy. Doing this right has literally taken us years and seeing how much fun everyone had with it was super rewarding. I loved trading pins at the show and I actually spent pretty much every free second I had posted up someplace trading. At one point I intended to pop by the PA merch booth and trade some pins. I traded non stop for two fucking hours! When I think about how rad the entire experience was I just can’t stop smiling. So I’m super excited to do it again at PAX Australia next month. We will have the Pinny Arcade core set available as well as a special PAX Australia set you can only get at the show.



So let’s talk about the new pins for a second.

It was clear at PAX East that the PAX logo pin that came in the set was usually the first to get traded away. I understand why, it isn’t a cool character like the other pins. With that said though, I also think it will end up being the most collectible as it was the very first Pinny Arcade event and it has the date on it. Now being as this is the very first PAX Australia I would encourage Pinny Arcade collectors to keep that logo pin!

Upside down Thomas, Gabe and Tycho are in this set as well. They are all upside down because…you know Australia and shit. Thomas is also sporting the brand new PAX Australia scarf. All four of these pins will be purchasable as one set from the merch booth at the show.

The fifth pin is a brand new Chandra pin based on the artwork I did for a MtG coloring book a while back. This pin will only be available at the Wizards of the Coast booth.



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Extra Credits: Games For Good
Posted by News Fetcher on June 05 '13 at 01:45 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
It is our great pleasure to know the crew from Extra Credits, and I have suggested to James over there that I am at his service; he’s just given me an opportunity to prove it.

We spoke on the phone at length last week, as long as our respective schedules could possibly allow after failing to meet up for nearly a month. He told me he more or less wanted to dedicate a year of his life to creating a public conversation about what games are and what they can accomplish. Like, “move to Washington D.C. and become a citizen lobbyist” type stuff. Act as a catalyst to get grant funding moving toward electronic games that further this dialogue. It’s a fairly clear evolution of that they do with their show, and it makes a lot of sense to me. If it makes sense to you also, you’re in luck: they’re crowdfunding the whole shebang here.

(CW)TB

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Marvel Heroes
Posted by News Fetcher on June 05 '13 at 12:00 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I’m probably not going to play anymore Marvel Heroes. After the prologue I arrived at the Avengers headquarters and immediately saw tons of the free heroes as well as a few of the purchasable ones. It looks sort of silly to see five hawkeyes running around but I figured this was the hub where you buy shit, get outfitted and group up so it’s not a big deal. Tycho and I formed a party and jumped into the first zone. Now I was imagining that it would be an instance that Tycho and I would share and we would beat up some dudes together similar to Diablo or torchlight. That was not the case.

It’s actually a zone similar to an MMO with tons of people running around killing mobs that spawn, get beat up by roving bands of heroes and then re-spawn. So we arrive in the zone and immediately notice that all the bad guys are already dead. We begin moving through the city streets and find more corpses scattered around. Eventually some bad guys spawn behind and run to catch up with us. I’m not sure why some gang thugs would run towards the Thing and Daredevil but they did and we beat them up. All the while we see groups of heroes running around just like you would in any other MMO. Over here you see three Scarlet Witches beating up some dudes. Around the corner you find four the Things and a couple Spidermans doing the same. Eventually we found a massive group fight against Electro and joined in. I was one of five the Things hitting this dude and I felt like a complete jackass. It’s very cool to be the Thing. It’s dumb to be one of many the Things. Also I have a hard time believing there are many bad guy type problems that five the Things could not solve.

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Marvelous Heroism
Posted by News Fetcher on June 05 '13 at 10:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I had installed Marvel Heroes during a Beta Weekend, and it had been continually updated, so when it actually came out at ten yesterday morning I was in a very good position to play it.

I emerged from the introduction more impressed than I expected to be - far more. As Daredevil, my clubs really seemed to be hitting these jagoffs and they were not fans. What’s more, there was a nice loop where I could strike multiple jagoffs, conferring a slowing effect, which I could then capitalize on with an attack I’d just skilled into that hit all opponents and did extra damage to those who had been slowed. Then I hit some other guys, and I hit the Green Goblin, and then I left.

Gabriel had a similarly enjoyable time in his own shard of that universe, and we immediately tried to get into the next missions together. The icon you’d think would let you add and interact with friends is actually the list of all the superheroes you don’t own; the actual friends list looks like two speech bubbles and is over by the chat window, which is like… I don’t even know what it’s like. Maybe it was a test. Anyway, we passed it, and entered a mission.

That is the moment we have collected in the strip.

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Marvelous Heroism
Posted by News Fetcher on June 04 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Strip Search!
Posted by News Fetcher on June 04 '13 at 08:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Who will make it into the final 3?



-Gabe out

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