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Strip Search!
Posted by News Fetcher on April 03 '13 at 09:00 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Today’s Strip Search episode is pretty powerful I think. Tycho and I have a policy here at Penny Arcade. It’s to show you everything. Even when it’s embarrassing, or makes us look bad. We share it all with you guys through the comics and everything else we do. Well it doesn’t get much more “real” than this episode of Strip Search.



***MINOR SPOILERS BELOW***

***I’M NOT KIDDING, WATCH THE EPISODE FIRST!***

There’s a lot of talk in the comments and on Twitter about this episode which I expected. It’s hard to say too much because I don’t want to spoil the rest of the show. I’m gonna try and answer some of the big questions I saw though.

Who else is in the audience during the elimination?

It changed from night to night but it was always various other PA employees as well as the Loading Ready Run crew. Some people like Robert were there every single night while other people from the PA office showed up when they could.

Who makes the final decision on who goes home? Is it just you and Jerry or do the other people at PA get a vote?

It always comes down to Jerry and I. In fact most of the time the people in the audience made a point NOT to tell us what they thought of the strips.

Why did you pick strip A when strip B was the obvious winner!?

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Paraphilia
Posted by News Fetcher on April 03 '13 at 08:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I asked Gabriel if the Luigi’s Mansion that just came out for the DS had a multiplayer mode, and he didn’t know. I certainly hadn’t read anything to that effect, but games for the original DS had a way of hiding fascinating multiplayer gameplay experiments on the cartridge somewhere for play from a single card. The next day, he came back with news: it did have multiplayer. Good multiplayer, in fact. Even if describing how to play it is just inherently profane.

It’s fairly easy to learn if you’re familiar with the scarifying basics of Luigi’s turn as a paranormal exterminator; it’s Ghost Fishing, essentially. It’s fun. But now you’re traversing this spooky house shoulder to shoulder, trying to drag down fearsome megaghosts and their luminous coterie together. Like the other “experiments” I’ve found, they could take this as far as they wanted to - it’s that strong - but this may be all we ever see. It’s match based with no progression on any axis, but That’s Okay; for a game we didn’t even know existed, it’s pretty fucking hot.

The whole package is similarly hot; it glows with heat. I felt confident that I knew what to expect, and I got that, but then it kept delivering it in unexpected shape and volume. Especially convincing 3D, loads of what we might have called “traditional adventure gameplay,” along with deliciously reactive environments and a ghostbusting vacuum called a “Poltergust.” I mean, we’re done here. We’re all done.
I want to talk a little bit about why I like Strip Search so much.

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Paraphilia
Posted by News Fetcher on April 02 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Strip Search!
Posted by News Fetcher on April 02 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Today’s Strip Search episode is pretty powerful I think. Tycho and I have a policy here at Penny Arcade. It’s to show you everything. Even when it’s embarrassing, or makes us look bad. We share it all with you guys through the comics and everything else we do. Well it doesn’t get much more “real” than this episode of Strip Search.



***MINOR SPOILERS BELOW***

***I’M NOT KIDDING, WATCH THE EPISODE FIRST!***

There’s a lot of talk in the comments and on Twitter about this episode which I expected. It’s hard to say too much because I don’t want to spoil the rest of the show. I’m gonna try and answer some of the big questions I saw though.

Who else is in the audience during the elimination?

It changed from night to night but it was always various other PA employees as well as the Loading Ready Run crew. Some people like Robert were there every single night while other people from the PA office showed up when they could.

Who makes the final decision on who goes home? Is it just you and Jerry or do the other people at PA get a vote?

It always comes down to Jerry and I. In fact most of the time the people in the audience made a point NOT to tell us what they thought of the strips.

Why did you pick strip A when strip B was the obvious winner!?

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How To Turn Time Into Bones
Posted by News Fetcher on April 01 '13 at 10:00 AM
From Penny Arcade:
I have gone into what makes Doctor Who simultaneously so Doctor and so inexpressibly Who before. We have family in town for whom The Doctor and his Blue Box are borderline offensive nonsense, so I haven’t seen the new episode yet. But I have, kinda. Right? Regardless of the content of this particular extradimensional excursion, its rod and its staff, they comfort me.

Monster Hunter bears no structural similarity, but what it shares with that salvaged warlord is that it is ineffably, indelibly itself. By now, its amalgamation of forms has passed from molecule to element. It would not surprise me if a person didn’t like it, and I suspect its completely impenetrable to many people who might actually enjoy it. Except - like Dark Souls, let’s say - it doesn’t care. You go to it; it has no intention of proving shit.
On the flight to Boston, I finally had time to sink teeth into the game. Because I am “the hardcores,” I don’t need to listen to any shit from any Village Elder or his super hungry progeny re: any of their dumb crap. I am very comfortable just heading out into the world with my gigantic war bagpipe and bringing the heavy bit right down on a monster’s head zone. Here’s the deal, though: maybe that old man had some good information, like how to save the game. I didn’t pick up on that part. So when the red light started to blink, with mad intensity, I started to run around in a circle and mewl until the toil of the previous 3 hours had evaporated.
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Monster Hunting
Posted by News Fetcher on April 01 '13 at 09:45 AM
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I picked up Monster Hunter for the Wii U and for the 3DS in the hopes that I would finally get into this series. I tried the Wii U version first and got bored pretty much immediately. I clicked through a bunch of tiny text boxes and then got sent out to kill what amounted to a prehistoric cow. I beat on this thing for a while and then got a quest to go kill a couple more monsters. If a game doesn’t capture my interest within the first 30 minutes to an hour I’ll usually never play it again. I realize this has probably kept me from enjoying some great games but the reality is I have no shortage of fun games to play right now.

So what am I playing that isn’t Monster Hunter?

Well, the new Luigi’s Mansion is awesome. Seriously, just go to the eShop and buy it right now. It is fun, charming, challenging and beautiful. Also the multiplayer is a blast.

Bioshock Infinite has a grip on me. I’m taking my time and trying to read and explore the world as much as I can. I love listening to all the recordings and watching the little movies.

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How To Turn Time Into Bones
Posted by News Fetcher on March 31 '13 at 11:15 PM
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La Fille Et Le Oiseau
Posted by News Fetcher on March 29 '13 at 09:45 AM
From Penny Arcade:
Because of the way our kind experiences time, doing what you want to when you want to can be a complex undertaking. For example, I am writing a newspost right now when what’s really needed is for me to play Bioshock Infinite for a super long time.

Until I’m through the whole thing, I don’t know which of my thoughts are even relevant. I feel confident that there is something incredibly fucked up with this town, though. For some reason, being up in the sky is the least weird thing about this place. And also, Belle is there…?

Design-wise, certainly. But I think there’s a strong case to be made for Rapunzel also, and if you’ve played the game at all you’d know why I might think so. This is a fairy-tale. I think the world is amazing, and she is amazing, but as an organism she doesn’t look like she’s made of the same genetic material as everyone else. This could be literally true; I don’t know. It would explain a lot about how her body is.

The go-to source for Bioshock Infinite curmudgeonry has generally been John Teti’s Gameological Society review, “The Gilded Cage,” where he more or less posits that Infinite is a remake. If so, it’s the most high concept execution of the practice yet - there might be a clue in the name itself. I like reading things from people I don’t agree with, and I do not agree with this man. The funniest part is that the point I disagree with him on the most isn’t even about the new game - it’s about the old one. Casting his attention backward, he describes Bioshock as a game which interrogates “the philosophy of Ayn Rand by putting an objectivist tyrant at the heart of an underwater dystopia.”

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Strip Search!
Posted by News Fetcher on March 29 '13 at 09:15 AM
From Penny Arcade:
Today’s Strip Search episode is a real doozy. This challenge was about dealing with fans/trolls on Twitter and we brought in guest judge Scott Kurtz to critique the artists on their social media skills.



This episode is generating a lot of great discussion in the comments section and on Twitter. Obviously all these challenges are very subjective so not everyone is going to agree on the results. I have to agree with most of what Scott says to the artists in this episode though.

**MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD SO WATCH THE EPISODE FIRST!**

The reality is that making stuff is not easy. Finding that creative voice inside yourself and then trusting it enough to make art and put it in front of other people is fucking hard. Scott is right when he says that you can’t let the audience determine what you create. You have to remember that for every email you get complaining about a comic strip, there are hundreds of people who loved it. You learn very quickly about the vocal minority in this business. If you start trying to engage and please every pissed off troll that sends you a tweet you’ll lose your own voice very quickly and then you’ll lose the vast majority of silent fans of your work.

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La Fille Et Le Oiseau
Posted by News Fetcher on March 28 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Personae
Posted by News Fetcher on March 27 '13 at 10:45 AM
From Penny Arcade:
We are bullish on Lego City Undercover, which looked like it was basically gonna be GTA <a href=""http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/03/27">minus the G and the T</a>, which is basically true. It’s also incredibly silly in that Disney Pixar sorta way, in that it fights a Two Front War against children and their parents with physical humor and references that aren’t meant for every member of the intended audience.

Let us, now and in the future, refer to the journalistic edifice dedicated to electronic entertainment as The Machine. There is no value judgment inherent or even implied by this term - it is meant to contain in a single phrase the groups and individuals who acquire and disseminate information about this medium, the assumptions of the meta-entity, and the incredibly complex relationship they have with this shit.
I think we just need to accept that there are games The Machine is not meant to assess, and maybe can’t assess, and that’s… okay. I’m thirty seven, if a cop super likes donuts or whatever that don’t get me out of bed. The Machine is a specialist device, and can be relied upon to express the contours of these experiences with a granularity, but not every game demands the full sweep. As “this thing of ours” becomes normal, for lack of a better term, there are going to be games that aren’t what we might think of as Games with the capital g. And when you turn The Machine’s gaze on them, you look sort of dumb. I don’t need to know what Zagat thinks of the KFC Famous Bowl, and unless you can tell me about a game like this without resorting to your Big Bag of gourmet gaming terminology, you aren’t actually providing a service.
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PAX East and pin trading
Posted by News Fetcher on March 27 '13 at 09:00 AM
From Penny Arcade:
Wow what a weekend. PAX was a crazy big success again, thanks to everyone who came out and made it so awesome. One of my favorite things this year was seeing the incredible response to our new Pinny Arcade pin trading. I can’t even count how many pins I gave out but it had to have been in the thousands. By Sunday we were sold out of pins at the merch booth and it was awesome to see all the trading going on at the show. Not only did you guys seem to really love the pins but the exhibitors did as well. After seeing how popular it was we had so many companies come to us and ask about making pins not just for PAX Australia and PAX prime but for other conventions like E3 and comic con. We even had publishers asking about putting special Pinny Arcade pins in collectors editions of their upcoming games. I am so excited to watch this thing grow!

I did notice that there are quite a few pins up on eBay already. That’s fine but I want to make sure everyone knows what is and what isn’t an official pin. You can go to the Pinny Arcade site to see a full list of all the official pins and how to get them. Also all of our pins have the Pinny Arcade seal on the back with the year it was produced. In terms of rarity the CTS pin, Zombie Tycho pin and Pinny Arcade logo pin will be given out at PAX Australia and PAX prime this year. So PAX East was not your only chance to get those. The PAX East set on the other hand was only sold at the show and we did sell out. I believe the Chandra pin was also a PAX East exclusive and from what I heard on Sunday WOTC had none left. Now because of the way pin trading works we actually got some of these pins traded back to us and those pins will be sold in blind boxes later on down the road at other shows. So there is a chance you could still pick up those designs later. Or obviously you can trade for them at future events.

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Personae
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Make A Strip Panel: Strip Search Challenge
Posted by News Fetcher on March 25 '13 at 07:15 AM
From Penny Arcade:
In the very first Elimination episode of Strip Search, I ask my co-conspirator Gabriel if we are even capable of performing in the way we ask contestants to during the challenge. I asked it partially because I thought it might be a good line, which you might be able to triangulate from my wholly manufactured “high gravitas” tone, but also as a real question, because the methods we use to determine who is best - when hiring, or for the show - are incredibly intimidating. And I can tell you, just from my own perspective, it’s very strange when you build a company staffed by such competent people that you probably couldn’t get hired there.

In any case, I think we were as curious as anybody if we could do it. <a href=""http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/03/25">Apparently, we can</a>. Robert and Josh went through the audience and solicited short topics from people, and here’s what we drew from our hastily assembled Wastebasket Of Broken Dreams (“ideas which were, perhaps, before their time”):

Double-Sided Dildo (thanks!)

and

Hustlin’ (care of The Boss, Rick Ross).

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Make A Strip Panel: Strip Search Challenge
Posted by News Fetcher on March 24 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Watch PAX at home!
Posted by News Fetcher on March 23 '13 at 09:01 PM
From Penny Arcade:
Want to watch all the cool stuff happening at PAX East this weekend but can’t make it to the show? Well Twitch has you covered. They will be streaming tons of great content from the show all tree days. You can find all the details right here.

-Gabe out

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No, No, I Remember
Posted by News Fetcher on March 23 '13 at 09:00 PM
From Penny Arcade:
It’s PAX! PAX is today.

(CW)TB

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The Emerald Dream, Part Three
Posted by News Fetcher on March 23 '13 at 09:00 PM
From Penny Arcade:
It is incredibly strange to have something be true for the first thirty seven years of your life and then cease to be so. I found my parents’ divorce at eighteen quite startling, but that was a Deeply Localized Fact that did not have an effect on incarceration rates. Remember that all of this hubbub is about a substance that has, as its primary effect, the not doing of anything.

Because of the winky, nudgy way “the marijuana” is always characterized until it’s time to go to jail, and because of the sort of but not actual legality, it’s hard to know what’s actually true sometimes. I am told that the situation implied by Wednesday’s strip is, for example, profoundly illegal. Ha! Wow. That’s good to know. I wonder if they have wi-fi in prison.

It’s an ongoing process in my state, and crucial parts of it are yet to implemented. Long term, Washington’s intention (and even some proponents disagree with this aspect) is that a stoner is the equivalent of a drunkard. We accept that such people exist, are members of society, and until such time as they endanger others they do not become our concern. This is a fairly radical reconception of the user, who before we might have described as a wastoid, a shivering thing Outside The Wall who is in ways definable and indefinable the Other.
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PAX East Merch
Posted by News Fetcher on March 23 '13 at 09:00 PM
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Brian asked me to let everyone know what he’ll have in the merch booth at PAX this weekend.

Penny Arcade book 9

This latest volume collects all of our comic strips from 2008 which I persoanlly think was a pretty good year.

Voxels

Little Gabe and tycho figures made in the pixel style of the RSPD games.

Penny Arcade: The Series-Season 3 DVD

All of PATV season 3 with tons of bonus content and commentary tracks from everyone at PA.

Pinny Arcade core set.

If you want to take part in Pinny Arcade pin trading at PAX you will need one of these. This is the core set and includes a lanyard. You can check out all the rules and details for pin trading over on the official site.

That’s all cool stuff but let’s be honest. You can buy that online right now. How about the shit you can only get at PAX East this weekend?

PAX East Scarf

I’m in Boston right now and I can tell you it’s cold as fuck here. Get a scarf.

PAX East Retro shirt

Another killer PAX exclusive design.

PAX East Pinny Arcade set

The only place to get this set is to buy it from the merch booth here at PAX or trade with someone who did.

PAX East logo shirt

This is a shirt that has the PAX East logo right on it. Incredible,

As usual we will have all sorts of rewards for you, our valued customers.

If you spend:

$30+ - you get a Pax East patch

$60+ - get an exclusive PAX East print

$90+ - and get the Pinny Arcade Merch Pin. (again this is the only way to get the Merch pin unless you trade for it.)

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Real Talk part 2
Posted by News Fetcher on March 23 '13 at 09:00 PM
From Penny Arcade:
I got a lot of interesting responses to my post on Monday. It sounds like I’m not the only one out there who avoids things because they are illegal. With the laws about Marijuana in Washington flipping I’ve heard from quite a few people in my position of being mid to late thirties, never having tried the stuff and curious what it’s all about. So I’ll go ahead and break down my first experience with it. Get ready for REAL TALK part 2.

It’s worth mentioning that I’m actually writing this while incredibly high. Not on weed though. I’m on a plane on my way to Boston.

Like I said in my last post Tycho gave me the “hook up” but I still had no idea what to do with it. I’d never smoked anything in my life. So I had a couple very close friends come over to my house and help me out. They took me out into the garage and got everything ready for me. Even knowing it wasn’t illegal anymore I was still super paranoid. It’s hard to flip that switch when you’ve spent so long thinking that what I was about to do would send me to jail.

They gave me the pipe and told me just to breath in. Taking a bunch of hot smoke into my lungs didn’t feel great. After one “hit” they had me stop and wait a few minutes. They asked how I felt and then had me take some more. We repeated this process a few times and each time I responded that I felt normal. I was starting to think it wasn’t going to “work” because I had heard that sometimes SSRI medication can actually negate the effects of marijuana. Then it hit me.

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