The bleak saga of Dr. Jacob Crunchner continues, and if I had to guess, I would say that there is probably one more strip to wring out of it conceptually. Another way of saying that is to establish that the sort of people who use words like drinkify and snackify without irony deserve to be kicked again, preferably until they stop getting up.
Like so many others, my shit was invigorated when I read that a constant Internet connection was no longer required to play Ubisoft’s PC offerings - that was the news I’d been waiting on to buy Settlers 7, and I did so immediately. Indeed, I purchased it through Steam on my Mac, so I could play it at home on my PC. I “went hard,” to leverage the modern parlance. And that was dumb, because like so many of the people who reported this story, I apparently have severe reading comprehension problems.
Such a thing may be true for Splinter Cell: Conviction and Assassin’s Creed II, and it was never true for R.U.S.E., but there’s absolutely no change with Settlers 7. I haven’t had any problems with it, and maybe there’s some kind of lesson in that, but if the connection is interrupted for some reason (like if you have mynocks up in) playtime is well and truly over. I’m enjoying it, it’s good, but God Dammit I was trying to be principled.
If you were planning to pre-register for PAX East, you may want to do it soon: the 25th of January is the cutoff for the Omegathon drawing. We’ll be calling winners pretty soon here, so now’s the time. And for local developers, the deadline for submissions to the Boston Indie Showcase is on the 15th of this month, so please: send us your shit.
Also, we’ve got something new on PATV: Robert and I had seen some really interesting shorts online called The Adventures Of Ledo And IX, and we asked if they wanted to be on Penny Arcade Television, and they said YES! It was very straightforward. Would you like to see retro-RPGs used as a vehicle for an existential dialogue? And would you like that to be a good thing? We have that.