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Tycho / 2 days ago

Making an update while PAX is ongoing still feels pretty weird.  I mean, if you worked at a gaming news site, I guess this would be, like, your whole show.  I suppose the reality is that everyone is updating constantly about the show, and everything else, professionally or otherwise.  “Writing” and “Living” are two distinct gears for me.  It’s a big lever and it’s hard to pull.

We managed our strip duties on Sunday, achieving our goal, performing flawless karate on foes real and imagined.  Using Benaroya for main theater stuff again this year has been really fun, because it is hella plush, and as stated previously (indeed, last year at this time) I’ll never conceive of myself as rating accommodations of this sort.  A world class violinist is going to touch something that I touched before going on, and shit himself on stage.  It will be a sad story, the kind that makes people mourn him while he is still alive.  Such is our corrupting influence.

Benaroya is also a very nice place to play Dungeons & Dragons, should you ever get the opportunity.  I want to thank everybody who came out for Acquisitions Incorporated on Saturday.  I am told by trusted third parties that they think it is the best one yet, and I think being there provides a mysterious additional nutrient, but you can actually watch that event right now if you want.

I am up to my ass in PAX, I’m always here, but huge portions of the show are available online now.  I always sorta fantasized about that, but I had that fantasy before there was such a thing as a Twitch or Twitching.  There’s a channel for the show you can use to project your consciousness into PAX digitally, and the profile page has a deep bank of panels and concerts you can use.  It creates a scenario where you can have had attended pre-Pax - in a roiling and interstitial futurian pastois.

    (CW)TB out.

Tycho / 5 days ago

Gabriel is constantly impressing himself with what he calls his thinkin’s, which are like little caltrops for the brain.  He once posited that while it was technically true that each cock exists within its own “timeline,” under certain rare conditions it would be possible for a cock to block itself.

That’s, uh… huh.  That’s not really applicable to my life.

We’ve long considered collecting these things together in one of those Daily Affirmation type calendars, we jot them down when we can, but we discussed for a few harrowing minutes what form a book might take.  I will toil to avert this outcome.

PAX Prime is upon us, and there are many rituals to observe; Acquisitions Incorporated returns with Morgaen in tow, and you can see Kris Straub’s new intro a little early if you like, to prepare you for the stream on Saturday night.  We are competing in a Gauntlet tournament aptly named “The Gauntlet,” because the winners get one of those vast novelty belts I coveted as a young wrestling fan.  If such a belt is on the line, you must do everything in your power to possess it.  I’ve still got a pocketful of PAX AUS pins to trade, and my schedule is more open than ever.  You’ll see me.  Come say hi.

I’ll be backstage here in a little bit getting ready for Mikey Neumann’s Storytime, which used to be the Keynote but I think we decided a few years in that “Keynote” was a little serious.  Also, when you ask someone to do Storytime, they say yes much faster than when you ask them to do a Keynote.  Keynotes must, by law, reference Q1.  Storytime is a much better fit for Neumann, who - as “Chief Creative Champion” at Gearbox - is tremendously hard to pin down.  When he was in the office getting ready, he was writing at least one book, working on at least one game, and slicing tracks together for his hip-hop debut.  I’m thinking this dude can probably figure out a podium.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 6 days ago

I had assumed, largely because I was directly told, that the conglomeration known as Goo-Tube was purchasing Twitch.  It certainly seemed to map out, what with Twitch cracking down on copyright in exactly the same way YouTube had.  But that’s apparently just hedge trimming now, work that must be done in advance of acquisition by any party.  Amazon picked them upOn accident?

When we hear about Jonas, and the whale which constituted his temporary housing, we are (correctly) skeptical.  But nine hundred and seventy million dollars borders on that level of mythic power.  It occupies a zone adjacent to pure fact.  Amazon is doing all kinds of weird shit, including making what is functionally an urban “lair” and building out a credible internal game division.  Twitch has vast cachet, and is essentially social-media powered television enterprise.  What does Amazon see it as?  And does it ultimately result in me having a branded cornea?  Because I’m down.

Monday’s comic featured the plaintive cries of those banned for being actual neo-nazis or for encouraging others to die with tremendous specificity, focused largely around the fact that Lyte (the Riot equivalent of a Blue Response) is either Mother Mary or Charon, and I like either interpretation.

When trying to find Lyte’s official title, I hit up the Wikia for the game.  I recognized him in his picture, and the name was familiar, but you have to understand how many people I see.  I see so many people.  And I get a lot of false positives.  I used to do IT shit at fifty-odd sites, and I swear to God some of these principles, librarians, secretaries, and teachers were the same Goddamned person in different clothes at another school.  I figured maybe I saw him at their booth or something, that was probably it.

But no: he’s this Jeffrey Lin, the young man we awarded our scholarship to in 2010. The stated purpose of the Penny Arcade Scholarship is to “recognize one student shown to have the most potential to positively impact the game industry,” and the motherfucker has basically taken on on the Kobayashi Maru of complex, high-pressure gaming interactions.  We rarely get to find out where they end up, but look at this shit.  They haven’t cracked it yet, and maybe it’s not crackable in the classic sense, but they’ve got it surrounded.  That’s all there is to say about it, really.  I just think it’s cool that the Scholarship is inserted at any point in that causal chain.

(CW)TB out.


The most recent cinematic trailer for League of Legends got me thinking about the game again. I’ve played a lot of it over the years but I’m not sure I’ve ever gotten this into the strategy of it. I’ve always liked it, but I’m actually trying not to suck at it now and that’s new for me. I’ve been watching the LCS matches and I’m surprised just how much I enjoy watching other people play a video game.

I’ve always been a Wukong fan but what I am discovering is that I like tanky fighters. I’ve decided top lane is the spot I can do the most good for my team and I’m slowly learning what my responsibilities are. As of right now I’m sort of hooked on Darius. He’s so much fun to play that even though I know I should probably be trying other champs I can’t put him away.

I like him so much I had to do a so goofy fanart.

(click for the big version)

-Gabe out

Tycho / 1 week ago

Shutting Off The PAR Server On Thursday

We brought it back up for awhile so people could harvest their favorite stuff off of there, but we’re gonna flip the big switch here in a couple days.  I have a lot of favorites I’ll be copying and then subsequently pasting: it was a great site, and a lot of people worked to make it so.


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