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Tycho / 18 hours ago

He legitimately wanted to know what that shit tastes like.  Not good, I would say.  Not potable in the classic sense.  Tangy in absolutely the wrong way.  You can also get XP in Destiny by, like, doing bounties and stuff.  No fluids are required.  #Lifehax

The last time I “used” it - and “used” seems like the correct term, the way you might “use” meth - it was to retain some semblance of humanity during Strip Search.  My memory of the filming process is like an archipelago, with these blobs of awareness floating very near to one another but never touching, never fashioning a true linear causality, and I don’t know how I did it the first time let alone if I could ever do it again.  The credits should say Red Bull anytime they currently say Jerry Holkins.

It’s inextricable from gaming actually, this industrial solvent, and not merely because it is leveraged to extend consciousness and produce visions in a LAN context.

We played what I would describe as “all of the” Wipeout XL.  When my cohort and I first moved in together, it was one of those things where we had to take the apartment before we could both get moved over, and so the house contained only essentials - which in our case were two sleeping bags, a small entertainment center, and a Playstation One of my favorite things is the fabrication, out of whole cloth, of brands for games.  Rockstar must be considered the gold standard here.  Actual brands have a cloying, mercenary odor when used in these simulated environments - at the same time, urban spaces don’t parse as real if they aren’t slathered with advertising.

Wipeout was decked, perhaps even stacked, with advertisements for an imaginary product called Red Bull that were so thoughtful and robust in their construction that I was completely hooked in.  The name had that amazing, vague, anything, nothing quality that I think represents the true horror of dystopia.  But it was real, it just wasn’t real here.  Imagine my surprise when I started to see advertising for this wholly unreal videogame product all over the fucking place.  It would be like looking up at the sky and seeing the memory dump from a Blue Screen of Death.

(CW)TB

Gabe / 20 hours ago

New DLC Podcast Show

There’s a new DLC Podcast show up today and this one doesn’t seem to be sped up much at all. Which means it took me almost the exact same amount of time to draw the strip, as it did for us to write it. So that’s not a dumb statistic.

Be sure and check out the rest of our YouTube offerings and don’t forget Club PA members get early access to a bunch of this new stuff.

Last but not least, if you liked Nightlight then you should check out my Twitter. I posted a new Nightlight doodle and answered a few questions. I have to say I really love reading all the ideas folks are tweeting me about Nightlight. Tycho and I are not like normal creators. We don’t cook up an idea, flesh it out, produce something and then show you. We had an interesting idea and we’re going to explore it and figure it out in front of you. This first part is the most fun, when we’re figuring out how this new world works. So when I read stuff on Twitter like “I wanna see the nuns at an orphanage…the bad-ass nuns” or “So are babysitters basically mercenaries?” I get excited and that stuff ends up being a part of this world as we build it. When you post these ideas and questions about the world it just helps us flesh out the world. We end up sitting here at our desks talking for an hour about how babysitters should function in a world where monsters under the bed are real.

Nightlight is all we really talk about lately. We’re sort of obsessed with it at the moment and that means you’re going to get a bunch more of it real soon. Right now it looks like the last couple weeks of July will be dedicated to Nightlight.



-Gabe out

Tycho / 3 days ago

He’s been feasting on this Dresden Files shit over here; heaps of Dresden Files books are arrayed about him at the five points of the pentacle, where he sits within a circle of what I’m pretty sure is Lik-M-Aid.

It’s to the point where when he nears the end of a Harry Dresden Book, he’s ordering the next three so that he can maintain forward momentum without running aground.  It’s doing some noir thing that has a kind of preternatural grip on him; I feel like exposure to these materials have made him increasingly hard-bitten.  My fear is that he might be out much later than normal, trying to frame himself perfectly in the nimbus of a streetlight.  I’ll tell you what’s going to happen when he’s done with these, straight up: he’s going to end up in the arms of Stephen Brust, with his take on fantasy noir that Gabe was too good for last time.  You know what’s funny?  I named that Stephen Brust comic the same thing I named today’s.  COINCIDENCE?  Yes, actually.

BUT, IS IT ACTUALLY?  Also yes.

Hey!  There’s an ever shortening span of time between now and the Fifth Annual Child’s Play Invitational Golf Tournament on July 17th, and since registration closes in two weeks the Hour of the Club is upon us.

You’ve got three options if you’re planning to support Child’s Play in this way.  You may be asking yourself, but, what are these ways?!  I got you.

1.  Regular Entries, with or without rental clubs, which includes the Barbecue and Awards Ceremony afterward are $175 and can be purchased here.

2. Mini-Golf Entries, which include the Barbecue and Awards Ceremony in addition to a Spectator Pass are $60 and can be purchased here.

3. The Spectator Pass, which includes the BBQ/Awards Ceremony and the Spectator Area with games, raffles, and other entertainments for the afternoon is $40 and can be purchased here.

There are a few company foursomes out there, and if you’d like to set up something like that for your crew or coordinate a company payment, you can work out logistics stuff by mailing Erick Blandin at eblandin@childsplaycharity.org.

(CW)TB

The First 15

There is a new First 15 today that ended up being pretty funny I think. We played a game called Omega Quintet and I can tell you with 100% certainty, that Tycho and I are not the core demographic for this game.

-Gabe out

 

Tycho / 6 days ago

Batman: Arkham Knight is overwhelming.

There have been multiple occasions now, within a relatively short period of time, where I have felt compelled by some omnipresent force to punch the arm of my compatriot and say something along the lines of “God Damn” or “Jesus Is Lord.”  The game doesn’t really deal with themes of divinity, those are just the phrases that leap to the fore.  There’s too many thoughtful touches, too many moments that don’t need to be there and nobody else would do.  That they managed to keep one of these secrets secret as long as they did is amazing, given today’s Internet Hive Mind Spoiler Engine.  It’s not the secret you’re thinking of, either.  It’s a completely different secret you didn’t even know was a secret.

I dunno; we really like the Batmobile.  Rocksteady is clearly in love with the car.  They want you to drive this fucking car when you aren’t even in it.  They want you to drive the car to yourself so you can get inside and drive somewhere else.  Most people talking about how bad the car is have played it way more than us, so who knows.  It’s slippery for real, especially in Battle Mode, which is basically another game altogether‚Ķ?  And if you like what Batman is, and how Batman is - something Rocksteady has mastered beyond mastery, they can put no more points in - then I think I understand what they mean.

There are several legitimate games inside this game; it’s like one of those Robotech missiles that splits and then even more missiles come out.  The combat is legendary, obviously.  Everybody is trying to leverage that potent stock in their own titles, with varying levels of attenuation from the source.  But everything they’re asking me to do here is credible.  These puzzles would be impressive, definitional puzzles in a puzzle game.  Then they have you doing puzzles with you and the car, platforming, whatever the fuck.

You can talk about Batman: Arkham Knight and think you’re talking about one thing, and be talking about another.  For example, the same three words also refer to an incredibly fucked, alternate universe version of the game I was just talking about before.  The precise nature of this fucking seems to depend on the machine, but it’s so bad that Warner “Bros” is ashamed to sell it.

I tend to have negative experiences with PC ports of big console releases in general; I think I just assumed, the PC being what it was, that I was an edge case.  Playing games on a computer occasionally has an undertone of midnight necromancy.  I am a sucker for the “nVidia Effects Video” which often drops before release, I get tantalized on cue, so I occasionally make choices I regret.  Like if they show a physics operable, like, tapestry or something.  I find myself nodding vigorously, so vigorously that I strike my head on the desk, and when I come to it has already been downloaded and I am through the tutorial.

Any time spent online with one’s eyes open reveals that this kind of thing happens all the time.  But the PC as a dumping ground for slipshod ports engineered to skim the cream off enthusiast gamers may be over: between the barbed lash of Lord Twitter and Steam Refunds, that powerful nexus, the deal has been altered pretty substantially.  The conversation we were supposed to have about Refunds was about short indie titles or narrative games, at any rate that’s the one news sites told us was important, but Batman: Arkham Knight is much more instructive and frankly much more likely than the punitive refund scenario.

It was weird that you had no recourse before.  Let me emphasize that a second time: it was weird that they could sell whatever they wanted and you had to keep it.  And we’re only beginning to see the effects.

(CW)TB




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