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Tycho / 21 hours ago

Something I've always held as an article of faith is that life is not a purely local phenomenon. Its origins in my mind are strange, but the fundamentals have been retained: the church I went to as a young person told me that telescopes had recently identified the Gates of Heaven approaching the Earth.

If you're in middle school or whatever, this kinda puts things on a timeline.

I was pretty scared of it, also. I couldn't see it with the naked eye obviously because it was so far away, but eventually I would, and everyone would, and surely faith would approach one hundred percent under these circumstances. Human beings, broadly writ, would be forced to "get right" or "get left" beneath the baleful glint of that jeweled aperture, especially the bully from gym who stole my Walkman. But it did also situate my religious conception out in the cosmos, shifted it out a bit, where I could consider that there were other peoples who had their own "bible." Were we all loved equally? Had we done better, or worse, striving against the same edicts? Were there worlds who hadn't needed the death of Christ to cleanse them?

I lost some of the other portions of the thesis as I got older, but not the faith that there existed alien beings that would be wholly inscrutable to us. So if you tell me there's something blinking in the void at regular intervals, my first thought goes to something like another civilization's version of our own interstellar probes. Of course it's going to end up being something I don't give a shit about, but it was fun to lie awake and vibrate with the possibilities.

Dabe ("Durrty Dwob") and I will be boarding the Storybook Brawl train ("woo woo") from 10am to 2pm today, come hang out - we still have a few codes to give away, and I think the plan is to battle the channel for them in the back half of the stream.

This isn't a sponsored stream, but we will be doing one soon! Literally next week! Look!

We'll be joined by the literal devs in our studio to both learn the basics and then get into the deep, dark of the builds that can succeed in the new patch, which has already confounded our existing "pro strats." Come say hi!

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 3 days ago

2020 has progressed unabated. The treacherous Gary Whitta - merely this era's wet vessel for the perfidious and eternal sorcerer Gar'Whita - has unleashed his naughty Wordle clone, Lewdle, where morally wrong answers are always right. Will this lead to an age of license and perversity in the young? Undoubtedly, yes. This was almost certainly its purpose. Such are his workings that they may take centuries to come to fruition - his was the bony hand behind "Fruit By The Foot," too long the fuel for rough teen behavior, a crimson snack that is somehow also, improbably, a whip. It is the very icon of his wickedness.

Now, Wordle is the app that launched a thousand ships. You get in ultrahuge megatrouble if you try to profit from it, but if you're making another free spin on the game people don't seem to mind very much - there are heaps of them. Obviously, we're on track to enter this fraught arena ourselves; we even offer a clue for one of them that should work literally every day


Also, Episode 5 of The Book Of Boba Fett is just an episode of The Mandalorian, and the most brutal indictment of the show possible. I have no idea what happened over there, the rumors were crazy around the end of the second season of The Mandalorian but it would be hard at this point to say that anything other than a bumper crop of brain parasites could have been responsible for the season that contains this episode. Studio meddling, issues with talent, whatever the fuck it is it's so bizarre to have access to these kinds of resources and then use them to create The Book of Boba Fett. The reason we let power concentrate in companies is because it leads to "efficiencies," broadly writ, according to some functionally religious concept of how these things work, but it's entirely possible that art resists - let's say, resents - this type of environment.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 5 days ago

I still haven't had a chance to get into this fuckin' Valheim server - maybe I'll do it today. It will definitely require that I scroll up my text history with Gabe until it reaches the cached portion. That's the kind of sacrifice I'm willing to make, and I think it's an indication of my vigor and resolve.

The fact is, every moment I can wrench from existential terror is utterly spoken for. I'm playing Storybook Brawl, either by myself, or in a cadre of like minded gentlemen all discussing tactics. That's essentially what Dabe and I do on stream, and it's a really fun way to refine your thinking and also have someone else do everything. My strategy thus far is to triple the egg. What I've discovered is that playing Storybook Brawl, especially live, makes you talk like a complete lunatic.

Any time not spent doing that is spent in Halo Infinite multi. I read an article yesterday about how somebody had gotten all the way through the battle pass or something; I play almost every day and I am level sixty or so. If I were any harder core than this, I would start to get pissed off by all the problems I keep reading about, the nettling qualities of which I don't even deny. I like the special events, where I earn on the battle pass while also earning on the special event simultaneously, and secretly I like the fact that even when I eat shit in a round the XP is essentially the same. I just play my matchmade, 4v4 games of whatever they got; I essentially order the Number One Combo. I don't swap drink for shake. I don't pick what kind of fry. I love how it looks, and plays, and sounds, and it is exactly what I want every time.

And any time I'm not doing that I'm building and rebuilding or even playing my Necrons list for Warhammer 40k 9th. When I was flying all around doing shit, I lost countless hours just making armies for Kill Team and even the regular game, which I wasn't even playing at the time. The ability to "play" when you are not playing is one of my favorite things about the hobby, and since we're all essentially babies at the full game it's nothing but possibility. It's all experiments, all the time - it's my favorite part of what is currently my favorite thing to do. At night, I lie in bed and just… shiver from it, like a fever.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 1 week ago

I'd actually decided not to read this Joss Whedon article; I'm not super interested in a piece that layers bullshit retcons of his behavior with flaky pastry and tender rabbit. I'm not in the market for some kind of artisinal rehabilitation. But… it's not that. It's something that is, in fact, truly revelatory. It's a confession, lurid and ornate; it's the last ten minutes of a procedural where the villain can't help himself anymore. He has to make absolutely certain that you know just how smart he is.

There is almost too much to summarize, and even if you did try and remove some of the overall volume to concentrate it, you'd miss the weird texture that persists throughout. It's honestly something you should read for yourself, because the little thorns and barbs that have been projected all over in people's takes aren't the thing in its entirety. This particular part has been doing work online, and it should:

“I feel fucking terrible about [all the sex I had with my employees, journalists, and fans while I was married],” he said. When I pressed him on why, he noted “it messes up the power dynamic,” but he didn’t expand on that thought. Instead, he quickly added that he had felt he “had” to sleep with them, that he was “powerless” to resist. I laughed. “I’m not actually joking,” he said. He had been surrounded by beautiful young women — the sort of women who had ignored him when he was younger — and he feared if he didn’t have sex with them, he would “always regret it.”

That… is not a good enough reason. Did some kind of fucking statute of limitations just pass or something? This is a legitimately revolting person who fashioned a malevolent lure out of a studied, systematic feminist performance - one that protected him from criticism like a magical ward for years. That "messed up" power dynamic, Guy Who Made The Show Dollhouse, is the part you like.

Now that the post is done, I'm gonna jump into the stream for some Storybook Brawl with Dabe. We still have a few codes for Fairy Dust, enough in each code to get a new character, and we'll be throwing down with the chat later in the afternoon so stop by if you want to test our mettle.


Tycho / 1 week ago

Sometimes on the Internet sometimes "thing happens" and all you can see are the ripples out, not the inciting event. Microsoft's move to purchase Activision Blizzard was in that category. There were a lot of one and two word tweets; I couldn't help but get in on it myself. The headlines all seem to say slightly different things - Microsoft bought them, they intend to buy them, those are pretty different. It's possible that those who say it's already done are simply saying the FTC isn't even gonna look at it. That's a charitable interpretation.

Disney's purchases of Marvel ($4.25b) and Star Wars ($4b), both cosmic detonations that have shaped popular culture, barely rank. Pixar ($7.4b) is roughly equivalent to the ZeniMax/Bethesda purchase ($7.5b), but in 2006 dollars. This is ten times that. I would be lying if I said I could actually fix that number in my mind. It's easier than trying to hold Microsoft's 2.33 trillion market cap in your head, I guess. For that one, it's like the gears don't even catch. I just wake up two or three seconds later. The kaiju scale of the contest, between the Microsofts and Tencents and Googles and Amazons and the Apples, is its own self-fulfilling prophecy. If even one is allowed, others must be allowed to scale beyond mortal comprehension simply to "compete."

There's a lot that we don't know right now, but obviously Kotick doesn't survive that transition; well, he survives it in the strictly definitional way, obviously. In fact, between his stock and a unique particularity of his contract, he's going to spend the rest of his life coiled atop a mountain of gold and objet d'art. This is the x factor that explains why he wasn't encased in an iron lozenge and fired from a sub-orbital railgun into the sun. They're going to let Microsoft pick up that check. He's being rewarded, in effect, no… not "in effect." He's literally being rewarded for every wicked thing that happened there, because this deal doesn't happen without the hit to their stock. Jesus Christ. That's where this ended up?

I have been saying that Game Pass is the platform. It was good before this. After? I think you'd have to call it industry defining; this is Disney's grip on cinema, without any pesky theatres or modern-day plagues to get in the way. It will have fractal implications at every threshold of the business and it has already begun.

(CW)TB out.

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