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Tycho / 9 hours ago

Playing games with Gabriel, as I have for many years, involves a certain cadence.  Around ten o’clock at night the action must pause while he obtains and then noisily processes snacks of various kinds.  Historically, it was Oreos.

(An aside.  Looking at the word, I wonder if there is some kind of Oreo stickler, akin to the Lego stickler.  As in: when I go to the official site, a cursory examination does not turn up the word “Oreos” at all.  Oreo Sandwich Cookies, sure.  This never occurred to me before.)

His consumption of this caloric form factor was so high that he needed a term to describe what it meant to eat an entire trench of these cookies at a time.  He called this “eating a sleeve.”  It’s not an act I’ve ever required the linguistic terminology to contain.  I don’t think I could eat that many even if I wanted to.  I would wander off perhaps halfway through the column, leaving a single frosted half uneaten on the counter by an ample portion of milk. I imagine that image is, even now, drilling through his consciousness.

He has apparently switched to handfuls of mini-marshmallows, a fact I discovered when we were discussing his ascent up the ARMS hierarchy.  I’m hoping I can convince him to show me his gruesome techniques on Friday afternoon’s stream.  I don’t have much interest in mastery, not least because I can’t attain it; I like to eat a couple discrete concepts from the box and throw the rest away.  When he decides to get good at something, though, it’s a lot of fun to watch.

(CW)TB out.

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Tycho / 3 days ago

I am typing this at Disney World.  They have invented a kind of magnet that works on money, here, and it works really, really well.  They have a kind of watch you wear that doesn’t tell time, but does allow you to spend money in an almost frictionless way and I have.  I’m glad that I came down right after the C Team but came home before our Warmachine show we do with Privateer Press, because it provided a kind of upper bound on my losses.  Also, they have a root beer float you can get by the pool only it’s not root beer it’s Guinness.  A dangerous juxtaposition.

Because I am ensconced by various stimuli calibrated to manufacture joy, for example Pharrell Williams’ Happy, I’ve been thinking about the memetic nature of this stuff.  I always assumed that the data which is thriving now is succeeding in an ecosystem of tremendous competition, and as such must be unrelenting on some axis.  But, like a disease unearthed in some ancient tomb, I have to contend with the dankest fucking memes on a regular basis at home for no other reason than the fact that they survived the microbial wars of some previous era.  I have to talk about whether or not the cake is a lie, like… a lot.

It comes up a lot

Old successes get repurposed, too, filled with cream for lack of a better term - Voltron has these five lions that make a single large, steel man.  There’s a metaphor deep down in it that works.  But if you try to show larvae the old ones, you’ll barely understand why you liked it to begin with.  It has the causality of a fever dream.

The new one was always gonna be rad, given the people behind it.  I like Avatar, and the various Bendings that come in tow, but it’s something I watched alone in the middle of the night.  When Elliot was younger, if a show wasn’t about earth moving equipment moving earth it was a straight up “fuck you dad” situation.  Because we are different in every way, the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender is really important to Gabe’s family, a media barrage that is somehow able to intersect all four members of the family wherever they are.  That’s some profound geometry there, for it to have this capacity.  And, like every sacred icon, it has a dark reflection that he’s done his best to hide

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 6 days ago

It’s quite true: in the near future, Mike Krahulik will be running Acquisitions Incorporated: The “C” Team for an unforgettable one shot tabletop experience to remember dot com.  I know what he’s planning on doing, and it is not dumb but is in fact super rad.  I knew shit had gotten real when he said that he had to go to Michaels.  And I don’t mean his house.  I mean like this Michaels.

When he starts loading up on foam and shit, fuckin’ make room.

I’m looking forward to his game on there.  I don’t think anything bad will happen if I let him babysit my universe, at least, nothing I can’t buff out.  It’s funny, though; when we were inventing The “C” Team, originally called the “B” Team, and before that Acquisitions Incorporated: Interns, I said we’d be nuts not to do it but that I could only commit to a couple games a month. I pictured myself lying on my back, soakin’-ass wet after having hauled by own body out of the surf.  I saw a man panting with the exertion required to birth worlds.

Or play D&D, whatever.  The point stands: I thought it would be the kind of creative work that is tiring before I started doing it every week.  It’s not, though.  I would describe it as the difference between flexing and stretching.  The latter enables work to be done.  It takes time to think of the stuff, and time to perform it, but the notes for two or three hours of play are twelve or so four or five word lines, a few metronome ticks and we’re off to the races.

I was surprised, is all, and now we’re like fifteen episodes in.  I only know that because I looked at the site.  It doesn’t feel that way.  If you asked how long it felt, I would pause a moment in consideration and suggest I’d started a couple weeks ago when it’s actually been four months.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 1 week ago

After Gabriel tried Arms during the Global Test Punch and bounced completely off the experience, I did my best to advocate for the game.  There’s something here, I said.  Discrete, particular hands are an illusion, I said - the hand is a mutable concept.  There’s a way to mash buttons playing the game but that’s not where it tops out.  It looks goofy as hell, but don’t be fooled.

I advocated so hard and for so long that I neglected to buy the game when it came out.  Maybe I was busy creating worlds or losing at Warmachine.  But there must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found, because Grimy Greeb has embarked on a fucking Arms journey Joseph Campbell would have perceptively catalogued.

Because he and I are not the same, he has approached the process with some measure of trepidation vis a vis his investment.  But he didn’t question it for long.  I can tell something has gotten in when he stops donning ironic armor for so much as a second.

The multiplayer service itself could always use a little spit-shine; that’s generally true for Nintendo platforms, and until the PS4 it was true for Sony also.  I’m fairly curious about shifting the focus of joins and chat to a phone app for the Switch.  I’m of the opinion that this is one of the smarter maneuvers in this space; I think about how simply involving a phone, as the Jackbox crew did, put their games in striking distance of people who never would have dipped a toe in.  Time will reveal its true contours.  But With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Arms, they’re playing around with lobbies and playlists that are a lot of fun - drop into the pit, buckle in, and then just cruise as a sequence of novel interactions and interpretations of the game you enjoy fill the holes in your ruined psyche.

Hey!  We have a super cool Child’s Play event coming up that is a little different than usual - the Child’s Play Summer Faire.  I spelled “Faire” that way to impute an additional layer of whimsy.  The idea is that we’re gonna basically have a fun, fam-friendly party in support and celebration of Child’s Play.  We’ve been at it for fair bit now, and it seemed like - in addition to the Table Tennis Tournament, at varying levels of play - we could also have Food Trucks (plural), an inflatable obstacle course, VR Ping Pong, mini-golf, and other cool stuff.  Why not come out and celebrate?  More info is here, and tickets can be had here.

(CW)TB out.

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