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Tycho / 8 hours ago

So much stuff going on today.  Yeesh!  Okay.  Let’s go.

I don’t consider the PlayStation retro yet, largely because features a ton of 3D stuff, but I’m open to the idea that the event horizon has claimed this portion of the medium’s history.  I suspect if I asked my son he would say that the PS1 is Retro because it is Old, but he’s fucking twelve.  Everything is old compared to him.

  We imported Jumping Flash back in the day, so we were overjoyed to see it on the Classic - obviously FF7 is a draw, that’s gonna sell a machine or two, but for me Ridge Racer Type 4 is actually the standout title on that list and I suspect for Gug as well, though his Paul in Tekken 3 is no fucking joke.  The PlayStation Classic will primarily be used as a crude bludgeon I think, and I will be made to suffer.  I would definitely buy a 3DO Classic, though.  There’s a couple I’d buy.

The first episode of our incredibly silly show The Magic Hour, made in concert with Wizards of the Coast, is up.  The first episode features our friend Anna Prosser Robinson who gets up to a lot of stuff but you might know best as Evelyn from the #WaffleCrew.  It was a lot of fun to learn some new decks and get dusted off for a new set.  Take a look!

Finally, a few of us are offsite getting tattoos at the studio of one Tony Touch, and we’d love it if you came along.  Here’s the video, which does not autoplay, thanks to our Technomancer’s tender ministrations.  What are we getting?  Cool stuff.  Come see.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 9 hours ago

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Tycho / 2 days ago

I feel like a sweatshop that the worker willingly enters constitutes a kind of labor market endgame.

Like the opt-in Surveillance State we acknowledge and worship every time we tag a photo, we really have to take a second to think about this.  But nobody has a second.  I deeply resent the fact that one can accurately and succinctly describe the actual world we live in and sound like a fucking AM radio whackjob.

It’s true that these are choices people are making, ostensibly with the knowledge that this type of “employment” has none of the strictures commonly understood in a job, but after I saw my fifth or sixth burnout video - videos which slot ever-so-neatly into the same machine that caused the breakdowns in the first place - it just hit a point with me.  I have the privilege of being able to use these services when I want to or to make viewing something we’ve done more convenient.  For the creator native to these platforms, it’s not hard to determine what the beast wants.  You come to understand when it reacts with delight or when it recoils and no doubt it’s simply a coincidence that it likes you best when you are prostrate before it in abject, dependent terror.

The beast, rendered here as a perpetually salivating squid crab, must be fed constantly.  It is in desperate need of your youth and your authenticity because even in its green-black Authenticity Glands it cannot approximate who you and your friends are, just on your own.  It has to baste its marketing ordnance in your innocence so that they may be fired with impunity and without consequence.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 4 days ago

We knew that including the actual image I received in the comic would provide delight purely as a hidden object game, but I wasn’t a hundred percent prepared for how viscerally people would feel it.  In the past, I’ve either helped him build a computer or he’s bought them online.  This one isn’t even technically for him, it’s for Gabriel the Younger, and they put the whole thing together… together.

I try to adhere to a robust moral praxis, but I can’t pretend not to be mesmerized by case lights that sync with your mouse, keyboard, and headphones.  I consider it a personal failing that I am unable to resist them.  But Gabe sprang for the fuckin’ RAM with the programmable lights on it, and I’m so glad.  It’s like the really nice LEGO sets - let’s say, purely as an example and not as a very specific, perpetually renewed coordinate of desire, Metalbeard’s Sea Cow.  I love this shit but I could never buy it - I know the very moment that my resolve slips it’s not gonna be one set.  But Mike can buy it and I can enjoy it without feeling that I’ve somehow let down the woman in the Great Depression photo.

Anyhow, lots of streams today: the Design Team is gonna submerge themselves in fish-based horror at 12pm PDT, and at 2 our Technomancer and I are going to hack even deeper into Zachtronics’ crafty, clever EXAPUNKS.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 1 week ago

I’ve had a chance to check out Cody Blorpfor (esq.) on PS4 and Xbox One X now in Blackout mode, and I’ve had fun everywhere I’ve played it.

The Base PS4 gets a workout for sure - I don’t know if it’s some kind of dynamic resolution thing happening or if it’s simply my ocular fluid crystallizing due to my advanced age, but the game really would rather be running on the newer boxes.  The Xbox One X doesn’t give a shit about it, near as I can tell.  I think it could mine Bitcoin in the background.  What I’ve seen online has a good showing from PS4 Pro also.  The main thing for me is that the feel of the game isn’t compromised on the older PS4.  It still feels like COD, but on a gigantic fucking map, which should be a contradiction in terms but isn’t because of engineering sorcery.  Nobody interviews these motherfuckers unless they own the company.  I am hailing you.  I see what you did.

Among others things, “what they did” was create a kind of direct counterweight to PUBG.

That’s more or less what the strip is about.  Fortnite is on a very different wavelength than PUBG - different business models, different aesthetics, and ultimately I think different audiences.  There’s much less daylight between hashtag Blackout and Public G.  Blackout is… whatever the opposite of a Time Capsule is.  It’s a communique from a future of settled law, a comprehensive conceptual egg from a realm where PUBG has accomplished its performance, visual, and design goals only now it’s called Blackout for some reason.

I like PUBG, and I especially like playing it on Twitch.  They staked out a kind of play that is perfectly matched to the way we play and watch games right now, but that idea is not owned by them, may not even be ownable, and when these competitors came after them so many of the initial questions they’d face were already answered.  The situation we have now is something like an emperor being forced to fight in his own devious colosseum, and there seems to be an endless supply of lions.

(CW)TB out.

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