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Tycho / 2 weeks ago

I’m not even interested in peeling the Exclusivity onion.  The only medicine for these Goddamn maneuvers is to tend a fucking menagerie of consoles so that you can never be flanked by these beasts.  Here is our exxxclusive guide to exclusivity - only at Pronny Urcrod Dort Crim.

My favorite thing from E3 so far is Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and I’m not makin’ a joke.  Well…  Anthem, also.  But I occasionally move the controllers on a Switch that isn’t even on, and when I do so, I am iterating a fantasy where I play this unlikely creature.  I’ve been getting way into Disgaea on Switch, it’s the ultimate platform for tactics games - superior even to the PSP and Vita, which held the title previously.  The care on the visuals is supreme.  It has some local co-op.  And this guy who made it cries in the video, at around the 3:45 mark.  It’s an act of worship.  Lemme at it.

One of the things I like about Nintendo platforms is that the haunted thicket of “platform” doesn’t exist there.  Generally, and this has been true for a while, you don’t really want to get a third party game there because it (generally speaking) can’t manifest with thee technical sophistication it would on other platforms.  It’s simply not where Nintendo puts their character points.  You go there to get their stuff, because that’s where it lives.  They offer magic wardrobes that go to a specific place and I like that.

If you were poking around in our expansive Acquisitions Incorporated Gift Shop, slick with anticipatory sweat, consider waiting until after 2:00pm PDT today before checking out.  I’m just saying!

I’m just saying.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 2 weeks ago

Brenna went out and saw Wonder Woman last night, and was enraptured; I am given to understand that evil did not endure.  Gabreel only had single problem with the film that I know about, and we had to make it up for the strip.

Unless it’s a movie mostly about Lego shit, seeing a movie with Brenna is… not impossible, per se.  I would say it’s on par with establishing a Lunar Colony.  Teams of specialists are activated.  Multiple failures intrude on the way to success.  Occasionally, there are deaths.  But they knew the risks.

I’m really enjoying “the home game” of E3, in the way some people probably enjoy “the home game” of PAX.  So much of the stuff you might want, outside of the fellow-feeling, can be transmitted now that it broadens the audience a lot.  What have we learned so far?  Well, for one, Anthem has taught us that “Destiny” is now a genre.  This keeps happening!  Also, we’ve learned that Microsoft doesn’t know how to name shit.  Learned it again, maybe.  Xbox Two would have been just fine, everybody.  I’m not saying it’s good, I’m saying it’s better than one they went with.

My office is like ten minutes from you guys, in good traffic.  I’ve offered it before, and I reiterate that offer here: I am incredibly expensive, but I will name your stuff for free if it means I won’t have to endure the lexical caltrops you’re constantly flinging into the public square.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 2 weeks ago

Battleborn just went free-to-play-but-not-really-it’s-just-a-perpetual-free-trial-and-alternative-business-model-which-I-can’t-meaningfully-distinguish-from-f2p, or something, and maybe that’ll work for them.  Games go free with varying levels of success; Star Wars: the Old Republic is often hailed as an optimal example, though it’s starting to become clear to me that many of my friends are super into ESO.  Retail launch for these service-product chimaerae looks more and more like the the disposable first stage of a rocket.

In this case, they’re going free just as Overwatch uncorks a Double XP weekend.  It reminded us of back in the day, where Blizzard kicked out a beta - “a ‘beta’” - of Overwatch right as Battleborn was launching.  We investigate this suggestive chain of events in today’s vital strip.

Gabriel and myself will be kicking it stream-style during our usual haunt, from 2 to 4 PDT, getting sick with some Disgaea 5 on the Switch.  You should stop by!

Somehow the Twitch channel started to be about my relationship with Kiko; we play PUBG on Wednesdays, as you see here, and we also do a Warmachine show on Tuesdays with Privateer Press that you can catch live or on YouTube.

I also run my D&D game Acquisitions Incorporated: The “C” Team on there, the latest episode is here, and when I come out of the studio I’m typically craving some kind of reflection on what has occurred in the ritual space.  He looks up from his tablet, or doesn’t look up, and says, “Good work.”

This is the Sun of my personal solar system.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 3 weeks ago

Exclusive Merch At Checkout For PAX West Badges

We started doing it for PAX Aus with some cool, unique stuff you can throw into your cart with your tickets, and we have some items we’re trying out for PAX Prime I Mean West:

First up, we’re working with the crew over at Level Up Dice again to make a custom set of metal six-siders with case!  $38, shipping is included.

There’s also a blankie, based on the street banners outside the show. $38, shipping is included.

The scarf is back, also, with a heartwarming missive that stands in defiance of a cold world.  $28, and you might be startled to learn this but the shipping is included.

The only way to get this stuff is at checkout for passes.  Keep an eye out!

(CW)TB

Tycho / 3 weeks ago

This didn’t happen to us; it happened to one of our crew.  Specifically, our Engineer.

  I don’t know what time it was where he lives, but whatever it showed on mortal clocks it wasn’t time to be yelling at invisible people at his house - a fact made clear by the powerful mic he was using, which allowed us to hear absolutely everything going on in this couple’s intimate conflict.  Near the end, I saw him look up, and to the left, bending his head toward an invisible, angry woman, and ask for a kiss.

No kiss was forthcoming.

Our virtual lives got substantially more complex once my dog Mr. Bennet chewed off the end of the PSVR cable.  I’m not pleased, exactly, but it did give me an excuse to play on Oculus Rift instead, where - unlike the PSVR - you can point your index finger.  This is vital in the Captain’s Chair, when a pointed finger delivers that extra portion of authority that command sometimes requires.

The backend for all the cross platform stuff goes through Ubisoft Club, which is sometimes called Uplay and sometimes isn’t, depending on the screen you are looking at.  It also requires that you go into an Actions menu whose purpose isn’t a hundred percent clear initially.  Also, I was never able to get it to work.  We had to do the thing for a little while where he would open his game to the world, spontaneous fermentation, and I would try to jump in fast.  Not the best.

We played with our friend Garry Whitta, and this seemed to help, because he was able to “bridge” the gap between the platforms; Gabe and I could both receive invites from him, even if we couldn’t really see each other.  I have a theory about how to manage that, but we haven’t had a chance to explore it yet.  Gabriel was mad because even though he wasn’t playing on computers, he still had to deal with all the computer bullshit.

Honestly, I just think he was jealous that he couldn’t point.

(CW)TB out.




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