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Tycho / 2 weeks ago

EA wants back into simulated golf but I guess I don't care.

I mean… here's the thing. Reviews of PGA Tour 2k1 are generally like "The golf is good, but everything around it isn't super polished." On balance, I think I probably agree with that. I have played the game for a hundred hours, and I was never especially attracted to their career or MyPlayer customization. Where it excels is in the simulation of Golf. This, combined with the course creator and a community that has mastered its use, mean that the main problem they are gonna have is getting me to buy the game again as an annual thing. It's too good.  I bought the season pass because I wanted to give them more money. That's how well treated I feel by a game that cares about Golf first, whose value has increased sharply since I bought it seven months ago.

We stopped buying EA Golf games a while ago, for a couple reasons. After being unable to play their games online at launch two years in a row, we decided that it should mean something when a company does that. I didn't think the business model at the time worked especially well for Golf, either; they were essentially RPGs you had to grind through every year, and new courses essentially operated like Level Packs in a shooter. These two things together made the purchase fraught. What I expect from a new EA attempt is gruesome monetization, a fundamental misunderstanding about what constitutes value for the player, and stellar player models. But the thinking around how you engage users with a year of content between official releases has changed a lot since they were last at it. I can think of ways that they might ameliorate things like this, but I don't see any scenario where their return doesn't also improve the other game - the one I actually want to play. Hopefully the 2K acquisition of HB Studios signals a capacity - or at least an interest - in the kind of warfare an Electronic Arts can wage.

Our last match against Gary Whitta and his weeping chancre Nominal Will Smith had to end early - with us four holes up, and only four left to go. There's a scenario - so distant it would require an orbital telescope to discern, but possible - that they could have tied the game by the end. But because we were unable to pull them out root and stem, they have grown bold in the interim - eating two Go-GURTs at once, or cruelly scourging their vassals with tangy lengths of Fruit by the Foot. We will put a stop to these heinous acts and others this afternoon at 2pm PDT sur le Tweetch.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 2 weeks ago

I mean, I guess I can see why Microsoft would want to buy Discord. I would love to see that built in, an assumption, like they were trying to do with Mixer. I know there are ways you can fuck around and get there, but I mean way down in the metal. It kicks ass. You can run a convention on the Goddamn thing. I also think this can be done as part of a partnership and doesn't require Microsoft to own anymore companies. I think it's time to push away from the table. You know? They just bought a bunch. I feel like my fucking mom. Aren't you full?

In our inimical way, we have projected out consciousness forward a few short years into what I would like to say is an inconceivable realm but is unfortunately very, very conceivable. I'm conceiving it right now.

Oh! In case you missed it, Drop Two of Dabe's meticulously researched motorsports excursion for the deeply pretend, yet somehow also real Gabir Motors just hit, featuring...

The Not Last Pocket Tee:

Gabir Motors Pom Beanie:

Gabir Motors Mask:

"One Can Krahulik" Pint Glass (iykyk):

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 2 weeks ago

I used to have TV service through my fiber provider, but maybe I was the only one, or it wasn't good business or something, so they decided to stop offering it. That didn't keep them from charging me for it, and when they took down my access to the Internet to remove it, access never came back despite their claims to contrary - I had to call them and enter a personal name and password I never created directly into the router to get back on. The line in panel two was a direct quote, and it was not a comfort. But once I was able to get them to remove the fee for the service I didn't have access to, they offered me gigabit speeds - ten times my original rate - for 25 dollars less than I was currently paying...? It was one of the most bewildering customer service experiences I've ever had. It still feels like my brain is spinning in my head.

As he suggested earlier, Gabe is going to race a shift in iRacing's 12 Hours Of Sebring iRacing Event, and I'm hoping to spot for him during it - it's Saturday from 1:40pm PDT to 2:40pm PDT on Tweetch. But I think he's feeling a little nervous about the car for the event; It's the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO, which might have a bit more meat on its bones than what we usually pull onto the course with. So we're gonna practice this afternoon from 2-4 in our usual Gabir Motors slot to try and get him in fighting form. Today also marks Drop Two of Dabe's Gabir Motors line of real merchandise for our pretend motorsports organization, including:

The Not Last Pocket Tee:

Gabir Motors Pom Beanie:

Gabir Motors Mask:

"One Can Krahulik" Pint Glass (iykyk):

(CW)TB out.

Gabe / 2 weeks ago

Gamers Give Back Day!

The Child’s Play charity is holding its second annual Gamers Give Back day tomorrow in a concerted effort to get streamers to play games and raise money for Children’s Hospitals all over the world.

It just happens to coincide with iRacing’s 12 hours of Sebring event. This is an endurance race that will see teams of drivers sharing the responsibility of racing a car for 12 hours straight around the international circuit at Sebring. The Penny Arcade iRacing league is fielding a number of teams for the race and I’ll be joining one of them! 

Drivers take turns in the car for an endurance race and my particular “stint” in the Lamborghini will start around 1:40PM PT tomorrow afternoon. I'll try and make sure that the PA Twitch page is hosting whoever the current driver in the car is so we can cover the entire 12 hours. I’ve been told the team expects me to deliver the car back to the pits in the same condition I take it out in but I’m pretty confident that was a joke. 

In all honesty I’m super nervous about screwing up the race for the team. I am new to the car and the track so I need to get some practice in before the main event. With that in mind I’ve decided to replace today’s Motorsport Manager stream with practice for tomorrow’s race. I still need the Pit Crew to help me dial in the car and prepare for the race but it will be me out there running laps instead of Enriqua Lara. The Pit Crew will open today at 2PT and I’ve got Carson Bolt locked in to spot. 

-Gabe out

Tycho / 3 weeks ago

There is a scene in the Zach Snyder's Ultra Justice League: Unchained DX where everybody has to hide their macguffins, and it's kinda funny by itself but it also essentially charts out a three panel structure that is sorta hard to resist. I finished the movie last night - it took me a couple days to finish it - and it's better than the theatrical release by a lot. It isn't close. We've described this type of work alternately as "Sweet" or "Bad-Ass," and it absolutely is those things. It's somewhere between the mythic portrayals of Alex Ross and a disintegrating peechee worn thin by ballpoint skulls engraved into its surface. It's not for everyone, but we can't say it's for no one. It had its moment and now it's gone.

Oh! And I was talking about Magic: Legends on Monday, so I should catch you up. Magic: Legends is currently more fun to watch others play than to play it yourself. That's the main thing I learned. I don't hate everything that they're doing, and you can make pretty cool characters in there, but this genre lives or dies on "feel." How it feels when you move through the environment, when spells connect, how events and inputs feel unified - and it's not there yet. I'll check the middle of it with a toothpick here in a couple months and see if it comes out clean.

If an unsightly cleft in the earth just split your living room in twain, well, that's only the sixth and final seal being sundered - NBD. Except that it might actually be kind of a BD, because it means that the ancient tablets were right; that those vile twins Gary Whitta and Store Brand Will Smith ("Just as good!") have been released from their mystic prison. What does that mean for you? Well, aside from needing a kevlar umbrella to protect you from a perpetual rain of red-hot teeth, it also means that this afternoon your hosts Gabriel and I will do our best to stuff these monsters back into that self-same void so that peace can reign. Can we do it? Probably not! But you can watch us lose affably this afternoon at 3pm PDT on the constitutional hereditary monarchy of Twiechtenstein.

(CW)TB out.




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