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Tycho / 2 weeks ago

Glabrezu and I watched the trailer for Hogwarts Mystery with… I don’t know what it was with.  We like Harry Potter, but - to leverage grade school-native notation - we don’t like Harry Potter.  But we’re down.  We haven’t left it behind.

I understand that they continued to make them, but after the fourth movie I didn’t know what the point in watching them was.  I already knew what was going to happen, so well in fact that when they deviated from it I was mostly just annoyed.  I did like the whole Wrock thing, and I definitely consider myself a supporter of comprehensive mystical education for the youth; going to Universal’s Hogwarts and Hogsmeade with my moist larvae was fucking amazing.  I don’t have any interest in making them vessels for my own motives or claiming credit for their accomplishments, but it is nice to take them somewhere and have them experience the correct and proper amount of awe, so that you might better approximate it - even in your ancient dessication.

It’s really not a hundred percent clear what’s going on in the game or what you’re supposed to do.  I’m not really sure it’s gonna matter too much.  My daughter Ronia is going absorb the game by some heretofore unknown chemical process.  It’s like me: I can tolerate a lot from a game about Sherlock Holmes.  I could tolerate a Sherlock Holmes game that would occasionally, but thoroughly, puncture my cornea.  I might even not remember to tell you about that part of the game.  That’s how transported I would be into the world Sir Arthur Conan Doyle so vividly imagined.

The fact that it’s a fremium game is disconcerting, but I take some comfort in the idea that when we are financially devastated by it, I’ll have several novel new writing topics.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 2 weeks ago

I said before that one of the best ways to determine a person’s politics is what they don’t consider political.  Well, let me put it to you this way.  I don’t consider this comic political.

Because of where I live and what I look like, it doesn’t require a lot of imagination to reverse engineer my position on what is often called “the issues.”  Generally speaking I don’t rub your face in it because I don’t know your life, and I don’t assume I’m smarter than everyone else.  I don’t claim a right to demagogue simply because people occasionally enjoy my upmarket dick jokes.  But I’m still a person who exists in an increasingly fraught rhetorical context and I make comics about my life.

So, if you’re mad or whatever, understand I’m substantially more angry than you are and potentially more angry than you are even capable of being.  It infuriates me that we have to talk about this again, I thought we’d rolled a boulder in front of this thing and spoken the Words Of Warding.  Jack Thompson used to call Mike sometimes, and yell.  Just yell and yell.  He was always convinced that there was some kind of Media Conspiracy at the time, but we’ve never gotten on especially well with The Media.  As I suggested during the events in question it was more than possible, plausible even, for a bunch of individual people to all decide they hate a stupid person simultaneously.

I think if you’re gonna have a meeting about this kind of shit, and you don’t talk about guns, and you don’t talk about how nobody gives a fuck about these young men until they pull a trigger, I sorta have to wonder what the purpose of your meeting is.  Take-Two is almost certainly there because of GTA.  I’m guessing Zenimax is there because they own id Software, who made Doom.  I think what you’re doing is talking to everybody outside the room.  And what you’re saying is “carry on, carry on, just this way, until we’re all rowing home on rivers of blood.”

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 2 weeks ago

Sending us one code for Super Seducer may be regarded as misfortune; sending two looks like carelessness.

This dumb shit has sort of made the rounds, people have made commentary in virtually every medium on it.  I have yet to see a single positive reaction to the “game,” it’s considered either dangerous or ridiculous, a kind of cultural pinata which the attendant throng may reliably strike for candy.

We actually tried to play it; there is a human cortex that is drawn toward watching wrecks in slow motion. You… you want to talk to strangers?  A woman is walking somewhere, and you want to talk to her?  Well, you’re why I had my daughter learn Karate.  Whoever the fuck the guy is who made it, the Sexomancer person, gives you feedback on your various maneuvers while two women in lingerie exist on the bed.  Their loathing for him is palpable.  It can be palped without effort.

The game crashed immediately on execution and we were never able to tread the Inner Sanctum of Seduction and sup its dark, like…  wisdom or whatever.  I don’t know if that’s good or bad, honestly.  We have to be open to the idea that Gabe’s Surface was simply trying to protect us.

As a rule, I don’t like any of this shit.  This all looks like a hell of a lot of work.  As in all things, the WOPR has it essentially right.  I can see how courting has superficial similarities to a game, but in my opinion playing it like a game is a good way to abrade your self-worth.  You might get to where I got, eventually: I had to invent a self I could stand to be alone with.  I’m not saying it isn’t counterintuitive.  Desperation is the substrate of all these “techniques,” and I think that’s apparent to the “target.”  I have to believe that the effort to make yourself a whole person is more effective, more appreciated, more recognized on average, than jumping out of the fucking bushes at people.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 3 weeks ago

We wanted to try approaching Moss a second time with a strip; this is what we came up with for Round 2.

I would one hundred percent play it, except my unrelenting hellhound Mr. Bennet chewed through a bunch of the cables to the PSVR when he was a puppy so the whole thing is, in a phrase an elderly woman from Texas once taught me, a “GDCF.”  I mentioned this online, and then a PSVR kit arrived at the office.  This is a very, very nice gift and is almost certainly a fraction of a fraction of a percentage of the marketing budget; it my not even be a “gift” in the classic sense and might actually be a something like an armed social media cluster munition.  This said, I’m going to replace the equipment on my own and give this one away on Twitter.  I’ll even throw in a code for Moss so you can play it when your kit arrives.  If I come to it, and love it, I want to know exactly why; sometimes a gift becomes a geas, and if they have triumphed, they deserve to have that from me without reservation.

A friend asked me what I was playing these days, and while I could list a few and I like them none of them is particularly dominant.  I think Into The Breach is quite good, especially once you get enough coins to buy a few mechs and customize your squad.  I’m fond of saying that it’s a puzzle game that looks like a tactics game, wears its trappings, but the more I think about it I can’t meaningfully distinguish between puzzle and tactics games - at least, in terms of how I play them personally.  So, the distinction may be meaningless to you, or, if you’re a fan of either genre you might really enjoy this hot roguelike puzzle tactics paella.  I think Deep Rock Galactic is fucking going places and I think I’m overdue for a case of the R6: Sieges.

You get in the holding pattern, waiting for your next obsession; indeed, the actual obsession was so close that I couldn’t even see that it was there.  If you want to know what I’m playing, where my time is going, it’s going into Dungeons & Fucking Dragons.  I had to think about it for a very long time to even recognize it.  Making and running Acquisitions Incorporated: The “C” Team  forms the delicious girders that make up my life.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 3 weeks ago

Yay!  We have a website again!  All thanks to our tech-priest, and - of course - to the glorious Emperor of Mankind.

We’ve covered Gabe’s inability to “long endure those virtumal realmz,” a state which hasn’t abated.  He was incredulous when I told him about Brass Tactics, saying “you still play games in VR?!” but the answer is Yes.  I do still play games in VR.  The kids and I never stopped, all the way from the beta Vive hardware we had, which was… what.  2015?  In my house, VR is a norm.

But Kara got hooked on a game called Moss, to the extent that she played it for three straight hours or something, and the art and craft of the game must have been barbed in the way a fishhook is, because he was fish-shook.  Any game where you start by turning a page in a book gets an automatic 10/10 from me, so I might not be a good person to ask about it.  I understand the game is flipping people out. 

He took his drugs and then it was in for a penny in for a pound, first Mossing with enthusiasm, then trying out SUPERHOT on PSVR now that it’s not exclusive.  That’s the best shooter in VR, and maybe the best game of the medium right now…?  I think he agrees.

When he got in this morning, I asked him if he’d done more.  What had he seen in there?  But no.  The amount of VR he can suffer through - even chemically augmented - is apparently governed by some kind of glowing bar, and this bar refills at a trickle.

PAX East fast approaches, and scalper tickets we reclaimed were recently put back up for sale - but this proximity also means that it’s time to announce the selections for the PAX East Indie Showcase, which focuses on mobile offerings.  Check THIS flavor:

Bouncy Smash by IV Studio
Hexland Heroes by Niebla Games
  Jenny LeClue - Detectivu by Mografi
Warhammer: DOOMWHEEL by Katsu Entertainment

Gratz, and I’ll come bug you at the show!

(CW)TB out.

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