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Tycho / on Mon, Jul 3 2017 at 11:30 am

I guess we’ll see if something can top it, but I’m pretty sure The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Gabe’s favorite game of the year and might even be his favorite game ever.  “Open World” by way of Nintendo is a rare sort of creature.  The first DLC just dropped, and watching how he’s traversed the place over the last hundred hours or so was fascinating for him.  There’s places he’s never managed to be funneled into, places that have somehow remained persistently dark, even though they’re completely accessible, just based on the vagaries of his travel.

During E3, when they were talking about the Champion’s Ballad DLC, my fantasy was that they’d be leveraging Zelda as a franchise to prove out and promote their Online Service.  That didn’t happen!  At least, I don’t think there’s any explicit proof, but I’m happy to continue laboring in these mines in the moments before I fall asleep.  The multiplayer Zelda games are some of my favorites, and when I think about multiplayer versions of these Breath of the Wild puzzles it pushes an already profound manifestation into the halls of the legendary hero.

I have it on good authority that you crave fun.  What’s more, I’ve heard that you are into food trucks and having summer good times.  You might even be down for the Ping and/or Pong.  Listen: I have a way for you to get all of this at the same time!

It’s called the Child’s Play Summer Faire, and it’s the flip side of our fancy pants Charity Dinner & Auction.  We’ve got three tiers of table tennis competition - Kids, Garage, and Hardcore.  We’ve got an inflatable obstacle course.  VR.  Mini-golf.  Cornhole.  Giant Jenga.  And more!  $10 dollars for individuals, $35 for families!  Let’s get together and high five about the cool stuff we’ve accomplished together.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / on Fri, Jun 30 2017 at 1:21 pm

Black Panther was one of the best parts of Civil War, I just…  I bought into him completely.  He stands outside the rest of the established power structures in a way that exposes them as weird-ass pageants.  100% gonna watch this movie.

One of the things that the projection of traditionally niche media into the mainstream is that there are things that make sense in its own original context of high-flung psychodrama that can’t necessarily survive the state change.  Watchmen cut that raw material like a gem, trading on mythological and psychological themes.  It might be tougher to get away with the actual enunciation of “Killmonger,” these days they just go with the names if they need to.  I don’t think anyone calls Diana of Themyscira Wonder Woman, they call her Diana.  Same deal.  I mean, I understand.  These kills aren’t gonna mong themselves.  Somebody’s gotta mong ‘em.  Why not him?  Who else is even qualified?

Hey!  From 2-4pm PDT today, and also on 7/7 and 7/14, my friend Grob Grob and I are going to be running Penny Arcade Presents: Gigantic, a game made by Motiga which is about fifteen minutes from where I’m typing this.  We started playing it on the stream after a major patch that brought it into focus for us.  We’ll even have somebody from the team roll through each of those days if you’ve got questions!  There’s a ton of cool ideas in there, and it might be interesting for you to see it in action.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / on Thu, Jun 29 2017 at 10:55 am

Automata Trailer Is Up!

At long last!  The long road that started with the “Bring Automata To Life” Kickstarter is nearing its end.  Download links to watch the show have been sent out to backers.  Would you like to see the trailer?  Huh?  Wouldja?!

I want to thank the backers who made this possible, the dedicated cast that made it real, and the team at Vantage Point that hauled this thing over the finish line.  Excited to see what we can do next.


Tycho / on Wed, Jun 28 2017 at 11:03 am

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.

Tycho / on Tue, Jun 27 2017 at 11:43 am

Mario Marathon 2017 Is Close To The End!

The Mario Marathon has been marathonning Mario in support of Child’s Play for a thousand Earth years.  Now they’re getting into the home stretch on their 2017 run, with some Super Mario Sunshine.  Check ‘em out!


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