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Tycho / on Fri, Mar 4 2011 at 12:00 am

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PAX East grows ever nearer, it’s super near right now, and our dutiful JavaScript clock is returning a value that seems almost impossible.  Maybe it is impossible.  Maybe each of my fingers is an undulating shrimp!  It’s a world of possibilities.  It’s also a world of challenges unique to my psychological profile.

Might be a good time to get The Conventionist on your phone, so that you can in engage in a kind of guided meditation.  Gird your fantasies of the event with a few convincing, factual contours.  

5th Cell is local, and they invited us out to play Hybrid on two separate occasions, but the incredible “world of possibilities” I referenced earlier did not contain an instance where we were able to actually make it out there.  I had heard, like every other person, that Hybrid was a “shooter,” which (coming from the house of Drawn To Life, Scribblenauts, and Lock’s Quest) seemed like pretty safe travels.  I probably should have assumed that when they said “shooter,” they meant some kind of multiplayer platforming action RTS.  Hybrid seems like one of those cases where the codename stuck; as a load-bearing piece of terminology, it’s well-suited.

What are these crazy 5th Cell bastards even doing here?  Robots on the ceiling?  Good Christ.  Obviously it’s not done, needs banged on for a bit, but lordy.  Assuming I survive the show, I need to set up a date with these guys that I can actually keep.

I can tell you, however, that Trenched is fucking badical.  This is something I actually know.  I don’t know how things progressed to the point where you can have Double Fine create a whole universe for you every couple Goddamned months, but it’s a world I will consent to live in.

New Penny Arcade Television is available, with a new episode of The Series called “The Expansion” which deals with lots of regular company stuff.  If you’re curious about some of the more “sausage production” elements of a site like this, dig in.

(CW)TB out.

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