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Tycho / on Fri, Jun 9 2017 at 11:58 am

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Atomic Side-Eye

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.

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