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Tycho / 8 hours ago

You’ll be playing Horizon: Zero Dawn soon enough here, but since you need to manufacture practically every shot you fire from your weapons, it might be worth keeping an eye on what you’re putting out.  Sony’s had fairly strenuous limitations on streaming the product, much more strenuous than you might think for a game whose reviews came out a week ago and are all incredible.  I asked them, actually, because I wanted to stream it last Wednesday with Mr. Gribbz.  Alas; there are authentic mysteries here, most people still don’t know much about the game, and they want to safeguard that for as many people as possible

In other news: I have gotten weirdly obsessed with the Switch.

I sorta had it on lock before I saw Stephen Totilo’s homespun tales of carrying his around in a sock.  And then, as a licensed Gerstmanniac, I began absorbing his aggressive Switch spores.  It’s not even that people are completely unalloyed in their praise or that their experience has been flawless in every respect.  It’s literally not released for a reason.  But I’m nodding along with the form factor, the cozy app that extends the platform… it’s weird and cool.  They’re still doing weird, cool things.

Watching people approach this new Zelda has been a delight; they’ve apparently broken the formula over their knee.  And gimme them Snipperclips, obvs.  I could probably orchestrate a scam if I really wanted to; I couldn’t throw a rock and hit their office, but it wouldn’t take me very long to drive a rock over there and then, you know, just gently set it down.  But if I had a Nintendo Switch, I wouldn’t feel like I do now.  Just…  good, in a generalized way, content that a cool thing is about to happen, and if I can feel this for four more days I think I’m gonna do it.

Roll through the Twitch channel around 2:00 PST for card games with Ryan Hartman and usually myself, but this time it’s gonna be Dabe.  The truth is that Dabe is often waiting just off camera watching the stream, so he won’t have to move very far to join in.  I gotta go do some doctor shit.  I want to thank LauraQQ from over at HyperRPG for running the board for us last week while Josh was away, they do some cool stuff over there and it’s been fun sharing a studio with them.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 3 days ago

The Banner Saga 3 Promotion Thingy

Hey!  I backed Banner Saga hard, like, so hard that I got to write a Godstone for the sequel and create an item and stuff.  I was asked to help with a promotion for The Banner Saga 3, and I know the second one was a rough ride for the studio so I said yes several times in rapid succession.

They said that I could make three to five items for Banner Saga 3, but if I could make five items instead of three, why wouldn’t I do that?  So let’s go with five.  Also: Twitch Prime is setting up a thing where members can download the original Banner Saga for free through their Twitch Launcher from February 23 through the 28th. And then, from March 2nd through March 6th, Twitch Prime members can get Banner Saga 2 for free via the same mechanism. Here is the novel piece: for every person who downloads and plays either game this way, a dollar gets donated to the development of The Banner Saga 3 - up to $200,000 total.  You can try Twitch Prime free for 30 days here and you’ll get to keep the games (and help out the developer, Stoic) even if you don’t end up subscribing.

That’s a lot of text!  Maybe this incredibly insane video Gabe and I made with Kris Straub will nail down the finer points.


Tycho / 3 days ago

Horizon: Zero Dawn comes out on the 28th here in the States, and March 1st in Europe.  My feeling is that you should buy it.

The introduction has a few very interesting moments, and my daughter Ronia was there for all of them; when the game begins, there are many games it could be.  I like the one that it chooses, but they take their time to let things breathe in this unformed space.  They allow the center to bake through.

Horizon is clung-to by incredibly strange ideas; Ronia doesn’t know much about the game, other than the fact that the protagonist looks like her.  But Aloy is also like Ronia, in that she’s clever, and she often arrives at the conceptual station before her old man does.

I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say there’s a montage.  I recognized it well, because I’m living in one now.  The way time works when you have a kid her age is that so much information is coming through, so much data is being created and processed, that you can only get it in slices.  It’s like Whatever Rocky Was Doing, but now it’s a few seconds of her holding her white dog’s face in her hands and now I’m taking out a splinter and now she wants to kiss someone but she doesn’t understand why followed by her handwriting is now better than my handwriting followed by tearing a picture she made but doesn’t like in half followed by the realization that there are things even tape can’t fix.

I’m a complete mess, but she’s gonna be okay.  It seems like a little thing, but I saw it happen the moment she saw a self that she recognized in a work of art.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 5 days ago

Update On That Stolen PS4 in New Zealand

A torrent of generosity from the Internet washed the whole situation away, essentially - but there was an opportunity to make a lasting improvement to their Play Therapy department by supporting the playrooms and stock a new teen room they’d planned.  Travis over at Child’s Play did a write up that includes the overwhelemed response from the hospital; you can find it all here.


Tycho / 5 days ago

I like Star Wars, not as much as some but I do like it; there’s always new words in there for me to learn.  “The Last Jedi,” as a piece of nomenclature in English, has a lot of potential weight and finality to it because of how “the” works.  “The” abuts singular or plural nouns, and Jedi can refer to one or more completely mad star wizards.  It is ambiguity adorned with uncertain, enigmatic fixin’s; you’re getting it coming and going.

When versions of the movie’s title came out translated into other languages, it’s completely plain that they’re using the plural of Jedi in a way that English (and the marketing department) left ambiguous.  On purpose?  That was Gabriel’s question.  I am terrified to think that someone could purposefully create this kind of two-tier narrative structure hung off something like this, because I can’t even conceive of conceiving of a play like that.  I have psychic bulwarks, inscribed with runes, to defend me against ninety percent of marketing rays.  But something like this is Inception tier, puncturing the channels I use to think normally and sucking greedily.  God, I hope it’s not intentional.  Because I’ve been thinking about it for a week.

We’ve distilled some measure of the English part, here in the strip, which I believe captures some measure of my everyday torment.

There’s less than a day left on the Wyrmwood Magnetic Game Master Screen, which can be emblazoned with the sigil of Acquisitions Incorporated if so desired.  I’m going to be getting back behind the screen here in a little bit, and I have a fantasy that involves erecting a kind of wooden cathedral around myself.  Having a multipartite wooden cathedral would really help a lot.

(CW)TB out.

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