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This is only for the comic!  I play Roadhog or Torbjörn, unless we’re doing well and I feel comfortable experimenting - Soldier 76 and Reinhardt are both robust ships of the line type champs, or heroes I guess, everybody has to have their name for it; I’m partial to Brutals, myself.  Reinhardt is a nice tarpit and Soldier 76 is fuckin’ workhorse.  I want to have them in my back pocket.

Kara is actually the healer.  And I vote for her at the end when she comes up to be honored.  Which she basically always does.  And sometimes I glow because she has returned my spirit to my body, restoring my life.  So Kara’s pretty cool.  I’ve never played a support character in Overwatch even once, even though “that’s what I do.”  Zarya is a neat twist on the support norm, and that’s about as close as I get; she deploys shields on herself and others, and when those shields take damage it boosts her own damage.  She’s a savory combination of Gork and Mork.

All the pieces of a game are here, with quick matches between a copious, potentially even cornucopial toybox of fully poseable figurines.  It’s a testament to these ingredients that it works, because as a shooter there aren’t that many ways to engage with it.  I don’t think Overwatch is going anywhere, though: I think it’s probably best to say that Overwatch is a platform which can be arranged in a number of valid configurations.  It’s not a MOBA, for example.  But it could be.  In a heartbeat.  It can be a wave-based cooperative game.  They can test things in weekly Brawls that become permanent fixtures, and modes can emerge organically.  So, I like Overwatch.  A lot.  But I also think this is a space that will tolerate, and to my mind demands, a highly exploratory, iterative philosophy long after launch.

We’re playing it on PS4, which is to say, Gabriel is playing it on PS4 and if I want to play with him that’s where I have to do it.  My Roadhog hook percentage is in the shitter switching to the gamepad - I had a good thing going, before.  Thus far, he has not chastised me overmuch.

(CW)TB out.


A little while back I started using Instagram again. I’ve been posting lots of sketches and WIP stuff. If you like seeing the behind the scenes stuff and watching comics come together then you should check it out.

-Gabe out

First 15: RE6

I think this First 15 was one of my favorites. Check out Tycho and I playing the first bit of Resident Evil 6 HD.

Also I decided to get into the X-Wing miniatures game on Saturday. I have already been to the hobby store twice since then. I’m in real trouble here folks.

-Gabe out

Tycho / 3 days ago

I want to emphasize from the outset that I bear these birds no ill will.  I am a friend to birds.  And I completely understand why they might love my fucking vent: I live in a what is functionally a giant tree, of comparatively cavernous internal volume, and it has a little hole in it which occasionally emits warm, fragrant air.  If I made nests, I would make one inside this vent.  Like, forthwith.

I had rats in my house once, and there is something about the sound of an unseen claw scraping that peels the skin off your head.  It could not be less okay.  I’m down with the occasional chirrup.  But I was given the task of evicting these interlopers, and I was surprised at just how granular the various fraternities formed around this issue are.  I had to call a bunch of different places, revolving a kind of cosmic tumbler until I found the right combination of animal hatred and mercenary greed.

I talked about how sort of tertiary, non-game applications of virtual reality felt very futuristic to me, more futuristic than the sense of being embodied in a multi-sensory electronic hallucination, because they’re functions ported from reality.  I forgot it, but there was a non-VR thing that had occurred in the car on the way in that morning which I forgot to mention, but I thought you would find it interesting anyway.  These thoughts will fill the wasted hours before the release of Overwatch.

  A couple years ago, there were a series of telemarketing calls that made the media rounds.  There must be some kind of sticky resin on an idea for it to travel these channels, and in this case it was because the Telemarketer was automated, but refused to admit that it was automated.  It had a number of excuses for why you were wrong about it being automated, which it would deploy in a sequence.  I love these things; I am always messing with them.

I received one about the Marriot or some shit, they wanted me to roll through or whatever and activate social media, but I replied instead, “Are you a Robot?” because I’d heard this intro before and liked the responses.

Except it said “Yes.”  And my forehead began to perspire a little, because I don’t know that I’d ever heard a robot say this.  I understand that it’s just a recording, don’t get me wrong.  I know it’s not the fucking WOPR.  It’s about how it feels, which presages a reality where such things coalesce.

I said, “Wait.  You’re a cyborg?”

“Yes,” it said.  So far, so good.  Then, it said:

“Is that okay?”

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 6 days ago

I think we’re at the end of Doom now; or, if there is something worse than the thing we’re fighting now, I don’t know how much I want to see it.  Jesus Christ, people.  If we can pulp this Hell Person, I’m of a mind to head straight back to the main menu and jump into a new campaign.  Gabriel has suggested he does not do this; I don’t do it either.

The story is so gloriously dumb.  Good God.  They know it, too.  There is a voice on the intercom that sometimes tells you there’s too many demons.  It’s not clear what a good number would be.  Somebody at this Mars company had to record that line - that’s how likely they thought it would be that there would be too many demons at some point.  Also, Hell Energy.  That’s how you know they’re not trying to be clever, and failing, which is what usually happens.  It’s Hell by way of Andrew W. K., and I can’t wait to go back.

Hey!  So, Gabe is working on his coloring book, but I’m working on a book also, with Gabe.  I think I’m about halfway done with it, maybe?  I don’t know, I’ve never done anything like it before.  I really had a good time reciting poems at the last Acquisitions Incorporated game - you can watch the whole thing, or skip to 2:39.20 to see what I’m talking about.  Maybe listen to it in your headphones.  I don’t know how it works where you… like, work.

I didn’t really expect to do whatever I’m doing now.  It was my intention to write poems, occasionally sing those poems, and then die early.  It didn’t work out like that.  I need to fill this interminable twilight somehow, and this is one of the ways I’m going to do it:

I’ll “bind” these up somehow and get them on a digital bookstore in an electronic slab, I’ve got tons of them.  Essentially I want to be Shel Silverstein, if Shel Silverstein needed his best friend to draw all of it, and if he really liked Dungeons and Dragons.  Shel Silverstein, Mark Twain, and Neal Stephenson, all at once, in the same person, but with the regular number of limbs.  I feel like it’s weird otherwise.

(CW)TB out.

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