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Tycho / 4 days ago

At first, I thought Ridley Scott was laying the blame for his movie's failure at the door of milliners - hardworking folk whose craft is plied to the delight of the head and scalp. But no! No. It was instead placed on the brow of that oft maligned cadre, The Millennial, whose disinterest in the schemes of their boomer forebears is well known. Sometimes when there is an article about a director's incredible take-smithing, I can go and read it and - as is my doom - understand what they…

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Tycho / 6 days ago

I was telling Mark about this new Riot fighting game, because a trailery thing just came out, and how I'd played its philosophical predecessor Rising Thunder at PAX fuckin'... years ago. I can see why that team would get bought, even just off that sliver, because I've thought about it consistently ever since then. Those ideas aren't unique to Rising Thunder or Project L or whatever it's going to be called, though - David Sirlin's Fantasy Strike leaned into this…

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Tycho / 1 week ago

The idea that I delight in killing players is essentially a fiction, and the way you know that's it's not true is because - as suggested previously - a bunch of dead characters and their resentful, starving players aren't a receptive audience for my intricate statue puzzle, whose solution is contained within twelve lines of immaculate, technical verse. Even so, it's been a nice theme to return to. Maybe my favorite line in all of Penny Arcade comes from this comic,…

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Tycho / 2 weeks ago

I only knew about this because Gabriel's son, who is actually named Gabriel, was incensed enough to bring it to his attention. People watch this for the trailers, that is simply… a fact, but Gen Z is such a spicy cadre that it is hard not to be delighted by it. Servants of Nidhoggr, all. I couldn't make heads or tails of many categories in the Game Awards, and I am open to explanations as simple as bog-standard illiteracy up to sophisticated theoretical frameworks like…

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