After seeing that Barbie Horse Adventures was on the list, and recalling this old strip, we really had no choice.
Xbox compatibility for the new system probably hits the high notes for the vast preponderance of gamers, and it should, because they know what people use their console for. I’ve been in the frigid room with the equipment that runs Xbox Live, I know that they know what games are being played, how long, by whom, what they were wearing at the time, as well as their top ten albums, and if a constituency for a given title was ou there it was most likely prioritized - and then, whatever just worked got thrown on the list as well.
The issue is that playing old games isn’t what I use backwards compatibility for. I know there are "peeps" who need constant Halo 2 infusions, but I don’t look back - I think of the original Xbox as a damned place, a Sodom and/or Gomorrah. What I need is a technology that will ease the middle period, while the old box is still a viable development target at retail. My audio/visual shelf is already a treacherous, high-stakes game of Jenga as it is. There’s no physical space for some Goddamn artifact up there.
I had access to the compatibility list when I brought it home, so I’m not saying that I was somehow deceived regarding the capabilites of the machine - they are simply unfolding a different strategy than the one in my naïve fantasy.
They released a compatibility update earlier in December that added much of Ubisoft’s Live ouvre for the original box, but a Halo issue caused them to pull it. Between the time we wrote the strip on Friday and the time I finished this post, they appear to have re-released the compatibility update. I’ll verify this of course, I haven’t seen it anywhere. But having Chaos Theory back would take the sting out a litte bit.
I know it’s past visiting hours
Chaos Theory doesn’t work any more than it ever did. Summit Strike still does, so I guess I’m not sure which universe the "official" 360 compatibility list refers to.
I had some questions about our new book that I figured I’d answer here rather than in emails.
Q. What if I can’t make it to your book signing on the 25th? Will I be able to buy an autographed copy of the book online?
A. As of right now the only way to get a copy signed is to come see us. Like I said, the first opportunity to do that will be this month out at the Comic Stop. After that you’ll need to catch us at a con, Sakuracon, Emerald City or San Diego.
Q. Is this book full of new stuff, or your same old tired shit?
A. I’m not sure this person is really a fan but the question is valid. This book “Attack of the Bacon Robots” is a collection of the first two years of Penny Arcade cartoons. It has a forward written by Bill Amend of FoxTrot fame. It also has a web comics manifesto written by Tycho. Many of the early comics have been “digitally re-mastered” by the wizards at Dark Horse and all of them are accompanied by some directors commentary from Tycho. They’ve also included a section in the back with some of my sketches from that period, which I find extremely embarrassing. All in all it’s quite a package.
Q. Will I be able to buy this at my local comic book store?
A. The chances are very good yes. At the very least you should be able to have your local shop order it for you. If purchasing things online is not your cup of tea you should have no trouble getting it from a real book store or comic shop. For those of you who love the web you’ll be able to order the book from ThinkGeek any day now although it won’t ship until the 25th.
That’s pretty much it I think. Come see us at the Comic Stop on the 25th. We’ll be there from 6pm-8pm signing and chatting and playing with puppies. One of those things was a lie.
Between now and the last time I talked to you, Chaos Theory started working - it just downloaded another package. I really have no idea what’s going on with this thing.