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Tycho / 8 hours ago

PAX Prime 2015 Storytime: Kim Swift

Yes, that’s correct: Kim Swift of Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Quantum Conundrum fame will illuminate the gathered throng.  She’s been over at Amazon for awhile now, working on “AAA PC Games,” but nobody knows what that means yet.  She also invented the Companion Cube, which all by itself places her in the Internet Pantheon.  We’ve been trying to match schedules for years now, years plural, and I’m glad we were finally able to work it out.


Gabe / 13 hours ago

You Could Be A Winner!

The Child’s Play Invitational is coming up quick and we have created a contest to give away some tickets. This is a fun event with a “real” golf tournament but it also has mini golf, alcohol and barbecue. Here’s a pic of some Penny Arcade folks obviously taking my favorite sport very seriously.

We have a photo of Tycho and I from the Golf tournament last year.

We’d like you to Photoshop the absolute worst golf pants you can think of onto us. You can get all the details and submit your entry over here on the official contest page. The winner will get a pair of tickets to either the regular golf, mini golf, or spectator portion of the event.

Good Luck!

-Gabe out

PATV Shirts!

If you have been watching any of our new PATV shows you’ve probably noticed the titles. They were done by Gavin and Dabe and I think they all look great. We’ve got two of them available on shirts now and for the first time ever, they are available in extra small. So if you are an extraordinarily small person, you can finally wear a Penny Arcade shirt that fits you properly.

Get the First Fifteen shirt!

Get the You’re Gonna Love It shirt!

I love both of these but I have to say the design for You’re Gonna Love It is just killer. I think it’s probably my favorite thing Gavin has designed here at PA. So go grab the shirts and watch the shows!

-Gabe out

New First 15

Watch us play and fall in love with Farming Simulator 15:

Some folks in the forums were convinced that our enthusiasm in this video is actually sarcasm. I can understand why someone might think that but I assure you, that is legit joy we are experiencing.

-Gabe out

Tycho / 2 days ago

I spent the weekend in Spokane, which wise men call Ulk Shambol or “The Dream Grave.”  I usually get in trouble when I talk about the town my mom lives as though it is the sort of place Lord Sauron would amass his evil armies, which is, you know, an exaggeration for comic effect.  In truth, I only felt his baleful, seeking eye once.

Many of the things that I’ve said about Spokane don’t truly represent the town.  The pustules?  Imported!  They aren’t even native pustules.  A lot of the stuff I’ve talked about were actually hallucinations, no doubt brought on by the hot lash of the accursed Vision Frond.  Now, there’s something that’s actually from there.  It’s worth noting that these whippings were directly administered by Spokane’s Hell Mayor, Satan.

I can’t tell you how pleased I was to hear that our own Mr. Gribz had taken up The Witcher, and made a commitment to witch in earnest.  On PS4, sure.  But I don’t look a gift “friend doing what I want him to” in the mouth, indeed, I’ve never investigated his mouth for any substantial period of time.  He talked some shit about Roach, but…  that’s fair.  It occurred to me as he was explaining it that I didn’t think of Roach as a digital horse.  I thought of him as a real horse that I had a real relationship with.  Sometimes he pops up in, like, an inconvenient part of the bazaar.  Sometimes he’s hanging out with other horses who are friends of his or whatever and he’s not where I need his horse ass to be.  I cut him some slack because he’s a really real horse and I’m always bossing him around.

      I’ll be curious to see if The Witcher is able to wear a groove in him the way Dragon Age did.  DA has a ton of hyperfamiliar MMO stuff that he is already weak to.  Them herbs, for example.  The Witcher has some of that, too, but not at much - and they don’t tie it all into an Ur-Currency.

What I want to know most - and it’ll require him to be in there for awhile - is if he’ll be able to sink into the emotional murk of these quests.  He’s an inveterate skipper of text.  As much as I’ve tried to train him away from this gruesome practice, the fact of the matter is that games generally do not really incentivize people to listen to that stuff.  The surprise here is that there is a ton of great work even in what would be - in any other game - complete padding, the narrative equivalent of packing material.  If someone avoids eating styrofoam, maybe that’s to their credit, even if I eat tons of styrofoam all the time on the off chance there might be a Rolo in there.  I don’t know.  Maybe I’m the one with the problem.

(CW)TB out.

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