News Post: Professional Courtesy

http://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2016/06/27/professional-courtesy

Tycho: So starved for grist are the infinite screens of the Entertainment Beast that it must churn up the icons of a distant age, consume them, and disgorge them anew.  Most of the time, it doesn’t work.  They’ve fucked up something, or misunderstood something; they take an opportunity to make a tin can telephone between generations and jam it down the shitter.  Occasionally, very occasionally,  you get Voltron: Legendary Defender. When I talk about missed opportunities, The Powerpuff Girls is the first thing that comes to mind.  They’ve completely fucked…

News Post: Hideocalypse

http://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2016/06/24/hideocalypse

Tycho: I am mostly Kojima adjacent as a gamer.  I feel strongly that I need to be aware of his movement and current location, like when you see a spider in the house; it’s worthwhile to reserve a few cycles to store this data.  I love to watch other people play them, and the strangeness - whatever might be said in the strip - is important.  Not just where it is in his work, in its own context, but because of the people it inspires to see the state of play and be like, you know what?  Fuck all that. I’m always trying to know people via their work.  It’s an…

News Post: HoloLens

http://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2016/06/23/hololens

Gabe: I finally had the opportunity to try out the Microsoft HoloLens. I’ve played around in pretty much every consumer virtual reality rig available (with the exception of the PSVR) and I love the idea of VR but they all make me a little sick. It varies from device to device but no matter if it’s the Vive or the Gear VR, I can’t go for more than about 30 minutes without getting queasy. I’d love to play VR games all day but something about the experience just doesn’t sit right with my human body.  I think “mixed reality” like the Hololens might end up being better for me as I…

News Post: Come for the cats, stay for the belts

http://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2016/06/23/come-for-the-cats-stay-for-the-belts

Brian: I am the sort of person who tries to match the cheese I am serving to the movie I’m showing when I have friends over. Or when I watch an episode of How I Met Your Mother alone. So it should come as no surprise that, on the rare week that we’ve released two new products at the same time, they’d share something in common. In this case it’s cats. OUR cat, Thomas Kemper. We have it on good authority that he is just like your cat and now he’s on a really nice water bottle and an incredibly soft shirt. A shirt with a pocket. I’m known to maintain a solid t-shirt rotation of about 5…

News Post: Child’s Play Ping Pong Tourney

http://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2016/06/20/childs-play-ping-pong-tourney

Gabe: In past years we’ve hosted a Child’s Play golf tournament, but this year we’ve decided to switch it up. Instead of golf we’ve got a Ping Pong tournament planned with all the proceeds going to CP. Here are the details: When and Where On Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Hidden Valley Fieldhouse - 1903 112th Ave NE, Bellevue, Washington 98004. Doors open and 10:00 AM and the Tournament begins at 11:00 AM.  Format There will be two levels of play (Garage and Hardcore) and both are double-elimination tournaments to benefit Child’s Play. Garage…

News Post: View To A Kill

http://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2016/06/20/view-to-a-kill

Tycho: It never occurred to me that I should turn the deathcam thing off, but I guess it’s not surprising that you can; there’s far more granular options clanking around in there.  Just for my own purpose, to track this over time, I will say that it’s getting to the point where my Zarya is no fucking joke and Genji (“Genjamin Franklin”) and that in my hands Genji continues to be an inscrutable, ineffective roboman. The sorcerer here at Penny Arcade that makes sure you can see all the things we make - The Rack Whisperer - sent me a link to a Quora answer about…