News Post: Unlucky

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Tycho: You’ll be playing Horizon: Zero Dawn soon enough here, but since you need to manufacture practically every shot you fire from your weapons, it might be worth keeping an eye on what you’re putting out.  Sony’s had fairly strenuous limitations on streaming the product, much more strenuous than you might think for a game whose reviews came out a week ago and are all incredible.  I asked them, actually, because I wanted to stream it last Wednesday with Mr. Gribbz.  Alas; there are authentic mysteries here, most people still don’t know much about the game,…

News Post: The Banner Saga 3 Promotion Thingy

http://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2017/02/24/the-banner-saga-3-promotion-thingy

Tycho: Hey!  I backed Banner Saga hard, like, so hard that I got to write a Godstone for the sequel and create an item and stuff.  I was asked to help with a promotion for The Banner Saga 3, and I know the second one was a rough ride for the studio so I said yes several times in rapid succession. They said that I could make three to five items for Banner Saga 3, but if I could make five items instead of three, why wouldn’t I do that?  So let’s go with five.  Also: Twitch Prime is setting up a thing where members can download the original Banner Saga for free through…

News Post: Up Top

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Tycho: Horizon: Zero Dawn comes out on the 28th here in the States, and March 1st in Europe.  My feeling is that you should buy it. The introduction has a few very interesting moments, and my daughter Ronia was there for all of them; when the game begins, there are many games it could be.  I like the one that it chooses, but they take their time to let things breathe in this unformed space.  They allow the center to bake through. Horizon is clung-to by incredibly strange ideas; Ronia doesn’t know much about the game, other than the fact that the protagonist looks like…

News Post: Update On That Stolen PS4 in New Zealand

http://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2017/02/22/update-on-that-stolen-ps4-in-new-zealand

Tycho: A torrent of generosity from the Internet washed the whole situation away, essentially - but there was an opportunity to make a lasting improvement to their Play Therapy department by supporting the playrooms and stock a new teen room they’d planned.  Travis over at Child’s Play did a write up that includes the overwhelemed response from the hospital; you can find it all here. (CW)TB

News Post: Return Of The Jeed

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Tycho: I like Star Wars, not as much as some but I do like it; there’s always new words in there for me to learn.  “The Last Jedi,” as a piece of nomenclature in English, has a lot of potential weight and finality to it because of how “the” works.  “The” abuts singular or plural nouns, and Jedi can refer to one or more completely mad star wizards.  It is ambiguity adorned with uncertain, enigmatic fixin’s; you’re getting it coming and going. When versions of the movie’s title came out translated into other languages,…

News Post: A Big, Big Love

http://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2017/02/20/a-big-big-love

Tycho: I know that it totally looks like something we already have a mental construct for, one hundred percent, but it’s not actually that. The official description for Gigantic calls it a MOBA, which, I mean… hm.  I don’t think that’s what this is.  I’m not just being fastidious.  That is to say, I’m definitely being fastidious, but it’s not the only thing.  This came up with Overwatch: if the “classes” you can play as are different characters, that’s not sufficient.  Gigantic is closer to the traditional model, with…