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Gabe has been getting into Cris Tales, and one of the main reasons for that is that his psychological reward structure has no defense against the onslaught of beautiful art in this game. Because our world is a fallen and decrepit place, we never had a collaboration between Square Enix and Mary Blair so it's nice to see these devs making up for some lost time.

One thing he won't, physically can't do is listen to characters - even lovingly rendered, visionary characters - talk about school or pastries or their dad or whatever. This extends into the books he likes - even when reading a book, historically a rich source of text, what he's looking for is a big idea whose size crowds out a lot of "snappy" dialogue or 4k navel analysis. He likes - for example - a book about a single person on Mars from the perspective of the same Mars person I was just mentioning. I'd say that book is configured something like his desired zenith.

He wants to be shown things and not told things, and he can alter the ratio by pressing the skip button over and over but sometimes he presses it too many times which occasionally leads to despair. For my part, crushing disappointment is sort of the baseline, but the chasm between that blasted plain and joy is one I will happily fill with orcs for the third time.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 4 days ago

Alright, so: let's go down the list of fascinations Gabriel has undertaken during The Plague Years.

1. Simulated Racing Of Cars, which became Real Racing Of Cars
2. Building Gunpla, which became watching something like a hundred hours of Gundam

And now, improbably, startlingly, Digimon.

Look at that thing. Have they changed this device at all?! It looks like something you might extract from a time capsule. We're at the point now where Bandai Namco extracts something like ninety percent of his entertainment dollar. Last I saw, he was suggesting people come battle him "at the mal;."

I'm still out, theoretically, but! If the poll on Gabe's Twittre is anything to go by, he might be checking out Pokemon UNITE, that surprise MOBA thing? Statistically it would be that, but the other way it could go is with Monster Hunter Stories 2, which is also pretty cool. In any event, he'll bewarming up the stream at around 2pm for your edification slash enjoyment.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 6 days ago

This space shit is the most thoroughly dunked phenomenon; it comes pre-dunked, in the package. Dunk runs off it, down your arm, until it pools and drips from your elbow.

They've managed to make space boring. And then, in the manner of a Moses returning from Mount Sinai, Bezos has returned to these benighted shores with a moral framework around something called "civility" with some tactically deployed love bombs to inoculate them from criticism. When you start talking about this shit, there's an inbuilt Greek chorus of people to chew on your ankle because you were critical in any way of their demigod - their liege lord has won business and is thus proven supreme. Don't look too close at that success! It's rude.

If you dwell in this continuum, I've already entertained your position. I understand it well: we live among leviathans, we might as well choose one to serve. Nevermind that our leaders' intense allergy to governing created them - they're here, and maybe they can be placated with the right symbols or rituals. I can't argue with its practicality. Try my read: this is a neo-cyberpapacy buying its own indulgences. I'm gonna feel any way I want to feel about it.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 1 week ago

If you aren't sort of a dork, the fact that cheat prevention software and emulation is in a problematic state currently and the impact it might have on a device like the Steam Deck isn't broadly understood. Before we entered The Hell Dimension a year and a half ago, my main work machine was Linux Mint, and I really liked it. I had to stretch my mind taut over a hoop and embroider it meticulously to resolve a couple issues I had, and I got way smarter, but I'm by no means an expert. The official Known Issues section in the Proton documentation goes into what they consider best practices a bit, and these practices differ from the current state of the universe in some ways.

Kiko is way, way into Valve's hardware excursions. He doesn't give a shit - he'll pull out a Steam controller in an airplane, fuck it. He'll juke and twist the controller in mid-air as though he were controlling the plane itself; he'll augur into my torso with an errant elbow. He's way in, especially if there's a scenario where we start going places again. Gabe doesn't really get the point, especially if it can't get at big competitive shooters. I'm not even thinking about it in the right terms, which is to say, I'm not thinking about its utility as a gaming device. I think that's how you should think about it! I'm trying to figure out if something like this, from these players, properly applied at this juncture, can actually create the kind of momentum needed to solve the problem we discussed at the beginning. Because it's cool if this device can do a specific thing but that would reach way, way beyond this machine.

I'm trying to not work this week, theoretically, but I'm writing this so clearly this is something I don't understand well! But since I'm not physically at home, I won't be able to do the main streams I commit to each week - Acquisitions Intoxicated on Tuesday, Golgolfa(!) on Wednesday, and Motorsport Manager on Friday. What I will be doing this week is thinking a lot about Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team, which had its triumphant return during PAX Online East and comes back to our channel officially on August 11th!

Good news, finally Remember that?

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 2 weeks ago

I think Loki is probably my favorite Marvel thing. I like the weirder parts of the whole enterprise, though; for mainline Marvel stuff my pick is probably Captain America: The Winter Soldier. You can sorta see why they gave the Russo Brothers the store after that. But even as a moist larva, I sought the weird shit. Guardians of the Galaxy - a movie where a spaceship goes into a large head - and it'is exactly the type of shit I'm still trying to get up to when I run a game. Doctor Strange, that's the other one I like, not least of which because it concerns a threat that can't be managed by repeatedly hitting it in the face.

This is the strip about it, drawn live at what is probably the last ever Make-A-Strip he and I will do together, and it was pretty chill. I can remember doing this for the first time, and I can also remember doing it in another country, plus all around this one, and despite a period of time where his Surface would try to update itself on stage every time we'd do the panel it was… honestly, that was funny too. It might make sense to be mad the first time, I guess, but it's so farcical by the sixth time that if you're still mad it's because you haven't learned the lesson the universe is trying to teach you.

No Motorsports Management streams this afternoon on account of all the PAX Online East going on - and Don't forget! Tomorrow night at 8pm EST, Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team Returns! It's a real game in the real studio and I hope you like it. It turns out that D&D is pretty fun.

I can't stress enough the limited time nature of our new Camp PAX line, available here, and only until June 19th at midnight. Here is a cool image designed to tantalize you!

(CW)TB out.

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