Friday, February 24, 2017

I love today's Penny Arcade.

Penny Arcade, once upon a time, was reliably about video games and pretty damned funny.  In the past few years it's become mainly about the life experiences of its creators, as they become more comfortable with being gamers who are also adults, with adult problems.  So you'll get like comics about guys talking to them into the washroom at the convention they run, or just comics about being parents.  It's less funny, more reflective - and today's is no exception - but it's a really... nice reflection.


This is a real thing, that happened, the Penny Arcade auteurs insist, and that's... wonderful.

At this point, I think it's worthy to give props to Sony in particular.  We can point to a lot of games, nowadays - though not most or even half, I would say - with female leads.  Thing is, almost all of those are indies (see: Night in the Woods which came out on Tuesday and is fucking awesome) because indies like to stick to their principles and companies like Electronic Arts, Activision, Nintendo and Microsoft aren't prepared to invest millions upon millions of dollars into a triple-A game with a woman in the starring role.  And it is a huge investment -
"Patrick Walker, VP of insight and analytics at the video game industry research firm EEDAR, estimates that a big-budget game in 2016 costs anywhere between $50 and $200 million."
Sony, though, is putting its money where our minds are.  It has invested the aforementioned large sums of money in games like this

and this

and this

and this.

So good on ya, Sony.  Nice to love you, Baby.

Too dreamy by far

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chamberlain & Chance 60: We Always Hurt The Ones We Love

Wiiith Alex!  Alex thisChamberlain that podcast on iTunes

Chamberlain and Chance - We always hurt the ones we love

  • We talk way more about movies and TV than you'd expect!
  • Chamberlain has escaped the tedium of Dead Rising 4 and now suffers the disappointment of Final Fantasy XV.  The poor sap!
  • Alex indulges in the finest of DLCs for the finest of action games!
  • And what're the biggest news stories in gaming this week?
You'll have to tune in to find out!

Devolver's Ruiner is coming to consoles this summer.

As pissy as I am with Devolver lately (they gave up on a lot of promised Vita titles), if this drops during a lull in the summer I might check it out.  Looks kinda' dope.

Oh thank goodness. Iconoclasts is still coming to Vita

Remember Iconoclasts?

We got two little gameplay snippets this week -

- pretty sexy, right?  Well thank goodness, the devs reconfirmed it is in fact coming to the best handheld there's ever been.

Ahhh.  Everything doesn't suck.

Oh cheer the fuck up, Mae.

Eurogamer: The Dead Space 3 the Developers wanted to make.

I'll... maybe watch this later tonight, but I kind of feel like I don't need to?  Like here's what this video says in my head:

  • Dead Space 3 was going to be a more atmospheric, horrific experience. 
  • It was going to be more focused. 
  • It wasn't going to have fucking microtransactions. 
  • Some suits at EA decided they knew better than professional fucking game developers and screwed it right up, and now we'll never get another Dead Space game. 
How'd I do?

Gravity Rush 2 is getting Nier Automata DLC.

In the form of a new costume for Kat - 2B's dress.   There've been no screenshots of it (or even official art), but weirdly enough a fan-artist put this together weeks ago:

So that actually works pretty well!  No word on release date.  I like this idea a lot better than... what was it, like a Phantasy Star outfit?  Came out a week ago or so?

That thing looks dumb.

Right?  Right.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Nier Automata - Arsenal of Elegant Destruction trailer.

To quote Jimmy Fallon on SNL like twenty years ago,

"No, Antonio, NO!  IS TOO SEXY!!!"

Oh, I forgot to add - Automata's Steam release date was also revealed today, via the above trailer.  Well, not exactly the above trailer.  The trailer was first thrown up with both the PS4 and Steam release dates showing at the end (March 10th for Steam).  Then it was pulled.  Stayed gone for a bit.  Then it came back without the Steam bit - Endless says it's due to a marketing deal with Sony that I imagine doesn't let ads talk about other platforms before the game's release.  

Anyway - March 10th on PC, 7th on PS4!

Persona 5 - Velvet Room trailer.

One : holy shit that is dark as fuck.

Two : wow, this is seriously just the Catherine engine again, ain't it?

Darkest Dungeon is 50% off on PSN!

There's a "critics choice" sale on PSN right now - it goes 'till the 28th - and 2016 Game of the Year Darkest Dungeon is fifty percent off!!!  If for some unfathomable reason you have not yet gazed into that antediluvian abyss, you are now out of excuses.

There's some other cool stuff in there too - The Witcher III: Complete Edition is down to thirty bucks (if that's your bag), same with Titanfall 2 and Diablo III, Enter the Gungeon is nine bucks, last year's spectacular DOOM and (equally-but-differently spectacular) Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (PS4) is $35, and Drinkbox's ultra-special Severed is just six!

Very nice, very nice.