This is a landmark comic for me. Stolen Pixels has now reached 144 strips, which is where DMotR ended. Assuming The Escapist doesn’t axe me before next Tuesday, this will be my longest-running and most prolific series. High five. Happy one gross, etc.
People have asked where Travis went. It’s been 30 strips since he showed up, and I don’t see him cropping up in the next couple of weeks. He’s still an arrow in my quiver, but the Breen monologues are stealing most of his “current events gaming news” material. Pretty much the only time I need him now is for industry events (like E3) and end-of-year wrap-ups.
The EA guy is probably the character I miss the most. It’s been a year since he last showed up. I’m still on the lookout for chances to use him, but these days Activision is the one really pissing in the gaming well and then doing press releases about the delicious flavor and nutrient value of their piss. There might have been a joke in there somewhere when EA went after Tim Langdell, but I’d already done a lot of stuff on Langdell and I didn’t want to obsess over the guy. The only other really big EA news this year was the recent string of layoffs and studio closings, which have been an absolute bloodbath. That news will become more meaningful over the next year. We’ve seen what they cut, but it will really hit home when we see what they didn’t cut. Or rather, what games those layoffs made possible. When the odious fruit of that rotten tree finally ripens, it might be time to bring back the EA guy. (Unless they turn out a string of stellar games, in which case: That’d be really cool too.)
The Strange Evolution of OpenGL
Sometimes software is engineered. Sometimes it grows organically. And sometimes it's thrown together seemingly at random over two decades.
DM of the Rings
Both a celebration and an evisceration of tabletop roleplaying games, by twisting the Lord of the Rings films into a D&D game.
Do you like electronic music? Do you like free stuff? Are you okay with amateur music from someone who's learning? Yes? Because that's what this is.
Silent Hill Origins
Here is a long look at a game that tries to live up to a big legacy and fails hilariously.
Lost Laughs in Leisure Suit Larry
Why was this classic adventure game so funny in the 80's, and why did it stop being funny?