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.

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