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04/07/2000 - Tycho Brahe

I'd like to be the first to welcome you to Friday's Penny Arcade comic. As you are no doubt aware, it deals almost exclusively with Motocross Madness 2. Our experience with this title comes almost entirely from the Beta Version (to use the modern parlance), but this one clearly falls in the coveted "must buy" category. There's no reason for this game to appeal to me - I don't even get ESPN2. I'm not extreme. But when you match up absolutely spot-on controls with expansive environments, and you make the environments themselves lush and flush with ambient, believable decor, and then include a gourmet menu of extremely unsafe stunts to perform, well, you'd like it too. I'm telling you straight out that some of the best fun I've ever had with a computer is playing this one multiplayer, and not even in a race - just jumping and doing tricks with some friends. Did I mention that the sound is excellent? Well, pretend like I did.

We took some screenshots from it (which I hear is all the rage!) and we have posted them for your enjoyment. To make the viewing of said screenshots more palatable, we've basically made comics out of every single one of them. You won't see it in the preview, but I promise you that every one is worth looking at. For those most diligent clickers, there's even a three page storyline your your amusement! Don't take these screens to mean any disrespect to Rainbow Studios, far from it - we think of them as kind of a fun tribute. This is in stark contrast to our John Romero strips, which are designed specifically to undermine his self-esteem and obliterate his self-worth. Additional props go deservedly to Blambot Fonts, whose fine work I employed in the header for the screenshot pages. They give away more free fonts by Nine A.M. than most people... Well, I guess that doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

Gabriel and I tried a little ChuChu Rocket online last night, and I liked it a good deal more than I expected to. Single mode is pretty a fun logic-puzzle type game, but when you get online or play any of the battle modes, all I'm saying is watch out - this thing brings out the concentrated evil in any person who plays it. It's like Uno in that regard, the ways it can destroy friendships and leave marriages in ruin. It reminded me a bit of playing the original Lemmings multiplayer on my Amiga 500 (is that an obscure enough gaming reference?). The point of the game is to rescue the hapless mice whether you're in single or multi-play, but when you have a bastard like Gabriel directing vicious cats into your rocketship - let me remind you that it is this vehicle alone which can safely ambulate your adorable chuchu's from a cat-infested playing field - it makes things more difficult. The game's mechanics aren't complex, but being able to think quickly and dynamically alter your strategies are apparently pre-requisites in the booming rodent-rescue business. Something that was strange about playing it online was that you could have up to three players on your own Dreamcast jump into an online game - it feels quite different from the one pc/one player truism of my most multiplayer experiences. It's got a communal vibe that I, for lack of a better term, "dig".

That's about all I've got for you, I think I'm going to upload this thing. It took a lot longer to set up those screenshot pages than I expected. The least I can do is leave you with another recipe!

Gin Soup

  • Some Gin
  • A Carrot

    Drink gin. Throw carrot in garbage can, or put in your ear. Ha Ha Ha! You look just like that one guy!

    (CW)TB out.

    everybody's saying that hell's the hippest way to go

  • Tell Gabe your darkest secrets!Reveal to Tycho your hidden fantasies!
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