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PA Q&A about SUPER SECRETS AND LUMINOUS EVENTS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

TubeTube Administrator, ClubPA admin
edited January 2012 in Games and Technology
An exciting, malfulgent, even squirmesquent announcement about secret new developments at Penny Arcade Towers is being made on monday. To celebrate, our beloved new hire Ben Kuchera! will be coming to our very own wretched hive of scum and villainy to answer questions about the new [REDACTED] and it's effects on our [REDACTED] and it's possible repurcussions for [REDACTED] and the Republican primaries.

This Q&A is going to be happening here in G&T, possibly implying that said announcement has something to do with an orbital ion cannon I'm just saying it could happen. This thread will be unlocked on monday at 10am PST for the commencement of festivities.

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2012/01/fare-well-kuuuuuuuccccchhheeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaa.ars#

edit: gonna throw in some more congratulations Ben and welcome to Penny Arcade!

QUESTION LOG!


Question 1
darleysam wrote:
Hey, awesome! I'm curious to know more about what your role will be, where it'll be shown (like, front page with the news or in another section?) and if you're planning on interacting with the forums at all?
We're still working out most of the details about where the content will be, but you can expect stories to be on the main page is some form. I'm hoping to interact with the forums, and I'll also be seeing everyone at PAX! My plan is to give you guys as many ways to get in touch with me as possible.

Question 2
Congrats! What do you think will be the biggest challenge you'll face in your new role? What are you most excited about re: being a part of the PA family now?

I think one of the big challenges is going to be finding what content works well with the Penny Arcade audience. I have a bunch of ideas, and we'll be adjusting things as we go, but you never really know how things are going to be received until you jump in and get started.

The thing that most excites me about Penny Arcade is working with the team in Seattle. I've already been to the offices once and I'm leaving to visit again this week, and it's a magical place. It's rare to find an environment where everyone is so happy to be doing what they're doing, and I love everyone's enthusiasm. We're all here because we love Penny Arcade and want it to be the best it possibly can be. I'm honored to be a part of that process.


Question 3
Rolo wrote:
Can you dish dirt on anyone in the games industry RIGHT NOW?
Can I? Sure. Will I? I doubt it. They keep the real assholes away from us writerly types. But I look forward to holding everyone's feet to the fire in the future.


Question 4
baronfel wrote:
So is the intent to add additional periodical coverage to the site similar in vein to Ben's work at Opposable Thumbs? So we'd have the traditional comic+newspost, PATV, etc. plus new Kuchie-goodness?
That sounds about right. We're kicking around thoughts on how to organize the content, but to start you can expect great, in-depth stories every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. After that we'll think about what else we can do while keeping the standards high.


Question 5
Will it be just you or a small team of highly-trained operatives?
For now it will just be me. I think it's going to stay that way for a good while until we get a better idea of how we want things to work. I did the majority of gaming writing at Ars by myself, so it won't be a huge change for me. Expect fewer, longer stories.

Question 6
Durinthal wrote:
Hi Ben! I liked your stuff over at Ars so this should be fun.

Was a move to have more journalism coming directly from PA a response to the Avenger PR incident or were the gears already in motion before then?

The gears were in motion well before then. Watching how that unfolded give all of us a good amount of data about how people react to those sort of situations, and it clarified my place in dealing with them a little bit more as well. Everyone learned from it.



Question 7
Kimari wrote:
Hi Ben,

I was wondering how much (if any) focus you will be putting on independent games?

It's going to be a mix. I think indie games are often more fun to write about, just because they're different and the people behind them are more willing to talk about the creation of the games. I've always covered the indie scene rather heavily, and I don't expect that to change.


Question 8
435 wrote:
Congratulations, Mr. Kuchera. Welcome to the brotherhood.

As we are wont to know, one person cannot run a gaming site. Are you planning on headhunting some industry vets for full time or are you planning on utilizing mostly freelancers?

Here's the thing though, at Ars I usually covered shows like E3, GDC, and even PAX by myself. We're not interested in hitting every piece of news or even of operating like a traditional blog. I have no doubt that one person writing "news"-style content for PA is going to be enough for now. In a year or so, we'll revisit the question.


Question 9
zerzhul wrote:
Ben,

Did Robert/Jerry/Mike express what their "vision" is for what you will add to the PA megacorp? Care to share their and your vision with us?

It's all very much in active development right now, and I don't want to describe the baby while it's still being removed from its mother, so let me get back to you after my next trip to Seattle. We have a lot of ideas, but the main one is fewer, better stories. We want to tell the stories no one is telling in a way no one is doing. That's not easy, and it's going to take time to perfect our approach.


Question 10
Qorzm wrote:
What has your experience with the PATV crew been like?

I haven't met them! But I love the show, so we'll see how that works out in the future.


Question 11
darleysam wrote:
Is Gabe going to draw you up a custom avatar as part of your welcome pack?

I think that's something you have to earn. Let's wait until I mess up in a big enough way for them to mock me in a strip and I'll just use that image.


Question 12
Ben,

Do you think the next console generation will happen this year for Microsoft and Sony and if so, what do you want from them?

I want better games, that's all. If the only jump forward is graphical I'm going to be let down. Running RAGE on my PC in higher resolutions with better textures didn't make RAGE suck any less. For now I'm happy with my 360, PS3, and PC. And 3DS. And soon, the Vita. The idea of more hardware kind of makes my head spin.


Question 13
Ben, how good are you at ping pong?
I've played like, two games in my life. I'm hoping you didn't hire me to be a ringer for your team.

Question 14
zerzhul wrote:
Ben,

What do you think of the recent shakeup in gaming journalism? (re: Vox media launching their game site with top writers from all around, and now your new opportunity) Do you think it is a coincidence that this is happening all at once? What does it say about the current state of gaming journalism?
I don't think it says much, other than the fact people are starting to really invest in good writing, as egotistical as that sounds. I think in every industry big shakeups happen every ten years or so, and this is ours. It's a good time to make big moves and try to change things for the better. Writing for Penny Arcade gives me freedom and resources I wouldn't have had anywhere else, and that's important to me.

Question 15
ninjai wrote:
Just to give us an insight on your views and interests (for those of use now hearing about you for the first time), what do you feel is the most influential game of all time and why?
Some of my favorite games of all time were Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, Super Mario 64, I was a huge Dreamcast fan, I like almost every genre, and if I had the choice between platforms I would go PC every time. I know that's pretty broad, but it's a big question!

Question 16
Goose! wrote:
Will your coverage include still going to those conventions you just mentioned (obviously you'll be at PAX but what about E3, GDC, et al)?
Yes, I'll be traveling extensively. I'm a big fan of getting out there and getting your hands dirty.


Question 17
zucchini wrote:
Ben,

Who do you think would win in a fight; a bear with sharks for arms or a shark with bears for arms?
A bear with sharks for arms. The bear could swim well enough to keep the sharks alive for the purposes of combat. A shark would spend its time underwater and drown the bear, making it a useless collection of godless parts.


Question 18
zerzhul wrote:
Ben,

Did you go through rigorous torture interviews before becoming a member of the team? Or was this more of a merger of talents (rather than them... acquiring you)?
I traveled to Seattle to meet with the team and talk about the things we could do together before I was hired, but it was nothing like the grueling process you've seen on PATV. I love Ars Technica, and I wasn't interesting in leaving unless I thought I could do something really special with Penny Arcade, I'm such a big fan that my main concern was messing it up. After a few hours it became clear that it was a good fit, so we moved forward with the plans to bring my onboard.


Question 19
If you were a biscuit, what kind of biscuit would you be?
Seabiscuit. Duh.

Question 20
darleysam wrote:
Ben, did they promise to give you the antidote? Because they may be lying to you.

I've actually been slowly working up a tolerance, so I'll be just fine.



Question 21
Mr. G wrote:
Ben,

what should I name my soldiers in X-Com UFO Defense?
Name them after female cast members of SNL that didn't get much screen time. Then when they die, cluck your tongue about how sexist this world really is.


Question 22
zerzhul wrote:
Ben,

What will your presence be at PAX East? Considered doing a panel with Q&A about what sort of topics people want to see covered in this new endeavor? More importantly.... will you be in the autograph book Mike plans to create? ;)
It's going to be a mixture of a few different things. I'll probably be moderating some of the panels, and I'll also be covering the show just as I would for any other outlet. If there's an autograph book, I would hope to be included, right under Princess Aurora.


Question 23
Nightslyr wrote:
Ben, as a disabled gamer, I've always been a bit disappointed in the overall lack of...care? Inclusion? Consideration? Many game companies and publishers display towards disabled gamers. The lack of standard programmable controls, subtitles, color blind display options, and font/display size options all point me to the conclusion that publishers are either unaware of the issues facing disabled gamers, or that they just don't care*. While, on the one hand, the fact that these options exist is a step forward, they're often added as an afterthought, and haphazardly so.

Sites like ablegamers.com do a great job of advocating for the disabled gamer community at large. The problem is that these concerns are still largely out of the mainstream gamer space. Out of sight, out of mind.

To get to my question, do you think this is something that PA Investigations (or whatever what you'll be doing will be named) should cover, in general? Or, similarly, gender and/or age issues both within the industry and user spheres? I know you probed a bit deeper than other game journalists over at Ars, so I'm wondering if that will continue, and how far.

*Obviously, there need to be some limits. A gamer can't expect to rejigger the entire UI.
This is a topic we'll be covering, although I can't say when or in what capacity. I do think gaming should be an inclusive things, and making gaming friendlier to people with disabilities is a huge part of that. It's a subject I've tackled in the past, and will continue to do so.


Question 24
Drain wrote:
Where's home base for you? I imagine you are not relocating to Seattle and can write from where ever you live. I'm sad to admit that you (and Ars Technica) weren't really on my radar until now.

Edit: Welcome to PA btw :)
Thanks for the welcome! I live in Cincinnati Ohio, and will continue to write from here for the next few years. I just travel extensively. I'm hopping on a plane to head to Seattle to do some PA work tomorrow, in fact.


Question 25
Stymie wrote:
Ben,

I've been a big fan of your work on Ars Technica. You haven't been afraid to confront issues in the gaming industry (e.g. Gran Turismo 5's horrid user experience). A couple questions:

1) Will we still get to see an occasional Nerf review?

2) Glad to hear you want to keep some indie games in the mix (I am a fellow lover of Adventures of Shuggy). How are you going to select what games (indie or otherwise) to cover? Is it based on personal interest? I am all for keeping coverage limited to legitimately interesting games (ex GIA staff, here).

3) Due to having played Dark Souls to completion beforehand, I couldn't bring myself to really enjoy Skyrim as it felt like a clunky 10 year old game in comparison. This isn't a question, I just had to throw it out there.
1) There is no way in hell I would stop doing Nerf and toy reviews. I get to shoot at my children with guns I get for free and it works towards earning me a paycheck. That's shit you don't just walk away from.

2) Deciding what games to cover is tough, but it's usually just what games interest me, or seem to be doing something different, or have a unique story in them or behind them.

3) Old Republic has taken me completely away from Skyrim, so don't fee bad.


Question 26
xchaotic wrote:
Here's a tough one Ben: I just registered on PA, having followed you from Ars. I suspect this will be the case for many.
I can also seen by Ken's response at Ars, that your departure is understood and you're not getting a lawsuit for twitter followers, like Noah Kravitz http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16338040.
But I wonder what's your take on the value of your online persona - after all it is thanks to the exposure that Ars gave you, that you have been able to build your fame and following, also they have been paying for for that and now with your departure, they're losing traffic, subscribers etc
A genuine, tough question - perhaps a parallel from Holywood would be welcome :)
I think I had a great relationship with Ars, and we both gave and took equal amounts, and it was incredibly important to me that I go someplace they respect and enjoy reading themselves. I don't expect them to lose traffic of subscribers, because Kyle Orland is a wonderful writer who is going to do a great job. Gaming will continue to be a huge part of Ars, but it will also change with someone else steering the ship. It's a healthy shakeup for both of us.


Question 27
El Skid wrote:
I'm not sure if this is me proposing an idea or just asking you a question but...

You're a writer who is now working for a very popular comic strip. Admittedly I don't know if you have any experience in writing for a comic, but have you ever dreamed of, thought about or expressed interest in writing a PA guest strip at some point in the future?
No, that's not really my thing, and Mike and Jerry do it so well it would be silly for me to jump in. My job is to expand the site's reach with coverage of games and the industry, not to really interact with the strip. Besides, I love the comic, and I enjoy being surprised three times a week just as much as you guys do. I'd rather still be a fan and stick to what I do best.


Question 28
Ceno wrote:
Hey Ben,

In the time since Diablo 3 has been officially announced, I've gotten engaged, married, and now have a kid coming in about six weeks, probably minimizing my ability to play the game at all.

Can you find out who I need to sleep with at Blizzard so that they can put out a largely iterative game in under ten years?
Maybe just show up and start throwing the team some handies. Couldn't hurt!


Question 29
If I'm not exactly a videogame news/opinions junkie and haven't really read your stuff, what articles of yours would you link me to so I could get a taste of Ben Kuchera's heart/soul/squishy innards?
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/12/our-favorite-gaming-stories-of-2011.ars

I didn't write all the stories in that list, but I did edit them and put them together with the writers, and it shows the kind of thing I like doing. I hope that helps!


Question 30
Congrats Ben.

My question is regarding games now and what they have become. What do you think is really missing from most games nowadays that causes them to be incredibly unmemorable.
Human stories, full stop. The games that we remember are the ones with great characters, stories, or dialog.


Question 31
Welcome, Ben. Best wishes for your success.

You mentioned working on solid content on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Out of curiousity, was there talk about adding content on or for Tuesday/Thursday? I check this site routinely, and having more reasons to do so on off-days (apart from the clickthrough to Trenches) would be an interesting step forward.

Also, you mentioned watching PATV - do you get around to watching Extra Credits, by chance?

Again, welcome. We hope you find the crazies here... manageable.

There is definitely talk about Tuesday Thursday content, but it may not be coming for a while, if at all. I want to get the base schedule running very well before we begin to expand. It's definitely something we've talked about though, and we have some thoughts for regular, ongoing content.

Yes, I've watched Extra Credits, and not only do I like it, but my wife was very taken with it as well. She's not really a gamer, so when something gets her attention I know it's something special. I'm a big fan.



Question 32
What was your favorite 2011 game, and what game are you most looking forward to in 2012?

Do you share any other intrests with the PA guys (reading, D&D, Minatures)?
I loved Old Republic and Bastion, and Human Revolution, but picking one favorite? Unpossible. I can't wait for Mass Effect 3 and the new Metro title.

I'm a huge reader, I play in a regular Pathfinder game, although I don't paint miniatures. We share a good amount of interests. :-)


Question 33
collinc wrote:
Ben, are you more or less likely to pick random PAX goers up off the street and give them shelter for the night?
Equally likely, but that worked out fine that one time, right?


Question 34
JB4GDI wrote:
How did you end up landing the role? What's the story there?
That may be a question for Robert or one of the guys. They actually came to me, and I flew to Seattle to talk about it, and it just seemed like a really good fit, so I took the leap.


Question 35
Curious about question 6: How does the N-control/Avenger PR Fiasco have anything to do with your position? They went after Penny-Arcade, Mike responded, Situation solved. Are you implying that you would have spun the thing from PA's perspective differently like some type of studio whore?
Here's the thing: that situation brought a ton of eyes to Penny Arcade, and it would have been great to have used that attention to talk about what the Avenger controller hoped to do for disabled gamers and to give some of the attention to THAT issue. There are mods, devices, and hardware that help gamers with different needs play games, and working on a story about those issues would have been a great way to turn that whirlwind into something more positive.

Mike and Jerry are grown men, and I'm not interested in defending them, apologizing for them, or spinning anything they say. What I can do is use those issues as a jumping off point for some other interesting discussions.



Question 36
If you could have any superhuman ability (excluding ones you already possess), what would it be?
I would want to fly. There's no snark there, I think that would be the best. The Rocketeer is one of my favorite movies, just for that reason.


Question 37
Delzhand wrote:
A lot of "curating" is looking backwards and using the benefit of hindsight to analyze what's important and what's fluff. Will you be covering things that have had/will have significance for the future of gaming, or covering current events? I guess what I'm asking is how resistant you feel to the hype train of major releases.
I feel like I'm pretty resistant to hype, and I've laid a few big games low in reviews. We're going to looking at the past, present, and future for coverage. It's going to be all over the place, but in a good way.


Question 38
allanteer wrote:
Will you promise to tell us the truth, the whole truth, no matter how much it may hurt?
ESPECIALLY if it may hurt.


Question 39
My congratulations to you good sir.

My question is about access. The guys over at PA have some reputation for "keepin it real" (Ocean Marketing and whatnot). Are you concerned at all that said reputation might hinder your work, specifically access to news items or sources?
If they don't like our coverage, fuck 'em. I have the budget to buy my own games and hardware, so I'm not scared of companies closing us out. I think after a time our work will speak for itself and more doors will be open than closed, but there is no way to do this job well without bruising some egos. It was the same way at Ars. I don't do much to censor myself, and I don't plan on starting, so I think the different sides of the site will get along just fine.




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    Question 40
    Mr. Kuchera,

    This being G&T wherein lies the Steam Thread - Home of the Classy Gentlemen - I thought I'd ask: just how big is YOUR backlog? Do you have any advice for overcoming ones backlog?

    Because mine may be gaining sentience any day now..,
    It's worse for me just because games are always arriving. I have no idea, man. I like having a deadline for reviews because then I can focus on one thing, buckly down, and play it. The rest is just madness.

    You want insane? I have a Steam press account. My backlog is THE ENTIRETY OF STEAM.



    Question 41
    Big Isy wrote:
    Ben,  you gotta be on Steam right? Right?! (Don't want you to post your Steam ID or anything, I'm just genuinely curious as to what sort of style of gaming you're into. Console/handhelds/PCs).
    Yeah, I do a ton of gaming on my PC, and I have all the major consoles. I try to stay up on everything.


    Question 42
    Handgimp wrote:
    For the most part, the forums have been fairly well divorced from the content portion of the site; the Hub subforum is a relatively new feature and operates in a different dynamic than the rest of the jungle. You mentioned (or perhaps I incorrectly inferred) an intention to be involved in the forums - has there been much discussion in the depth of your involvement, and does this signal any shift in overall policy?
    I don't think it's going to be a shift in policy, I just want to dip into the forums now and again to see what people are playing, what they're curious about, and what they want to learn about. I'm really hoping you guys are able to give me some guidance in terms of what you'd like to see explored in the industry.


    Question 43
    Nightslyr wrote:
    First system/game?
    NES, Mario/Duck Hunt/Power Pad tri-pack.

    Question 44
    Langly wrote:
    did you do the thing where you would use your hands on the power pad?


    Not only that, but I jumped to the side so I was OFF the pad before jumping back on to get massive air in the long jump. I hacked the Gibson SO MANY WAYS.



    Question 45
    Kafka87 wrote:
    Mr. Kuchera,

    Just to say congrats on the new position. Was a massive fan of your writing at Ars.

    My question is do you have any favourite journalists/documentary makers/etc in any field that have influenced you, or that you enjoy their work of?

    Over here in Britain we have the excellent Louis Theroux (who I'm not sure Americans will necessarily have heard of), but was wondering if there are any people of this ilk you admire?
    Well, I actually love Louis, although his stuff is hard to track down in the states. I've seen almost all his stuff, and his work with the Westboro Baptist Church is some of the best journalism of the past few years. I'm also a big fan of This American Life and Radiolab. I like the people that tell human stories.


    Question 46
    Hey Ben. Since you're such a fucking hipster, can we drink some PBR together? Maybe go catch that Minus the Bear concert?

    Sorry, I couldn't hear you over the LCD Soundsystem I'm listening to while repairing my fixie.


    Question 47
    Pryan wrote:
    Did the "No Crappy Games" advertising policy on PA influence your decision?
    I think the fact the site can support such a policy speaks highly of it. There's not a lot of threats the publishers can carry through against people at Penny Arcade.


    Question 48
    How do you feel about failure in marketing?

    Opinion/context: Sometimes "good" games dont sell bc bad timing or advertising?

    How do you feel about choice in protagonist?

    O/c: Sometimes a game won't sell because the protagonist is unappetizing for enough of the market.

    How do you feel about games taking the easy way out?

    Context: Bald space marine soldier game released for Christmas.

    How pissed do you get at lost potential?

    Do you know of new ways that the core market can empower itself (besides mods or purchases) to effect the games aimed at it?

    Did DX:HR Disapoint you at all?
    I think it's sad when good games don't sell, no matter the reason. I wish we saw fewer white male protagonists with facial hair and a shaved head. That dude is in every game. Lost potential is sad? I get pissed? I'm not sure what you're looking for there. I loved Human Revolution, although I do think the bosses could have been handled better.


    Question 49
    Rorus Raz wrote:
    What is your favorite Ben: Uncle, Kenobi, Franklin, or "& Jerry"?
    Kenobi in general, but Ben Franklin was a better writer. So I think the important thing to remember is that Bens bring a general level of awesome-sauce to whatever they're doing.


    Question 50
    wikipeetia wrote:
    Glad to hear this news, because I've always enjoyed your writing at Ars.

    My questions are: Do you think your perspective will or should change now you are writing at PA, which is philosophically aligned strongly to gamers and 'gamerview'? As a game reviewer, or game industry journalist, how can you insure your work is relatable in the way PA is to so many of us?
    I think I'll have to spend less time explaining some things, and I'll be free to use vernacular most gamers are familiar with. I think it's going to be an easy thing to adjust to. I'm a hardcore gamer, you're a hardcore gamer, let's get together and talk, no big whoop.

    I probably just horribly dated myself with that reference.



    Question 51
    Rent wrote:
    What's the in your opinion best video game story of all time, gameplay nonwithstanding

    Man, Alan Wake is up there. I always remember really enjoying Final Fantasy 7, but if you go back and play it now that story is rather painful.



    Question 52
    cj iwakura wrote:
    Ben,

    Steampunk or cyberpunk?
    (Or if you prefer: Bioshock or Snatcher?)

    I like to play Cyberpunk and I like to look at Steampunk. Luckily there's room for both.



    Question 53
    zellychan wrote:
    Are you single, available, and interested in ladies looking for a romantic night of console co-op?

    I am married to a wonderful woman and have three adorable children, although I'm flattered.



    Question 54
    zFlix wrote:
    Hey Ben,
    Been reading you at Ars for years and wanted to congratulate you on your move. I think you'll make a great addition to the PA team!

    What inspires you to play video games?

    Which is better in a game: a short artistic story with creative twist, or a well made adrenaline boosting multi-player match?

    I enjoy playing video games because it's the only art form that, when handled correctly, can use almost every one of your senses. I enjoy reading, I like movies, and I listen to music constantly, but video games ideally combine all of those and more into a single cohesive experience.



    Question 55
    This is the best News all week for me.

    I can not thank you enough for your work at Ars ( which i will keep reading as it is an awesome site ) and your Nerf Reviews and footage causes my Wife no end of Problems.

    But the biggest fact is like all the staff at PA, you tell it like it is! Because of this, your reviews and articles over the years guides all my buying decisions when i have doubts or interests i wait for your reviews.

    Questions time:
    1. Since you are now at PA, what Special Child's Play event will you be suggesting? ( Please something us Aussies can enter for once, I love giving to these things...)

    2. Will you be doing up and coming articles, like stuff we can help on Kickstarter or Indie titles? ( I have so much stuff from indies from Your and PA suggestions..)

    3. Can you do a Kid Centric reviews/mini reviews? My boys are the same sorta age as yours and alot of the staff at PA, so anything will help...

    And THANK GOD the Nerf reviews will continue!
    1) I think the team here can handle Child's Play just fine, although I'm going to miss running my own slice of it over at Ars.

    2) Yes, definitely.

    3) I'm really not sure, although it's an interesting idea.

    And yes, the Nerf fun will continue.


    Question 56
    MinuteWalt wrote:
    Ben,

    Did you actually expect to be able to respond to all of these posts? I mean, dude, seriously.... it's just gonna go on and on and on and, etc. Crap, at the time I wrote this you had already made 58 comments!

    (PS, you need an avatar like a baby needs milk. Let us see your smiling face!)

    I hope to at least make a dent! I'll add an avatar shortly.



    Question 57
    godmode wrote:
    I know I'm a little late to the party, but I just wanted to welcome you to PA! You were my favorite writer at Ars (I've been reading Opposable Thumbs religiously for over a year now), and my favorite gaming writer second only to Jerry.

    So my question for you:

    When do you think Diablo 3 will be released?

    When we're ready for it, and not a moment before. Besides, I'm willing to wait as long as Torchlight 2 comes out soon.


    Question 58
    Ben,

    What did you think of Mirror's Edge?

    Do you think Mirror's Edge 2 will happen?

    It thought it was an interesting set of ideas that wasn't executed as well as it could have been. I don't think it has much chance of a sequel. This may be blasphemy, but I think the iPad version was better than the console and PC version.


    Question 59
    JackKieser wrote:
    Welcome, Ben! I'm mostly a forum lurker, not poster, but it's still nice to welcome you to the community. Here's my question to you:

    What's your opinion on Nintendo's policy on story (or lack thereof) in their games? Context: I ask because Skyward Sword had such potential to tell a mature story about love and devotion in a context that relates to any age, and just kind of... didn't. I, for one, am waiting for mature themes in Nintendo games (love and loss in Zelda, the pain of isolation in Metroid, etc., etc.), and while the themes of Pokéslavery in Black / White and the (VERY small) nod to a possible relationship between Zelda / Link in SS are a good start, Ninty always seems to peter out and not tell compelling stories. Thoughts?

    Nintendo likes to paint in very broad strokes, and I think that works when you're younger and more emotional, and it's a big reason why we love those games so much when we're growing up. That's kind of how you feel when you're a teenager or younger. As you get older and embrace subtlety and you've been around the block a few times it gets harder to embrace that approach characters. I don't think Nintendo just makes games for kids, I think they're approach to character and story are meant to tap into the childlike parts of us, but I also think those wells are starting to run dry. I'd like to see Nintendo tackle a straight-up tragedy, or something a little darker.

    In a lot of ways Miyamoto strikes me as a George Lucas who never started to suck.





    We're a few weeks away from launching our gaming coverage at Penny Arcade, but I thought it was important to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have about what that means. The most important part of Penny Arcade is the community that has made things like PAX and Child's Play so successful, and I'm going to be working for you as much as I'm working for Jerry and Mike. Think of me as your eyes and ears in the gaming industry; if there's something you want to know more about, let me know. I'll also be showing you new games and technology that might not be on radar, as well as offering in-depth interviews with the people who make the games we love.

    I want to get to know everyone here, and I want everyone to get a chance to know me, so if you have a question, no matter how silly or serious, now is the time. Let's get started!

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  • darleysamdarleysam UKRegistered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Hey, awesome! I'm curious to know more about what your role will be, where it'll be shown (like, front page with the news or in another section?) and if you're planning on interacting with the forums at all?

    edit: gonna throw in some more congratulations Ben and welcome to Penny Arcade!

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  • cloudeaglecloudeagle Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Glad to have you doing this! This is an exciting opportunity.

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  • lefthandpunklefthandpunk Registered User regular
    Congrats! What do you think will be the biggest challenge you'll face in your new role? What are you most excited about re: being a part of the PA family now?

  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    darleysam:

    We're still working out most of the details about where the content will be, but you can expect stories to be on the main page is some form. I'm hoping to interact with the forums, and I'll also be seeing everyone at PAX! My plan is to give you guys as many ways to get in touch with me as possible.

  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    Can you dish dirt on anyone in the games industry RIGHT NOW?

  • baronfelbaronfel Registered User regular
    So is the intent to add additional periodical coverage to the site similar in vein to Ben's work at Opposable Thumbs? So we'd have the traditional comic+newspost, PATV, etc. plus new Kuchie-goodness?

  • AutomaticzenAutomaticzen Registered User regular
    Will it be just you or a small team of highly-trained operatives?

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  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    Congrats! What do you think will be the biggest challenge you'll face in your new role? What are you most excited about re: being a part of the PA family now?

    I think one of the big challenges is going to be finding what content works well with the Penny Arcade audience. I have a bunch of ideas, and we'll be adjusting things as we go, but you never really know how things are going to be received until you jump in and get started.

    The thing that most excites me about Penny Arcade is working with the team in Seattle. I've already been to the offices once and I'm leaving to visit again this week, and it's a magical place. It's rare to find an environment where everyone is so happy to be doing what they're doing, and I love everyone's enthusiasm. We're all here because we love Penny Arcade and want it to be the best it possibly can be. I'm honored to be a part of that process.

  • DurinthalDurinthal Registered User regular
    Hi Ben! I liked your stuff over at Ars so this should be fun.

    Was a move to have more journalism coming directly from PA a response to the Avenger PR incident or were the gears already in motion before then?

    Now waiting...
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  • KimariKimari Registered User
    Hi Ben,

    I was wondering how much (if any) focus you will be putting on independent games?

  • 435435 Registered User
    Congratulations, Mr. Kuchera. Welcome to the brotherhood.

    As we are wont to know, one person cannot run a gaming site. Are you planning on headhunting some industry vets for full time or are you planning on utilizing mostly freelancers?

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  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    Rolo wrote:
    Can you dish dirt on anyone in the games industry RIGHT NOW?

    Can I? Sure. Will I? I doubt it. They keep the real assholes away from us writerly types. But I look forward to holding everyone's feet to the fire in the future.

  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    baronfel wrote:
    So is the intent to add additional periodical coverage to the site similar in vein to Ben's work at Opposable Thumbs? So we'd have the traditional comic+newspost, PATV, etc. plus new Kuchie-goodness?

    That sounds about right. We're kicking around thoughts on how to organize the content, but to start you can expect great, in-depth stories every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. After that we'll think about what else we can do while keeping the standards high.

  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    Will it be just you or a small team of highly-trained operatives?

    For now it will just be me. I think it's going to stay that way for a good while until we get a better idea of how we want things to work. I did the majority of gaming writing at Ars by myself, so it won't be a huge change for me. Expect fewer, longer stories.

  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Ben,

    Did Robert/Jerry/Mike express what their "vision" is for what you will add to the PA megacorp? Care to share their and your vision with us?

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  • QorzmQorzm Registered User regular
    What has your experience with the PATV crew been like?

  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    Durinthal wrote:
    Hi Ben! I liked your stuff over at Ars so this should be fun.

    Was a move to have more journalism coming directly from PA a response to the Avenger PR incident or were the gears already in motion before then?

    The gears were in motion well before then. Watching how that unfolded give all of us a good amount of data about how people react to those sort of situations, and it clarified my place in dealing with them a little bit more as well. Everyone learned from it.

  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    Kimari wrote:
    Hi Ben,

    I was wondering how much (if any) focus you will be putting on independent games?

    It's going to be a mix. I think indie games are often more fun to write about, just because they're different and the people behind them are more willing to talk about the creation of the games. I've always covered the indie scene rather heavily, and I don't expect that to change.

  • darleysamdarleysam UKRegistered User regular
    Is Gabe going to draw you up a custom avatar as part of your welcome pack?

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  • MattjBarnesMattjBarnes Registered User new member
    Ben,

    Do you think the next console generation will happen this year for Microsoft and Sony and if so, what do you want from them?

  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    435 wrote:
    Congratulations, Mr. Kuchera. Welcome to the brotherhood.

    As we are wont to know, one person cannot run a gaming site. Are you planning on headhunting some industry vets for full time or are you planning on utilizing mostly freelancers?

    Here's the thing though, at Ars I usually covered shows like E3, GDC, and even PAX by myself. We're not interested in hitting every piece of news or even of operating like a traditional blog. I have no doubt that one person writing "news"-style content for PA is going to be enough for now. In a year or so, we'll revisit the question.

  • Robert KhooRobert Khoo Registered User, Administrator, ClubPA, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff staff
    Ben, how good are you at ping pong?

    Some guy.
  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Ben, how good are you at ping pong?

    The PAX IRC assumed this is why you hired him... he must be a ping pong champion.

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  • darleysamdarleysam UKRegistered User regular
    Ben, how good are you at ping pong?

    Figured you'd have asked that one sooner.

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  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    zerzhul wrote:
    Ben,

    Did Robert/Jerry/Mike express what their "vision" is for what you will add to the PA megacorp? Care to share their and your vision with us?

    It's all very much in active development right now, and I don't want to describe the baby while it's still being removed from its mother, so let me get back to you after my next trip to Seattle. We have a lot of ideas, but the main one is fewer, better stories. We want to tell the stories no one is telling in a way no one is doing. That's not easy, and it's going to take time to perfect our approach.

  • lefthandpunklefthandpunk Registered User regular
    Ben, how good are you at ping pong?

    this is the question of the hour. (you're playing with people who have broken others willpower and limbs alike, Ben.)

  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    Qorzm wrote:
    What has your experience with the PATV crew been like?

    I haven't met them! But I love the show, so we'll see how that works out in the future.

  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    darleysam wrote:
    Is Gabe going to draw you up a custom avatar as part of your welcome pack?

    I think that's something you have to earn. Let's wait until I mess up in a big enough way for them to mock me in a strip and I'll just use that image.

  • darleysamdarleysam UKRegistered User regular
    zerzhul wrote:
    Ben,

    Did Robert/Jerry/Mike express what their "vision" is for what you will add to the PA megacorp? Care to share their and your vision with us?

    It's all very much in active development right now, and I don't want to describe the baby while it's still being removed from its mother, so let me get back to you after my next trip to Seattle. We have a lot of ideas, but the main one is fewer, better stories. We want to tell the stories no one is telling in a way no one is doing. That's not easy, and it's going to take time to perfect our approach.

    Wow, I can see this making PA something really special. Having someone covering stories from a journalistic perspective will be great for the site. Quite looking forward to seeing what you guys put together!

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  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    Ben,

    Do you think the next console generation will happen this year for Microsoft and Sony and if so, what do you want from them?

    I want better games, that's all. If the only jump forward is graphical I'm going to be let down. Running RAGE on my PC in higher resolutions with better textures didn't make RAGE suck any less. For now I'm happy with my 360, PS3, and PC. And 3DS. And soon, the Vita. The idea of more hardware kind of makes my head spin.

  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2012
    Ben,

    What do you think of the recent shakeup in gaming journalism? (re: Vox media launching their game site with top writers from all around, and now your new opportunity) Do you think it is a coincidence that this is happening all at once? What does it say about the current state of gaming journalism?

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  • ninjaininjai Registered User regular
    Just to give us an insight on your views and interests (for those of use now hearing about you for the first time), what do you feel is the most influential game of all time and why?

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  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    Ben, how good are you at ping pong?

    I've played like, two games in my life. I'm hoping you didn't hire me to be a ringer for your team.

  • Goose!Goose! That's me, honey Show me the way home, honeyRegistered User regular
    Will your coverage include still going to those conventions you just mentioned (obviously you'll be at PAX but what about E3, GDC, et al)?

  • zucchinizucchini pretty much amazing Registered User regular
    Ben,

    Who do you think would win in a fight; a bear with sharks for arms or a shark with bears for arms?

  • The GeekThe Geek Omeganaut Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Will your work have anything to do with this image:

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  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    zerzhul wrote:
    Ben,

    What do you think of the recent shakeup in gaming journalism? (re: Vox media launching their game site with top writers from all around, and now your new opportunity) Do you think it is a coincidence that this is happening all at once? What does it say about the current state of gaming journalism?

    I don't think it says much, other than the fact people are starting to really invest in good writing, as egotistical as that sounds. I think in every industry big shakeups happen every ten years or so, and this is ours. It's a good time to make big moves and try to change things for the better. Writing for Penny Arcade gives me freedom and resources I wouldn't have had anywhere else, and that's important to me.

  • chrishallett83chrishallett83 Hi! Registered User regular
    Mr Kuchera sir:

    I wonder if your content may be better off if posted on the frontpage on 'off' days. If there is already a comic and the newspost(s) on Mon-Wed-Fri, why not post your content Tue-Thu-Sat? Generate more pageviews on what I am assuming are the 'slower' days for the mainsite?

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  • Ben KucheraBen Kuchera Registered User staff
    ninjai wrote:
    Just to give us an insight on your views and interests (for those of use now hearing about you for the first time), what do you feel is the most influential game of all time and why?

    Some of my favorite games of all time were Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, Super Mario 64, I was a huge Dreamcast fan, I like almost every genre, and if I had the choice between platforms I would go PC every time. I know that's pretty broad, but it's a big question!

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