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Penny Arcade - Comic - The Pregame

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edited July 2016 in The Penny Arcade Hub

imagePenny Arcade - Comic - The Pregame

Videogaming-related online strip by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. Includes news and commentary.

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    ZomagicZomagic Registered User regular
    Wow, that's shitty. Pugs can't compete with an organized team of six, even if the weakest player isn't great. I'd rather a fully coordinated team that includes a mediocre friend than a rando ANY day.

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    tofeitofei Registered User regular
    Last panel guy is still the coolest for me!

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    poipoigirlpoipoigirl Registered User regular
    Who is the last guy?! lol But it could be that Tycho's skills suck that much, why they don't allow him into competitive mode.

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    LilyMeLilyMe Registered User new member
    poipoigirl wrote: »
    Who is the last guy?!

    Levin Sadsad is my bet.

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    ZenigataZenigata Registered User regular
    I dunno, playing comp in general can be a losing game. Recently had a solid 2 week losing streak, I'd try maybe 1-2 comp matches a night after practicing with my mains in quick play and despite doing well in the comp matches still lose. Dropped 6 ranks. Other teams are mostly solo randos like myself, so I dunno why I always get the short end. Things have been looking up lately, but losing streaks suck in every game and much like all the ones I played before, at a certain point it seems you are at the mercy of the matchmaking gods if you're going to win or lose regardless of how good you individually can do.

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    TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    Zomagic wrote: »
    Wow, that's shitty. Pugs can't compete with an organized team of six, even if the weakest player isn't great. I'd rather a fully coordinated team that includes a mediocre friend than a rando ANY day.

    Thing is comp will do its best to match you against a team of equal size, so you won't be out pubstomping with your full team.

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    dennisdennis aka bingley Registered User regular
    LilyMe wrote: »
    poipoigirl wrote: »
    Who is the last guy?!

    Levin Sadsad is my bet.

    I don't know, sounds like a bit of a stretch.

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    darleysamdarleysam On my way to UKRegistered User regular
    Was gonna guess that top right was Amy 'The' Falcone, then saw she'd changed her twitter avatar to it already.

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    QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited July 2016
    Zomagic wrote: »
    Wow, that's shitty. Pugs can't compete with an organized team of six, even if the weakest player isn't great. I'd rather a fully coordinated team that includes a mediocre friend than a rando ANY day.

    Given the number of times they've murdered each other this seems to rank pretty low on the list to me.

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    kbeems25kbeems25 Registered User regular
    Who is the girl in the top right???

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    KagatoACKagatoAC Registered User regular
    And they never found the bodies of his teammates. That was the last recorded conversation.

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    DemonStaceyDemonStacey TTODewback's Daughter In love with the TaySwayRegistered User regular
    kbeems25 wrote: »
    Who is the girl in the top right???

    Look two posts up for an answer!

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    KageraKagera Imitating the worst people. Since 2004Registered User regular
    dennis wrote: »
    LilyMe wrote: »
    poipoigirl wrote: »
    Who is the last guy?!

    Levin Sadsad is my bet.

    I don't know, sounds like a bit of a stretch.

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    Got a big ol willy beamish vibe from this panel, never thought I'd think about that game ever again.

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    My neck, my back, my FUPA and my crack.
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    FalhawkFalhawk Registered User regular
    Is Mike still doing the drawings or are some of these farmed out? It isn't as if I don't like the newer style, I do, I'm just wondering how much stuff is passed off to other staff artists.

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    TubeTube Registered User admin
    Still Mike

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    OrphaneOrphane rivers of red that run to seaRegistered User regular
    Nice callback to the one, uh, Destiny (I think?) comic.

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    Commander ZoomCommander Zoom Registered User regular
    Orphane wrote: »
    Nice callback to the one, uh, Destiny (I think?) comic.

    Yup.

    Legendary

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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    hahaaa I love that Levin's constant mood is "just sittin' here looking rad, don't mind me"

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    ZomagicZomagic Registered User regular

    Thing is comp will do its best to match you against a team of equal size, so you won't be out pubstomping with your full team.

    Haha, nah, I just meant that a team of six coordinated is better than a team of five, all the way. Doesn't really matter who you're facing off with. Whole team coordination > partial team coordination!
    Quid wrote: »
    Given the number of times they've murdered each other this seems to rank pretty low on the list to me.

    They obviously rez each other, so nah. ;)

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    lionheartssjlionheartssj Bartertown Chief Merchant BartertownRegistered User regular
    Don't feel bad Tycho...I'm right there with you. :/

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    AngryRobotAngryRobot Registered User regular
    edited July 2016
    Who is the smirking blonde guy and the grinning dude in glasses? I swear I've seen them before in a previous comic like this.
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    They even have the same speaking roles.

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    OverkillengineOverkillengine Registered User regular
    Zomagic wrote: »
    Wow, that's shitty. Pugs can't compete with an organized team of six, even if the weakest player isn't great. I'd rather a fully coordinated team that includes a mediocre friend than a rando ANY day.

    Hell even against another premade, the weakest player can still be useful.

    It's called "bait". See, most players will instinctively prioritize whomever they perceive to be the weakest target. Normally, this is a good strategy. But it is predictable, and as such can be exploited by those with the will to do so.

    And cooperative bait is so much more effective than rando clueless bait.

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    sawellssawells Registered User regular
    @angryrobot: glasses guy is Levin Sadsad, blonde guy is Ryan, they've just formally hired him for Pax stuff according to today's newspost ( https://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2016/07/22/the-tooth-hurts ).

    Twitter: @EssayWells
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    GrassHopperGrassHopper Registered User regular
    Is this a good place to talk about the podcast for the comic? I'm not seeing a thread for it.

    Regarding Mike's s'more recipe...I grew up in Texas and that sounds suspiciously close to how I learned how to make Frito Pie. I'd love to hear how the teddy gram bags turned out (it's too danged hot here to try it myself)

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    YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    Is this a good place to talk about the podcast for the comic? I'm not seeing a thread for it.

    Regarding Mike's s'more recipe...I grew up in Texas and that sounds suspiciously close to how I learned how to make Frito Pie. I'd love to hear how the teddy gram bags turned out (it's too danged hot here to try it myself)

    A Mexican place near my house sells a variety of snacks made in a bag of Tostitos: Tostilocos, Tostinachos, and Tostiverduras.
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    fortyforty Registered User regular
    Is this a good place to talk about the podcast for the comic? I'm not seeing a thread for it.

    Regarding Mike's s'more recipe...I grew up in Texas and that sounds suspiciously close to how I learned how to make Frito Pie. I'd love to hear how the teddy gram bags turned out (it's too danged hot here to try it myself)
    This article makes it look pretty damn good.

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    YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    forty wrote: »
    Is this a good place to talk about the podcast for the comic? I'm not seeing a thread for it.

    Regarding Mike's s'more recipe...I grew up in Texas and that sounds suspiciously close to how I learned how to make Frito Pie. I'd love to hear how the teddy gram bags turned out (it's too danged hot here to try it myself)
    This article makes it look pretty damn good.

    If I have to be around an appliance to make it, I'd rather make oven s'mores than that kind. You just use a baking pan and create as many of them as you want at once. And you get delicious cooked marshmallow which Fluff can't do. Which for me makes all the difference.

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    GrassHopperGrassHopper Registered User regular
    edited July 2016
    forty wrote: »
    Is this a good place to talk about the podcast for the comic? I'm not seeing a thread for it.

    Regarding Mike's s'more recipe...I grew up in Texas and that sounds suspiciously close to how I learned how to make Frito Pie. I'd love to hear how the teddy gram bags turned out (it's too danged hot here to try it myself)
    This article makes it look pretty damn good.

    Can confirm, teddy graham s'more bags are delicious. Glad to see you back here, forty

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