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Yeah, I never liked the Rock Paper Shotgun design, so I thought any redesign would be better, but I have to admit, this is indeed worse. That’s amazing!

I enjoyed his run at Kotaku. But I do miss the days when he did more actual articles and content, which he did considerably less in this role.

Hopefully wherever he ends up, we’ll see more of his writing on games.

Ben Kuchera spills some dirt about his time at Penny Arcade:

I never believed Penny Arcade was ever close to being the “good guys”. Call it a “hunch”.

The most surprising thing about that tweet dump from Kuchera is that he says PA gave him six months of severance and didn’t require an NDA. Six months!

Wow, they are good guys!

That was… good of them? Trying my best to not go full Godwin here… ;)

Penny Arcade had a great thing and blew it up. They should have just retired the comic and gone on to be the “guys behind PAX”, and when people asked what PAX stood for, everyone collectively shrugged their shoulders.

Instead when during some drama about some or another booth inclusivity at PAX, they backed down and said that, really, it’s all about the comics. It’s like you build a thing but are one of those guys that don’t really understand what it is you built and take it personally that what people care about in the thing you built is all about you.

In the post-What’s PAX? world, PA sort of forgot that they’re just a website that makes comics that don’t matter. I don’t actually know how they had the resources for as long as they did to hire people like Ben Kuchera to begin with. But underneath is all is that miserly panic of the once well off stretching the butter across too much bread, and desperate not to spoil their own butter with their own commentary.


A minor part of the “hunch”. ;)

Kuchera is a weird prickly dude, but yeah. Woof.


Is there another controversy with PA now? I may be out of the loop.

Yes, just look a few posts above what Ben Kuchera said.

This has nothing to do with the latest story, but every now and then I reflect on how strange it is that we live in a world where people dump their innermost concerns on social media for everyone to see. What an odd time to be alive.

Yeah! And to think people will also do the same in publicly available (and searchable) internet forums powered by Discourse. Crazy times indeed. ;)

I can’t imagine ever caring what Ben Kuchera thinks about anything.

A fair point.

I knew if I stuck around long enough we’d find something to agree on @Brad_Grenz !