Penny Arcade

  • Crisp fall days are w wonderful time to walk around and look at the leaves changing color, but sometimes the wind makes it a bit too chilly and you want to pop inside for a bit. How about a movie? Welcome to the Crystal Hall. This proto-movie theater entertained Union Square at the turn of the century. Each tiny machine pictured here provided you with a peek at a short film for the cost of a penny. This hall of amusements also featured other coin operated arcade games such as punching bags, a shooting gallery, and stationary bikes. Eventually a movie theater was installed in the building and for 5 cents you could see two reel “flickers”. Places like these were eventually pushed out of business by the advent of nickelodeons and movie theaters showing feature films. But, the Crystal Hall was gutted by a fire before being demolished and replaced by retail.
    Byron Company (New York, N.Y.)
    Building, Automatic Vaudeville & interiors (48 East 14th Street).
    DATE: ca. 1904
    Interior of the Automatic Vaudeville theatre, 48 East 14th Street, N.Y.C.
An Apology

I would like to take this time to apologize for all of the times I have ever posted or reblogged anything positive regarding Penny Arcade, erikamoen, Jontron, lexxercise, gailsimone, Jessica Nigri, crispy-ghee or anyone else who history has proven are irredeemable assholes.

To this I must plead initial ignorance. A lot of these people looked like human beings to me. I trusted them and I was wrong to do so. There are times where I have spread their contempt disguised as something better.

I’m sorry I did that. I’ll try not to do it again, but if I do, please inform me. I want to be careful not to support something sinister, even if it’s just by accident.

You folks deserve better than that.

Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel – it’s vulgar.

Molly Ivins

Every time I see a post about the appalling behavior of Mike Krahulik at the last PAX, I think of this quote. Figured it was time I shared it. 


Acquisitions Incorporated I has now become a weekly series! Yay!

I really looked up to Erika Moen. I honestly thought she was one of the good ones. To see someone who claims to be sex-positive doing business with the guys who made date-rapist team jerseys is deeply upsetting. It’s nothing short of a betrayal.

I feel like such an idiot for trusting this person.

Why does this keep happening? Why is it that every other week, another personal hero of mine turns out to be something horrible and shitty? What does that say about my judgment, or the people I still respect? What does that say about me, that the people whose example I tried to emulate have squandered all of that good will?

Am I going to find out tomorrow that Roger Ebert participated in lynchings? Or that Nelson Mandela invented cancer? Maybe all of the people I know from deviantArt are part of a club that eats puppies. Last year I thought Gail Simone and Jessica Nigri were decent human beings. Two years ago I thought crispy-ghee was a true friend. In 2008, I was a humanist. Now I’m not sure if I don’t care about human beings, or if human beings just aren’t giving me anything to work with.

It’s one thing to find out your heroes aren’t perfect. But it’s an especially unpleasant experience to find out you’re a better person by default. That is no victory.


Thanks again to ninastestanin and kismesister for inadvertently reminding me of this year’s Acquisitions Inc. game.  It was definitely worth the wait and had all of the over the top action that I had missed from the last session.  In the long run, these multi-sessions will probably be well worth it, but now I’m stuck with this cliffhanger (glad to see a call-back to the 2010 Pax game, which remains my favorite game).

This was one of my top three favorite scenes from the show, the other two being Morgan trying to climb a tower and Binwin interrupting Omin’s family reunion.

Can’t wait til the next one. 


For those into watching “pros” play D&D, the new trailer for Acquisitions Incorporated is live, teasing this year’s PAX Prime Dungeons and Dragons game. Even if you have no idea what’s actually going on here, it’s a pretty funny clip.

Here’s the “live” show from this year’s Pax East:

- Mo!