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"What is PAX? PAX is a three-day game festival for tabletop, videogame, and PC gamers. We call it a festival because in addition to dedicated tournaments and freeplay areas we've got nerdcore concerts, panel discussions, the weekend-long Omegathon event, and an exhibitor hall filled with booths displaying the latest from top game publishers and developers. Even with all this amazing content the best part of PAX is hanging out with other people who know their shit when it comes to games." Nerdcore hip hop is a musical genre. ...


PAX 2004

On April 12, 2004 the authors of Penny Arcade announced PAX, the Penny Arcade Expo. PAX 2004 was a two-day event held in Bellevue, Washington from August 28 to August 29, 2004, which they hoped would turn into an annual event. Several exhibitors, including Microsoft and Ubisoft, showcased videos and playable demos of their upcoming games at PAX 2004. Microsoft allowed attendees to experience a multiplayer level of Halo 2 months before it hit stores in addition to a number of other Xbox games, while Ubisoft showed Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Ghost Recon 2 and two other titles. Included amongst the events of the first PAX were live musical performances by bands including The Minibosses, Q&A panels featuring Penny Arcade creators Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins as well as others in the computer and video game industry, and the Omegathon, a contest where twenty contestants played a series of games for a chance at winning an excessively large video game collection worth in excess of $25,000. The contestants competed in a tabletop dice game, called Diceland, Halo (Xbox), Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (GameCube), Dance Dance Revolution, Doom (PC) and the original home version of PONG. Sean Celaya defeated Kevin Potter in the final round to take home the ultimate prize becoming the PAX 2004 Omegathon champion. In an interesting turn of fate, precisely 1337 people pre-registered, to which Holkins mused, "though I ordinarily shun leet-speak that number clearly implies the blessing of gaming deities." All told, about 3,300 people attended the event. April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Penny Arcade is a webcomic and blog written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik focusing on computer and video games. ... Location of Bellevue within King County, Washington, and King County within Washington. ... August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... August 29 is the 241st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (242nd in leap years), with 124 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Microsoft is one of few companies engaging itself in the console wars Where they are up against sony, nintendo, and of course sharps new console which may cause a threat. ... Ubisoft Entertainment (formerly Ubi Soft) is a computer and video game publisher and developer with headquarters in Montreuil, France. ... // Halo 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter developed by Bungie Studios. ... Tom Clancys Ghost Recon 2 is the third console installment in the popular Ghost Recon tactical shooter video game series, published by Ubisoft. ... Minibosses EP album cover. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Diceland can refer to either of two games: A Tile-based board game designed by Spartaco Albertarelli and released in 2002 by Kidultgame A Tabletop game played with collectible sets of dice designed by Toivo Rovainen and James Ernest and released in 2002 by Cheapass Games. ... Halo is video game series created by Bungie Studios. ... Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is a video game developed and published by Nintendo for the GameCube video game console. ... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... It has been suggested that Dance Dance Revolution (1stMIX), Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMIX, Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMIX, Dance Dance Revolution 4thMIX, Dance Dance Revolution 5thMIX, DDRMAX: Dance Dance Revolution 6thMIX, DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution 7thMIX, Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME, Dance Dance Revolution BEST HITS, Dance Dance Revolution EXTRA MIX, Dance... Doom (or DOOM)[1] is a 1993 computer game by id Software that is among the landmark titles in the first-person shooter genre. ... PONG helped bring computerized video games into everyday life PONG is a video game released originally as an arcade coin-op by Atari Inc. ... Leet or Leetspeak (often written in Leet as 1337 or 13375p34k, or 13375p33|<) is a writing system used primarily on the Internet, particularly in online games such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Half-Life 2 and Team FortressThe term itself is derived from the word Elite, meaning “better than the...


PAX 2005

PAX 2005 took place from August 26 to August 28, 2005 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington, where the first PAX was held. PAX 2005, unlike its predecessor, occupied the entire center, effectively doubling the usable floor space. Sponsors included Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Ubisoft and NCsoft, among others. Musical guests included the rock groups The Minibosses and The Neskimos, self-professed "professional hardcore gangster rapper" mc chris, pianists Martin Leung and Connie Lin, nerdcore hiphopper MC Frontalot, and rap/funk group Optimus Rhyme, who performed live in two separate concerts in a massive theater. Many favourite events from PAX 2004 such as Pitch Your Game Idea, Red vs. Blue, a screening of the 1989 film 'The Wizard', and Penny Arcade Q&A made encore appearances. New events included Play Against The Pros, and industry panels on online gaming, the videogame marketing process, and on controversy in the industry. Omegathon II was an even more elaborate affair than its predecessor. Krahulik said on February 9, 2005 on penny-arcade.com that, "[At PAX 2005] we will deliver an even bigger prize to the winner of the Omegathon." On June 29, 2005 [1], it was revealed that prize would be the complete NES video game library, being valued at least $10,099.99. The prize was locked in a large cage in the exhibition room and also included two Star Wars-themed Alienware gaming PCs, one of which would go to the winner and the other to the runner-up. Contestants competed in the tabletop game Diceland, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Katamari Damacy, Karaoke Revolution, Quake, and the Atari 2600 game Combat. In a thrilling four-round match, Luke "Coreside" Armstrong defeated Will "LeRoy" Garroutte by a single point to win the best-of-three series 2-1-1 and take home the grand prize. In total, more than 9,000 gamers attended PAX 2005, almost triple the previous year's attendance. August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (239th in leap years). ... August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Meydenbauer Center is a convention center in Bellevue, Washington. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... NCsoft (KSE: 036570) is a South Korean based online computer game company. ... Chris Ward IV (born September 2, 1975), otherwise known as mc chris, is a nerdcore rapper, voice actor, and improvisational comedian born in Illinois, USA. He is currently signed on the indie label Jet Pack Industries, LLC. His trademarks include the synthesis of his geek heritage with the gangster image... The Video Game Pianist at the London Video Games Live concert The Video Game Pianist (real name Martin Leung) (also known as VGP) (formerly The Blindfolded Pianist) (born October 18, 1986) is one of the first pianists to gain worldwide recognition for playing popular video game music on the piano... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Optimus Rhyme is a hip hop quartet from Seattle, Washington, occasionally aided by Rapper Broken English. ... The Wizard is a 1989 movie about a boy (Fred Savage) and his autistic brother (Luke Edwards) who run away from their Utah home to go to California. ... February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the series. ... Alienware Corporation is an American computer hardware company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dell Computer Corporation. ... Diceland can refer to either of two games: A Tile-based board game designed by Spartaco Albertarelli and released in 2002 by Kidultgame A Tabletop game played with collectible sets of dice designed by Toivo Rovainen and James Ernest and released in 2002 by Cheapass Games. ... Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is a video game developed and published by Nintendo for the GameCube video game console. ... Katamari Damacy ) is a Japanese video game designed by Keita Takahashi and published by Namco. ... Karaoke Revolution, and its sequels Karaoke Revolution Volume 2, Karaoke Revolution Volume 3, Karaoke Revolution Party, and CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution Country are Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Microsoft Xbox video games developed by Harmonix and published by Konami in its Bemani line of music games. ... Zombies attacking the player. ... The Atari 2600, released in October 1977, was the first successful video game console to use plug-in cartridges instead of having one or more games built in. ... Atari Combat warfare involving two enemy tanks Combat (video game) was an early dedicated video game console by Coleco (called Telstar Combat!) in 1977 featuring battling tanks. ...


In response to Hurricane Katrina Penny Arcade auctioned off the original pencil sketch of the PAX 2005 program cover on eBay with 100% of the profit to be given to the American Red Cross. It was sold to Christian Boggs for the final price of $8,700. Mr. Boggs also placed the winning bid of $20000 on an auction to appear in a Penny Arcade comic strip at the 2005 Child's Play Charity Dinner. [2] [3] Childs Play 2005 Logo Childs Play is a charity organization that organizes donations of toys (primarily video games) for childrens hospitals across the United States and Canada. ...


PAX 2006

PAX 2006 was held from August 25 to August 27, 2006. The Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue was again used as the venue, although the Tabletop Gaming area was moved offsite to the ballrooms at the nearby Red Lion hotel. Exhibit space at PAX 06 completely sold out in less than three months, with exhibitors including Nintendo, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Turbine Inc, Technomancer Press, NCSoft, Rooster Teeth Productions, Creative Labs, Wizards of the Coast, and nVidia. Because they applied one month before PAX 2006, Sony was unable to attend, as exhibitor space was also sold out. According to Gabe, there were 19,323 attendees[4]. August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. ... August 27 is the 239th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (240th in leap years), with 126 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... Microsoft is one of few companies engaging itself in the console wars Where they are up against sony, nintendo, and of course sharps new console which may cause a threat. ... Ubisoft Entertainment (formerly Ubi Soft) is a computer and video game publisher and developer with headquarters in Montreuil, France. ... Turbine, Inc. ... Technomancer Press, is a publisher of role-playing game products. ... NCsoft (KSE: 036570) is a South Korean based online computer game company. ... Rooster Teeth Productions is an award-winning production group from Buda, Texas that specializes in the creation of machinima, or films created using real-time, interactive engines from computer and video games. ... Creative Technology Ltd. ... Wizards of the Coast (often referred to as WotC or simply Wizards) is a publisher of games, primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes. ... NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) (pronounced ) is a major supplier of graphics processors (graphics processing units, GPUs), graphics cards, and media and communications devices for PCs and game consoles such as the original Xbox and the PlayStation 3. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Mike Krahulik is the artist who draws the popular webcomic Penny Arcade. ...

PAX 2006 Exhibitor Hall
PAX 2006 Exhibitor Hall

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  • Returning Omeganaut Will "LeRoy" Garroutte defeated David "Davertron" Davis in the final round of the Omegathon: head to head Tetris. LeRoy took away a brand new Scion car fully loaded with custom wheels, custom sound, LCD tv, Xbox 360 Premium, wireless controllers, and more. Davertron left with an Xbox 360 Premium and $500 Best Buy gift card, and will return as an Omeganaut in 2007.
  • Holkins and PA business manager Robert Khoo led the way into Omegathon Round 5, Guitar Hero II. After blistering through "Trippin on a Hole In a Paper Heart" on expert, Holkins smashed the guitar on stage.[5]
  • Krahulik and Holkins announced the first ever Penny Arcade video game. Titled "On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One", the game will feature PA characters in episodic adventure. Details were few; when asked what the game was about Holkins replied "Gabe. Tycho. And Cthulhu."[6]
  • Krahulik and Holkins also announced a Penny Arcade annual scholarship, wherein one applicant with an intention to work in the game industry will be awarded $10,000 toward tuition expenses.[7]
  • Several game companies ran large prize tournaments and giveaways, including ArenaNet ($10,000 prize tourney), TableStar ($2,500 prize tourney), and Nvidia (several thousand dollars' worth of video cards).
  • Thousands of PAX attendees spontaneously created a game/minor deity called "Ball".[8]

PAX 2007

The fourth annual Penny Arcade Expo will once again take place on the last full weekend on August, which for 2007 is August 24, 25, and 26. Robert Khoo, Penny Arcade's Director of Business Development, has stated in the official forums that PAX 2007 will occupy 130,000 square feet of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, more than doubling the space of PAX 2006. Robert Khoo is the Director of Business Development of Penny Arcade, but is also referenced as the Business Manager for the company and the Show Director for PAX, the largest consumer gaming show in the United States. ... The Washington State Convention and Trade Center is a convention center located next to and over Interstate 5 in downtown Seattle, Washington. ...


On 2006-07-31, it was announced that the massive Electronic Entertainment Expo () would be heavily downsized and restructured[9]. With E³ effectively gone, PAX 2007 will become the biggest gamer festival in North America, and will increase dramatically in scale. Penny Arcade co-creator Mike Krahulik speculated in his blog that PAX, with its focus on gamers and geek culture, will become the new signature event for gaming. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining. ... E³ logo Presented by the Entertainment Software Association, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known and composed as E3 (besides the organiser’s usage of E³, the superscript version is rarely used), is the worlds largest annual trade show for the computer and video games industry. ... Penny Arcade is a webcomic and blog written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik focusing on computer and video games. ...

We already knew PAX was the best gaming festival in North America and after today's announcement from the ESA it's also the biggest. With a projected attendece [sic] of something like 13 thousand people [actual attendance was over 19,323] and exhibitors like Nintendo, Ubisoft, Microsoft and ATI PAX is in position to pick up where E3 left off.[10]

On August 11, 2006, Krahulik gave some clarification on his announcement in an attempt to dispel the popular notion that PAX is "the next E3."

PAX is not the new E3. E3 failed. If someone else wants to be the new E3 they are welcome to it. They can even set up shop in the carcass of the giant and claim his power, but E3 is dead and it died for a reason. If I were them I wouldn't be in such a hurry to stuff myself in that coffin, and I certainly wouldn't boast about it.[11]

On January 26, 2007, Holkins quietly announced the opening of pre-registration for Penny Arcade Expo 2007 and the relaunch of the PAX site.

PAX preregistration opens today, and since we've had a couple of these now you probably know if it's something you'd like to attend. You save ten dollars over the door price, which is, like, ten bucks. This is money you could put toward some other purpose![12]

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