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The PAX Cometh

Penny Arcade's Expo returns bigger than ever. Deets inside.
Author: Sam Bishop
Published: April 23, 2009
"Every show, we try to offer gamers new content, old favorites and the best overall experience possible," said Penny Arcade's Robert Khoo. "If you really think about it, we're easily the biggest show west of the Mississippi within the continental United States that focuses on games that isn't E3 or affiliated in some way with NBC. If you've never been to PAX, 2009 is your year to come."

You tell 'em, Bobby Khoo! It might just be the fact that we're up here in Seattle breathing all this fresh air and getting high from all the actual, y'know, oxygen, but we're pretty damn impressed by just how much the Penny Arcade Expo has grown year-on-year. In six years (counting this one, which runs from September 4-6), the show has moved from the Meydenbauer Center to the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, incorporated the Omegathon competition, attracted just about every major publisher (particularly the local Seattle area ones), and incorporated tons of live music acts.

This year, music is getting an even bigger focus; Paul and Storm, MC Frontalot, Anamanaguchi, Metroid Metal (who will sell their new album at the show exclusively before pushing it out the public at large) and the almighty Freezepop will all be on hand to rock your faces. Sound interesting? Of course it does, fellow nerd and/or geek and/or dweeb and/or swirlie victim! Go get your tix and we'll see you there!