The third annual Penny Arcade Expo is a go, according to a press release from
the chaps at Penny Arcade. The three-day event, a nonstop celebration of
videogames and gamer culture, will take place Friday, August 25th through
Sunday, August 27th, 2006 in Bellevue, Washington. This year's PAX will include
an expanded tabletop gaming experience as well as attendees' favorite elements
from previous years. Pre-registration is now open to the public at www.pennyarcadeexpo.com.
Last year 9,000 people attended the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), where they were
able to check out playable game demos, game-industry conference panels, music
from artists such as MC Frontalot and The Minibosses. There were also a number
of gaming tournaments including the Survivor-style Omegathon: a gaming Olympics
where participants' names are drawn from the pre-registration list to compete in
multiple game formats. Last year's Omegathon prize was a collection of every
product ever made for the Nintendo Entertainment System, as well a
state-of-the-art limited-edition Star Wars-branded Alienware computer. This
year's Omega Collection prize will be announced in June.
"Now that we have some distance from it, I am able to look back at PAX 05
objectively and say that it was the greatest gaming event ever held in the
universe," said Penny Arcade's Gabe. "The honest truth is that we would have to
be idiots to think that we could top it. So…that's what we intend to do!"