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  1. Tech

    Kickstarter’s for Everyone, Including Zach Braff, Penny Arcade, and Veronica Mars

    There's been a lot of talk lately about what, exactly, are Kickstarter's guidelines and how they apply to various bigger fish, as it were, coming into the rather small pond of crowdfunding. Lots of claims have been made, and the grumbling is audible across most forms of social media, but what does Kickstarter the company actually think about all this? Hint: They like projects like the ones Zach Braff, Penny Arcade, and Veronica Mars have run.

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  2. Entertainment

    Internet Begets Internet: Redditor Turns Penny Arcade Comic From 2006 Into Song

    Penny Arcade has been in operation for a relatively long time. The webcomic has existed in one form or another since 1998, which means it's nearly halfway through its second decade. If Penny Arcade were a single entity, they'd be a teenager. Being around that long also means they've accrued an impressive backlog. Every so often, a denizen of the Internet stumbles across one of their older strips and makes it relevant again. For example, a redditor that goes by the name shmallowfish recently found one of PA's comics from 2006 and made it into a pretty catchy tune.

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  3. Gaming

    Penny Arcade Launching New Video Games Coverage

    So far, 2012 seems to be the year of launching new video game sites that established editors of other sites leave to found. Vox Media kicked off the trend when a group of recognizable gaming writers went to found the Vox Media video games vertical, and now, with the help of Ben Kuchera, formerly of Ars Techncia, the team over at Penny Arcade will be expanding their empire to more traditional video games coverage.

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  4. Gaming

    Public Relations Company Sends Horrible Emails to Customer, Gets Soundly Shamed by Penny Arcade [UPDATED]

    The Internet allows people to post their grievances with just about anyone to an audience so earth-shatteringly wide that no matter the subject, even if it is something absurd that one would assume no one would agree with, people will agree with and take up arms in your Internet name. The Internet can be used the other way around as well, as a great tool for public relations. What happens when someone in public relations loses his cool at some poor customer who was only trying to find out the shipping date of a long-overdue Avenger controller? Why, the Internet becomes captivated, of course! The story is certainly helped by the fact that Mike Krahulik, otherwise known as Gabe of Penny Arcade was involved and posted the entire email corresponded chain to his website. The ridiculously absurd story, recounted after the break.

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  5. Gaming

    Penny Arcade Launches Developer-Only Convention, PAX Dev

    The guys at Penny Arcade hold two gaming and general geekery conventions a year, PAX Prime and PAX East, with a main purpose of being open to the public. They have now announced a new convention, PAX Dev, specifically tailored to the developers. A little counter to the mission statement of PAX Prime and East, PAX Dev will be an "industry-only event," though in an attempt to be a little less establishment-focused than it sounds, "business types," such as retailers, will not be invited. From the PAX Dev site:

    A few years ago, a group of developers asked us to host an offsite gathering while they were in town for PAX. That idea took hold, and from those conversations we decided to dedicate the two days before PAX Prime to the developer community. We're shooting for a small (750-ish), intimate setting where digital and pen/paper game developers alike can focus on their craft. No business. No press. Just sharing, learning and debate.

    Though it sounds a little better based on the above description, a reason why PAX became so popular--aside from having a place for fans to gather, meet and have fun--is because it allowed gamers into that developer atmosphere, which, due to PAX Dev, now has a separate convention where regular gamers are not allowed. This obviously shouldn't hurt PAX at all, but does seem a little odd when one considers one of the main points of PAX.

    (PAX Dev via Kotaku)

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  6. Gaming

    Case Mod of Div From Penny Arcade

    Out of all the fun case mods one can make, and out of all the Penny Arcade characters one can choose, a case mod of Div, everyone's favorite belligerent, drunken DIVX player, appeared at PAX East 2011 this year. The mod, called DIVpc, was initially an ATX case, that had PVC pipes attached to make the arms and gas pipes attached to form the legs, with the face made from clay, wire mesh and Bondo. The eyes are pingpong balls, both a convenient material to make Div's eyes, as well as a (probably incidental) tribute to a fan favorite story arc. The alcohol pictured is a bottle of Wild Turkey, filled with actual alcohol that can probably never be obtained now that it's within Div's PVC clutches.

    The computer housed within Div is a bit stronger than Div would actually be, as the case mod sports a Core i5 750 CPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and two 750 GB HDDs. Head on past the break to see a couple more pictures of the technologically-advanced drunk.

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  7. Weird

    (Less Than) 101 Geeky Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

    You can try to be too cool for Valentine's Day all you like, but it's going to happen anyway, and you can't avoid it. You don't have to like it, because it's nearly impossible to like a 99% commercial holiday. But don't try to escape it, because there is no escape. It is a zombie out to get you, and it's here. (You were probably one of those "Was there some kind of game happening today?" people on Super Bowl Sunday. Guess what? Everyone knew that you knew there was a game that day.) But in case there is still a tiny, microscopic neutron inside of you that feels an urge to do something, even something weird, snarky, or slightly mean, then here are some (mostly) printable Valentine's Day cards just for you, lovingly scraped from a few corners of the Web.

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  8. Gaming

    2 Player Productions to Craft Minecraft Documentary

    We've spent a lot of time reporting on Minecraft, and we're not about to break tradition now, especially when the news involves one of our other favorite internet things: 2 Player Productions, the makers of Penny Arcade TV. 2PP has announced that their next project; following documentaries on chip music, webcomics, and the making of Uncharted 3 and both Infamous games; will be to document the work of Mojang Studios, the makers of Minecraft.

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  9. Gaming

    Take A Bow, Gamers: 2010 Child’s Play Charity Sets New High Score

    If this year is anything like years previous, donations to Child's Play (and wandering, vagabond checks from friends of the initiative) aren't actually finished arriving - but the new year is a good time to take a final count, and then relate said count to the people who made the count so stupidly, inconceivably big. $2,294,317.53 is the total, which ticks the lifetime total to just under nine million, which is what you made happen in my most secret dreams. If it is possible to Win Charity, you have done so. This year, at least. If you have any ideas about how we're supposed to crest over 2.3 million dollars next year, I'm open to suggestions." Tycho Brahe, AKA Jerry Holkins, writer of Penny Arcade, reporting the total of this year's Child's Play charity, which brings games, toys, and craft supplies to pediatric hospitals around the world. (via Penny Arcade.)

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  10. Gaming

    Forget About Kinect Sutra: Microsoft Won’t Certify Adult Only Games for the Kinect

    It was inevitable that some one would quite quickly approach the idea of merging the technological advances of the Kinect with humankind's most evolutionary of pleasures, and the first of these to gain the notice of Microsoft has been sex-game maker ThriXXX (sweet Jebus this link is NSFW), who created a working demo for a game where you use Kinect controls to touch virtual boobs. Microsoft got on that pretty quick.  From IGN:
    "This isn't the first example of a technology being used in ways not intended by its manufacturer, and it won't be the last," a spokesperson said in a statement. "Microsoft did not authorize or license its technology for this use. "Xbox is a family friendly games and entertainment console and does not allow Adults Only (AO) content to be certified for use on its platform, and would not condone this type of game for Kinect."

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  11. Gaming

    Minecraft to Enter Beta Phase on December 20th

    Sometimes it is difficult to remember that Minecraft, a game that has more than 2 million registered users and has sold more than 600,000 digital copies (I know this for a fact because those numbers are from mid-November and I just bought my copy yesterday, so...) is actually still in alpha. Especially when you just had an office Minecraft party last night. Well, the word has come down from on high (or from game creator Markus "Notch" Persson) that Minecraft will be shifted into beta in no less than nine days. This change will come with a refocusing of the developer's goals, new features, and a difference in pricing.

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  12. Gaming

    Gamer Charity Child’s Play Cracks $1 Million in 2010 Donations

    Child's Play, the gamer-organized charity that has gathered donations for kids in children's hospitals since 2003, has been crushing it this year. Their annual charity dinner and auction, which took place on Tuesday night, raised more than $183,000 in just two hours, pushing the charity over $1 million in donations this year. The awesome Portal Gun made by Volpin Props sold for more than $15,000, as did PAX 2010's Omega Claw. Meanwhile, the people behind Desert Bus for Hope delivered more than $200,000. Child's Play:

    The proceeds from the gala and auction add to donations already contributed by gamers around the world, many organizing their own events and fundraising activities in their own cities. Desert Bus for Hope presented a check for $207,000 to Child’s Play at the event. In total, Child’s Play has raised more than $1.1 million this year. “Every year we are blown away by the fantastic items and incredibly generous bids at the gala and auction,” said Kristin Lindsay, Foundation Coordinator for Child’s Play. “Even more heart warming is the thousands of gamers that can’t attend the gala but organize their own local fundraising. It’s this grassroots community activity the accounts for the majority of Child’s Play donations.”
    As Penny Arcade's Tycho [a.k.a. Jerry Holkins] notes, the successful charity dinner is "only a footnote to the larger drive; a drive which is ongoing, and has need of you." If you're interested in getting involved, check out Child's Play's page. (via Penny Arcade)

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  13. Entertainment

    On Self-Indulgence

    "Humans are always asking us if we ever get tired of doing "Penny Arcade," which is a reasonable question, but from here inside the mechanism it doesn't all hook up conceptually. It would be like asking if we get tired of eating "food." The one thing you may rely upon when it comes to our work is that it will be 1. self-indulgent, though it may also be gruesome or oblivious, or gruesome and oblivious, depending on the day. "Penny Arcade" doesn't have a firm definition, it's a container object that represents our generalized creative output. We make whatever we want to make, which (luckily for us) generally means .jpegs about videogames, but it can also be morality plays about imps and businesscats, samurai with paper tubes, technoir, or any other Goddamned thing. I don't entirely know how it works, and I don't entirely know why you stay, but this arrangement appears to work for both of us. And, as I have suggested on many other occasions, you can't beat the price." -- Jerry Holkins (Penny Arcade's Tycho Brahe)

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  14. Gaming

    Minecraft for Free All Weekend

    Do you have something that you have to get done? Anything? Then stop reading right now. Go on. Scroll down. There's a funny Cthulhu video down there. Just leave this post alone. Go on, get. Okay. If you're still here, we are now absolved of all responsibility for telling you that Notch, the developer of Minecraft, the latest incredibly addictive game sweeping the internets, is offering the game free until he gets some new servers set up, probably on Monday.

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  15. Gaming

    PAX Is Awesome #543: If You’re Good at Rock Band, You Might Open the Omegathon

    Jerry Holkins (the writer of Penny Arcade, more commonly known as Tycho Brahe) shared a heartwarming story in his newspost today. A story of metal, of skill, and chance encounters of the kind that can only happen at PAX itself. And although it was not long enough to be an epic, it was epic all the same. We'll truncate it even further, and then get you to the videos. Last year at the annual Child's Play charity auction, Privateer Press, the makers of Warmachine won the right to commission a song, lyrics by Tycho, music by Harmonix, the makers of Rock Band. The song would debut at PAX, but in the run up to the show, no one in the Penny Arcade offices could find the time to play some Rockband and actually practice it. This was kind of a problem.

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