How to win at PAX Prime: Tips from a PAX veteran

Heading to PAX Prime this weekend? So am I! In fact, I’ve attended every day of every PAX Prime since 2006, when a 3-day all-weekend pass cost just $35—the same price as a one-day pass to PAX Prime 2014. All told I’ve spent 25 days at PAX over the last 8 years. Based on those… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: How cops are moving to the cloud, and what it means for public safety

The recent chaos and tragedy in Ferguson, Mo., have highlighted the importance of accountability and transparency in everyday interactions between police and the public. Can technology make a difference? That’s one of our questions this week on the GeekWire radio show. Our guests in the studio are Marcus Womack, the general manager of, which offers a cloud-based service and… Read More


PAX to feature ‘Diversity Hub & Lounge’ following controversies

According to a report by Indie Statik, this year’s upcoming Penny Arcade Expos will feature a “Roll for Diversity Hub & Lounge,” based on documents leaked by somebody close to Penny Arcade’s plans, which Kotaku says have been verified by the company. The move follows a number of related controversies surrounding Penny Arcade, the Seattle-based… Read More


PAX: Molyneux’s ‘Godus’ looks great — and he urges you to use it for evil

Addressing a packed house at the opening keynote at PAX in downtown Seattle this morning, game designer and developer Peter Molyneux gave the first public demo of “Godus,” the upcoming god game from his 22cans studio. Watching from the audience today, the game looked great, and completely engrossing. Molyneux demonstrated how to reshape the land… Read More


Nine years later, PAX is a global phenomenon

A giant and mostly friendly crowd will descend on downtown Seattle for the next four days — yes, four days this year — in various forms of dress for an annual tradition in the world of games: the Penny Arcade Expo, better known as PAX, but now officially designated PAX Prime. If you’ve never witnessed… Read More


Inside PAX’s 6-Hour Sellout: ‘The crush was insane’

At 10:38 AM Wednesday, the Bat-Signal for gaming geeks lit up Seattle’s cloudy skies: It’s time!PAX Prime badges have gone live! — PAX (@Official_PAX) April 17, 2013 Tickets for the tenth annual Penny Arcade Expo (PAX Prime)—running four days for the first time this year over Labor Day weekend—went on sale this week, but if… Read More


Penny Arcade reveals details of PAX Australia event

PAX is going Down Under. Penny Arcade, the Seattle-based video-game webcomic and commentary site responsible for the giant Penny Arcade Expo events, confirmed over the weekend that the first PAX Australia will be held July 19-21, 2013 in Melbourne. It’s official – PAX Australia will be in Melbourne, VIC from 19 – 21 July, 2013! Keep following… Read More


Geek of the Week: Peter Newland, board game creator

Lots of people make up rules for games as they go along. Some people turn it into a creative artform. Meet our latest Geek of the Week, Peter Newland, a resident of Lynnwood, Wash., and the creator of “Wizard Dodgeball” — a board game that features the all-stars of the “Interplanar Wizard Dodgeball League” throwing… Read More


PAX: ‘Pitch Your Game Idea’ 2012 (Full Video)

One of my favorite sessions each year at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle is the “Pitch Your Game Idea” session, also known as the American Idol of Video Games, in which avid gamers, um, pitch their game ideas to a panel of industry insiders. It’s a not-very-serious, often funny and occasionally insightful look at… Read More


PAX Day 1: Photo gallery, plus news of PAX Australia

Tens of thousands of people have descended on downtown Seattle for the annual Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX, the annual “Woodstock for gamers” that draws people from around the country for three days of gaming, panels, concerts … and tons and tons of cosplay. And it’s is only getting bigger. Speaking at the opening Q&A… Read More

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PAX: Microsoft previews Xbox Live games for Windows 8

The giant Penny Arcade Expo video game convention, better known as PAX, kicks off this morning in Seattle, and Microsoft will be using the venue to preview some of the Xbox Live games that will be available for Windows 8 when the new operating system debuts this fall. The company this morning released a list… Read More


Boston shows PAX East some love, secures long-term deal

I’ve been covering and attending the Penny Arcade Expo, better known as PAX, since it was a humble curiosity at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center back in 2004, started by the guys from the Seattle-based Penny Arcade webcomic. Since then it has grown into one of the biggest events on the video-game calendar, regularly drawing more than 70,000… Read More


PAX Video: A pledge of allegiance for Borderlands 2

One last scene before closing the book on this year’s Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle: Toward the end of the Gearbox Software panel yesterday afternoon, the CEO of the Texas-based game developer, Randy Pitchford, had his own Oprah moment — handing out cards with codes to redeem a free copy of Borderlands 2 whenever it’s… Read More


PAX 2011: ‘Pitch Your Game Idea’ highlights and lowlights

One of the highlights of the Penny Arcade Expo each year is a session called “Pitch Your Game Idea” — often described as the American Idol of Video Games. (As in the early rounds of American Idol, when they’re holding the auditions.) See our rough video about with selected highlights from this afternoon’s session, with… Read More


PAX: Master Chief, explosions and other Halo 4 highlights

Halo fans were lined up around the corner for a panel this morning on Halo 4 at Penny Arcade Expo, filling the Paramount Theater for inside details on the next installment of the blockbuster Xbox 360 franchise. Members of the development team from Microsoft’s 343 Industries didn’t reveal any huge secrets, but they gave a… Read More


PAX Gallery: The characters of Penny Arcade Expo 2011

Editor’s Note: The annual Penny Arcade Expo, better known as PAX, is in full swing this weekend in downtown Seattle — attracting an estimated 80,000 gaming fans from around the country for all-night gaming marathons, concerts, panels about favorite game franchises, a gigantic expo hall offering sneak peeks of upcoming games and, of course, plenty… Read More