PAX East

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It’s another year and TIME magazine is doing another round of the 100 most influential people and two unlikely duo is now in the Top Ten as of this writing. The duo I’m talking about are Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the creators of the Penny Arcade comics are on the poll and so far, people believe these two are more influential than President Obama but not as much as Lady Gaga. Penny Arcade if you didn’t know is a web comic that follows the life of Tycho and Gabe of their views and comments of video games. Now why would these two be on the list you ask? Well, when E3 became strictly business, these guys decided to throw their own expo, known as the Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short for regular folks being able to play and view games that were in development like at E3 and with this years debut of PAX East, it’s pretty awesome for a web comic site becoming something this big. Not to mention that these two created the charity Child’s Play, in which gamers and game websites donate money, games, and toys to sick children in hospitals all over the world, and as of last year, the event has gather over 6.7 million dollars in the last 7 years, pretty good for once a year event.

No doubt that it will be awesome if these guys can surpass Robert Paterson and Adam Lambert to hit the top 5. Other people feature on the list is Conan O’Brien, Neil Patrick Harris, James Cameron, Stephan Colbert, Jeff Bridges, The Lost creators, J.J. Abrams, and Seth MacFarlane are just to name the 200 people that are in it. People can start voting here to go through the list of 200 people and ranging their influential ratings from 1 to a 100.

Source: Destructoid, TIMES 1, TIMES 2

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(article by Nerd Bastards contributor Melissa Fouch Machowski)

Today marked the start of the much-anticipated nerdfest PAX East (a la Penny Arcade) in Boston and if you were there, you certainly left with a nerdbastards.com freebie or two. For those of you scratching your heads wondering what the hell is PAX East?! Here’s a quick run-through: PAX East is like a smaller E3, but intended for consumers rather than developers.

See, they get a bunch of video game hot shots to show off their hardware, software and um…in some cases hot chicks in tall boots. Then they invite the public to hang out and fall in love with all kinds of the latest, greatest gear and games on (or about to enter) the video game scene. Attendees can play games, attend panel sessions about all kinds of cool stuff, see live music and even compete in video game tournaments! Exciting, right? YES! Especially if you like shiny bags of SWAG, the occasional hot chick in costume, new technology, inspiring speeches and wait for it…..BEAN BAGS! YAY! If you want more info on the festival…here ya go.

So now that you have a pretty solid idea of what goes on in general, stay tuned for Luke Gallagher’s spin on the awesomeness of Whil Wheaton’s Keynote Speech delivered today to a packed house. Nerdbastards.com will continue to bring you up to date throughout the three day festival of nerd mayhem and video game buzz.

For those of you attending the festival…look for us Nerd Bastards hanging around in our nerdbastards.com T-shirts (soon to be available to the public)…and approach us. We’ll greet you with an appropriately awkward hello and give you a little token of our appreciation. Thanks to all of our supporters and new visitors to the site who met us today!

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