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Give me a P. Give me an A. Give me an X. What does that spell? PAX…you dyslexic sucka duck! YES, the much-anticipated, annual, nerdfest PAX East (a la Penny Arcade) in Boston came, went and totally took advantage of the prime real estate that is my body. I need a breath mint, deodorant and massage from a small Vietnamese woman with mighty – yet gentle- hands (and is up for expected happy ending). For those of you scratching your heads wondering what the hell is PAX East?! First, I’d like to slap you upside the head for being an ignorant douche-canoe. This is our culture. How do you not know about this?!?! OK, 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

These boots were made for walkin' and that's just what they'll do, these boots are gonna walk all over you"

"These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do, one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you."

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, and inspiring speeches.

So now you have a pretty solid idea of what goes on in general. What might not be entirely clear to you is the feeling of “home”. *cue the violin for sappy time* Let’s face it, we as gamers are strange and weird. We typically don’t mesh well with the world outside our own. The acceptance in ordinary society is growing quite rapidly, but how many people in your life truly appreciate and understand your pleasure, your obsession, your escape? While we’re predominantly having too much fun to care, wouldn’t it be nice to be embraced by a collective mutuality? After all, you know gamer friends are the perfect circle of people you always want to hang out with. Why not a sea of thousands, all singing to the tune of “Let’s Play”? Simply put, PAX is your haven. Your heaven. Your home.

Now, onto swamp ass, girls and games.

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Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the creators of the Penny Arcade comics are nerd saints. Penny Arcade if you didn’t know is a web comic that follows the life of Tycho and Gabe and  their views and comments of video games. Besides their online web comic most know this duo for their annual expo, known as the Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short. A  convention in which gamers, geeks and regular folks can play and view games, and be around like minded peoples. Most importantly, though 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 gathered over 6.7 million dollars in the last 7 years. Pretty good for a once a year event. This year, however they have shattered all previous records.

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.

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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 Holkinsnotes, 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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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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(Post by nerdbastards contributor Melissa Fouch Machowski)

Penny Arcade’s annual holiday Dickerdoodle contest results were posted today here.  The labor-intensive creation of Dickerdoodles for submission into the contest is a long-standing nerd frenzy that occurs each year with ever-increasing enthusiasm from Penny Arcade’s fans. Please enjoy some of our faves after the jump. (more…)