In less than two months the Co-Optimus staff will descent upon Boston to bring you guys coverage of PAX East, a giant gaming convention that hopes to equal the success of the original Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle. But before that happens the founders of Penny Arcade, who created PAX, will be honored at another gaming convention - GDC.
The Games Developer Conference, which kicks off March 11th in San Francisco, is the biggest gathering of developers and publishers world wide which focuses on many different aspects of the games industry through panels and workshops. Penny-Arcade, who is: writer Jerry Holkins, artist Mike Krahulik and business guru Robert Khoo - will be awarded the prestigious Ambassador Award.
The award is given to those that “helped the game industry advance to a better place, either through facilitating a better game community from within, or by reaching outside the industry to be an advocate for video games and help further our art,” something accomplished by the crew through functions like Child's Play and PAX.
Child's Play alone raises over 1.5 million dollars a year for children's hospitals, while PAX has become a mecca for the entire gaming industry with over 60,000 visitors to each convention. Not bad for two guys who make a web comic. Mike, Jerry and Robert have truly taken co-op to a whole new level - and for that - we salute you. The award is well deserved.
For more information on the Ambassador Award check out GameChoiceAwards.com.