PAX 2008 ushers in top publishers

Penny Arcade Expo again expands, with Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA, Activision, and more slated to exhibit at the open-to-the-public event.

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The Penny Arcade Expo may have begun as a pet project put on by the creators of a webcomic, but recent years have established the event as one of the premier gaming conventions in the world. Last year, the open-to-the-public gaming exhibition packed in a crowd 39,000-strong to the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, and featured such top-tier exhibitors as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.

This year, PAX organizers have once again doubled their exhibition hall, and today released a full list of exhibitors set to display their wares at the event. More than 70 companies will head to the WSCTC for this year's PAX, fronted by all three first-party publishers, as well as third-party giants EA, Activision, Ubisoft, and Take-Two. As the convention caters to more than just the video gaming industry, a number of geek-culture staples, including Wizards of the Coast and Pink Godzilla, will have a presence at the show.

In addition to getting a prerelease look at a number of upcoming games, PAX attendees will be entertained by industry panels, tournaments, concerts, and the Omegathon gaming competition. With Sierra Entertainment gearing up Ghostbuster: The Video Game for release later this year, PAX organizers also said the ECTO-1 cruiser would be on display.

PAX 2008 will run August 29 to 31 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. More information about the event can be found on the expo's official Web site.

A complete lineup of exhibitors is listed below.

- 1up.com
- 2K Games
- Activision
- Antec, Inc.
- Astro Gaming
- The Behemoth
- Bethesda
- BioWare
- Blizzard
- Brawndo
- Bungie
- CCP/Whitewolf
- CDV
- clubNAMCO.com
- Cogswell Polytechnical College
- Cryptic Studios
- D3P
- Destineer
- Dolby
- EA Mythic
- ECA (Entertainment Consumers Association)
- Electronic Arts
- Fantasy Flight Games
- Flying Frog Productions
- Flying Lab Software
- Foundation 9 Entertainment
- Game Publishers Association
- Gamecock
- GameTrailers
- Garage Games
- Guildhall at SMU
- Harmonix
- Hothead Games
- Hudson
- Indiecade
- Intel
- ITT Tech
- Klei Entertainment
- Media-blasters NYC
- Mega64
- Meteor Games
- Microsoft XNA
- Microsoft
- Midway
- Namco Bandai
- NCsoft
- Nintendo
- Nokia
- Patriot Memory
- Pegasus Publishing
- Pink Godzilla
- Plantronics
- Privateer Press
- Razer
- Rockstar
- Roosterteeth.com
- Sierra/Vivendi
- Sony
- SouthPeak Games
- Stardock
- Sumo Lounge
- Telltale
- THQ
- Tinderbox Entertainment
- Tritton Technologies
- Turbine
- Ubisoft
- Udon Entertainment / Oni Press
- Upper Deck
- Vivox
- Wizards of the Coast
- Zenimax

Discussion

37 comments
Trigun1
Trigun1

I may have to drive up to Seattle this summer...

tophat666
tophat666

Add NooBTooB to the list of people going.

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

Ouch. E3 is just not doing it for these guys.

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

One reason E3 is losing steam is because of PAX ability to get 39,000 people in attendance and equal amount of media coverage.

cheerios3d
cheerios3d

Great news especially for those who live in Seattle plus its open to the public, damn really wish I could be there.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

Man I would love to be there. Send me send me. I would fly my family out there they would love it to. Im to busy with real life things like remodeling our home. Man I would really love to be there though.

aygol
aygol

I wish I could go there, but I can't. Penny Arcade and PAX are the best.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I can't wait. I basically live just a short walk away.

Tauntulas
Tauntulas

Good thing i already ordered my tickets ; )

XanderZane
XanderZane

PAX looks like it's going to be the NEW E3. There seems like more companies are going to PAX, then the E3. I would go if I didn't have so many other trips this year. I might do this next year though instead of the E3. ************************************************* Lord_Artix Everyone says that this will be the new E3, but I was under the impression TGS had that title... ---------------------------------------------------- Hhhmm.. no. How many Americans are going to fly to Tokyo for that public show when PAX is so much closer and everyone there will actually speak English. lol!! The Leipzig & TGS is for European and Asia gamers, while the E3 and PAX is for American and Canadian gamers. It's that simple.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Sounds great, and its open to the public! brilliant!!

ADJ209
ADJ209

Gamecock? Not to be perverted or anything, but what the hell..?

Timstuff
Timstuff

Watch, as a once grassroots gaming expo slowly evolves into what E3 was supposed to be.

kos1085
kos1085

So does that mean we have to wait till the end of August for a lot of new third party games to be announced.....awwww maaan.

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

Everyone says that this will be the new E3, but I was under the impression TGS had that title...

Mauller
Mauller

Like I've said elsewhere, PAX is the new E3.

FrankenLife
FrankenLife

This just one of the many reasons I live in Seattle. I love PAX

dulun19
dulun19

open to the public?? sound good.. :)

BewilderedRonin
BewilderedRonin

I hear ya, MjolnirMaster51. It would be great for something like this on the East Coast. I'm really glad that PAX has done so well. That lineup looks awesome! I wonder what Bioware and NCsoft will be showing... *crosses fingers for Dragon Age and Guild Wars 2 news*

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

I'm definitely going to have to go to one, eventually... Curse my living at the opposite end of the nation!

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Could this be the next E3? It sounds BIG, LOUD, and most importantly FUN, like the old E3

riderkid
riderkid

maybe instead of a stadium or a con hall they should rent a town for the next PAX

MjolnirMaster51
MjolnirMaster51

I hope they announce something about Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 2. I'd love to see anything they have to show for that game, and the fact that Brawndo is in the lineup is just plain awesome. I just wish they could hold a convention or something like this on the east coast. I'm sick of not being able to go to any of these crazily wonderful events.

OmegaHunter9
OmegaHunter9

I think we're gunna need a bigger stadium.

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

E3 is dead and has been for years, this is the "new E3". Call it "The Game Show FOR Gamers"

vaejas
vaejas

@Ussop: "Going to be" the new E3? Might I ask what would you suggest is the "reigning" E3? I think this year's PAX will break all the conceptions about what a convention must be.

panteral3
panteral3

Go Penny Arcade! Now, can we PLEASE make the comics FUNNY again? PLEASE?!? Oh, and drop the damn monocled cat, the stupid cardboard samurai, and the craptacular Juice ^*^*^#() - you can do better than that (we believe in you).

Ussop
Ussop

It seems that PAX is going to be the new E3