Penny Arcade opens online game store

Webcomic branches out into digital distribution with Greenhouse, commits to supporting indie game developers.

Webcomic Penny Arcade hasn't been just a webcomic in years. What started as a thrice-weekly running commentary on gamer culture has become a nerdy cottage industry, spawning an international children's charity, the largest consumer-gaming convention in North America, and its very own episodic adventure game (developed with Hothead Games).

Now that Penny Arcade creators Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins are already making their own games, the pair today announced the next natural progression in the expansion of their empire: They're going to start selling games. Teaming up with Hothead Games once again, Penny Arcade today announced the formation of Greenhouse Interactive, a digital-distribution game store "dedicated to supporting independent game development worldwide."

The site was developed initially to give Hothead and Penny Arcade a place to sell their games, but according to Krahulik's latest post, "Once it was done we realized that it could actually be super useful to other independent developers." To begin with, Greenhouse will sell only Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One for the PC, Mac, and Linux ($19.95 each).

Currently, Greenhouse has only a single downloadable offering--an uncompressed Penny Arcade podcast about the game--meant to test the store's ability to dole out game-sized files to users. The first episode of Penny Arcade Adventures is set for simultaneous release on the PC, Mac, Linux, and Xbox 360 sometime this spring.

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22 comments
Nexeus
Nexeus

Met Mike and Jerry at comic con '05... amazing guys, they deserve every bit of what they have and more

dryden555
dryden555

right Hvac, supporting independent game development is nothing but pure greed on penny-arcade's part. eyes rolling.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

The Penny Arcade game is going to come out on PC, MAC, and...wait for it...Linux!!! That's stretching to expand the market. These guys should have stuck with the basics for a while. I guess the green monster has snuck up on them and now they are making deals left and right in order to get the most out of their brand. I hope they don't make themselves cliche in the process.

dryden555
dryden555

this deserves our support -- glad to hear about it

KingSigy
KingSigy

Let's test out the service with nothing, that's a great idea. Just start signing indie developers and sending out demos, c'mon guys!

uberjannie
uberjannie

im going to buy it. Im going to buy the PA game for sure, but im not so sure about all these other games.. Will there be demos? Because I dont like spending more than 5$ on things I dont know is good. Since many games released there will be indie games, there are no gurantees there will be any professional reviews either.. hms :/

KoolEmpty
KoolEmpty

As much as I would like to support their venture I hate their price point, do you have any idea how many great titles I can get off Steam for under 10 bucks? I'll support the indie developers that make it on to one of my consoles, at least the price point there is right. EDIT: After learning that they anticipate 8-10 hours of gameplay (http://www.rainslick.com/thegame/) it might not be so out to lunch. Guess it comes down to quality at this point.

Lumenadducere
Lumenadducere

I hope this kicks off and indie developers get a chance to get into the spotlight with this. I've been hearing that it's not as favorable for them with XBL as they would like it to be, so hopefully this is better for 'em.

werc96
werc96

Watch out guys....if the sales do well EA might want to buy you soon

jusmurph
jusmurph

PA maybe cool, but i get the feeling that this game will blow...

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

$19.95? That is $19.94 more than I expected.

exedeath
exedeath

Does this mean we will see a bigger variety with games? If it does good enough I wonder if independant comanies will put out some AO games considering most stores will not carry them. They could actually see a profit, and we dould see more violence, and adult situations.

jpfondeur
jpfondeur

19.95 !? I'm buying it for sure! if only to support these guys!

tclvis
tclvis

And it's guaranteed they'll never sell to EA!

HIRED_maniac
HIRED_maniac

If these guys can pull this off it is going to be great for independent game creators. Looking forward to it.

Ubersj
Ubersj

Very nice, i'm contributing to their efforts with testing the downloader as we speak. These guys have been very sucsessful doing things for gameing, gamers as well as motivating the comunity to do great things for others. I'm sure this could be very successful for them and for indie gaming in general. Good luck guys, i hope you make a boatload doing it.

juno_22
juno_22

well they are mac users :P

Collision
Collision

Mac support? I am pleasantly surprised.

Mercanis
Mercanis

Best of luck to them. Their previous endeavors have developed favorably; this one probably will too.