First off I would like to thank everyone who showed up for our PA PSO weekend. I had a great time meeting everyone. We will certainly be organizing more of these weekends in the future.
If you are one of the six or so people who read my piece on games as artwork and actually enjoyed it, you might also like this piece. He comes at the same topic from a slightly different perspective than I did. I see video games as what we would commonly call visual arts whereas he sees them more akin to theatre. It's an interesting position and his essay raises some great points. I can't say I agree with his stance that art should reflect life as it ought to be and not as it is. For this to be true, it seems to me that you would have to see no artistic value in nature. A beautiful landscape has been the artists inspiration since cave men scratched on walls. I'm also not sure I agree that games are closer to drama than paintings. Although that is probably something I'll save for my next essay.
If you have not seen the world's most powerful handheld videogame system yet, be sure and check out this site. The GP32 Game System from Game Park certainly packs a punch. If anyone reading this actually has one of these bad boys I would love to hear what you think of it.
As long as I keep getting mail asking where to buy arcade games I'll keep posting links. If you are in desperate need of your own arcade machine, look no further than Video Connect.
I have something special in works for Club PA members that I hope to finish up this week. Club PA members should Watch their inboxes around Friday.
Everytime someone buys a Penny Arcade Year 1 book an angel gets it wings. I'm fucking serious.