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How I Met Robert Khoo, and how do I contact him again?

TheArmyofNoneTheArmyofNone Registered User new member
edited September 2010 in PAX Archive
So this was my first year of PAX (Loved it, by the way), and I was the only one of my group of 4 that had an interest in the concerts (weighted against missing other things or sleep, that is.) So, I made it into the concerts the first night, as I had a wristband, and enjoyed the hell out of it. Protomen was stunning, and Anamanaguchi rocked my world, etc. etc.

On saturday, I had no wristband, having just missed them in the morning. I still went to stand in line for the concerts, but I got there a bit late (my own fault, of course.) So, after standing in line for a while with some random cool PAX people, we heard that the concert was almost all full up. I ended up shoulder to shoulder with two other people, a guy and a girl who had come to PAX together. Mr. Khoo was standing there counting out how many more people were allowed into the hall to fill it to capacity. He said that there were only two spots left, so I immediately volunteered the other people who were in the front of the line, pretty much before he finished his sentence (What can I say, I'm a nice guy like that.) So they go in, and Khoo tells everyone in the line that people will leave after the omegathon thing, and that we should just wait a bit, but he says to me that I should come with him. So he leads me to the main hall thing, us making small talk and introducing ourselves (I had no idea who he was at the time until he told me what his job was), and handed me a PAX 2010 VIP Seating wristband, then escorted me to the VIP booth to the left of the stage.

tl;dr version: I got to meet Robert Khoo, and sit in the VIP booth, as a reward for being altruistic, and it made my PAX a hundred times more awesome.

Is there any best way for me to contact him? I want to say thanks again to him for that whole experience. Hope everyone else had a good PAX experience! :)

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    MoradethMoradeth Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    As always Khoo is a classy guy, he'll see it or you can send him a PM here.

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    KillerMcDeadKillerMcDead Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/member.php?u=225

    I believe he frequents the forums. You could probably try shooting him a PM on there.

    I also got a chance to meet him at PAX. Being a huge fan of PATV, I recognized him immediately. He was doing something on his phone and I asked if I could bug him for a picture. He said we should look like we were talking about something important.
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    Anyways we chatted for a quick second, and he shared an interesting fact with me about my hometown of Winnipeg, MB. Such a cool guy. Knowing the level of involvement he has in the planning/execution of PAX, the fact that he still takes time to help Enforcers hand out T-Shirts at panels speaks volumes about his character.

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    TheArmyofNoneTheArmyofNone Registered User new member
    edited September 2010
    Awesome, thanks guys! Glad to see that he's as awesome as I thought. I'll send him a PM. :)

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    SpawnOfCthulhuSpawnOfCthulhu Also that Snifit guy. Gig Harbor, WARegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Whenever I saw him, I went out of my way to say "Good [insert time of day here], Robert."
    He shook my hand and said thanks once.

    That made my day.

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    EskimoDaveEskimoDave Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I wanted to say hi to Khoo every time I saw him, but he always looked busy, so I didn't want to disturb him.

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    InfidelInfidel Heretic Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/member.php?u=225

    I believe he frequents the forums. You could probably try shooting him a PM on there.

    I also got a chance to meet him at PAX. Being a huge fan of PATV, I recognized him immediately. He was doing something on his phone and I asked if I could bug him for a picture. He said we should look like we were talking about something important.
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    Anyways we chatted for a quick second, and he shared an interesting fact with me about my hometown of Winnipeg, MB. Such a cool guy. Knowing the level of involvement he has in the planning/execution of PAX, the fact that he still takes time to help Enforcers hand out T-Shirts at panels speaks volumes about his character.

    Nice. As a fellow Pegger, I'm curious which fact he shared. :lol:

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    ShaddzShaddz Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    He's a pretty cool guy - During the Friday concerts, me and my head-banging buddy (One should always headbang in pairs or greater) kept moving closer and closer to the stage as people were leaving. Once Minibosses took the stage, it was just me and him and a media person on the far left of the front row - Literally against the edge of the stage.

    Kiko was making his rounds during the concert, taking pics and stuff during the whole thing. The stage door was propped open during one of the Minibosses multiple Excite Bike runthroughs, and as me and my buddy kept yelling "LOUDER" and "FASTER" between Excite Bikes (The songs like 8 seconds long), I could see Khoo looking at us and grinning like a mofo. Or maybe it at Kiko who was looking in his direction at the time.

    Khoo's a cool dude; He organizes Penny Arcade, and doesnt afraid of nobody.

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    AprecheApreche Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Here's a small Khoo story from PAX Prime 2010.

    It's Thursday and we just got settled in our room in the Sheraton. We decide to head out to get our badges (being speakers, we don't get them mailed to us) and a bite to eat. We get down to the second floor where registration is supposed to be only to find some other event going on. I saw Khoo standing there, but didn't want to bother him. Then without even really saying anything he realizes we are looking for reg, and he personally escorts us to where the registration-handling enforcers are camping out.

    He's super busy running this whole PAX, but he's still got time to personally take care of the little things.

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    DrBallsDrBalls Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    EskimoDave wrote: »
    I wanted to say hi to Khoo every time I saw him, but he always looked busy, so I didn't want to disturb him.

    This. I love the man but I don't want to disrupt his workflow. I honestly believe there are actually 4 or 5 Robert Khoos (Khooes? Khooi?) because it's not possible for one man to be everywhere all the time...but he is.

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    JediFreemanJediFreeman Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    DrBalls wrote: »
    EskimoDave wrote: »
    I wanted to say hi to Khoo every time I saw him, but he always looked busy, so I didn't want to disturb him.

    This. I love the man but I don't want to disrupt his workflow. I honestly believe there are actually 4 or 5 Robert Khoos (Khooes? Khooi?) because it's not possible for one man to be everywhere all the time...but he is.

    damn! you found out the secret...

    please remain where you are while the secret army of KhooNinjas(tm) moves to your location...

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    UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    DrBalls wrote: »
    EskimoDave wrote: »
    I wanted to say hi to Khoo every time I saw him, but he always looked busy, so I didn't want to disturb him.

    This. I love the man but I don't want to disrupt his workflow. I honestly believe there are actually 4 or 5 Robert Khoos (Khooes? Khooi?) because it's not possible for one man to be everywhere all the time...but he is.

    damn! you found out the secret...

    please remain where you are while the secret army of KhooNinjas(tm) moves to your location...

    Attack of the Khloones

    (sorry Robert you know I <3 you)

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    Angel177Angel177 Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    DrBalls wrote: »
    EskimoDave wrote: »
    I wanted to say hi to Khoo every time I saw him, but he always looked busy, so I didn't want to disturb him.

    This. I love the man but I don't want to disrupt his workflow. I honestly believe there are actually 4 or 5 Robert Khoos (Khooes? Khooi?) because it's not possible for one man to be everywhere all the time...but he is.

    THIS hell it was the same with Mike and Jerry I saw jerry twice but he was deep into a phone email each time and I thought 'that man will have 10000 people disturb him from getting anywhere so just give him a break' it was neat to see em though.:P

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    DruVirusDruVirus Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Khoo can be a bit intimidating (even as an Enforcer) and he always seems incredibly busy (he always is) but just a "hello" or anything along those lines always at least adds to the Khoo-meter and should never be discouraged. He really is a great guy and appreciates everybody involved in PAX but .. being as busy as he is he's always a bit .. razzled. He kind of reminds me of a squirrel. =P

    This was a great story, though. Khoo always does all he can for people to try to make sure everyone has a great time at PAX. Rewarding the good people like this is one of those things he likes to do. If everybody has a good time, things not only go smoother for him and all the staff of PAX but it also has people leave with great memories of PAX, Penny-Arcade, and the gamer community in general. ;]

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    Silvestri99Silvestri99 Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I saw Robert out in the lobby of the concert hall just before the show on Friday. I was going to ask for a pick but he was talking to someone and looked a bit busy. If anything else I just wanted to thank him so he could here it for the 1000th time. The guy is nice and it comes through in what he does and how he interacts with everyone. I've never heard a bad story or experience about him (well, unless you count Mike, Jerry or Scott).
    Maybe I'll get a picture next year.

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    eMDeeeMDee Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I saw Khoo on shirt duty while getting in line for the Star Wars panel. Well... that is to say, I saw one of the Khloones passing out shirts.

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    KyoutekiKyouteki Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Man, I just want to have lunch with the man some time and pick his brain. It would rock so much if he could take out an hour or so and do a business panel at PAX next year. Alas.

    I try to always make a point to say hi to Khoo and thank him for his work whenever I see him at PAX. Missed him this year, although a friend I was with saw him power walking by and yelled "You're famous!" and he just waved. Ha.

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    akjakakjak Thera Spooky GymRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I agree a panel of some of the "behind the scenes" people would be cool. Khoo, Kiko, the woman whose name I can't remember who runs Child's Play.

    Whenever I see Khoo, I simply snap to attention and salute :)

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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited September 2010
    akjak wrote: »
    I agree a panel of some of the "behind the scenes" people would be cool. Khoo, Kiko, the woman whose name I can't remember who runs Child's Play.

    Whenever I see Khoo, I simply snap to attention and salute :)


    Kristin Lindsay

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    TuscaderoTuscadero Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    DrBalls wrote: »
    EskimoDave wrote: »
    I wanted to say hi to Khoo every time I saw him, but he always looked busy, so I didn't want to disturb him.

    This. I love the man but I don't want to disrupt his workflow. I honestly believe there are actually 4 or 5 Robert Khoos (Khooes? Khooi?) because it's not possible for one man to be everywhere all the time...but he is.

    I agree. I saw Kiko and The Khoos (that sounds like a sweet band name... DIBS! unless they want it haha) running around the entire time but I never said hi to them for the same reason. The only member of the PA crew that I was able to talk to was Erika. She was in the console freeplay area with her shiny new fiance so I took that opportunity to congratulate them. They were very pleasant!

    Lastly, AnArmyofNone, I was right behind you on Saturday night in that same line for the concerts. I was wondering where Khoo ran off to, now I know haha! Awesome! :]

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    millislimmillislim Black Sheep Sacramento, CARegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I was super excited to actually run into Sir Khoo while we were all filing into the "Make a Strip" panel...I was the ginormous Gabe cosplay and walking along the catwalk...Khoo was on the ground floor and signaled for a pic...his camera kept acting up so he'd go...Ok ok....crap! Wait...Ok ok....crap! He finally got his pic and TWEETED IT!!!!! I'm SOOOO HONORED!!! later ran into him and got a good pic with him....such a handsome man!!!! Suit and all!

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    WingedillidanWingedillidan Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I was one of the first thousand people for the keynote and Khoo walked up and down the queue line for Benaroya, I asked him for a picture and he said later when he's less busy... That never really happened for he was ALWAYS busy whilst managing the queue line. Shoulda asked during the Star Wars line :P.

    Also, for the VIP boxes... aren't they the same as the boxes opposite them? I remember Wil complaining about not being in the front during Paul and Storm's last song.

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    MelesMelesMelesMeles Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    millislim wrote: »
    I was super excited to actually run into Sir Khoo while we were all filing into the "Make a Strip" panel...I was the ginormous Gabe cosplay and walking along the catwalk...Khoo was on the ground floor and signaled for a pic...his camera kept acting up so he'd go...Ok ok....crap! Wait...Ok ok....crap! He finally got his pic and TWEETED IT!!!!! I'm SOOOO HONORED!!! later ran into him and got a good pic with him....such a handsome man!!!! Suit and all!

    That was you??? You win at life. See me at PAX East for many many free drinks.

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    InfidelInfidel Heretic Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    millislim wrote: »
    I was super excited to actually run into Sir Khoo while we were all filing into the "Make a Strip" panel...I was the ginormous Gabe cosplay and walking along the catwalk...Khoo was on the ground floor and signaled for a pic...his camera kept acting up so he'd go...Ok ok....crap! Wait...Ok ok....crap! He finally got his pic and TWEETED IT!!!!! I'm SOOOO HONORED!!! later ran into him and got a good pic with him....such a handsome man!!!! Suit and all!

    We passed right by you as he was trying this, I was all like "oh hey, it's mill! why is she stopping... oh shit, it's Khoo! *dash out of the picture*" :lol:

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    GrathGrath I'm a much happier person these days Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2010
    How awesome is Khoo?

    I showed up to tear things down on Monday, he was there already tearing down banners with everyone else.

    Just seems like something you'd delegate when you have that much work to do. Nope he's right there with the rest of us pulling apart those goddamn banners.

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    MJPMMJPM Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Shaddz wrote: »
    He's a pretty cool guy - During the Friday concerts, me and my head-banging buddy (One should always headbang in pairs or greater) kept moving closer and closer to the stage as people were leaving. Once Minibosses took the stage, it was just me and him and a media person on the far left of the front row - Literally against the edge of the stage.

    Kiko was making his rounds during the concert, taking pics and stuff during the whole thing. The stage door was propped open during one of the Minibosses multiple Excite Bike runthroughs, and as me and my buddy kept yelling "LOUDER" and "FASTER" between Excite Bikes (The songs like 8 seconds long), I could see Khoo looking at us and grinning like a mofo. Or maybe it at Kiko who was looking in his direction at the time.

    Khoo's a cool dude; He organizes Penny Arcade, and doesnt afraid of nobody.

    That was YOU!! I was the media dude in the Afro. Damn you and Excite Bike!!

    LOL! I thank Khoo because he got me my Media badge for doing the Unofficial PAX Community DVD. Khoo, you are awesome! I take back all the things Scott Kurtz said about you, while drunk!

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    ShaddzShaddz Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    MJPM wrote: »
    Shaddz wrote: »
    He's a pretty cool guy - During the Friday concerts, me and my head-banging buddy (One should always headbang in pairs or greater) kept moving closer and closer to the stage as people were leaving. Once Minibosses took the stage, it was just me and him and a media person on the far left of the front row - Literally against the edge of the stage.

    Kiko was making his rounds during the concert, taking pics and stuff during the whole thing. The stage door was propped open during one of the Minibosses multiple Excite Bike runthroughs, and as me and my buddy kept yelling "LOUDER" and "FASTER" between Excite Bikes (The songs like 8 seconds long), I could see Khoo looking at us and grinning like a mofo. Or maybe it at Kiko who was looking in his direction at the time.

    Khoo's a cool dude; He organizes Penny Arcade, and doesnt afraid of nobody.

    That was YOU!! I was the media dude in the Afro. Damn you and Excite Bike!!

    LOL! I thank Khoo because he got me my Media badge for doing the Unofficial PAX Community DVD. Khoo, you are awesome! I take back all the things Scott Kurtz said about you, while drunk!

    YES! Kick ass! I apologize now if I ruined any of your footage with my loudness! I also saw Coldbrew further down.

    Well hey man, send me a PM or something if you wanna socially network at some point.

    Take care,

    Shaddz

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    adesteradester Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Grath wrote: »
    How awesome is Khoo?

    I showed up to tear things down on Monday, he was there already tearing down banners with everyone else.

    Just seems like something you'd delegate when you have that much work to do. Nope he's right there with the rest of us pulling apart those goddamn banners.

    Wow that speaks more character as a boss than anything.
    Gotta give it to Mr. Khoo on that.

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    TukimoshiTukimoshi Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I saw Khoo at the line-up too. I complimented him on being so-on-top of everything and he smiled at me.

    I got nothing nearly as cool as a VIP Pass though. :P

    Also: I met a guy with a Pax VIP pass because his "Friend's friend's friend's brother is friends with Tycho and Gabe"

    Like a sort of a "friend of a friend of mine" sort of thing.

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