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So I ran into some info on the Penny-Arcade game coming out soon, that I'm pretty excited about. The full article can be found here
Holkins was in town with Joel DeYoung, chief operating officer of Hothead Games, to discuss their collaboration on the upcoming episodic role-playing adventure game "Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness." We talked about the game and other GDC matters while gawkers gathered and a guy who calls himself the Game Jew and wears Mario overalls conducted an interview behind us. We were in the heart of ... something.
Holkins and his site partner, Mike "Gabe" Krahulik, have always been frank about what they don't like about new games. That played a role in MTV News dubbing them two of the 10 most influential gamers of all time (see "Playa Rater: The 10 Most Influential Video Gamers Of All Time"). So I was certain Holkins had a ready-made list of pitfalls he wanted his first video game to avoid. Well, not quite. "If you're asking me whether or not I hope we make a good game, then yes, we are trying our best to make a game that is not annoying, that is not a pain in the ass, that can be played through in a reasonable time and is enjoyable from the beginning to the end," he said.
I suggested that most developers had similar goals. He replied, laughing: "I would be surprised if that were the case."
So that's the most I've heard about this game besides the poster art and a few tidbits here and there. Apparently we have a trailer coming to us soon, which is excellent. I don't know about you but this steampunk style and a guarantee that classic PA humor will permeate has made this an almost-certain purchase for me.