Penny Arcade Expo 3rd annual gaming festival

Penny Arcade Inc. announced the dates for the third annual Penny Arcade Expo. The three-day event, a nonstop celebration of videogames and gamer culture, will take place Friday, August 25th through Sunday, August 27th, 2006 in Bellevue, Washington.

Last year's Penny Arcade Expo, PAX, saw 9,000 hardcore gamers gather just outside Seattle for an over-the-top, game-oriented fun fest. Attractions included an exhibit floor packed with playable game demos of titles that were still a good six months or more from being available in stores, game-industry conference panels, big name music concerts in the 'nerd core' rap and rock genres by artists such as MC Frontalot and The Minibosses, and plenty of gaming tournaments including the Survivor-style Omegathon: a gaming Olympics where participants' names are drawn from the pre-registration list to compete in multiple game formats. Last year's Omegathon prize was a collection of every product ever made for the Nintendo Entertainment System, as well a state-of-the-art limited-edition Star Wars-branded Alienware computer. This year's Omega Collection prize will be announced in June.

This year's PAX will include an expanded tabletop gaming experience as well as attendees' favorite elements from previous years.

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