The creators of Penny Arcade, Tycho and Gabe (A.K.A Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik) , the widely accepted kings of web comics were recently honored by the senate and house of their home state of Washington. The duo were applauded for the attention and publicity they bring to the gaming industry in the greater Seattle area via the comic strip and their gaming convention, Penny Arcade Expo, which in a few short years, has become the largest public gaming con in the country.
They were also singled out for their self-created charity, Child’s Play, which donates toys, video games and gaming equipment to children’s wards in hospitals all over the country. The charity has raised almost five million dollars in cash, games and other items for hospitalized kids. How can you not appreciate that?
Having met Tycho and Gabe in person on a few occasions, I have to say that it couldn’t have happened to a nicer couple of guys. Despite being at the head of a veritable internet empire, they remain humble and true to their roots as gamers. The video game world could use a few more ambassadors as genuine and effective as the guys from Penny Arcade.
Plus, Gabe also has a Pac-Man tattoo. When I meet someone else who shares my dedication to the greatest video game of all time, I can’t help but respect them. It’s almost enough for me to forgive them playing World of Warcraft as Alliance characters instead of the far superior Horde.