PAX 2009 Omeganuts revealed

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It's about time they announced the 20 random pre-registered attendees who will be competeing in the Omegathon gaming competition, with less than one month left until the 6th annual PAX gaming festival. The gaming competition is schedueld to run from September 4th to the 6th, with 20 conestants, 6 games, and one Omega prize. Read the press release for the contestants, the games, and the location of the event.


Twenty Contestants, Six Games, One Omega Prize

SEATTLE - Aug. 7, 2009 - With less than a month to go until the sixth
annual PAX gaming festival, show organizers today unveiled the twenty
randomly selected PAX pre-registered attendees that will compete in
the 2009 Omegathon gaming competition to be held during the show Sept.
4-6 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

Your 2009 Omeganauts are (in alphabetical order):

Darin Blanchard

Noah Callaway

Matt Carmack

Thaddaeus Engelmann

Jackson Foster

Alejandra Garcia

Grace Hoang

Mary Jacobson

Rachel Kraft

Ken Lindas

David Medwid

Daniel Merritt

Eric Moran

Sean Morris

Mark Petcavage

Alexander Rakoczy

Ryan Taylor

Neal Torres

Hans Wuerflein

Isha Zubeidi

Over the course of three days, these lucky few will battle it out in
six brutally competitive rounds chosen by Penny Arcade's own Mike
"Gabe" Krahulik and Jerry "Tycho" Holkins to test their mettle and
gaming skills until just two remain, going head to head in a final
round on stage in front of their fellow PAX attendees. Only one will
emerge from the melee intact to be crowned the 2009 Omegathon winner,
to bask in the adulation of thousands and receive the Omega prize:
tickets, airfare and hotel for the Tokyo Game Show, plus $5,000 in
spending money.

The 2009 Omegathon will consist of:

ROUND 1: Mario Kart ® Wii

ROUND 2: Bookworm ® Adventures

ROUND 3: Halo 3: ODST

ROUND 4: (a rhythm game)


FINAL ROUND: ???????

Only PAX attendees can catch all of the Omegathon action, so don't
forget that "mailed" pre-registration for PAX 2009 is still open and
available until Aug. 15; visit for more information
and to secure your badge.

About PAX: PAX is a three-day celebration of games and gamer culture.
The festival includes an exhibition floor filled with playable builds
of upcoming tabletop, console, and computer games; a conference
program of game industry speakers; music concerts; freeplay areas;
industry parties; game tournaments and more. Since its inception in
2004 the show has doubled in size year-over-year, growing from 4,500
attendees to 58,500 in 2008, making it the largest gaming festival in
North America. For more information, visit

About Penny Arcade: Equal parts online comic and commentary, Penny
Arcade ( keeps its finger on the pulse of the
gaming industry, prompting conversation and controversy alike from
community members and industry experts. What started as a hobby in
1998 for Jerry "Tycho" Holkins and Mike "Gabe" Krahulik has grown into
an online phenomenon serving over 70 million page views a month to
millions of readers worldwide. In addition to the comic strip and PAX,
Penny Arcade has expanded its reach to include a growing line of
merchandise, a video game and management of Child's Play
(, a gamer-driven charity for children that
spans the globe.
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