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Penny Arcade to close video network and gaming news site

penny arcadeOn the heels of Penny Arcade‘s 15th anniversary, creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik have announced they’re scaling back by closing the Penny Arcade News Report video-game news site and ending Penny Arcade TV as an outlet for third-party content. Instead, they’ll focus on projects a little closer to the core webcomic.

“… I don’t think I want to ‘grow my business’ anymore; I sort of want to do the opposite,” Holkins wrote on Friday. “And I’m tired, sick to death, of saying ‘Maybe Someday’ when it comes to the things we really want to make.  So, we’re not going to do that anymore. The next year is going to be a pretty big one, one of the biggest yet; it’s the year the previous fifteen have been leading up to in the literal sense but also in other ways. I think they’re going to be ‘big years’ from now on, frankly. And it hurts pretty bad, but I don’t know where PATV as a ‘channel’ for third party shows and The Penny Arcade Report fit into that. We’ll be shutting those things down at the end of this year.”

Their Child’s Play charity and Penny Arcade Expo will continue — “We will do everything in our power to ensure that these things outlast us by a wide margin,” Holkins assured — as will the fourth season of the documentary Penny Arcade: The Series. However, there was no mention of Strip Search, the online reality show for webcomics creators.

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PA: the series and strip search were the only things i watched, hopefully they can do a strip search 2. and thank god they’re going to keep doing PAX too.

The PA Report had a lot more potential than it ended up capitalizing on. Not exactly sorry to see it go but it’s a shame that more wasn’t done with it.

please tell me you arent canceling extra creditz. its helped me so much with convincing everyone around me that videogames are a valid outlet and a worthwhile career option. its really had a huge impact on my life and i know so many who love it. i respect getting back to your origins but its such a good series and i really think it doesnt deserve to be canned. i know i wouldnt be the only one whod be crushed too.

i had a moment of stupidity. i totally forgot i wasnt on PA and wrote it like i was. lol sorry everybody

Extra Credits will still be making videos on their YouTube channel. That show is one of the greatest ever!

Translation: we don’t want to pay these guys anymore, they can just get out.

I mean come on, its not like those two had to create that extra content themselves – I bet they didn’t even have to lift a finger for any of it and yet they talk as if it was a heavy burden.

Well done Penny-Arcade for taking away the motivation I had to visit your website, your comics suck nowadays anyway.

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