They’re Classing Up PAX with a Little Theater



?Videogames? Pshaw. Videogames aren’t art; we know this because an old man who refuses to play videogames once told us so. Theater — now that’s some art. And now a bit of the theater is coming to the Penny Arcade Expo next month when Critical Threat Theatre puts on a production of Cameron McNary’s “Of Dice and Men.” There’s little to say about the play, other than 1) it’s about role-players, 2) one of them is about to go off to fight in Iraq, 3) by all accounts the gamers are not hideous, social mutants unable to function in normal society, for which we should all be grateful, and 4) apparently those that got a preview of the play at PAX East all loved it. The play will premiere on Friday, September 3rd, at 7:30 pm, assuming it raises enough money; please consider donating, as this is the kind of thing that nerds could use a lot more of.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.