September 4th 2009 12:38 pm PT

Headed to PAX ? Be sure to get your free Avatar T-Shirt

Get your FREE PAX T-Shirt




If you’re coming to Seattle for the Penny Arcade Expo this weekend, let me be the first to say welcome. Be sure to stop by the special Xbox table (not the booth) to pick up your
free PAX 2009 T Shirt for your avatar
, proudly being modeled here by my own Xbox LIVE avatar.  All you need to do is stop by the Xbox table on your way to the show floor and ask for one. It’s located on the 4th floor, North Lobby at the top of the escalators (across from the Penny Arcade Store.) . We’ll be handing them out on Friday and Saturday from 1p – 4p while supplies last so don’t wait until the last minute to score one.

See you this weekend!







Events By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Sogeman

    Ok so who wants to be a nice guy and get me one of these. Would be hard for me to get over there. ^^

  • BillyMagnumFOD

    Seriously why can’t us ppl who live nowhere near these events get anything?

  • a peeking duck

    Major Nelson: Please mail me all the free stuff being handed out at PAX this year because I’m a whiny jerk with a huge sense of entitlement. TIA

  • xTheRulerx

    lol…”while supplies last”

    Really? I mean…really? A shirt for your avator is a DIGITAL item, it can be reproduced a billion times in a matter of seconds.

    Why…why would you use statements like that?

  • Major Nelson

    Because we produced a fixes number of codes. When the codes are gone, so is the opportunity to get a shirt………therefore while supplies last.

  • Jonah Falcon

    GameStooge’s media rep Jordan Lund will be there, Larry. I told him to go say “hi”. :p

  • Jay ITFC

    Then just make it a free download for EVERYONE over Xbox Live. No need to produce paper cards with codes on in the first place. Microsoft saves money, EVERYONE can get the content and we’d all be saving a few trees in the process. Guess that makes to much sense…


  • Nitramuse

    @ Jay ITFC

    My sentiments exactly.

  • ape dk

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….dont think I could get there in time….to collect the free code for the T-shirt……anyway have a nice time at PAX

  • KP ScuzzyBunny

    There is quite a bit of free content for the Avatars already, and while I dislike the fact that most of the events with good SWAG are nowhere near my location, I do agree with the concept…I like my exclusive event gamerpics, and it’s fun to have stuff as a “perk” for attending a show/ conference. I feel for you guys overseas, as there are so few events, at all, much less with “goodies”, but there are a lot of things no one outside of Asia gets from Sony and Nintendo, so I guess it’s just catering to the home crowd. That being said…anyone hear anything about the 800pts we were supposed to get from purchasing the Summer of Arcade titles? Aug 31st has come and gone!!

  • Major Nelson

    This is a gift to those who have taken time out of their schedule to attend PAX. Don’t worry….we’ll have more things like this in the future. Some exclusive for events like this, and some available to everyone via LIVE.

  • Anonymous

    What about a limited time DLC for that stuff ?

  • MajorMask

    Thank you Major for having an event like this at GamesCom two weeks ago.
    Oh, I forgot…there wasn’t such an event…

  • Anonymous

    “This is a gift to those who have taken time out of their schedule to attend PAX.”

    No offense Major, but you make it sound like it’s a chore to go to PAX. Are you kidding me? We ALL want to go to PAX if we could accept we don’t all live in Seattle, some don’t even live in the US. Others like myself are not fortunate enough to afford plane tickets to fly over there because of financial problems.

  • Anonymous

    Waaaaah!!! Now Im gonna go hang myself in the closet because I cant get a PAX shirt for my avatar

  • Keeyop

    I’ve taken time out of my schedule to deliberately not attend PAX, is there any chance I can get a “casual gamer who doesn’t attend con’s T-Shirt”? actually a “PAX SUCKS” T-shirt would do, or a U.K. exclusive T-shirt only for people who live in Twycross with the old Ultimate: Play the game logo on it, that would be nice. or for those people who were born allergic to the earths atmosphere, how about a T-Shirt with “I was born allergic to the earths atmosphere on it”, In fact this thing could just run and run.

  • Hurlamania

    Someone get me one please I don’t think I can get there from Cleveland in time. Thanks

  • Warrengonline

    @Jay ITFC
    Thanks, you beat me to it. Going GREEN is awesome! I was going to sound like I’m whining and I’m a Gold Member with no lapsing in my account since April 2007. On top of that, I do not think I own many arcade games (compared to two of my friends who 97%+ complete all of their arcade AND retail games). I take it ‘loyal’ members will be getting something special that no other members can get until they achieve the same status? Amex gives perks same with Visa, I took the time to pay my bills on time. Even my Edge Card gives me exclusive perks. I honestly do not need an exclusive item – I’d be happy with an Advanced Avatar Editor – pick the placement of my features (eyes, nose, mouth, ears, face paint, makeup [yeh, I said makeup], even control which way my hair leans or points). Not important stuffs, but desired. My current avatar character ‘Maxwell’ did not come out too well.

  • Necrodiety

    If there are any left over I’m sure MN will post them. It’s no big deal if you didn’t get one. There are lots of exclusive items that aren’t available to the masses. I don’t cry that I didn’t get a limited edition Bioshock faceplate. I’m just grateful that we have a superior gaming system to PS3 and Wii. :)

  • starz1984

    man, everything happens in Cali or Wash. If i didn’t live in PA, I’d be over there. My avatar wants a free t-shirt :(

  • Exu

    So yeah send one my way will you eh? Nudge nudge wink wink.

    I’d have a different free tee already if you lot would just update Splosion Man already.

  • Reddox

    Dear Major Nelson, I would gladly pay to _not_ have an avatar.


  • Warrengonline

    ‘Superior’ or ‘More Efficient’ which makes ours More Superior? :)

  • a peeking duck

    Warrengonline: it doesn’t mean squat to Microsoft how “loyal” you’ve been to giving them money.


    @ reddox,

    Please feel free to join the PSN.


    @warrengonline Must you comment on every single post? Seriously, you have that much to say?

  • MesTiZ0

    You’re getting a lot of attention bro. Im kinda jealous. lol

    Seriously, Major Nelson, I understand it’s a token appreciation for those who took the time and effort to attend the event. Here in the Northeast there’s hardly any going on regarding gaming conventions. I just hope down the near future some attention will be given to Northeast. We are not asking for much.

  • Tissu69

    I would hope you would make something available in the SouthEast as well…

  • KP ScuzzyBunny

    We do need someone to make some more “negative” items (hats and shirts…or maybe a picket sign prop) for our Avatars. Whatever happened to those guys Disruptive Publishers who used to do all those gamerpics and themes? Give us some “____ sucks!” or “Boycott EA” …plenty of Halo fanboys would buy a CoD Sucks shirt, and vice versa!!!

  • Nara Grrl

    What about those who “Took the time out of their schedule” to go on Sunday? No love..

  • Jay ITFC

    “This is a gift to those who have taken time out of their schedule to attend PAX.”

    You say it likes it’s a chore. A timed exclusive on the XBL Marketplace is the way to go for content like this…

  • Warrengonline

    @Twilight Now
    Hmmm, I never gave them my money, they took it with mind control. Nintendo, Sega and 3DO used to do that to me. As long as I have happy thoughts in my head, a smile on my face and my friends follow suit part of the way or not, I’m good. To be honest, my “loyalty” is to whom treats me right and fair. But.. when it comes to ‘free stuff’ my friends know I’d bypass thousands of products just to get what I WANT or can use – even if I have to pay for it.

    Hey yo, JUNG GUNS is just give’in some internet love. I post only when things concern me. I’m sure if JUNG GUNS checks ALL of the sports posts of baseball, football, basketball and soccer (I play that in reality) you won’t hear a peep out of me as I do not care for sports. As for attention getting, most forget what the word ‘blog’ means or ‘how to ignore’. I thought I was doing good for a few weeks. You ready for some SFIV? I still need to work on The Dishwasher, TMNT 1989 Arcade and A Kingdom for Keflings. Want to roll on any of those? Let me know.

  • SalamanderSkill

    Paying for Avatar content is the 3rd-4th lowest I’ve seen MS dip…

  • Goodeye84

    Guys many of the community sites are giving out codes to the shirts. I’m thinking MS handed this out in handfuls to the community site attendees. I wasn’t able to make it (I actually was going had my media pass and everything but last minute house issues with closing kept me from being able to go) Luckily enough one of our guys was there and MS was kind enough to allow him to take a couple for those of use who were not able to make it.

    I suggest instead of whining maybe maybe you look around at the different “community” sites twitter etc (@Dennya on twitter who happens to be one of the inside xbox personalities helping people get their achievements) has been giving many of these shirt codes out on twitter kind of like how Major does it.

    So look around who know maybe you might get lucky (Don’t ask me cause I don’t have the codes the only one I had was the one I used to get my shirt.)

  • Goodeye84


    Well PAX Boston will be happening next year early in the year (I think they said March I could be wrong) I would think and hope MS would be ready to hook you guys up there!

  • Jonah Falcon

    I got a PAX T-shirt – friend got me a code while he was there.

    I don’t need the female T, tho – should do a contest for it.

  • ElektroDragon

    I was at PAX all day today with only a 1 day pass, and I had NO IDEA this was going on! Very upset. Why was this not given out at the actual MS booth? It is it policy to never give anything out at the Microsoft booth? I even walked past you at PAX, Major. Can you send me a shirt code as reparations for bumping into my wife? :)

  • Darth Skuzzle

    What a bunch of whinging brats! Harden up. Sheesh.

  • RkD Legicide

    so, make sure they have this for PAX East.

  • RkD Legicide

    and yes, PAX East is in Boston starting March 26th-28th 2010.

  • krisxx

    Since the Avatar Marketplace was introduced, have we gotten any free avatar clothing or items?

  • Mcmax3000

    @krisxx – The Avatar Marketplace has only been around for a few weeks. Give it some time.

    And for all the people whining, this is just something nice Microsoft & Penny Arcade (I’m sure they were involved as well to some degree) decided to do for people going to PAX. I think it’s a good sign of things to come if they’re willing to produce avatar items to give away.

    Besides, what’s the point of wearing around a t-shirt (be it virtual or otherwise) for an event you didn’t attend?

  • Capt Moore

    Too bad this isn’t during the final day (Sunday.) I am still debating making the drive up to Seattle from Portland tomorrow to attend (3hrs each way). (I am in Ohio right now on a business trip, return to PDX late night tonight.)

  • Capt Moore

    Nevermind, I just found out PAX is sold out this year, so it won’t do any good to try and buy a ticket at the gate. (I’m surprised a convention for the public can actually sellout, other than fire code issues.)

    A day ticket was a pricy $35, so didn’t need to spend the money anyway.

  • Arsenic13

    Itll be available on LIVE for a ridiculous price. No thank you.


    No, event-specific items like this don’t end up on the XBL Marketplace. The only marketplace you MIGHT end up seeing this is on eBay… just like they are a bunch of exclusive BlizzCon items for sale now (one auction has the BlizzCon 2008 Polar Bear Mount and Starcraft 2 Beta Key for $275 with 14 bids! DAMN!).

  • Lv100Charizard9

    people who think they should get this are really selfish, It’s like you walk down the street and see a birthday party, you don’t know who it is or anything but you step into the back yard and expect a goodie bag. get over yourselves guys.

  • IconicSoulJA

    I got a shirt and I am currently in upstate NY. I got a code from Joystiq! :)

  • Warrengonline

    In the UK, Gears of War 2 Golden Lancer code was on ebay for like $99 after launch – I can’t remember how many bids. Mcmax3000 is correct about the ‘reason’ behind the shirt. So was my indirect question of ‘loyalty’.

    Back home that used to always happen at our place, kids and people we did not associate with or liked would end up at our parties and family get togethers and my parents would let them stay. Not nice when $200 worth of ribs just vanish. (Critters!?) And NO, they didn’t deserve it!

  • IconicSoulJA

    You guys can download the PAX 2009 Tee here… for a fee…

    Unless you play 1v100 like its your ownly Xbox game and win all the time, don’t think you’ll be able to afford it.