Even after issuing an apology, in which he spoke of his “regret”, the controversy over Penny Arcade artist Mike Krahulik’s comments at this year’s PAX continue to have repercussions.
Today, Max Temkin – one of the designers and co-founders behind the massive Cards Against Humanity – took to his blog to talk about his company’s experience at this year’s PAX, and how Krahulik’s comments “just fucked us”.
“I wasn’t at that panel, but word reached me that afternoon and I knew shortly after that a good amount of the work we had done for PAX had been washed away”, he writes. “After the show, nobody would remember the cube that I spent months designing or the cards and fortune cookies that we gave out, they would only remember that quote. I believe my exact words were, ‘Mike just fucked us.'”
I think this is an important step in people’s reactions to the show, and its organisers, because until now most people taking a public stand – at least behind their company’s name – have been small indie projects.
Cards Against Humanity, with millions sold, millions made and an enormous presence at the show, is not a small indie project.
Having weighed up his options – which included pulling out of PAX entirely – Temkin says that for future shows, Cards Against Humanity is “going to use our place there to talk about what we think is right and fair, and welcome all kinds of gamers into our booth.”
PAX [Max Temkin]