The full story is here. http://www.penny-arcade.com/2014/01/01/res…

For those of you not in the know, Penny Arcade creator Mike Krahulik, AKA 'Gabe' has caused no small amount of controversy. Between the more recent (incredibly stupid) statements regarding transgenders he's made to the long-standing 'Dickwolf' controversy, popular sentiment against the duo has steadily started to eclipse the 'vibe' of the convention (Which was, up until recently honestly a pretty positive environment—for the most part), with more and more devs, journalists, and other popular figures even announcing they would no longer attend due to the views.

This is also reflective of a larger shift over there in which the PA crew is pulling back from all their satellite set up a while ago, along with the Penny Arcade Report and their PATV series.

As for the apology... eh. I can empathizes with what he's saying to some extent, and most of it came off as an excuse, but he did at least admit that he's the asshole sometimes, and acknowledges that he blew it.

On a personal note I've gone to PAX off and on since it's inception, and the recent problems have been a large disappointment to me. I count some of my most positive 'nerdy' experiences among the convention, playing board games with strangers and generally sharing in something with a wide variety of faces I would otherwise never meet. PAX has, traditionally been a weirdly positive environment for a con, despite it's size, and me and my wife always felt a sort of giddy excitement visiting it. I've done a fair amount of cons in my life but there was a different atmosphere, difficult to describe. But the shine over the last year or two has worn off, either due to the sheer size or other, bigger problems, I don't know. I hope that it manages to gain back some of it, as some of my fonder nerdy memories link directly back to early PAX experiences.