After a run of two years, the Penny Arcade Report is no more, senior editor Ben Kuchera announced today on Twitter.
Founded as a part of the broader Penny Arcade ecosystem, which also includes the Penny Arcade website, the Child's Play charity and organizes the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) conventions, the PA Report's content contained a mix of news, long form writing, reviews and commentary.
Sad days, but we had a great two years. PAR is shutting down. http://t.co/q5yG4xk7dr— Ben Kuchera (@BenKuchera) December 7, 2013
In a post on the PAR website, Kuchera explained that he is happy with the publication, saying that "sometimes these things work out; sometimes they don't."
"I'm very happy with PAR, and if this is how it ends, that's not too bad," Kuchera wrote. "We had a good run. We didn't fix game journalism, but the whole idea of it being broken and needing a white knight to run in and make everything better was arrogant and more than a little pigheaded. There was good game writing before PAR, and there's going to be good game writing after we go away.
"I'm just so very happy that I was able to contribute to that flood of ideas in even a modest way, and I wanted to thank you very, very much for coming along with us."
In a post on Penny Arcade, Jerry "Tycho" Holkins touched on the closing of Penny Arcade TV (PATV) and PAR, as well as the future of Penny Arcade.
"But I don't think I want to 'grow my business' anymore; I sort of want to do the opposite," Holkins wrote. "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.
"I think they're beautiful and useful and important; I use them every day. It's possible that you do, too. I hired people to run them, or paid them, and I am making their lives worse by doing this. Losing Ben is especially painful — he did everything we asked of him, and more. The only comfort is knowing that everyone affected by this is excellent, as is attested continually by their excellent work, and will certainly land on their feet. We've tried to connect the dots for them where we can. Still hurts."