Remember when they made fun of ridiculous Kickstarters that didn't actually advance any project or technology, and instead existed only due to greed?
You're right, wanting to purchase dedicated recording equipment and to pay an audio engineer to ensure a quality product is fucking greedy.
Remember when they named their site wide Twitter feed 'Penny Arcade Megacorp,' sarcastically referencing the idea that Penny Arcade would ever act like some faceless corporation?
I agree, I can't think of a company further removed from the public eye. Providing us with weekly essays on their current mind-space, sharing their family interactions through their writing and their art, and giving us video insights into their personal lives falls far below the bare minimum of interaction I expect from the heads any business/company.
Remember when you could follow Mike on Twitter without receiving daily advertising messages regarding his new reality show?
What asshole would use Twitter to promote a project they created and are proud of? Fucking douches, amirite?
Remember when they put on conventions and sold the tickets to the 'outsiders,' the actual fans?
The fact that they blocked my IP from buying tickets to PAX is one thing, but the huge "NO ACTUAL FANS" sign on the front door is going too far.