Penny Arcade Expo - PAX Wrapup
I wasn't going to mention anything about this on here, since I figured the crossover interest between housing/economy and video games was pretty low. But then as I was walking around the expo this weekend, I actually ran into someone from the blog (I won't name any names).
So did anyone else attend PAX
this weekend? This was my second year, and I have to say, I really had a great time. Here's my wrapup.
- I really enjoyed the Assassin's Creed
demo. Not only does the game look sweet (I really enjoyed Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, which was made by the same group), but the guy giving the presentation was funny. He had a quirky sense of humor that added a lot of fun to it.
- I'm not at all into anime, but one of the games that looked the most fun to me was Naruto: Rise of a Ninja
for the Xbox 360. Run around on rooftops to deliver ramen, with the occasional break into a full-featured fighting game? Sounds bizarre, but looks hecka fun.
Also cool was Blazing Angles 2
for the 360. But that may just be because I'm a sucker for flying games.
Dang, it would seem that Ubisoft really stole most of my attention.
- I'd never heard Jonathan Coulton
before, but my friend who attended PAX with me was really excited to see him. After attending the show, I can see why. He's quite amusing, and put on an excellent show. Definitely check out his work (although his website
seems to be down as of Monday morning). He'll be back in Seattle twice in the next few months, so you too can partake.
- They had a quirky game installed on all the PC Freeplay machines that was quite fun. In Babo Violent
, you're a marble. A marble equipped with a bazooka, chain gun, flamethrower, or any of a number of other crazy weapons. You roll around in a top-down 3D maze, shooting other marbles, which explode in a shower of gratuitous blood. Good times.
- I was personally disappointed by the notable absence of Blizzard
) and EA (Spore
& Sim City Societies
). Hopefully they don't ignore the show next year as well.
Also, the "Most Annoying Game (that I played in the Exhibition Hall)" award goes to Lair
, a dragon-flying game for the PS3. The controls were way too difficult to figure out, with the analog sticks controlling only the camera, and control of the actual dragon achieved by tilting the controller. It basically felt like they used the tilt control just because they could, not because they should. Would have made a lot more sense to just stick with the dual analog control. Also, the objective kept changing in the level they had set up, which just made it all the more confusing. "Blow up the bridge! No wait, shoot down the dragons! No wait, destroy some soldiers! No wait, take out the dog-bulls!" If that game was supposed to make me wish I owned a PS3, it failed.
- During the first Q & A with Jerry & Mike, some guy got up and started his question with something like "did you do that on purpose?" Everyone was confused, and when asked to clarify, he responded with "I could sue you, you know." It went downhill from there. I think the guy was stoned or something.
During the Hothead games panel (which was overall quite fun) about the upcoming PA game, On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness
, they gave away an Xbox 360 Elite with the *achem*
Fruit #&$%er drawn on it. That they gave away a sweet prize wasn't the lame part.
After the Q&A time was done, one of the devs said he was surprised that "certain questions" weren't asked. Basically he was waiting for someone to ask if the game was going to be released on Xbox Live Arcade (which it is), and whoever asked that question was going to be given the Xbox. Since nobody asked it, they basically gave it away randomly.
What was lame though was that earlier some girl did
ask whether the game would be coming out on any consoles or Mac, to which the devs answered "It will be on PC, Mac, and Linux," thus implying that it would not be on any consoles. After that answer, why would anyone get up and ask specifically whether it would be coming out on XBLA? That would just be redundant and silly. I think they should have given the 360 to the girl that asked about the consoles and the mac. Oh well.
Jerry & Mike's panels were all great, as was Wil Wheaton's keynote. I was also impressed with Mr. Wheaton's incredible stamina, as he seemed to be out at his table signing autographs for at least half of the time the show was open.
The show as a whole felt a lot better organized than last year, there was tons to do, and more fun than you should be allowed to have for $40 (the early bird 3-day pre-reg. price I paid). I definitely recommend checking it out next year if you're at all into video (or tabletop) games.