PAX: East vs Prime

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This year I was fortunate to be able to attend both PAX East and PAX Prime - something that I imagine ushers in the Age of Aquarius and won't be seen again for some time.  I've attended a few years of East, but this was my first time at Prime, and I was curious: how would the two compare?  Is Prime really the mother of all PAXes? Well, just like any convention, my experience was wholly subjective and based on my personal interests, my general health, the wind chill factor, and so on.  Still, … [Read more...]

PAX Prime Panel: Fantasia: Music Evolved

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I've attended PAX East for the past few years, but this year I had the opportunity to attend the mother-con, PAX Prime.  Though there are dozens of panels to choose from, there was one caught my attention immediately: a panel about a collaboration between Harmonix and Disney's Fantasia.  Though I obviously knew about the other big Disney game of the year, I hadn't heard about this at all (I suppose my attention was diverted during E3).  But as a woman who loves Disney, loves Harmonix, loves … [Read more...]

How to Survive MISSING a Con

No more PAX tickets. Even Spock is sobbing over it.

There comes a traumatic moment in every young geek's life where they must confront the sad but unavoidable truth; sometimes, you just can't ATTEND ALL OF THE THINGS. Whether it be due to finances, other obligations, or the ever-common problem of tickets selling out too fast, we've all had to miss out on a convention we really wanted to go to (unless, of course, you hate conventions, in which case, congratulations for making better life choices than I have!) Once upon a time, that would have … [Read more...]

PAX 2012: The MegaRoundup

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I sometimes think that you could do a post-a-day blog just about PAX. There’s so much to see and do, so many games to try, so many panels to gush over with friends afterwards while making enthusiastic gestures, that there really isn’t enough space to get it all in. Thus it is that, until I can find a home for my fifty new articles covering every loving detail of every game (and thus vindicating my need to talk all these amazing developers’ ears off for half an hour each), I’ll have to suffice … [Read more...]

PAX 10 in 10 Words (Give or take 10,000)

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Amid all the giant booths and AAA titles demanding our attention at PAX Prime, it’s easy to miss the smaller, indie titles nestled away in the corners and nooks and crannies of the expo hall… which is a shame, as some of the best and brightest people are doing amazing work! Luckily, PAX does do its best to celebrate these unsung heroes; thus the PAX 10, a yearly collection of some of the best indie titles in development and release. I interviewed many of this year’s developers about their games, … [Read more...]

PAX 2012: Hardware Heaven – Hands on with the Oculus Rift and Wikipad

Artist's representation of final Oculus Rift

Going to PAX with an honest-to-goodness media badge is a very, very different experience from going just as a regular attendee. With great power comes great responsibility, yadda yadda… You feel the urge to interview everyone who will speak to you, fill up your schedule with Productive Stuff, network like crazy, and generally be Smart and Professional… even if you know that your awesome editor just wants you to go and have a good time and write about what interests you. Having said that, it … [Read more...]