PAX EAST ADVENTURES w/ Ricky & Friends!

March 27, 2013

paxblogHello once again podcast listeners and nerd culture enthusiasts. This is Ricky, back with more harrowing tales of crowded venues, people in elaborate clothing and content not readily available for public viewing. Hit the jump for my harrowing adventures at PAX East 2013!

To start, it should be mentioned that this particular convention trip was different from the last one. A: Because PAX is a video game focused convention versus the pop culture maelstrom that was New York Comic-Con and B: I was going as an exhibitor!

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I did some sprite animation work over the past year or two for Boston indie developer Lantana Games. Their game, Children of Liberty, is a stealth…you know what scratch that. I’ll let the game director, Dan Silverstein, explain it. {SHAMELESS PLUG INSTALL}

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 Anyway, with my fancy exhibitor badge I got somewhat special privileges: Specifically the ability to get onto the expo floor before the masses arrive and after they leave. Which was rad, because…damn. There were a lot of them…

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The first thing I KNOW I wanted to do was get down on Harmonix’s Dance Central stage. I played a Gnarles Barkley song while the devs set up their swag.

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I scored a wristband, a sweet water tin that nourished me over the weekend and dufflebag. But I hung around a bit to watch this happen.

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 What say you Major Nelson of Microsoft?

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 “Motherfucker…I was going to do that song.”

 With that guilty pleasure out of the way, I spent any time I was away from Lantana perusing the floor. I knew right out of the gate that the big boys like Bioshock Infinite, Last Of Us and Watch Dogs were going to be impenetrable.  So I went to look into some of the more under the radar stuff.

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Over at the Capcom booth I played a bit of Remember ME. They didn’t have any of the memory remixing stuff they showed off last year in this build, so it was mostly traversal and combat segments. I fell down a lot. But when I wasn’t failing I can say that I enjoyed what they showed off. Kinda felt like a mix of Arkham City and Assassins Creed.

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And afterwards they let me get a souvenir from their photo booth.

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That would have been my only takeaway from there, but I returned to the CAPCOM booth later on after my Facebook feed said something about a certain remastered NES game just being announced at the con…

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You guys…words cannot express how stoked I am for this game. The controls are tight, the animation is beautiful, the music is a wonderfully remixed score of the original games and they even got the original voice actors from the show (who are 90+ years old at this point!). I took some over the shoulder footage of the game, but it’s a bit crappier than I would like in this case, so here’s IGN’s footage of it…L

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Over on another end of the floor was Iron Galaxy, who was showing off DIVEKICK. At first I couldn’t believe they were serious about this thing, but I have to say it’s turning into quite the entertaining two button fighting game.

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 Friday evening when the floor closed to the public, they had an exhibitor mixer.  I strolled around with free beer in hand to find any statins that were still on. And then a buddy and I passed Twisted Pixel’s booth, where their demo of Lococycle was still running. One of the devs was nice enough to fire it up to show. I was grinning from ear to ear the entire time.

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 The last big thing that I indulged in was a panel for The Making of Dust: An Elysian Tail. The Dean Dodrill, the game’s creator, and his partner Alex Cain led this presentation and went over the crazy ass journey he went through to get this thing out on the Xbox Live Arcade last summer. If you have 40 minutes to kill than check out the video below:

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 Sometime later, much to Dan’s delight, Dean stopped by Lantana’s both and gave his shining approval of our game. As well as a few words of encouragement for all you aspiring young developers:

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 That’s it really. By now you’ve all heard the few big ass announcements there were to be heard from the convention. Thanks for reading/watching and maybe I’ll see you at the next con I attend? Maybe? In the mean time here are a few leftover pics.

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“TOMB RAIDER KICK!…IT KINDA TASTES LIKE A MORE ASSEY REDBULL!!!!”

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Mom handed her baby a big D20 and asked him… “What’s this honey?”

Kid doesn’t miss a beat. “…dodecahedron”

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Nothing phases Paul Revere.

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“…I like it.”

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3 comments on “PAX EAST ADVENTURES w/ Ricky & Friends!

  1. Brandon Mar 28, 2013

    This is excellent. Thanks for the impressions and photos, Ricky!

    1,000,000 bonus points for the dancing .gif. Always bonus points for dancing .gifs.

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  2. nice coverage/picz/dancing/etc.

    glad to hear that Ducktales is looking good, not that there is any cause for concern. Capcom and Disney couldn’t have picked a better team to handle it.

    also, Divekick is ridiculous and I can’t wait to play it

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  3. Great article, Ricky!

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