PAX East 2013 Wrap-Up

PAX East 2013 Wrap-Up

PAX East is an amazing yearly convention that focuses on the amazing community of games: tabletop, PC, and of course all varieties of electronic gaming. PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) started as a smaller convention in Seattle before expanding to the East coast four years ago, and more recently to Australia. The convention continues to grow, and, considering how packed the fairly new Boston Convention Center was during PAX East 2013, one wonders how they’ll deal with expansion in the coming years; regardless, PAX is its still an amazing event. [Read more…]

PAX East 2011 Highlights

PAX East 2011 Highlights

PAX East 2011 came to a close this past sunday, three days of amazing gaming goodness. For those of you who don’t know, PAX is of course the Penny Arcade Expo, a convention that celebrates all avenues of gaming, from upcoming video games to D&D and card games. There are two, PAX Prime in Seattle, and now in its second year, PAX East in Boston.

This years show brought 70,000 participants, the expo floor was packed, with some waiting hours to play games like Duke Nukem Forever, and Star Wars the Old Republic.

LA Noire

The standout of the convention for me has to be L.A. Noire. The latest from Rockstar is going to be hitting stores this May, but they had a full 25 minute demo for us that really blew me away. The game essentially is a James Ellroy novel come to life. They’ve recreated Los Angeles circa 1948, and you’re a rookie detective making your way up in the ranks. The developers used actual motion capture on the actors in the game, giving you detail and emotion never before seen in a game.

Duke Nukem Forever

Considering I’ve been waiting the release of this game since the 1997 cover story, it was the first game I ran to at the opening of the convention. The demo was the same that was at PAX Prime, and honestly, I was a bit underwhelmed. I found the controls to be wonky, and the AI dated. However, the nostalgia factor certainly earns the game points, and I have to admit, I can’t physically NOT buy this game. I do however feel that the next title in the series (hopefully it won’t take another 15 years) will be more the sequel we deserve.

Nintendo 3DS

There is a lot of hype surrounding Nintendo’s latest handheld. While I do feel that the hardware is underpowered as is all of Nintendo’s platforms, I was definitely curious if it would make up for its stereoscopic 3D screen. I played Street Fighter IV, as well as Steel Diver, and I have to say, a few more really good titles, and I’m on board. The device feels great, the 3D is cool (and if it does give you a headache you can switch it off).

RAGE

The demo of RAGE was really impressive. Rage of course being the new game from iD software using their new iD Tech 5 engine. Talk about impressive graphics, the game was demoed on an xbox 360, and that had to be the best graphics I’ve seen on an Xbox 360.

Other standouts, SOCOM 4 I really enjoyed, Gears 3 felt like Gears with a little bit more color, and the indie games I played were really impressive. So those are my thoughts on PAX. Now I’ve got to go back to playing Pokemon.

History of a Franchise: Grand Theft Auto

History of a Franchise: Grand Theft Auto

GTA IV‘Grand Theft Auto IV’ was a release I’d been anticipating since I heard about it. The franchise as a whole had been something of an obsession since its first release. So we’re gonna take a look back at the history of the franchise. [Read more…]

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Hype of the Month Club April Edition: GTA IV

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doom2.jpgThe internet is in an uproar over the proposed bill in the Massachusetts legislature, essentially putting restrictions on the sale of violent Video Games to minors. [Read more…]

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Rainbow Six Vegas 2With Vegas 2 coming out this week, we take a look back at the evolution of arguably the best tactical shooter ever to be released. [Read more…]

A New Opportunity for Gaming

A New Opportunity for Gaming

As a member of the cult that is Apple, I waited with giddy anticipation to see what sorts of goodies Apple had in storewhen they announced the release of the iPhone Software Developers Kit. The thing that surprised me most, was the focus yesterday’s presentation had on Gaming. [Read more…]

PC Game Obsessions, Frogger to Duke Nukem 3d

PC Game Obsessions, Frogger to Duke Nukem 3d

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Everyone’s got the video games that never get old, and there are only a handful of games I can look back on and see how I lost months of my life to. Growing up, I was much more a PC kid then a console kid. Here’s how I passed the time in chronological order:

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