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June 28, 2007, 10:29:34 PM - ORIGINAL POST -

I figured that there might as well be a thread for the Penny Arcade Expo in August.  Here a current list of exhibitors that'll be at the show...
America's Army
Astro Gaming
The Behemoth
The Bungie Store!
D3 Publishing
DeVry University
EA Mythic
Fantasy Flight Games
Flying Lab Software
Foundation 9 Entertainment
Gamecock Media Group
Garage Games
Gas Powered Games
Green Ronin Publishing
The Guildhall
ITT Tech
Longbow Digital Arts
Metanet Software
Namco Bandai
Nintendo of America
Paizo Publishing
Pink Godzilla
Privateer Press
Rockstar Games
Sabertooth Games
Sierra/Vivendi Games
Sony Computer Entertainment of America
Strategy Computers
Sumo Lounge
Tablestar Games
Technomancer Press
Telltale Games
Tenacious Games
UDON Entertainment
Upper Deck Entertainment
Wizards of the Coast

I for one can't wait for this, lots of sweet names there.  I'm hoping that that the arcade is good this year, I'm not sure what to expect though.  Anyone else going to this?
Read June 28, 2007, 10:50:22 PM #1

Yeah, I'll be there.
Read June 28, 2007, 11:00:37 PM #2

I am quite likely going.
Read June 29, 2007, 10:27:39 AM #3

if i go, i'll probably only go on saturday.
Read June 29, 2007, 12:17:21 PM #4

KONAMI will be there?

yah i am going just in case :]
Read June 29, 2007, 09:14:43 PM #5

Read July 28, 2007, 01:14:37 AM #6

I should be there...not that I've met anyone yet.  I'm so poor I can't afford to even play DDR right now. Sad
Read July 28, 2007, 07:12:51 PM #7

Read August 04, 2007, 09:36:29 PM #8

I really don't know if I'm going... For one, it seems to cater to more mainstream gamers, and two, that I-5 closure is going to be hell.
Read August 05, 2007, 01:11:18 AM #9

I don't know how you can say PAX just caters to the mainstream gamers.
Read August 05, 2007, 02:24:32 AM #10

Do you ever see tournaments for retro or import games?  I sure as hell haven't.

Plus, it seems all the ads and stuff are for MMORPGs or FPSes.
Read August 05, 2007, 12:31:10 PM #11

yah last year kinda sucked.  SOAP was great though.
Read August 05, 2007, 01:08:13 PM #12

Woo, only like 3 more weeks.
Read August 06, 2007, 01:47:01 AM #13

I don't think they support the import game scene due to licensing reasons... maybe...

I also think they don't concentrate on retro too much due to classic gaming conventions.  They sometimes throw in classic games into the Omegathon thing.  The main reason they advertise all these MMORPGs and whatnot is because those are the companies sponsoring the tournaments.
Read August 06, 2007, 03:16:36 AM #14

See?  It doesn't really support niche gamers.  Either way, I don't think I'm going... I only went for one day last year and got pretty bored.

The only reason I can see for going is motivation.  Not being motivated by other people going, or being motivated to strive to become a better gamer.  Quite different.  At the beginning of the day, I'll think to myself, "THIS is your future as a gamer if you don't move to Japan!  Mwahahahaha!", and then have music from an FPS running through my head as the background...

But that's just paying $30 and waiting in (most likely) a total gridlock to learn something I know.
Read August 06, 2007, 12:47:28 PM #15

But thats the thing... most niche games are not that good, only a select few really breakout and make it... others kind of just don't amount to much.  I love niche games as much as many gamers, but I wouldn't count out American, or European made games like they are all bad, it just isn't your cup of tea.  I can understand installments of continuous games like Call of Duty, or Unreal Tournament, or the next Sims game... but stuff coming out like Bioshock, Mass Effect, Spore, heck... even Castle Crashers looks sweet.  Even stuff like the new Penny Arcade is shaping up to look pretty fun.

I think it would be sweet to see some Dōjin soft at PAX, but I don't think it would ever happen because if it were publicized and marketed comercially, then it wouldn't be niche anymore, not Dōjin.
Read August 06, 2007, 02:13:24 PM #16

Bioshock does look awesome
Read August 23, 2007, 01:54:35 PM #17

Sweet, starts in a day!  I'll be heading up tomorrow and hopefully be there at around noon.  If anyone on here is going, we should hit up Gameworks sometime.
Read August 24, 2007, 10:38:02 AM #18

I'll probably be hanging out at GW at least one day this weekend.  I still doubt I'll go into the convention though.
Read August 24, 2007, 04:10:12 PM #19

YEAH i might go tomorrow.

My exchange student from Japan will be there.
Read August 25, 2007, 01:21:46 AM #20

Never mind... don't think I'll be making my way back to GW$ this weekend.  It's closed 4-9pm Saturday for a "private event" anyway.

...and eww.  I can't believe I forgot what failures as people that most PAX-goers are.
Read August 25, 2007, 09:34:13 PM #21

from what i observed today, about half of the pax attendees were of "normal life" status...i saw more of "failures at life" at sakuracon...

seeing single men try to interact with the psp-armed girls were funny though...
Read August 25, 2007, 10:28:38 PM #22

A really cute girl that I know from work went.  I wonder if single men were attempting interaction with her too.  I should make fun of her.
Read August 25, 2007, 11:11:59 PM #23

Quote from: "I AM ERROR"
from what i observed today, about half of the pax attendees were of "normal life" status...i saw more of "failures at life" at sakuracon...

seeing single men try to interact with the psp-armed girls were funny though...

Yeah, decent people use the word "fag" or similar words every other sentence.


I went to GW on Friday, and obviously there was some spillover from PAX there.  I almost wanted to throw up.  Not only due to the above, but dear god, they reek.

"That little kid who's bitching about his score is a fag, isn't he?" --some random PAX-goer
Read August 26, 2007, 01:52:16 AM #24

I've had a great time so far.  I"m sure the people you talked to were a little intoxicated or something.

As for the private event, it was open for con goers during that time.  It was a big party for the company that makes Guild Wars.  Free games and food for 5 hours!
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