Sadly one of the greatest PAX Prime’s I’ve ever attended has come to a close. But fret not my friends, the guys at Penny Arcade are making it FOUR DAYS next year! Four days of gaming, tabletops, cards, and cosplay insanity. Sundays tend to be a little slower, and for those that have 3-Day passes, it allows them to catch up on everything they may not have had time for, missed, or just were afraid to try. With no pending appointments, the Nerd Farm crew set our sights on console domination, creeping on cosplayers, breaking games in development stages, and crashing final after parties.
Nic and I just cruised around looking for games that were in between Alpha/Beta stages and then broke them. Nic destroyed Marvel Heroes Online so bad that one of the developers actually took a picture for documented proof. Apparently Iron Man isn’t supposed to run around with an infinite chest beam. I on the other hand took the more subtle approach and had Lara Croft run around her demo looking like she was directing airline traffic.
We played a quite lengthy match of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale that I won with the ape catching, net carrying, light stick whacking, Spike. The game had the entire 20 character line up, all with dramatically different styles, very Smash Brothers-esque but with PlayStation’s legendary style. I was impressed with the mechanics and each stages transformations during matches. This is going to be a great game.
Nic was in hog heaven at the Nintendo 3DS booth that had the new Skylanders Giants figures. Nic didn’t steal any since I was his conscience guiding his thoughts elsewhere. The guy showing them off wouldn’t have been able to stop us, but we would like to attend another PAX ever again.
Because Nerd Farm is all about taking chances and getting out with the nerd community, we thought we would combine our powers and take on the Virtual-On OT console tournament. Needless to say we did not win. Even Nic being the best giant robot pilot out of all of us couldn’t stump the other nerds who apparently still play the game relentlessly. I may be banned from playing competitive video game tournaments since I need to physically hit opponents.
PAX is a great time to catch some of the best cosplayers of the Northwest, here’s Rorshach making sure we’re not participating in any illegal activities. He still thinks we’re scum of the Earth though, but it sure beats a fist to the face. You can read my review of Rorschach’s “Before Watchmen” comic book over at Cosmic Comics! website.
Every after party I missed over the weekend didn’t matter once we finished up the weekend at Double Fine’s fan meetup. It was dedicated to all of the Double Fine Adventure backers, giving them some time to talk to all of the developers. Sure we weren’t invited, but Double Fine is so great they let us in anyways, I mean, we had such a great interview with Drew Skillman on Saturday playing Kinect Party like a boss. I had a fun conversation about Kanji with Time Schafer and another great conversation with Ron Gilbert, what an incredibly nice and genuine person. We didn’t want to leave, with plenty of alcohol flowing and good times rolling, but sometimes a pregnant wife just needs some time off of her feet, so we called another great PAX to a close, and we’ll hopefully see all of our friends again soon.
Our complete PAX Prime 2012 gallery can be found here!
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