I went to PAX East for the first time this weekend after managing to snag an elusive Saturday pass at the last minute (friend of a friend had an extra; big thanks to Kara, Kevin, and Cam, you guys are the best!). For those who don’t know, PAX is one of five expos held throughout the year by the Penny Arcade crew. It’s a celebration of games and nerd culture from video games to table top gaming. There are panels on intriguing topics like empathy in indie game narrative, universality of video game music, and making a tabletop game/becoming a better tabletop gamer. You can explore the gigantic Expo Hall with booths from the biggest names in the industry like XBOX, Nintendo, Oculus, Microsoft, Square Enix, Capcom, Blizzard, and so many others (SO MANY). There’s even an area just for indie games in development. You can playtest games and talk shop with the developers. There’s a section completely devoted to tabletop gaming, where you can check out board games and play to your heart’s content. They have tabletop, Magic, console, and PC tournaments. There’s also a neat arcade area. People cosplay and generally geek out. On Friday and Saturday night, there’s a big concert (in addition to smaller events during the day).
I just finished Bioshock Infinite. I imagined. I hoped. I dreamed it would be a pleasant experience. I never, ever could have imagined it would be THIS CRAZY GOOD. I guess I am also not Ken Levine and also not a complete and utter GENIUS. The game is beautiful on an artistic level. It’s minutely detailed and atmospheric. It’s the kind of game you could spend many hours exploring. But the beauty of the game has nothing on the story and the amount of detail and precision that went into crafting a brilliant fiction.
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