As you probably suspected, there was much for us to do over the weekend. PAX East is a rather sizable event, after all (moreso in population than in content. For now.) Still many opportunities presented themselves, and, while my attention was pulled all over Boston, I did what I could to get my constantly Purell’d hands on everything.
Look for posts later today about the impressive-looking XBLA game, Breach, as well as initial thoughts about Prince of Persia‘s newest entry and the cops vs. robbers APB.
Also, stay tuned for an article from our very first guest contributor, Jay, sharing his thoughts on PAX and about how the experience he’ll remember took place outside of the Hynes.
For now, though, here’s a quick list of the random thoughts to come out of my mind from the convention this past weekend:
- As we already knew, everyone’s pushing for 3D gaming. After testing out some that nVidia (among others) had to offer again, I’m still not sure when we’ll see a game make good use of the 3D. In Bioshock 2 at the Alienware booth, for example, the only elements that were in spacial depth was the HUD and the pop-up text. Sure, there was an element of depth, but so long as the majority of gamers still have their older TVs and video cards, games will still be natively developed for the 2D space. Anything further would be an added afterthought.
- Tritton AX headsets really do output an incredible sound. So much so that I don’t even mind that the headsets are wired … but the unfortunate wiring setup (which differs among consoles) makes me reluctant to put the money down on them. Also, based on CES and on PAX, Tritton hires the hottest booth babes.
- Intel was giving away thousand-dollar i7 processors. I didn’t even get a free pen, and I was wearing that stupid button all weekend!
- Twisted Pixel (creators of ‘Splosion Man, The Maw, and the upcoming Comic Jumper) really know how to make entertaining games. They also have a sign at their booth that said “Buy our shit!” and, well, I respect those that get to the fuckin’ point.
- I don’t know how World of Warcraft can make the top 10 video games of all time list.
Also, I hate lines.