I have to admit, I’m a little embarrassed when I, a grown woman at the ripe age of 25, tell people that one of my favorite games is American McGee’s Alice. It definitely has connotations of early 2000s mall-goth culture. You know, kids who had Vampire Freaks accounts, worshiped The Nightmare Before Christmas, and wore t-shirts that said, “Normal people scare me.”
PAX East continues to be one of the largest annual conventions I attend. PAX East 2017 marked my fifth one. You might think it might get easier, but that cake is a lie. PAX East is so big with so much to see, it’s overwhelming every single year. This year, I decided to focus on a few key areas: panels and indie games.
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Ever wondered what it would be like to step into your favourite game? Numerous stories have explored this concept. The latest addition to this list and to the list of my obsessions is HBO’s Westworld. If you’ve got a few thousand dollars to spare, you can step into the wild west world created by Delos Corp and live out your cowpoke dreams.
“The guests don’t return for the obvious things we do, the garish things. They come back because of the subtleties. The details. They come back because they discover something they imagine no one noticed before. Something they fall in love with. They’re not looking for a story that tells them who they are. They already know who they are. They’re here because they want a glimpse of who they could be.” – Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford
I’m not gonna lie, if Bioware created a game like this for real, I would strongly consider selling my first born just to spend a day on the Normandy. It’s nice to watch a show that focuses on powerful, nuanced narratives and intriguing characters that force the viewer to question our assumptions, all within a world whose intricacies will be increasingly recognizable to gamers and developers. Especially when the NPCs start taking on a life of their own and their (our?) puppetmaster pulls the strings…
— Anthony Hopkins (@AnthonyHopkins) October 6, 2016
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PAX West, formerly known as PAX Prime, is one of the largest public gaming conventions in the United States. Created by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, creators of the Penny Arcade webcomic, the convention covers video and tabletop gaming, with demos of some of the most hotly anticipated titles available for play if you’re willing to stand in line for several hours. PAX features AAA titles, but also has a significant amount of indie gaming; the Indie Megabooth hosts some of the most exciting indie games, and the PAX 10 spotlights the cream of the crop–those games that exemplify creativity, fun, and innovation best.
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I’m not a gamer. I don’t think I could check the “gamer” box if asked to fill out some sort of imaginary label survey for my life. I play games, mostly the tabletop and board variety, but I wouldn’t call myself a gamer. Maybe it’s an unfair assumption or stereotype that I have and that I need to get over, but I don’t think I have the knowledge and experience, and let’s face it, hours of game play logged to call myself a gamer. But I love to play games even though it wasn’t always that way. (more…)