Yes, we went to PAX Prime, and yes, we’ll be podcasting about it (very soon). But until then, you can check out this video that Kent and I made on the show floor. Born out of a crazy long wait to watch someone play The Last of Us, came an idea way too good to pass up. It features cosplay, video games, guest appearances, and much slapping of the hand. Check it out!
Today a major story broke when a young gamer named Dave inquired about his Avenger controller for the Playstation 3. The Avenger is an attachment for your Xbox 360 or PS3 controller that uses levers, letting players play video games using basically two fingers on each hand. The biggest problem with playing a console game is the level of control a gamer has over their actions. Every time a player has to use a face button they have to move their thumb off the thumb stick. This means a lack of movement during that split second which can be the reason a player dies. The Avenger removes this problem by letting players keep their thumbs on the sticks and access all the face buttons by a simple flick outwards with their index fingers which are on the triggers of the controller. The controller was actually designed by a school teacher to help disabled players… but you wouldn’t know that from the actions of one man today. read on for the full story.
If you had 3-4 hours to kill at PAX Prime, you could have played this Skyrim demo, but now it’s available to watch online with no wait at all. Watch the pretty visuals as Game Director Todd Howard tells you what’s happening in this three part demo, which by this point Bethesda should just go ahead and release for download. Two months minus one day until this game hits shelves, and like most gamers, I can’t wait. Check out the demo after the break.
It’s kind of incredible how something like PAX can come together. The history of Penny Arcade is long and very entertaining. What started as a 3 panel .jpeg based comic three times a week has turned into a giant community of gamers from around the world and now it’s an EXPO. Here’s a taste of our adventure to Seattle and PAX PRIME in video form. Video itself after the jump.
As you should know if you’ve been checking the site, we played a ton of games at PAX this past week. Bridgette joins us for the podcast as we talk about all of them.
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Games we’re playing:
Too many to count
Helix Nebula and Airbrushed by Anamanaguchi
Murdoc Loch happens to be one of the very best (literally ranked second in the world) at the XBLA smash hit Trials HD. When he heard Trials Evolution was going to be three hours north of his Portland home during PAX (in Seattle) he had to take a trip up just to play it… and he did. Here’s 15 minutes of Murdoc beating the shit out of the 10 or so courses that RedLynx had set up for the PAX demo. Click to watch the footage
The demo we got to play at PAX for Arkham City showed off a bit of everything. We saw cutscenes, played as Batman, played as Catwoman, and got to check out the sweet new Batarang controllers. The game looks amazing, feels great, and judging from the demo has everything it needs to be a worthy and improved successor to Arkham Asylum. Keep reading for the details.
Want to play The Secret World before it gets released next year? Then sign up at secretwar.thesecretworld.com. The Secret War is part of an interactive online experience that will tie in to the real game (in other words, you need Facebook) and will increase your chances of getting in the beta. You’ll need to pick your faction to register, or you can take a quick test to determine which one is the best fit. I took this test at PAX and got a sweet dogtag for the Dragons, and while taking it online won’t result in any swag, it’s still worthwhile (and it only takes like 2 minutes).
Fez is one of those games that harkens back to a lot of game play types that I truly enjoy. Yes it has classic 8/16-bit visual style with a 3D rotating world twist, but it’s also more than that. You play as a small white little man wearing a Fez and it’s your job to explore this world using a perspective shifting ability that will change the way you look at 2D games forever. moving in 2 dimensions while manipulating them in 3D is very fun and reminded me a lot of Echochrome or Super Paper Mario. It’s all around a solid experience. But there’s more to it than that.
What is Quantum Conundrum? Why, it’s Portal without the portals. And with dimension shifts instead. Now, granted it’s not made by Valve, so it’s not officially Portal without portals, but Portal without portals is totally what this is. And trust me, it’s not a bad thing. Not at all. Keep reading.