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PlayStation Experience was my favorite convention of the year

Dec 09 // Brett Makedonski
David Jaffe's segment of the keynote was met with a mass exodus to the side of the room, as people learned the show floor was opening. After the first few hours, it almost seemed like Sony had bit off more than it could chew with this outing. The convention still felt like a success, but it was impossible to ignore the enormity of the hall that was rented, with a fair amount of empty space in all directions. This was more apparent after some of the crowd started to filter out. The PlayStation Experience's strengths were predictable in that they're the platform's strengths -- first-party titles and indie developers. The first-party games like The Order: 1886, Until Dawn, and Bloodborne were presented with the most elaborate booths and seemed to have the most buzz about them. The indie developers, lined up along the length of one side of the hall, provided dozens of quality-looking titles one after another. However, the presence of third-party publishers was mostly laughable. Aside from a few exceptions such as Battlefield Hardline, almost every booth was made up of already released games. But, that's sort of the issue with throwing a convention in December. Most titles these companies want to promote have already released, and it's mostly too soon to show off builds of 2015 games unless they're set for quarter one. Swag bags, baby. Swag bags. So, the result was there just wasn't all that much for convention-goers to play in the way of triple-A games. Hopefully most of them spent a lot of time in the indies section, because there was plenty of gold there. It just may not have been what they were looking forward to when they originally planned the trip. Even though PlayStation fans go nuts for many first-party exclusives, no game had anywhere near the longest line at PlayStation Experience. That distinction goes to the queue for swag bags, as it snaked through a roped-off area and then stretched along the wall of the massive room. The second longest line was probably to play Project Morpheus, as many looked to relish the opportunity to get a first-hand look at a virtual-reality experience. By the time the second day rolled around, attendance appeared to have taken a significant dip. It wasn't sparsely populated, but moving about the show floor wasn't at all a hassle, and it just didn't have the feel of a major show any more. Second day looked different than the first. What persisted from day one was the general atmosphere of the PlayStation Experience. Everyone seemed to be in a great mood, and there was just a raw sense of enthusiasm that hung over the entire weekend. Several people compared it to the early days of PAX, before PAX became as overwhelmingly large as it is now. It was just people who were happy to play videogames. That's why PlayStation Experience was my favorite convention this year -- not because it was the best convention, but because it felt like the most positive show that everyone was genuinely excited to be at. It was a phenomenal first showing for Sony in that sense. If the organizers can scale this up slowly year-by-year while still evoking that attitude, Sony will have something special in PlayStation Experience. 
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Not bad for a first try
I've been to a lot of videogame conventions this year. From the relatively small BitSummit to the monstrosity that is gamescom, I've pretty much seen them all. I didn't think this past weekend's trip to Las Vegas would result...

EarthBound photo
EarthBound

EarthBound documentary Kickstarter success leads to convention


The most passionate fan base in gaming strikes again
Nov 15
// Jonathan Holmes
The EarthBound fanbase is an ever growing blob of sweetness and joy. Just when you think you've seen how far it can go, it gets even bigger and even more happy. Did you know that the game was #10 on the Wii U eshop charts las...
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The Dream of the 70s-90s is alive in Portland
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, perhaps you attended the fifth annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo which took place the weekend before last. If you didn't, well -- here's a lovely pile of photos that the talented Geoffrey...

EVE Vegas photo
EVE Vegas

Big changes are coming to EVE Online, and they're all being streamed here


Live from EVE Vegas
Oct 18
// Brett Makedonski
CCP holds a few events for fans of EVE Online every year. Alongside Fanfest in Iceland, EVE Vegas is one of the major spectacles and it's kicking off today. If you aren't fortunate enough to be in Sin City to celeb...
Fanfest 2015 photo
Fanfest 2015

EVE Online's Fanfest 2015 officially slated for March 19-21


In Reykjavik, Iceland as always
Oct 02
// Brett Makedonski
Pilots in EVE Online might feel like they're on top of the world when they're flying their spaceships through the galaxy, but if they want the full and authentic treatment, they have to make a voyage to Iceland for Fanfe...
GX3 funded! photo
GX3 funded!

GaymerX secures funding for a third convention


Organizers successfully raise over $80,000 via Kickstarter
Sep 16
// Kyle MacGregor
GX3: Everyone Games has eclipsed its $80,000 Kickstarter goal with more than two days to spare. The convention will return to San Francisco in late 2015, where the organizers endeavor to provide a safe space for "everyon...
Dtoid at PAX Prime photo
Dtoid at PAX Prime

Dtoid's community meetup plans for PAX Prime 2014!


Bookmark this page for guaranteed fun!
Aug 29
// Mr Andy Dixon
[Update: Our big party is tonight! Hope to see you there!] PAX Prime 2014 is happening right now! We're armed to the teeth with meetups scheduled for Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday, a badass party we're co-hosting with ...
Gaymer X is back photo
Gaymer X is back

GaymerX returns as GX3: Everyone Games


And the organizers are looking to raise funds via Kickstarter
Aug 26
// Kyle MacGregor
GaymerX aims to return in 2015 as GX3: Everyone Games. The convention, focused on building a safe space for everyone, is rebranding itself to be more inclusive toward marginalized folks and allies that may not necessarily ide...
Ubisoft at PAX photo
Ubisoft at PAX

Watch Assassin's Creed and play other Ubisoft games at PAX Prime


Plenty to see, plenty to play
Aug 21
// Brett Makedonski
Ubisoft seemingly takes the same approach to all of its PAX showings -- theater presentations of Assassin's Creed, and playable demos of its other upcoming games. PAX Prime 2014 in Seattle next week is no different, except fo...
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GameStop

GameStop Expo 2014 is helping to celebrate Batman's 75th anniversary


Batman still going strong even after all these years
Aug 18
// Brittany Vincent
GameStop is celebrating Batman's 75th year with several events at GameStop Expo 2014. Players can get hands-on early access to LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham by TT Games, for one, and Arkham Knight fans will be able to see and ...
Assassin's Creed Rogue photo
Assassin's Creed Rogue

Ubisoft's already offering the first hands-on with Assassin's Creed Rogue


Try it first at gamescom
Aug 06
// Brett Makedonski
Assassin's Creed Rogue may have only been officially announced for an entire day now, but Ubisoft already has plans to let fans try it out in the very near future. If you happen to be at gamescom in Cologne, Germany next...
gamescom photo
gamescom

There's going to be a capacity crowd on gamescom's Saturday


Other days aren't sold out yet
Jul 16
// Brett Makedonski
It shouldn't take anyone by surprise that there are going to be a lot of people at gamescom. After all, it's one of the world's largest videogame conventions. One of the trade show's four days is officially at capacity, howev...
EGX photo
EGX

Alien Isolation, Evolve, and Volume are playable at EGX 2014


The renamed Eurogamer Expo is happening in London on September 25 - 28
Jul 09
// Alasdair Duncan
The re-branded EGX London (formerly the Eurogamer Expo) has announced the first batch of games that will be playable on the show floor. There's no big surprises as publishers have broken out the big guns like Evolve, Alien: ...
QuakeCon photo
QuakeCon

Here are your QuakeCon 2014 tournaments and trials


Go forth and frag
Jul 02
// Brittany Vincent
Quake Live players from all over the world will be competing for money and ego at QuakeCon 2014. The event is being held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Players will be competing from a prize pool of more than $40,000...
Japan Expo photo
Japan Expo

Hironobu Sakaguchi revealing surprise project at Japan Expo


Surprise! It's probably not the game you were hoping for
Jun 26
// Brittany Vincent
Hironobu Sakaguchi is making an appearance at Japan Expo next Wednesday, during which he'll discuss his prolific career and a secret project he's got in the works. I'm hoping it's a Final Fantasy kind of secret, you know what...
GaymerX photo
GaymerX

This is the last year for the GaymerX convention as we know it


It will be pared down in the future
Apr 14
// Chris Carter
I've heard nothing but good things about the LGBTQ focused convention GaymerX, and I had hoped to make it out at some point to see what it was all about. But according to the con's official Twitter account, GaymerX2, set to t...
New PAX photo
New PAX

Penny Arcade announces PAX South


To be held in San Antonio
Apr 13
// Chris Carter
Penny Arcade heads Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkin have announced "PAX South," a brand new expo to be held in San Antonio, Texas. Not many details were given outside of those parameters, but my guess is it'll function jus...
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Here are Destructoid's PAX East 2014 plans!


Party with your community!
Apr 12
// Mr Andy Dixon
Update! Our meetup dates/locations for Friday and Saturday have changed. (E&C is now on Saturday.) See below for more details! PAX East 2014 is just a week away in two days TODAY! As is the case every year, the Dtoid comm...
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Are you going to PAX East this year? Let us know!


And while you're at it, sign up to wear the Mr Destructoid helmet!
Mar 15
// Mr Andy Dixon
PAX East 2014 will be here before we know it! Every year, Dtoiders from across the globe make the trek to Boston for this annual gathering of the gaming community, and every year we have an absolute blast! This time around wi...
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GaymerX2 Kickstarter met its initial goal in only 2 days


July 11-13 in San Francisco
Feb 21
// Dale North
GaymerX2, the world's only gaming convention focused on LGBTQ communities, launched a Kickstarter to fund their July 11-13 event two days ago. They were looking for $10,000, but managed to beat that (it's at $12,683) in just ...
MAGFest 12 photo
MAGFest 12

This is what MAGFest 12 looks like


Pictures from the showfloor
Jan 03
// Chris Carter
Destructoid is at MAGFest 12, and in addition to our "Community First" panel, we're also roaming the halls looking for trouble. For those of you who haven't attended before, there's a large dealer room to peruse and purchase ...
Fanfest 2014 photo
Fanfest 2014

Tickets for EVE Fanfest 2014 are up for sale


Get them before they are gone!
Nov 26
// Joshua Derocher
Tickets for CCP's mega party for EVE Online are now available. If you want to travel to Iceland and hang out with nerds who like spreadsheets, then head on over to the official Fanfest page and buy your ticket. Early bird tic...
PAX Australia photo
PAX Australia

2014 PAX Australia tickets are up for sale


Please don't hate me for using this header
Nov 12
// Joshua Derocher
Tickets for the second year of PAX Australia are now available for purchase. Each day pass is $55 AUD, and the three day passes are $150 AUD. The 2014 show will be at the  Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, and it will run from October 31 to November 2. How many Australians do we have reading the site? Are you guys excited? Will you ride kangaroos to the show?
PAX East photo
PAX East

PAX East three-day badges are already sold out


Hope you snagged one!
Oct 23
// Brett Makedonski
You know how badges just went on sale this morning for PAX East 2014? Yeah, the three-day passes are already gone. That's kind of how PAX has been lately; you need to be on your game if you plan on going to the show. The fort...
PAX photo
PAX

PAX East 2014 registration starts tomorrow


Book your tickets from 12:00pm EDT onwards
Oct 22
// Alasdair Duncan
If you're thinking about attending PAX East in Boston next year, then you'd better be connected to the internet at 12:00pm EDT tomorrow. That's when tickets for the 2014 show in Boston will go on sale and if it's anything lik...
Dtoid's PAX Schedule photo
Dtoid's PAX Schedule

Dtoid's community meetup plans for PAX Prime 2013!


Party every day
Aug 31
// Mr Andy Dixon
PAX Prime 2013 is just three weeks away RIGHT NOW HOLY SHIT! As always, there will be a ton of games to see and play and panels and parties to attend, and we've listed the very best of them right here for your bookmarking con...
GameWorks Party photo
GameWorks Party

Come party with Dtoid and LOST SAGA tonight at PAX!


First 200 people through the door get a cool LOST SAGA backpack
Aug 29
// Mr Andy Dixon
[Update: Party starts in about five hours! Communitoid fans will want to show up even earlier, because we're doing a live recording starting at 7:30 and YOU can be a part of it!] PAX may not officially begin until Friday, but...

How to survive PAX

Aug 29 // Mr Andy Dixon
[Special thanks to Dtoider Qalamari for inspiring this guide. Also, please enjoy the attached gallery, featuring some photos of the avatars I adopted last year: T3HM0RR0W, PhilKenSebben, ninjapresident, and StriderHoang!] This guy's happy because his feet don't hurt. Shoes Expect to be on your feet for at least 32 hours while at PAX. No, that's not a typo. Thirty-two. Whether you're standing (in line) or walking (between lines), you're going to spend an average of about eight hours upright for each of the four days on the convention floor, where the seating is sparse and never nearby. And that's not even taking into account all the after-parties and walking to and from the convention center every day. ¡Ay, caramba! So what's a gamer to do? Wear comfortable shoes, ya dork! This goes for you too, cosplayers (assuming the integrity of your costume allows for it). Tennis shoes, sneakers -- pick something you've already broken in to maximize your comfort and minimize the pain and blisters. You'll thank me, I promise! Explore There's certainly value to be found in planning your day ahead of time. If you know you want to go to a specific panel, by all means coordinate your day around it and adjust accordingly. Ditto for any specific games you want to see, both hands-on and -off. But whatever you do, don't spend the whole goddamn weekend staring down at a map or app! Explore a little -- you never know what you might find! For instance, last year my buddy Qalamari was just wandering around with some friends when they stumbled upon an envelope lying on the ground... an envelope that led to a weekend-long scavenger hunt spanning the entirety of PAX! Hearing him recount the story to me on Sunday night after all was said and done, I lamented the fact that I didn't spend more time in the nooks and crannies of the show floor myself; who knows what fun things I may have missed out on by only treading on the beaten path! Make money money. Cash Cash is king. Whether you're shopping for swag on the show floor, grabbing a quick bite between booths or panels, or hitting up a bar after hours, you'll always want to have cash in hand versus a credit or debit card. It's quicker, more reliable (you never know if a booth will take plastic), and you'll be the best friend of every bartender and server you meet. Let me reiterate: cash is king! Please do keep in mind that the ATMs at the convention center are prone to emptying on a daily basis, so if you're counting on them to dispense your Benjamins, you'd best get there early. Even still, in my experience, it's worth the trouble! "Psst. I can smell you." Shower Please dear god take a shower every day. You know how I said this was a survival guide? Yeah, that's because if you show up smelling like you crawled out of a sewer and I'm stuck in line behind you I will literally destroy you. Literally. ---------- And that's all there is to it! Got any survival tips of your own? Share with the class! If you have any trouble recalling any of these tips, just remember: S-E-C-S. Hey, that rhymes with sex! That totally wasn't planned.
PAX Guide photo
Four quick tips for getting the most out of PAX (and making it home alive)
[Pictured: a poor soul who barely made it out alive, holding the avatars of those who couldn't make it at all.] PAX is wonderful. But it's also a downright daunting experience for newcomers and veterans alike. I don't know a ...

Ubi at PAX photo
Ubi at PAX

Ubisoft bringing six games and new competition to PAX


What are you looking forward to?
Aug 26
// Brett Makedonski
PAX Prime is just a mere four days away. Where has the time gone? As people flock to the Emerald City by the tens of thousands, companies are revealing their plans for the convention. Today, Ubisoft announced that it's showca...
Indie MEGABOOTH photo
Indie MEGABOOTH

PAX Prime's Indie MEGABOOTH will have more than 80 games


This is where I'll be 90% of the time
Aug 15
// Darren Nakamura
The Indie MEGABOOTH just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Topping PAX Prime 2012's 30 games and PAX East 2013's 62 games, the booth at PAX Prime 2013 will feature at least 84 different titles from more than 60 studios and wi...

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