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Now that that's out of the way, my name is Jon and I'm from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I'm currently going to University studying Business. I have probably one of the BIGGEST collections of video games that most people will ever see, and my collection of "swag/promos/standees/collectables/soundtracks" is MASSIVE. I'm currently at around 1,500 games, of which I truly enjoy or have bought for collector's value. I also own some of the rarest collectables around.

Some of my favorite games are: Final Fantasy X, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Jet Grind Radio, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, Goldeneye, Okami, Shenmue II, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Kingdom Hearts II, The World Ends With You, Breath of Fire III, Final Fantasy VI, Perfect Dark, Bubble Bobble, Chrono Trigger, and Beyond Good & Evil.

THE SETUP

THE SETUP 07/06/08

THE PREQUEL

A Compulsive Collector's Haul Prequel - "What'd You Get? - Jealous of PAX Attendees Edition!"

A COMPULSIVE COLLECTOR'S HAUL!

~First Entry!~

~MARVEL & DISGAEA Edition!~

~Very Late Halloween and COUNTINGCONFLICT ROCKS Edition~

~Super awesome THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU Edition!~

~EPIC SNES, 700th Game, Atlus, and Swag Edition!~

~Christmas & Persona 4 Edition!~

~I Should Update More Often, ATLUS Games, and JoeCamNet Rocks Edition!~

~800th Game, EPIC Haul, lastSKYsamurai Rules, and Club Nintendo Edition!~

~TOPHER & TOMOPOP ROCK, Awesome PlayStation Rarities, Final Fantasy Potions, & A New Standee Edition!~

~EARTHBOUND + LUNAR, RPG + ATLUS Lovin', Awesome Goozex, Anus Mcphanus Contest Winnings, & RFGO Trading Edition!~

~Video Games Live, Birthday, 50+ Games, Atlus, Just Goddamn Click The Link Edition!~

~Mega Late PRE-PAX, 900th and 950th Games, From One Collector To Anoter, RFGO Trading, and Tons of Awesome Edition!~

~I'm 2 Months Late . . . PAX Edition!~

~1,000 GAMES! 1,000 GAMES! 1,000 GAMES!~

~Trading Forum & Final Fantasy X-2 Edition!~

~Wry Guy, Dtoid Secret Santa, & Holiday Edition!~

~Why I <3 The Trading Forum Edition!~
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NOTE: What better way to get excited for PAX 2012, then to see all the sweet kickass swag and stuff you could have gotten if you went to PAX 2011. So, yet again, this is my haul from last year's PAX! Still significantly behind, but I'm catching up . . . kinda! >_< Hahaha! Also, I'm too lazy to change any of the "at the time" text I wrote, so . . . deal with it! =D That said, if you're reading this NIERO (or anyone else who does the programming on the site), are we ever going to get the MULTI-PICTURE UPLOADING that was from Destructoid 2.0? I forgot how much of a pain in the ass it is to upload pictures one by one. -_-' Had to upload 83 pictures one by one this time. Took close to an hour and a half! Also, I responded to almost everyone who commented on my last blog, you can respond here please.

Dag yo! So, way back at the beginning of September 2011, I would’ve expected the Cblogs to have a lot more PAX 2011 blogs than what materialized. With that said (and the timing of the writing of this blog, end of January 2012), you may or may not have already seen my blog about PAX 2011, or will see it relatively soon . . . I hope, hahaha! Still, for those of you who unfortunately couldn’t make it out to Seattle for a raucous and fun filled time, here is a A Compulsive Collector’s Haul showcasing all the super sweet swag and games that can be found during the festivities! In typical fashion, I went t-shirt whoring, poster whoring, “rare” swag whoring, and buying most of Pink Gorilla’s rare and valuable games, along with spending them dolla dolla billz y’all, at the ever so great and amazing guys manning the Fangamer booth! So, enough chitchat, one with the show!



We’ll start this haul off with the 18 t-shirts I got during my 5 day stay in Seattle. All pictures on the left are the front of the shirt, while the right side pictures are of the back. Here we have a Forza Motorsport 4 T-Shirt. I believe I actually received this from Dale North at the Destructoid Live! Panel, when they were giving away swag. As you can see on the front picture, on the sleeve, it seems this shirt was acquired at E3 2011.



Next up is the inFamous 2: Festival of Blood T-Shirt. Apparently, these were very limited in quantity at the Sony booth on the Sunday of the show (more on that in a bit), where you basically had to line up there right at the start of the show in order to get one. From what I’ve heard/researched, there were only about 750 – 1,000 of these shirts in various sizes.



We follow up with a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive T-Shirt from the super awesome Valve booth. Despite it being the only game that Valve was showing off, they did a stellar job in terms of line control and not being jerks about giving shirts away. I actually went with a few other Dtoiders like power-glove, I believe Cataract, and a couple others. The people who worked there recognized we were part of the site and just gave us a bunch of extra t-shirts and beta codes! Ballin’! ^_^



I freakin’ had to WAIT in a line for this swag! That’s like the worst kind of swag, and it’s made ever worse due to the fact that I had to wait like AN HOUR or so! *first world problems* =P Enough of that! This is the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception T-Shirt you got if you watched their little video thing and then played their multiplayer, which was actually a lot of fun.



Now we have a BioShock: Infinite T-Shirt that you “won” if you went into their little corridor for a couple minutes to look at pictures, then take a quiz on a computer about the pictures you were looking at. You had to go 5 for 5 on the quiz, otherwise you would not get a t-shirt, plus they’d stamp your hand to signify you took the quiz! (Ask JackShadow for a funny story about that!) I may have chatted up (possibly quasi-flirted) the lady who was in charge of letting people in and setting them up on the computers, so when I was a bit stumped on one of the questions, she may have helped me out! =D Hahaha!



Well, this is the League of Legends T-Shirt you got on the show floor if you got 3 stamps from around the expo hall. Needless to say, it wasn’t very hard to do. It’s nothing flashy, but it’s somewhat made by the original and good crew that made Defense of the Ancients (DotA) in Warcraft III and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, so I have to support/like it! =P



I got this Prey 2 T-Shirt, mainly due to being in the right place at the right time. I was walking past the The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim booth, when they were just throwing t-shirts out from the stage next to it, and this shirt pretty much almost hit me in the head! Hahaha! I’m actually quite the fan of the crazy symbols/language on the front of the shirt.



There was a Nintendo booth in the handheld lounge area that was demoing Kirby Mass Attack and I don’t think I really need to explain much more. Aside from it being super awesome having a ton of Kirbys to play as and display on a shirt.



Hey! It’s that game that CelicaCrazed talks about all the time and how much he hates it, just like those really crappy Taiwonto Make Me Laughs! ^_^ Having never played Warhawk before, I was pleasantly surprised at how fun Starhawk seems, even though I had to play the game . . . WITHOUT inverted controls . . . *grumble grumble* Still, here is the t-shirt I got from playing the demo!



Man, I should’ve probably ordered these shirts a bit better, but it’s too late for that now, hahaha! So, after I won a trip to the inaugural PAX East in 2010 to report on Two Worlds II, I still managed to somewhat stay in contact with the fine people at TopWare Interactive. Even though they didn’t have a booth on the show floor this year, every PAX I attend, I always run into Public Relations Director, Jake DiGennaro. To try to make a long story short, he and his coworker Adam invited myself and a few other Dtoiders to check out some of their upcoming games. I’ll explain more about that experience and the games when/if I ever get around to posting my PAX 2011 blog. Still, here is a Raven’s Cry T-Shirt that is pretty simple, but considering the game was in the initial stages and is about pirates and shizz, keep an eye out for it mates!



Here we have one of the most coveted pieces of swag from the whole convention. To help celebrate and hype the launch of The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, Sony announced on their blog that on the first day of the convention, there would be 500 of these ICO “Never Let Go” T-Shirts that would be given out when the convention opens. Since it was a one day only thing, I made sure that I was there. The same thing was going to occur for the Shadow of the Colossus t-shirts, only it was SUPPOSED to be Sunday, with even the staff “confirming” that, only for them to change it at the last minute Saturday morning, therefore screwing me over trying to get that one . . . or did I magically get one, which will appear in a future blog? =P Still, awesome game, awesome shirt! =D



Here we have a Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 “Partners in Slime” T-Shirt that was given out on the second floor Nintendo handheld lounge. You had to have like 3 or 7 pins that there were giving out for doing various activities to get this shirt. Since I do enjoy and play Dragon Quest games, it wasn’t as annoying doing the activities for this shirt. Also, come on . . . slimes!!!




For those that don’t know me that well or are new to my blog, I collect video games, DOMO things, Manchester United/football memorabilia, Colorado Avalanche/New York Rangers memorabilia, and Star Wars stuff. The combination of video games and Star Wars is like a dream to many. So, when I heard that if you played Star Wars: The Old Republic that you would get a “card” to redeem for a t-shirt, I made it a priority! You may be asking why I have TWO t-shirts when you only get ONE card to redeem. All I’ll say is that I played the demo only once, but through my own Jedi mind tricks, I may have been able to procure a second redeemable card! ^_^ Still, you had a choice to have the shirts in regular English or the typical Star Wars language, Aurebesh. Of course I went for the “natural” choice of Aurebesh. The first shirt is for The Sith Empire and reminds of those old school communist China propaganda posters, but it says “Through Power – Victory.” The second shirt is for The Galactic Republic and says “For The Republic.” I’ll let you guys guess which one I like more, despite both of them being ballin’ as hell! =P



As I said, I should’ve probably ordered these pictures better, but oh well! This is yet another simple shirt of another game that TopWare Interactive is working on, Scivelation. I was shown an alpha build of the game, but even in that stage, it was looking pretty graphically and seems to have a lot of potential going forward. It seemed to have a very Perfect Dark (the GOOD one! ;-D) vibe to it, which can only be a good thing in my books! Keep an eye out for that one as well!



Despite him looking like some Scottish hobo with his super manly beard of awesome and accent that’s all thick and stuff, plus the fact that he will don a kilt for Suiterday, my homie g, Ali D is a pretty goddamn swell guy! Since I was unable to attend PAX East 2011, my fine friend from across the pond actually volunteered to pick up some extra swag for me. The fact that he managed to get such fine swag for me warms my heart like a candle warming chocolate fondue . . . bad analogy! Hahaha! Still, the first of 3 shirts he managed to get for me is this Deus Ex: Human Revolution “The Truth Will Change You” T-Shirt! Hell yeah! d(‘-‘d)



Next up is what seems like a Rockstar Games t-shirt, when in reality it is a L.A. Noire T-Shirt that our bearded and now front paged friend snagged for me. It’s a game that I still need to buy and play, but . . . yeah . . . I say that with a number of games . . . T_T



In my books, this was easily the pièce de résistance for me in the bag of swag Mr. I Don’t Know Much About Football got me! ^_^ <3 The fact that he was actually willing to part with it and the fact that it’s a game I ACTUALLY played, made this Portal 2 “Aperture Science Innovators” T-Shirt oh so sweet a gift! I have more stuff later in the post that Ali D got me, but in the mean time, for his eternal kindness and awesomeness . . . GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED! ;-D <3



Here we have a Prototype 2 Foam Scythe. From my understanding, in order to get this thing, you had to wait in line to get a picture with a giant helicopter that was used for advertising the game. If you’re me though, you just saw one lying around in the Square Enix booth, asked people around if it was theirs, then just claimed it for yourself! =P



So, this was definitely one of the highlights of the show, even though it had a really small booth. Regardless, this is a Lollipop Chainsaw Foam Chainsaw, along with some Stickers. If/when I get around to writing a PAX 2011 blog, I’ll go more in-depth about my thoughts on the game, but it’s looking very unique and promising, plus it’s got one hell of a saucy cheerleader at our protagonist! ;-D



And now we enter the “poster” phase of this haul. We begin off with a poster of everyone’s favourite video game website . . . Destructoid!



Once again, if you know me, I freakin’ love ANYTHING that’s made by Atlus. That said, I was sure to check out their very small presence at PAX, but was duly rewarded with this ballin’ The King of Fighters XIII Poster.




Capcom always has good swag at PAX and this one was no exception. With that said, I was pretty pissed they didn’t bring their store this year, with Japanese/PAX exclusives, but you can’t win all the time I guess, hahaha! This is a double-sided Dead Rising 2: Off the Record Poster featuring a typical advertisement on one side, and a cool comic book adaptation on the other.



IT’S MAHVEL BAYBEE! Goddamn do I love the series, even if I don’t play it nearly as much anymore. Still, this Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Poster features a fair number of the new characters prior to its launch, such as: Firebrand, Strider Hiryu, Hawkeye, Ghost Rider, Nemesis, and Dr. Strange! Don’t care what you haters say, the amount of new characters and gameplay justified another release! =P



The latest crossover fighting game also had a fair amount of representation on the show floor from actually a few booths, but even though it only features 4 characters, this Street Fighter X Tekken Poster is still pretty badass. It should prove interesting to see what subset of the fighting crowd the game will attract and retain.



Not going to lie, don’t know like any information about Dragon’s Dogma, but since they were giving this poster with the rest of the games at the Capcom booth, I felt obligated to pick one up, hahaha!



Um, so Nintendo always makes topnotch games and well, I think it’s a pretty fair statement to say that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D would rank high amongst them. So, I was pretty damn psyched that I managed to snag this poster of the game, especially since I adore the artwork on it.



It’s hard to tell from the picture, but his poster was a hell of a lot bigger than the majority of the other ones I picked up. This is a Penny Arcade drawn Might & Magic: Heroes VI Poster. Personally, it seems that any game that they do a comic or poster for, the artwork as per usual, is nothing short of sensational. Thoughts?



Ah, now we get into some of the most bitchin’ posters I snagged from the show. You got this BioShock: Infinite Booker and Elizabeth Wanted Poster from standing in line to get your picture taken with hands down the best (and hottest may I add! =P) cosplay/booth attendee/actress I’ve seen, who was dressed as Elizabeth and there was a giant ass Songbird coming through the wall. Once again, picture will be in my PAX 2011 blog . . . I hope! -_-‘




Um, exclusive, super limited print poster that you can only get within a 1 hour timeframe that will be signed by Ken Levine, Troy Baker (voice of Booker), and Courtnee Draper (Elizabeth)? Ummm, HELL YEAH! Totally was like one of the first people in line to make sure I got one of these, I even managed to jump power-glove and Gobun through the line, even though they showed up pretty late! I’ll let one of them explain how that worked! ;-D I arbitrarily named this the BioShock: Infinite “The True Patriot Has Nothing To Fear From The Songbird” Poster. Once again, picture with the signees in PAX 2011 . . .



Once again, another game I know nothing about, but I was simply just handed one of these Quantum Conundrum Foam Hats, as I walked through the Square Enix booth. It’s also really weird, since I’ve kept this thing in my basement since I’ve gotten it, but it has somehow managed to discolor itself to a light orange color.



Hopefully my memory serves me correct, as I write this in February, a nice half year after the event, but looking at my mini set of notes I made, I do believe I got this El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron Nephilim Cushion from Gobun after he caught it during the Destructoid Live! Panel, and then gave it to me, since he didn’t have room for it in his luggage. Once again, many thanks good sir! ^_^



Ah, now we get to the stuff I picked up from one of my most anticipated booths every year, Fangamer! This is the cloth bag I got for buying a bunch of stuff, hahaha!




The first thing I do when I get to the Fangamer booth, is to make sure I get their product catalog for whatever convention their at, as those things are pretty much a piece of art in themselves. As you can see, the first picture shows all the t-shirt they had for sale, minus a couple that weren’t ready yet (they’re released now) and were essentially shown off as a sneak peek. The second picture shows all their posters, doodads, pins, keychains, and other general awesomeness they had for sale.



Whenever you made a purchase at their booth, you were given a token to use and redeem a gashapon majigger from their machine, which would house 1 of 8 Mario themed pins (I got Mushroom), along with a strip of paper telling you to do something fun!



While Fangamer is probably most well known for their incredibly well designed, unique, and original t-shirts, they also do a lot of smaller items like pins and keychains, which I happen to be an extremely big fan of! Here we have the Galactic (Metroid themed), Plumber’s (Mario themed), and Timed-Attack (Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars themed) Pin Sets, along with an 8-BitBoy and Super 16Bit Keychains. For the latter, if you can tell from the picture, it’s a Super Nintendo controller, while on the flipside, it’s actually a Super Famicon colored one! =D



Along with those, I decided to purchase Block Coasters, which are obviously Mario themed and are in the shape of some of the most iconic blocks from the series. Personally, I’m all about the question mark one!





My last purchase from them was probably the coolest, as it’s the legendary Pipe Mug! Just look at the design of the box label and such. It shows just how much time and effort the guys and ladies behind the BEST damn unique video game merchandise site put into their products! The second picture just shows how the mug is carefully packed and how it comes with a coaster as well. The last picture shows the final product in all its glory.



If you’re interested in seeing what other awesome stuff they have for sale. Please do visit Fangamer, as I promise you won’t be disappointed. I’d also like to give a great big shout out to Jon Kay, Reid Young, Gerritt, Bryan, Ryan, Charlie, and the few others who I’ve unfortunately forgotten their names. These guys are seriously some of the nicest and coolest people you’ll meet. I know I’ve said this the past few paragraphs, but in the PAX 2011 blog I’m hoping to still get up, be sure to read my full experience with these guys and how they definitely deserve a special mention and super awesome picture!

*So, since Jon wasn't around at the end of the show, I just photoshopped his current Twitter image into the picture, because he most definitely should be in it! Also, Reid is the one in the Mr. Destructoid helmet!*



Once again, these are the other things my Scottish homeboy Ali D got for me from PAX East 2011: a Bit.Trip Runner Sticker, along with a Commander Video Sticker, as well as an L.A. Noire Sticker. Much love you haggis eating, kilt wearing, beard growing, Scotsman . . . much love! <3



This is just a picture of some of the various stickers I picked up during a jolly good time. We have a BioShock: Infinite Sticker that is followed up by POW, Potion, NES Controller, Skyliner, and Shield Stickers from Fangamer, ending with a lovely Destructoid Sticker.



So, in order to get some of the Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 goodies at PAX, you had to do some things like playing the demo, taking pictures of yourself in a photo booth, and a few other things to earn pins for rewards like a Monster Guide and T-Shirt. I think there were 11 different ones in total, but I managed to snag 7, which was enough to get all the swag. The pins I managed to snag were the title one, Cross Eye, Cyber Slime, Dark Slime, Jailcat, Mischievous Mole, and Slime.



Here is just a picture of some miscellaneous swag that was picked up at various booths. We start off with Firefall Thundersticks, and despite how much of a presence they had at the convention, I’m not going to lie, I still don’t really know much about the game, aside from the fact that it looks like the game has the same font as Starcraft. There’s also a World of Tanks DVD that I got from a guy near the main theatre, who just happened to be standing by a giant ass tank. Next up is the Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Monster Field Guide, which was the reward for collecting 7 of the pins pictured above. They were also giving away Mass Effect 3 Inflatable Omniblades like none other and I of course picked up a few. Finally, there’s also a FEZ Pin and some 2K Shoelaces that Hamza just threw at me at the Destructoid Live! Panel.



Once again, we have more odds and ends, like a Gamespot Water Container (actually a really smart idea, since there were a bunch of water fountains around the convention center), an Aliens: Infestation Pin Set, and a Deus Ex: Human Revolution Arm Augmentation Sleeve.



Now we have some “head gear” per se. First off is a Twisted Metal Sweet Tooth Mask that you got if you played the demo. Next up seemed to be most people’s favourite piece of swag from the convention, which is a The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dragonborn Hat . . . Mask . . . whatever you want to call it . . . thing that was featured in a couple Dtoid videos.



This time around we have a Mass Effect 3 Medal that was given out for completing the 3 booth preview of the game. You’ll also see a Gamespot Pin Set and the Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Nintendo 3DS Case that someone gave to me at the Destructoid Live! Panel, which was originally only available through the Capcom Store and is Number 0762/1000. I also managed to snag a Dissidia: Final Fantasy Excerpts from the Original Soundtrack CD, plus my homeboy TheCleaningGuy’s Tomb Raider Hotel Keycard.



Along with the lanyards in this photo, you’ll also see a The Darkness II PAX 2011 Darkling Ski Mask Redemption Card, which allowed you to get one of them masks at a later date. I didn’t bother blanking out the code, since I already redeemed it and got the mask, plus this blog is like half a year after the fact, hahaha! In terms of lanyards, we have some from League of Legends, Sonic CD, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Rift.



Okay, I’m pretty sure most of you know that I’m quite a fan of the Kingdom Hearts series and well, I went to the comic store in Pike Place and they had a sale on the Trading Card Game Booster Packs, and one thing led to another, and well, I now have 3 packs of cards that are shiny, but I have no idea what to do with or anything . . . I’m a dumbass . . . -_-‘ . . . hahaha! Anywho, we also have some Two Worlds II Playing Cards that I got from my little meeting with TopWare Interactive, a pack of Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards, as well as two Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Holographic Beta Cards.





Okay, so prior to PAX, I saw on the super awesome and talented Ashley Davis’ Twitter feed that she was selling some games. I inquired to what she was selling and how much, and even though I’m a collector, I still “hate” buying stuff from people I know, since I’d rather them keep the items. Still, we hashed something out and were going to do the exchange at PAX. She said she was also going to draw something for me and I literally had NO IDEA what she was going to do. So, when we met up at PAX and did our exchange, she also gave me this cardboard protected picture that is seen in the first picture. When I opened it up, I saw a Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies Sticker Sheet, along with a Geno “Thank You!” Art piece that she usually includes when she does commissions or when people buy a print from her super awesome No Marios Allowed! Tumblr. Finally, in the last picture of this trio, I laid my eyes upon one of the most beautiful things ever . . . DOMO JACK FROST! ^_^ She most DEFINITELY did her research for drawing something I would ADORE FOREVER, as I didn’t request anything and she knew what to draw. I think it’s pretty evident that I’m a fan of DOMO, but she also had done her homework and also apparently likes looking at mine and ChillyBilly’s collector blogs, and knew that I love ANYTHING from Atlus, whose official mascot (well, at least in Japan) is Jack Frost! This drawing is seriously one of THE BEST things I’ve ever received and I’ve got it well protected while I look for a frame for it! Everyone should most definitely support the lady in all her endeavors and be sure to always greet her with a smile! =) The only thing that I could say was “bad” about this, was that we were both in a rush going in opposite directions, so I wasn’t able to open the picture while she was still around, so I never got to properly thank her. =( So, if you’re reading this Ashley Davis, thank you a bajillion times and you’re THE BEST!!! d(‘-‘d)



Oh yeah, I also bought a couple games from her, so I guess I should mention those. =P Something that only a few of you probably know, but as I stated above, I “hate” buying games from people I know, but I “hate” it even more when I know they’re rare/valuable games. Still, I managed to pick up the coveted and awesome Saturn classic, Dragon Force and the Sega CD and always classy Lunar: Eternal Blue from her. They’re added to my slowing growing and almost complete collection of Working Designs games! Thanks again! ^_^





So, as I stated earlier with the t-shirt section of this haul blog, the super awesome and ballin’ Jake DiGennaro of TopWare Interactive gave myself a few Dtoiders a sneak peek of some of the things that they were working on. Here is the Press Kit for the futuristic, Perfect Dark-esque looking Scivelation.





Seriously, it’s nice to see the time and effort that TopWare Interactive puts into their Press Kits. The imagery and quality of even the “inner casing” (for lack of better term) that houses the Press Kit is always freakin’ top notch! This time around, we have the kit for the ultra gory and badass Raven’s Cry, which will feature pirates doing their scallywagging best to loot, pillage, and rape their way to pirate awesomness!





So, here we have the Press Kit for Two Worlds II: Pirates of the Flying Fortress, which is an expansion pack and downloadable content for the legitimately good Two Worlds II. Once again we have ballin’ inner artwork, along with pamphlets about the expansion, as well as one about the Game of the Year Edition they want to release in a super slick velvet case. Once again, much love to Jake DiGennario and TopWare Interactive. <3



Now we have some DLC codes and a pretty weird and crazy picture booth sheet. Going left to right and top to bottom, we have: a Deus Ex: Human Revolution / Team Fortress 2 Purity Fist Code, then a Mass Effect 3 Alliance Normandy SR-2 Xbox 360 Prop Code, then a couple of Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Face Swap Picture Sheets, followed by League of Legends PAX Sivir and Riot Nasus Codes, and finally an Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Mystery Skinned Weapon #8 Code.



Here we have a few more random tidbits, like a Penny Arcade The Game – Gamers vs. Evil Promo Card, then a Dead Island Comic, followed up by a Rusty Hearts Angela Advertisement Card, along with a Beards & Beaks Avatar Prop Code, as well as a Bloodline Champions Code.



A few more kind of cool things I picked up, like a Twisted Pixel Advertisement Card (The Gunslinger / Ms. ‘Splosion Man), flanked by a Game Career Guide Fall 2011 magazine, and a smaller Might & Magic: Heroes VI Advertisement Card.



As with all PAXes, this was the PAX 2011 Instruction Booklet with glorious artwork as usual. I’m partial to the weinerdog and the Cardboard Tube Samurai. =P




Back to more swag stuff! This is the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception / Starhawk Swag Bag they were giving out near the Sony booth. It seems that at every PAX, a different company gains the right/ability to provide the con-goers with bags to hold all of their freebies and stuff. All I can say is that this was a very welcome addition to my duffel bag that I normally carry around.



It was a good thing Hamza was pretty awesome and just handed me this XCOM – Field Team Bag, otherwise I may have been a bit gimped for space, as I shoved all my t-shirts I got from the convention into this thing, and essentially had an extra carry on. Thanks dude! d(‘-‘d)



More things here, like a Dance Central 2 Scarf, Guild Wars 2 Bandana, and a Batman: Arkham City Wristband. Nothing too earth shattering here. =P




I should’ve probably lumped this with the other TopWare Interactive stuff, but well, I’m lazy, so too late for that! =P Since Jake had awesome displays and was just being super cool (as usual), he decided to just give me this PS3 copy of Two Worlds II Royal Edition, which are apparently pretty damn limited and collectible! ^_^ If you want to see the contents of it, I suggest you watch Jim Sterling’s quite spectacular and spicy video by clicking here. Thanks once again mate! =D



Here is my actual pass to the convention. As you can see, I got the Three Day Pass, along with a Halo Fest Pass, which was connection to The Behemoth PAX 2011 Lanyard.



We’ll end this haul blog with my big finds/purchases I made at the Pink Gorilla booth. It’s usually one of the very first booths I visit at the convention, since I always want to get my grubby hands on the rare and collectible games they always seem to usually have. It was an even more pleasant experience this time, since when I started asking one lady for a bunch of games in the cabinet and hanging off of things, she didn’t seem too knowledgeable about some of them, but the owner of the store (at least that’s what he told me) seemed to catch on VERY quickly that I was a serious buyer and was going for the high end stuff, so I pretty much had a personal shopper, hahaha! Not having to deal with waiting to ask someone to take a look at something or having window shoppers be in my way was a real plus. Still, we’ll start off with a couple Sega Saturn gems, like the firefighting Sega made Burning Rangers and the super shiny Working Designs made Albert Odyssey: Legend of Eldean.



Next up, we have a complete copy of the ever elusive and fairly valuable Resident Evil Gaiden for Game Boy Color. It was surprisingly not in the cabinet and very underpriced in my books. It was made even better that the owner and a few other employees were “pissed” I saw it, as they wanted to buy it if no one else did during the convention. Next to it, we have an Atlus game that had eluded me for quite a while, but finally no more, as I now own the original Guilty Gear.



So, some of you may know that possumwrangler is one of my closest friends and a fellow super collector. We have a system where we know that one of us likes a series significantly more than the other, or that one of us is looking for something and wants it really badly. Still, Alundra was just something he was looking for, but the Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence Limited Edition was something he’s been dying to get (me too!)! Once again, we were scammed in Canada for getting, so it was a USA only exclusive that was extremely hard to get a hold of, even though it’s only a red outer box and a bonus DVD. One thing you have to know though, is that people who love the Metal Gear series, REALLY love the series. So, as a good friend, I decided to allow him to have the first one either of us found, so I now must find another for myself, hahaha!






I just realized I forgot to pre-write this section, so what I'm about to write may not be 100% factual, but close enough. This here is a GameBoy Light handheld. They were only released in Japan and it was pretty much a GameBoy Pockety with a backlit blue screen. I think there were less than 50,000 made period, and I have one of the like 20,000 silver ones that were produced. Needless to say, they're quite a rare and valuable handheld. As expected, I managed to snag this from the Pink Gorilla booth.



This is a picture of myself with Wil Wheaton before the showfloor opened, since I was helping out the Fangamer crew setup! He was a very chill and cool guy!



This is a picture of me with Rocco and Derrick from Mega 64, along with a copy of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island that Rocco wanted from my collection of doubles! =D

So, that's another post, we'll see when I can get the next one up mates! Thanks again! ^_^
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