In case you missed CTZ's post collecting all the community members' PAX stories, we thought we'd throw out one more "I <3 PAX" piece to cap off the glory that was PAX '08. Although the discussion doesn't contain all the goodness that was experienced, it does give the editors one more chance to gush about the games, drinking, games, and drinking that occurred.
Feel free to add your own two cents at the end of the post. I know that, even though it was only a week ago, our eyes are slowly turning forward to next year's PAX(es!) and all the awesome that they will contain. So, here's to the memories!
I know that almost everyone had the best time of their lives at PAX, but they also had some game stuff too. I'm not sure if we did a "best of" post on the site yet, but here's a chance to comment, not only on the awesome times we had, but the games that were on display, and the general opinions of PAX. Considering how insanely packed it was, I'm concerned that it may become like the E3s of old - long lines and over packed.
Well, I know it was easily one of the best weekends I've ever had. Meeting everyone there was an incredible experience and I'm pretty sure I remember the majority of it. Next year, I'm totally getting a room at the Red Lion so I don't have as far to stumble when we close down that pub downstairs yet again.
A good amount of the editors went to E3, so they were familiar with much of the stuff that was at PAX. However, since I was halfway around the world during E3, everything on the show floor was new to me, so while I had an amazingly awesome time hanging out with all the Dtoiders, I made sure to actually go and play a few games during the weekend.
In addition, I was able to get my hands on Rock Band 2 as well as Guitar Hero World Tour, and I loved them both. I sincerely hope Sony can make both games backward compatible with the Rock Band instruments, since I can't afford to buy the bundle for either game. Still, if I have to choose, I might just go with the GH WT bundle, since its drums felt fantastic.
Finally, two other highlights of PAX were Fallout 3 and Castle Crashers. The former's gritty, post-apocalyptic world blew me away visually, and V.A.T.S. is awesome -- I blew a guy's head clean off! As for the latter, well, I played it for less than ten minutes with some random guy, and I can definitively say that it's the first game to make me legitimately want to own a 360, just to play it. So does anyone want to contribute to the "Buy Samit an Xbox 360" fund? PayPal works just fine...
The best part about PAX for me was whooping Dyson's ass in Tetris DS, and then having him blame it on "lag." The worst part of PAX was the actual, legitimate lag between the drums, television, and audio at the Rock Band 2 set up, which caused me to fail "You Oughta Know."
I had a great time. I masturbated a couple times. While sat at home. In my own shit. Occasionally playing with a pair of scissors.
Followed in Jim's tracks. Did some unmentionable things on Necros' bed, reviewed The Last Guy, and cried in my sleep.
Same as Brad and Jim, except with more Tropic Thunder.
I didn't get to go, but here are the highlights I saw from home...
1) Left 4 Dead
2) Our fantasmic community
3) Left 4 Dead
4) Dtoid Panel
5) Left 4 Dead
On the Tetris issue, there was lag so bad it hurt, and I was hungover more than usual, but I did lose. The funny thing about Nick's excuse for failing at Rock Band 2 (drums weren't calibrated correctly) is the fact that the Harmonix folks didn't re-calibrate the drums after Nick played them, but no one else had a problem with them. Strange that Nick, and only Nick, couldn't get the song out right, huh?
The thing I liked best about PAX was hanging out with all the awesome Dtoid community members. Time and time again, people ask me what the best thing about the site is, and I always respond that it is the community. This last weekend proved that opinion by leaps and bounds. Everyone was continously looking out for each other, even though most of us have never met in real life. I decided to stay an extra whole day and The GHost let me stay in his hotel room without asking for anything at all.
The panel was hilarious, btw. According to Dale, I was cracking him up by sitting in the audience drinking tall boys out of a paper bag. What else can I say but "that's how I roll"?
And I passed out in a hotel elevator for 45 minutes one night. That was fun.
Hamza CTZ Aziz
Where do I even start?! I went to just hang out with everyone and that's what I did. I played a few games when press had early access, but didn't bother when the horde of nerds rushed the floor each day. Hell, I didn't even go to the show floor on one of the days. I would have liked to play a few games such as Fallout 3 and Left 4 Dead, but those lines were killer.
Meh. Next year, we really need to find a bar with better service than the Elephant & Castle.
Hamza CTZ Aziz
It was the only hotel with a bar that I saw! Hey, hopefully they have a better staff next year!
It's not your fault -- it just seemed like a great central location (two blocks from the convention center, close to most other people's hotels), and I liked the outdoor/indoor setup. But if I have to wait 45 minutes to order a drink again, I'm going to choke a bitch.
Is Samit Sarkar gonna to have to choke a bitch?
He almost did. I suggest that we post up at Shorty's next year. You guys missed out on one awesome bar. Cheap drinks, good service, and around 20 vidja games, mostly pinball machines. They did have a working Galaga, which Gameworks did not, much to Topher's chagrin.
Hamza CTZ Aziz
Shorty's is a must. Gotta do it the first day, otherwise everyone won't want to leave the Red Lion!
Indeed. It took Pop'n Music, Samurai Showdown IV and Taiko no Tatsujin COMBINED to make up for the lack of Galaga. Yet they had Galaxian. That's like a steakhouse that doesn't have A1 but has plenty of mustard.
That's the greatest analogy I've ever seen.
Taiko no Tatsujin alone would be enough for me. Which one was it?
Is that Taiko Drum Master?
It was 9. Couple years old, but still rockin' enough.
Yeah, they just came out with 11 halfway through my time in Japan. Ten had Haruhi and Lucky Star on it :D :D :D
Can you tell that we like games? We get chatting about PAX and then it segues into Taiko Drum Master, a game I have yet to play. Maybe I'll give it a go at next year's PAX. Hopefully even more Dtoid people will show up next year. Maybe then I'll finally figure out who the community member was who is partially responsible for these nice cigarette burns on my arm!