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Cblogs of 9/8/10 + Pendeltonisms

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Hey gang. Sorry about missing out on last night’s caps. Had to have a day to rest after the amazingness of PAX. Actually, if you don’t mind, I’d like to share a PAX moment I think a few other Dtoid members shared in (if you did, please let me know in the comments).

Friday night of PAX started much like any other Friday night; I got dressed all fancy, looking to spend a night on the town with friends. This meant, since I was in Seattle, it was time to go to Gameworks. As soon as I arrived, I couldn’t find any Dtoid people. So I thought, “Screw it, I’ll grab a drink, and walk around until I see someone I know.” I went up to the bar and took the only empty seat. In doing so, I triggered what might be one of the strangest PAX moments I’ve experienced.

As I sit down, the gentleman next to me pulls out his rather fancy SLR camera, and shows me a picture of a girl cosplaying as Lilu from The Fifth Element. While the picture was fantastic, I was confused as to why this complete stranger was showing it off to me. I became even more confused when said gentleman began to converse with me like we were longtime friends, going so far as to buy me a drink.

“Ok”, I thought, “Maybe I just found a really nice geek to chill with for a bit. Whatever, it’s PAX; shit like this is bound to happen.” Then things got weird. First, he told me a story about how he had a gun drawn at him outside the convention for his three-day pass (which I had to promise to never tell anyone…oops). Then he told me about his aunt’s house on the outskirts of town that he had no idea how to get to, but needed to find so he could have a place to sleep. Then a final turn towards “WTF?!?!” was made as this completely random person asked me to stay in my hotel room.

From here I didn’t know what to do. I’m notoriously bad at getting out of strange social situations, and this was one of the strangest. Luckilly, my room mate for the weekend showed up. As he and I were talking, the random guy kept trying to get into the conversation and failing badly. So my roomie and I decided to get up and look for other people. Random guy followed. He stalked us for a good five minutes around all of Gameworks. We got a break when random guy decided to show off his Lilu picture to some other unsuspecting nerd, and we escaped scott-free out the side door. I never saw the guy for the rest of the weekend.

The next morning at the Dtoid panel, I heard that this guy had apparently spent the night getting drunk at Gameworks and trying to make his way into random people’s hotel rooms. Do any of you folks happened to have experienced this weird dude’s advances?

ALL THE PAX LOVE

Toneman’s “A Special Message To Nick Chester” (Funny story with this: I get in line for the Rock Band booth, and the supervisor asks me to skip the line and join a random group up front who was missing one person. That group just so happened to be these fine gentlemen, and we kicked Space Oddity’s ass before taking this great picture.)[/b]

Kraid’s “I Love You Guys: My PAX 2010 Trip”

Tactix’s “PAX: My Experience”[/b]

Alakaiser’s “PAX 2010: The Weekend of John Solgrim”

Zodiac Eclipse’s “Mxyzptlk’s Adventures In PAX Land”



*- Holy. Fucking. Shit.

*- Yet another fine review of this week’s Rock Band downloadable offerings.

*- PekoponTAS talks about the love for something we all fell in love with once: Nintendo Power.

*- Enter, and become terrified by Majora’s Mask.

*- For the 20 or so people that have played it, this Monthly Musing takes a great, in-depth look at the music of Steamboat Chronicles.

*- A phenomenal Monthly Musing about the chemicals that cause us to freak out over music.

*- Gobun is starting up one hell of an epic Starcraft 2 tournament.



M- More than just noise: those sound tests that not a lot knew about.

P- RoboChode comes back with another full episode.

P- A NEW PODCAST APPEARS: take a listen to Nostaljourney.

P- There’s something going on in the Animucast Labs…



E- Shit looks to be going down this Friday in Philly with the Dtoid Penn group.



N- Ooo, Dissidia is getting a sequel.

T- Batthink got some time with Enslaved, and wants to tell you what he thinks of it.

T- AvianFlame has some thoughts on the new motion systems.

T- Bigby lets us know what’s new with Final Fantasy XIV.

T- RedCloud shares thoughts on the craziness of LIMBO.

T- Farenheit looks into the idea of something being overrated.

T- LK404 had some great hands-on time with Bangai-O and Super Meat Boy.

T- Fayl takes a look at Guild Wars 2 on the PAX floor.

D- Brain Candy shows off some shots from their new game.



F- An interesting list of movies parents need to show their teenagers.



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