This year’s PAX Prime was one of the best gaming experiences I’ve ever had. And even with four days, I still didn’t get a chance to play everything – or even see everything. Lines were long, crowds were huge, and once I got started in on a good game, I wanted to play it as much as I could. We were originally only going to award ten games, but by Monday, we couldn’t narrow it down, so we ended up adding in two more. Here is the PAXpocalypse List for PAX Prime 2013 – the twelve games we’d love to be stranded with if this little convention in Seattle was the end of the world. And they’re in alphabetical order… because that’s how it’s done when you can’t pick favorites. (more…)
Summer is in full swing, like a party at Jay Gatsby’s house. While we are currently in the middle of a month of suffering thanks to a gaming drought, there’s always new opportunities on Kickstarter. This month, choose whether to join Team Meat or Team Cheese in Organic Panic, explore the chilling dystopia of Monochroma, or get your steampunk on in turn-based strategy Tooth and Cog.
Taking a slight detour from video games themselves, there is also the augmented reality board game Darkling Plain, a new open-source programmable handheld console in the FEZ Game-O, and finally, Double Jump, a novel about a man who finds himself in a world governed by video game logic.
A few months ago, I got my hands on a terrific card game called Don’t Play With Drugs. It’s frenetic, fun, and fast – you can play a game in five minutes, meaning you can either play a marathon of it, play quick rounds of it in between setting up other board games, or even play it while your Dungeon Master is off taking a break. Right After Then, the company behind the game, did a limited run earlier this year, but fear not – they have a Kickstarter running now, which you should absolutely back. I caught up with the one of the co-creators, Jordan Martin, and asked him a few questions about the game, the Kickstarter, and what else they have in the works. (more…)
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you first enter the PAX East show floor. With over 200 exhibitors showing off over 500 products (at a minimum), there’s no way to see it all. In fact, it’s possible to seclude yourself in your own little piece of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and not realize that entire other worlds exist within the greater PAX East experience.
The “Three PAX Theory” is the belief that PAX East is actually three different conventions all smashed together. On the north side of the show floor, you have “Triple-A PAX.” That’s where your Nintendos and your Microsofts and your Ubisofts create massive booths, and a game like The Last of Us has a four-hour line. On the south side is “Indie PAX,” which houses the Indie Mega Booth and a huge number of small developers who operate booths that are barely big enough for a TV and a few buttons. Finally, on the extreme south side of the BCEC is “Tabletop PAX,” where it’s all dice and cards and there’s nary a video game in sight. I wish I had come up with it, but all credit for the “Three PAX Theory” must go to @jakeninja.
However, there’s also a fourth side to PAX East that a lot of people don’t see. It takes place in the dark corners of the convention center and in gamer-gathering places all across the city after the Expo Hall closes for the night. I like to call this “Shadow PAX.” (more…)
We don’t have the PAX pox, but what if the entire convention center was put under quarantine because of some mystery illness? What would you do? What would you see? We’d endure the PAXpocalypse by spending all of our time with the 13 games (nine playable, three developer-guided demos, and one board game) below. Though it would have to be after pushing the hordes of undead off our doorstep. Because any pox affecting PAXgoers would almost certainly have to lead to a zombie uprising. (more…)
As expected, the Lucasfilm/Rovio alliance has produced a series of Star Wars-themed Angry Birds toys which will be available in stores soon. Over the next few weeks we can expect to see an action figure line, a series of plush toys, an AT-AT Attack Battle board game, and a Jenga Death Star board game.
Do you have a bad feeling about this? You shouldn’t, because…
In a pleasant surprise, Angry Birds Star Wars is in development for iOS and Android platforms and will be available on November 8. The game will feature birdy versions of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca along with piggy versions of Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers. And hopefully the slingshot Lightsaber in the teaser trailer above will make an appearance too.
Rovio has opened an official Tumblr blog for Angry Birds and, if the image of the Red Bird in a Jedi robe wielding a Lightsaber is any indication, some kind of Angry Birds/Star Wars mashup is in the works.
According to the blog, a formal announcement is scheduled for Monday, October 8 at 10 AM (Eastern Time) at the Toys R Us in Times Square. Fans are encouraged to begin gathering at the New York City location by 8 AM.
With the participation of Toys R Us, it’s likely that this Star Wars/Angry Birds thing is just a new line of toys and not a game. But I can’t be the only one who wants to smack those blasted swine with a Lightsaber, can I?
Just when you thought it was safe to pick up your controller, Konami announced they’re making Risk: Metal Gear Solid. This limited edition will be available for pre-sale starting October 3, and will cost $49.95.
Adam Sblendorio, Lead Game Designer for USAopoly, said, “Metal Gear Solid builds on the modernized and streamlined Risk game play introduced in 2008 with all new Metal Gear Solid components to create a unique, fun and fast paced experience for Risk and Metal Gear Solid fans alike. In order to win you’ll have to take advantage of Metal Gear Solid specific high powered black market weapons, hire the right mercenary boss at the right time, manage alliances and watch your back as the mobile battleship, Outer Haven, can invade territories from new locations (watch out Australia).”
With six zones and 42 territories (and an additional Outer Haven battleship); 275 custom plastic pieces that represent the five PMCs, neutral armies and cities; 8 Boss Cards, 40 Drebin’s Cards, 42 Territory Cards and eight earnable Rewards, the game is sure to be as fun as it is complicated. And really, what better way to flex your strategic conquest muscles than through the mercenary styling of the Metal Gear universe?
But if you want it, you better hurry, USAopoly is limiting production to 2,014 numbered sets.