06/01/2014

SHIN REVIVAL OF THE FORT90 DOT COM WEBSITE REBUILD PROJECT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE CLUB, PLUS ALPHA, FOR MATCHING SERVICE: Pax East 2013 Part 2

by Matthew Hawkins

Day one was covered in depth previously, but here’s one extra pic, of the PC gaming free play area, well past the midnight hour…

Day Two

And here have the first picture of day two, of the card gaming free play area; mm pretty sure a good portion of these folks are from the night before…

The highlight of day two was the Blending Games & Life panel that I moderated. On stage with me was Jon Kay, aka my right hand man in Fangamer, Amanda McGinnis of Console to Closet, Mitch Hutts of The Drunken Moogle, and finally K. “PwnLove” Stewart. And the basic gist of our conversation? How to apply infuse one’s love for games into some other thing, with the idea of turning said into a business or career.

Unfortunately, I was having a really bad hair day, so instead of using one of the photos that Amanda’s fiancé took that morning, instead we have Kevin Chai’s Game Boy Camera pic (and be sure to also check out his Tumblr for similar goodness…

K, time for pictures of other people. Specifically, people dressed up as video game characters. First, some Metal Gear…

Next, a double dose of Nintendo…

As with Lugi, the same goes with Chell; it’s all about the props sometime…

This girl, playing the role of the Little Sister, was way into character and that was pretty awesome…

Sims cosplayers are some common, but rarely do they have the actual player as part of the package…

A pair of gender-bending Mortal Kombatants…

… Speaking of, I interviewed one of the dudes behind MK, though our conversation was about the studio’s new game at the time, Injustice. Also chatted with one of the folks behind LocoCycle, and it’s a real shame that the final game turned out to be kinda meh…

Meanwhile, for Siliconera, I took a look at LUFTRAUSERS (a game which EVERYONE has played by now, I know), Delver’s Drop (a game that I’m pretty sure no one has heard of, at least not yet), and 1… 2… 3… KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby) (a game that I immediately downloaded once I got home from Boston)…

Gave Hawken a spin as well, and won’t bother posting a link to my impressions since that game has been in the while for some time now as well (plus, after a year plus worth of updates, I’m pretty sure it’s pretty different these days). Though I still find this shot mighty pretty…

Speaking of something frame worthy, I’m glad Journey was included in the Into The Pixel art show…

Around that time I was dating this girl who had just gotten me into Doctor Who, hence why I was so happy to finally understand this…

I wish I had shot video of this Assassin’s Creed cosplayer playing Dance Central (mostly cuz he was REALLY good)…

Day Three

The final day of PAX East had me focusing on non-video game cosplay. Like Mr. Incredible here…

Not surprisingly, Lando managed to get the attention of every lady he passed by…

Two different dudes with buckets…

And two different couples in blue & yellow. Beauty & The Beast, with the latter in his human form, is pretty genius…

Plus those things you always see in front of car dealerships, right?

It’s the Aquabats!

And the Crimson Guards! Was not much of a GI Joe kid back in day (my allegiance was towards the Transformers), but the Guards were too cool not to have in my toy box…

Scout Trooper with Ewok child & Hipster X-Wing pilot…

Once more, for the record, the cosplay I came across at PAX East 2013 was fairly top notch. But there was something specific that I was hoping to come across and found zero trace. That being Legend of Zelda X Nicolas Cage cosplay. Kind of a bummer. But Neon Genesis Evangelion X Coneheads cosplay somewhat fit the bill…

Now, alongside personalities that one could find being driven by game hardware, some chose to dress up as technology themselves…

My fave example would have to be this guy…

And then you had this (undead) girl…

I’d have to say, the highlight of PAX East 2013 was my investigations as it pertains to clandestine organization known as the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, aka NAVGTR. Most of you have perhaps never heard of the name, but those of you have are perhaps also aware of the mystery man known as George Woods. Which I could talk about at great lengths, and that’s been the plan for ages now. For Kotaku actually.

Long story short: when my movie review column was axed at the end of 2012, Steve Totilo offered me the chance to instead write about whatever I wanted. And I knew exactly how I wanted to kick things off ”the Matt Hawkins experience” as he envisioned my new column being. Unfortunately, and not to repeat myself ad nauseam, but life was pretty crazy in 2013.

That piece on J&L I recently filed was motivated by spur of the moment inspiration, along with nagging guilt that’s been eating away at me for the past 12+ months, let my corner of the big K go ignored. Though I still plan on filing it (eventually), so until I’m able to reveal my findings, here’s a look at their booth…

And here’s yet another, deeper look (actually passed along a sneak peek not too long ago) at the rabbit hole that is NAVGTR…

Guess that’s it? What’s next for SHIN REVIVAL OF THE FORT90 DOT COM WEBSITE REBUILD PROJECT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE CLUB, PLUS ALPHA, FOR MATCHING SERVICE? Why, just some odds and ends…

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