#506 Guest Post from Coinslotter

Unfortunately, PAX East has come to an end this year. Fun times were had and we learned a lot of things, from the newest products to Rock Band 4. However, one of the most important things I learned this year was from the Indie Mega Booth and how, if you put your mind to it, you can achieve your wildest dreams. Cheesey, I know, but hear me out. Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to work in the games industry. I tried my hand at almost everything, from programming to narrative writing, but I constantly felt like I wasn’t good at it or that there were other people out there who were better than me. It also felt like I needed a reason to do it, like a job or a school project. It wasn’t until this year where I felt like I actually stood a chance in achieving this goal. I had buckled down and began to write on my blog consistently, whatever came to my mind. My views were starting to grow and it excited me to see that people were actually reading. Then PAX came and I planned on covering whatever I could get my hands on. At first I was a little intimidated by the show floor and didn’t know where to start. I was pretty shy and unsure on how to approach people about their game; that is, until I found the Indie Megabooth. There I was able to approach the games without having to wait in long lines and the developers were eager to show off their games. Seeing how much these indie developers wanted to show off their games and put themselves out there made me realize they weren’t much different than I was. They weren’t these untouchable, almost fictional-like people working in an unreachable job; they were normal people who wanted to make games because they were passionate about them and wanted to do it their own way. After seeing this, I was much more relaxed and able to talk to people about their games. It no longer felt like I was an interrogative reporter, but someone having a one-on-one chat with an artist who is passionate about their work. I was even able to work up the courage to talk to some of the bigger developers, like the ones at Behemoth, and ask them about their game. So, if there is one thing that I were to take away from this PAX, it would be to never discouraged because you aren’t a professional or experienced. You should be excited that you are starting fresh and that you have a world of possibilities at your disposal.  

This guest post is brought to you by Brandon Dannenhoffer. He is an aspiring video game journalist and game designer from Brooklyn, New York. He can be found at coinslotter.wordpress.com, on Twitter at @coinslotter, and occasionally lost in his own thoughts.

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#505 UnPaxing

PAX EAST 2015 is completely done, I have successfully made my way back home after three jammed packed days of panels, discussions, meeting people, and wandering around the expo hall and the city of Boston in general.

Right now I am still unpacking and organizing notes, thoughts, and all the other stuff that I have gathered from the expo and even a full day later I am both physically and mentally exhausted. Such so that I could not write a proper blog post even if I could, and I did try.

This post is evidence enough of that I had a blast at this year's PAX EAST. This post and the compromised immune system

This post is evidence enough of that I had a blast at this year’s PAX EAST. This post and the compromised immune system

I am sorry for posting two filler non-blog posts back to back but I promise I will make it up to you guys once I have properly composed and gathered myself together.


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#504 Gone PAXin’

If you are reading this, it means that I am currently in Boston enjoying my first day at PAX East.

If you are interested in following me and my adventures navigating through the expo hall and my thoughts on all the panels, people and parties IN REAL TIME you can follow me on my Twitter page @Snozell. You can bet your bottom dollar that I will be tweeting about anything and everything in between.

Street passes and proper Boston style pizza, here I COME

Street passes and proper Boston style pizza, here I COME

 And be sure to check back here this Monday for my thoughts on the new games I saw and the event on a whole


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#503 The Mega Man White Whale

This past weekend I did an unprecedented thing, I woke up early on a Saturday morning when I had a no third party obligation to do so. I woke up early to travel to the next city over’s Best Buy to finally capture my current white whale, an Amiibo of the Blue Bomber for my very own.

As I wrote during the last time I talked about Nintendo’s newest wave collectible figurines, I wanted the Mega Man Amiibo only to buy him Ironically. As it is established, Mega Man is a part of the Smash Bros character roster who is a third party Intellectual Properties. From how we have seen Nintendo’s rocky-at-best relationship with other gaming companies and how CAPCOM handle Mega Man’s future games I can almost guarantee that Mega Man will have no Amiibo support for any non-smash game during the Wii U life cycle.

In fact I bought him because of that, same reason when Duck Hunt comes out. because someone has to buy their are so few officially licensed products.

In fact I bought him because of that, same reason when Duck Hunt comes out. because someone has to buy their are so few officially licensed products.

 

With Mega Man in my possession, I can now stop activly hunting Amiibos and constantly thinking about Amiibos at least for a while.

No more weekend Amiibo hunting trips with my younger brother going up and down every toy store in town, no more casual drive by to stores before and after work. No more searching and constantly refreshing the pages of Twitter, Reddit, and Amazon hoping to find an online store that had Mega Man in stock. I  was so close to caving in and buying from a Amazon scalper at twice the price.

Most importantly of all I can stop worrying out the terrible thought of missing my window of opportunity of securing the Amiibo I want before Nintendo stops producing him and the demand, and cost goes through the roof.  I can put all that fret and worry behind me because I have him now. Currently displayed on my makeshift Amiibo shelf, only to be taken out of his box when a New 3DS or Wii U game is released that specially support him.

He has to earn his freedom

He has to earn his freedom



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#502 Games from my Backlog for the month of March 2015

Games from my Backlog for March 2015

Its the first blog post of the new month so it is time dig into my gaming library and find a new batch of games to play through.

But first, a few more last thoughts on last month’s games:

LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes:

As I said before it is a wonderfully easy and relaxing collect-em-up game with all of my favorite Marvel Comicbook characters. One more point that I have not mentioned but it’s only after looking through the screenshots of the early Lego games, the amount of effort the current Lego game devs go through to make sure that all the scenery and set pieces looks like they are made out of authentic Lego pieces instead of low quality blocks, as seen in the early Lego Harry Potter game.

And this game does a wonderful thing by NOT pulling any punches when it comes to lesser known comic book villains and unlock able character costumes.

This game also does a wonderful thing by NOT pulling any punches when it comes to lesser known comic book villains and unlockable character costumes. If you don’t know the importance of the clunky Iron Man custom then too bad, the reference was not for you

Rush Bros:

This filled my bimonthly new platformer quota.

Rush Bros is a nice platformer with a killer beat from the original soundtrack. The nice in game bonus is that you can add play your own mp3 files but because of the game’s point of gameplay it automatically filters and remix any of your own files. Which is great for music, but not so much with songs. and because of that it made me want to play Audiosurf for all of my current music earworms.

The problem with playing and writing about so many platformers is that unless one  mechanic is so unquic that it makes it stand out from the rest, like Super Meat Boy's difficulties and Super Mario World's art and 3D game level design

The problem with playing many platformers is that unless one gameplay mechanic is so unique that it makes it stand out from the rest, like Super Meat Boy’s difficulties and Super Mario World’s art and 3D game level design, I kind of lose interest.

Now it is time for my new next batch of games from my backlog…for the month of March…2015.

My first game is going to be the Expendabros, a free promotional game that is a 2D action game that is unapologetically over the top American. As a citizen of the Great U S of A it is my civic duty to play though at least once in my life.

Cue: Bald Eagle cawing

Cue: Bald Eagle cawing behind a wave of explosions

For my second game, I am going to be caving very soon and buying the latest Nintendo handheld game, Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask 3DS, because after Pokemon ORAS I have been looking for a new 3DS game to sink a handful of hours.

 After playing through Wonderful 101 I am patiently waiting for the next major 'must own' Nintendo videogame, I don't think MM3DS will be that, but it will temporarily scratch that itch.


After playing through Wonderful 101 I am patiently waiting for the next major ‘must own’ Nintendo videogame, MM3DS is that, but it will temporarily scratch that itch.


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#501 The Firefly non-post

I figured it out, I now know what my next filler post series is going to be, its going to be following the trend of American made Science Fiction literary works of wonder, the T.V show Firefly.

Its going to be an epic new series bought out every time I need a day off from blogging. This new series is going to be loved by all, full of interesting characters and going into in depth story plots and social commentary.

It will have plans to expand on every aspect of it’s universe, that is, before corporate makes the executive decision to cancel the show so sudd-

I had a friend in college that loved this show, and I as a Doctor Who fan, would always remind him which one of our favorite TV show had the most seasons

I had a friend in college that loved this show, and I as a Doctor Who fan, would always remind him which one of our favorite TV show had the most seasons


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#500 Thank You PAX East #Thankacreator

Boogie2988 recently created the #Thankacreator hashtag, and in his video he explained that the purpose of the Hashtag was to use the Internet to spread a little bit of positivity around the net by personally thanking your favorite entertainer and content creator. This will be my fifth year attending PAX East, and every time it has been able to one up itself in terms of content and entertainment. For my 500th blog post I would like to dedicate this post to the wonderful people who planned and execute the PAX East Expo each year.

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Thank you people behind PAX for organizing and supplying enough content and entertainment to last for a three day weekend.

For years the PAX Staff has constantly reached out to Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, the other major videogame companies, and gaming personalities to fill up the expo hall to the brim and still have enough panels constantly running in every theater from open to close. I have participated my fair share of event planning for my small college and I can only imagine the nightmare of negotiating with these Triple A game companies and major videogame celebrities living and working in different time zones around the world to make sure everyone shows up and are happy with the PAX East accommodations.

It does not go unnoticed

It does not go unnoticed

Thank you PAX East for making such a welcoming place.

I attended my first PAX East when I was well into college and at that time I overcame my insecurities about being a geek, by the time I first walked through the front door of the BECE. But I can see the importance of an event that is all about a celebrating and embracing everything it means to being a gamer, a nerd, or a geek to a middle or high school student who might might still get picked on or bullied in class for still playing Pokemon or Magic the Gathering

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And despite what the news might claim, PAX East has always been a safe environment for any and everyone, with enforcers stationed everywhere, offering help if needed and checking and evaluating every prop weapon to making sure that they could not harm anyone. I have seen harassers that have attended panels be dealt quickly and responsibly, even this past year, with the aftermath of the Boston Bombing, PAX had upped security but as an attendee, I never felt restricted while I was there.

But most importantly, I would like to thank Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins for giving East Coasters something, anything videogame related.

America’s East coast kinda gets shafted when it comes to videogame conventions, with all the major events; E3, Comic Con, GDC, BLIZZCON, and even the recently announced TwitchCon choosing to stay in California. So thank you Penny Arcade for all that you have done in regards to launching and continuously supporting an event that people from New England to Florida can look forward during the spring of every year. While I do not speak for them, I assume many Southerners and Australians gamers share the same sentiment.

I don't see the appeal in California. East coast has the best Pizza and Sea food.

I don’t see the appeal in California. East coast has the best Pizza and Seafood.


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