Gaming Blurbs: Post PAX East thoughts

This post is now very late, I know. A post I meant to put up around the close of PAX kinda got lost in crunch hours & other stuff, but probably for the better, because I have actually just now finally seen some of the results of what PAX can do.

PAX East was interesting for me because it was the first time I had been at a non industry-only games convention. I went to NYCC last year, but that show, despite having a ton of games around, just wasn’t focused enough on games for me to get a real vibe of what was really hitting home. Even Marvel’s booth was kind of a mess with Marvel Super Hero Squad Infinity Gauntlet as a prominently featured title, most likely strictly for the kiddies, which just goes to show the caliber of titles on display. Besides the Capcom booth with MVC3 and getting Inafune’s signature, there wasn’t anything at NYCC that I was very excited about.

I went to PAX East to demo games and see the sights in between 20 minute demo sessions. Old Republic blared just outside my booth, Child of Eden pleased crowds directly across from me and a sea of hired agency/actual company employees intermingled with hordes of fans eager to try out everything and anything. Continue reading

Gaming Blurbs: E3 2011 has come & gone

This years E3 left an interesting impression on me. Last year it was my 2nd time to E3, but my 1st as an employee of a company that many hold in high regard, something that makes it a little easier to talk to people. There’s something about being an EB games employee (my 1st time out to E3) that doesn’t exactly make people want to get to know you further than your first name. Last year I went scrambling to see as many games as possible and ran into a bunch of folks I hadn’t seen in some time. This year I went looking for all of the people I already knew and to meet new ones and saw some cool games in the process.

Over the past 11 or so years I’ve met a lot of great people in the industry, either on forums, at various conventions or massive game midnight releases. It’s amazing to me how long people can stay in the industry and how some can just bounce around from company to company & then eventually find themselves in a new start up or just found their own company altogether. I really respect that aspect of the industry and the people who keep it going.

There are a lot of undesirable things about the industry that can be seen by anyone hanging out in any of the booths for long enough, the suits, aka the business behind the business. Continue reading

Gaming Blurbs 03/24/2011: Through fire and flames we catch Pokemon

This is going to be a space where I post whatever about gaming as it reflects on me that isn’t going to be too in depth about any one thing (and by that I mean it won’t be 6 page in depth analyses). I just need to write my thoughts up from time to time, to get them out of my head primarily, so this will be that place for me to spread my thoughts like honey on a peanut butter sandwich and for you to read them… like a person who reads things. This is probably what a podcast, should one ever be unleashed on the world by me, would read like, and if that ever becomes a reality it will be the replacement for this section. Continue reading