PAX Wrap Up Part 2:

PAX Wrap Up Part 2:
by Bea 

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Round 3: The Interaction.
VR
I’ve heard that previous…PAX-es…featured  VR experiences in about 1%-2% of demonstrations. This year it was definitely higher than that. Personally, I was lucky to experience both DOOM and Fallout 4 in VR at the Betheseda Booth and it was mind-blowing. Head_asplode.gif Honestly, for being a glasses wearing individual I’ve been dragging my feet on experiencing VR and after this weekend I’m all for it. The controllers were sleek in design and light (They used the HTC Vive for those keeping score at home). I was  warped like Neo into a world I’ve only experienced with hand-held controllers/keyboards and before I knew it I was popping caps in the heads of mindless post-apocalyptic zombies. Beware your friend who’s 5ft away and lets the controller slip out of his hand into your face so that you flinch and face-plant into the wall. Please exercise caution.

Here’s a list of what was offered in VR at  this year’s PAX West, and sadly did not get a chance to experience :

Carnival Games VR
Adult Swim Games
Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-Ality
Anshar Studios
Detached
Capcom
Resident Evil 7 “Kitchen” Demo
Carbon Studio
AliceVR
Cyan
Obduction
Funomena
Luna VR
Harmonix
Rock Band VR
No Public VR at PAX
Sony Various – See List Below
Batman: Arkham VR, PSVR
Farpoint, PSVR
PlayStation VR Worlds, PSVR
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, PSVR
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, PS4 / PSVR (VR presence unknown)
Rez Infinite, PSVR
Rigs Mechanized Combat League, PSVR
Thumper, PS4
Wayward Sky, PSVR
Final Fantasy XV, PS4 / PSVR
Star Trek VR (Oculus Rift)
StellarVR
Korix
Survios
Raw Data
Surprise Attack Games
Blind
Wizard Games
Hoops VR
Asus RoG
Minecraft
Bethesda
Doom VR, Fallout 4
(Author’s notes : I have a very unflattering picture of me wearing a VR Set that I’ll spare you from viewing.)
PANELS!
Much like #ECCC or any ComiCon there’s always going to be a fair share of panels & events. There were ones for parents, would be designers, would be storytellers, music-makers… the list goes on and on.

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Yes a lot like ComiCon, which is nice, but the themes presented have a level of sophistication that ECCC lacked. Less for fandoms, more geared toward genuine learning and growth.That’s not to say there was no fangirling.
Let’s be clear. I couldn’t  forget the panel with my teenager’s favorite Youtubers 
(jack septic eye, mark markiplier and so on…).

IMG_2930.JPGNor could I miss my own personal favorite Dungeon Masters like Chris Perkins or Scott Kurtz from Table Titans (who by the way will have his own podcast debuting sometime soon so keep your ears out for that). Speaking of both Chris Perkins and Table Titans, they held their much anticipated Acquisition Incorporated eventlive. They even streamed it to movie theatres across the nation. It will be interesting to see how that endeavor fared. If you’re like me that was part of the sad group of minions who couldn’t watch it, keep your eyes out for the replay on Twitch.

This is where I was grateful for Twitch tv replays of certain panels, because considering how spread out PAX really was I sadly wasn’t able to go to  them. 

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