Sunday, August 26, 2007

Overheard at PAX

"This is the new E3."
- an attendee coming out of the exhibition hall

"Have you had breakfast? You look hungry!"
- the barker at the "Win Your Weight in Ramen" merchant booth

"They think they're going to be playing Karaoke Revolution. That's certainly what we told them."
- Gabe & Tycho, introducing Round 4 of the Omegathon

- Jonathan Coulton, ad-libbing at a crucial narrative juncture during his performance of "Creepy Doll"

"There are a lot of DSes here, huh?"
- Jonathan Coulton, after witnessing a swaying sea of glowing cell-phone and handheld console screens during "Baby Got Back"

"See, now you're just a johnny-come-lately."
- Tycho & Gabe, denying the second request for photos on stage during a Q&A panel

"You can't say Bioshock."
- a questioner, making an amendment to "What's your favorite game?"

"It's gonna look real pretty."
- Greg Rucka on the upcoming Whiteout movie

Today was the last day of Penny Arcade Expo 2007, the first I've attended, and it was quite awesome. I'll post a more detailed account later, but Wil Wheaton rocked the house with his "we are gamers" keynote speech; Jonathan Coulton soft-rocked the crowd while opening the Saturday night concert; and Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik (a.k.a. Tycho and Gabe, respectively) killed whenever they were on stage, whether it was answering questions, considering strange requests, or drawing a Penny Arcade strip live.

In many ways, the event combined the best of both worlds: the glitz and professionalism of an industry trade show with the scrappiness and flexibility of a fan-run convention. This is a show created by gamers for gamers, and I expect it to get bigger and better, without compromise, for many years to come.



At August 27, 2007 12:07 AM, Blogger El Atómico said...

Funny, I'm pretty sure you made the Seattle local news.

At August 27, 2007 12:06 PM, Blogger CKL said...

Yup, that's DeeAnn and me in the background there, introducing our friends Karin and Bryan to Wii Sports.

Was that just B-roll footage, or did they actually show us jumping around like idiots later on?

At August 27, 2007 12:58 PM, Blogger El Atómico said...

Yeah, just B-roll. The subsequent 20-second piece had some other random footage and basically reported that "there was a video game convention this weekend". They aslo humorously emphasized the "I’m Getting Old: When Life Cuts Into Gaming" panel discussion. Gotta love the local news!

At September 06, 2007 1:50 AM, Blogger Bryan H. Bell said...

Oh my. Looks like I lucked out and was just out of frame. Damn TV cameras attempting to steal my soul!


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