I only realised the other day that we’ve attended SIX PAX Aus events over the years. Can’t believe it’s been that many. This year’s event was no disappointment with lots of big titles on show like Pokemon Sword and Shield and Final Fantasy VII Remake (alas, lines were too long to try these out for ourselves). We got a chance to try out the Nintendo Switch Lite (it’s actually physically lighter than a Switch along with being light on features) as well as see a live presentation of Cyberpunk 2077 – got a free shirt out of it too!
Of course, where we spent a lot of our time was in the PAX Rising section with a variety of new titles to see and try out. Particular favourites were Unpacking and Necrobarista.
PAX was once again here in Australia and of course we were there to try out all the new and upcoming games being showcased. I got a chance to play the Kingdom Hearts 3 demo as well as see footage for the Spyro Trilogy games being released in a few weeks (line was too long to play myself). It was exciting to see gameplay of Gris, a beautifully illustrated experience which I discovered from people at work. We also spent a lot of time trying out the indie titles in PAX Rising, impressed by the high quality of games on show.
Having a quick look back at previous PAX Aus posts, I’ve realised how much the event has evolved since the first time we went back in 2014. While there are still big 3 – Nintendo, Playstation and Xbox – as well as computer hardware stalls and indie showcase, the culture of streaming has definitely seeped into the mix. The Twitch booth has always been present however the inclusion of the large PUBG play area, a Fortnite dance floor and multiple locations throughout the expo hall for live streamers was quite noticeable. I was also aware that a lot of my favourite Australian streamers were also attending and promoting sponsors over the weekend. It just goes to show how much streaming has become a part of game consumption.
Below is a selection of photos I took during our time wondering around the convention centre.
Supanova was back in Brisbane again last weekend with all the cosplay, comics, figures, plushies and talented artists you’d expect from this type of convention. We went through our usual routine of systematically checking out all the stalls before sitting down to watch wrestling and then afterwards grabbing lunch and buying some things for ourselves. We also also able to catch up with friends throughout the day as well! Here are some photos from the Sunday 🙂
It’s that time again for another PAX Aus roundup! This year was another great turnout from both the big players and the indie developers. We saw many new and upcoming releases on show like Mario Odyssey and Monster Hunter world, an increase in the use of VR across all platforms and found interesting and refined titles throughout the Pax Rising showcase. Below is a selection of what we saw on the day.
It’s been interesting to see how Supanova Brisbane has changed and evolved over the years that I’ve attended. There are anime and game trends that come and go, the various venues (air con!) and the inclusion of new technologies, like VR.
That said, there has always been certain constant aspects of Supanova like the creative cosplay, the numerous figurine and comic booths, the talented artists and the special guests that are central to the convention’s pop culture composition.
Below are a few photos taken on the last day while we searched for sweet anime goods :).
Another year, another PAX Aus! We were once again in Melbourne to attend the gaming convention and excited to see what would be on show this year, especially out of the PAX Rising indie showcase.
VR has definitely come into its own this year with multiple booths embracing the array of VR platforms for their development and the convention has even introduced its own VR Freeplay area for visitors to trial the technology. This is a stark difference from the last 2 years where we’ve only seen small glimmers of it at select booths (which usually need an appointment to try out).
We finished off the last weekend in November once again with Supanova Brisbane – three days filled with cosplay, art, gaming, comics, anime and overall creativity. I was able to attend on the final Sunday, spending most of it wandering around the stalls and looking for elusive figures to add to my collection all while running into friends along the way.
I once again took my camera along to catalogue some of the many sights from the day. I wish I had taken some more photos of the many awesome cosplayers!
I’m pretty sure it was the day after Pax Aus 2014 we decided we definitely wanted to come back and experience the convention all over again. We quickly snapped up tickets after they went on sale and impatiently waited until October to set off to Melbourne and get our hands on the latest new games and developments.
PAX Aus 2015 was once again jammed packed with many new titles from both big names and small developers. After a full pass of the entire expo hall, we found ourselves hovering through the many indie games featured in the PAX Rising section with our favourites including the wacky Inflatality, the swinging bonanza Swordy and the mountain climbing multiplayer Goat Punks. There were of course so many other awesome games and exhibitors as well but we’d be here all day talking about them :P.
Oz Comic Con was back in Brisbane again building upon last year’s convention with new star speakers, a large variety of exhibitors and game areas along with a range of creatives in Artist Alley. We went on the Saturday to see some of the Stargate actors, check out the main floor and for the first time watch one of the cosplay events. Here are some photos of the event!
My final convention for the year was of course Brisbane’s Supanova, now held at the much nicer Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. No more fighting the November heat, watching cosplayers melt away all while trying to manoeuvre through cramped spaces this time round. With the new fully enclosed venue, we stayed cool and shaded from the sun and enjoyed the convention’s new space. There were lots of regular vendors plus a few new ones and it was great to see so many well put-together cosplays. Below are my photos from the day 🙂