PAX Aus – Melbourne 2014

PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014
PAX Aus – Melbourne 2014

We escaped the Brisbane heat and endured Melbourne’s unpredictable weather to attend the 2nd PAX Australia game convention. We spent the whole day wandering through the exhibition hall trying out new and upcoming technology and playing some of the many featured games, particularly those by indie developers. We also got a chance to attend one of many panels that were running throughout the day with speakers from all different sectors in the industry. Below are a selection of photos from our adventures at our first PAX!

PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Point hoops in the Queue Room
In the Queue room before opening time – people were trying to score points by hitting inflatable balls through these point hoops
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Queue Room lines
Lines of people waiting to get in
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Playing 3DS games in the queue
How some people passed the time till opening
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Oculus Rift
First thing we lined up for – the Oculus Rift
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Oculus Rift booth
Oculus Rift booth
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Poster above the Ubisoft booth
Posters above the Ubisoft booth
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Phenomec
The BF trying out Phenomec’s VRSmartview – a wearable virtual reality headset for smartphones (click for site link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Logitech booth
Logitech booth
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Cooler Master booth
A sweet 4 screen setup at the Cooler Master booth
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - The Nintendo booth
The Nintendo booth
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Bethesda's Battlecry
Bethesda’s BattleCry
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - King's Comics - guns
Some awesome guns at the Kings Comics booth
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Batman and Catwoman at Kings Comics booth
Batman and Catwoman
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Link Figure at Kings Comics
Nice Link figure
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Xbox booth
The Xbox booth filled with mostly indie titles (surprising!)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Hyper Light Drifter
Hyper Light Drifter (click for Steam link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Swery's D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
Swery’s D4 was there! (click for site link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Screencheat
Screencheat – the game where you have to screencheat to win (click for Steam link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity booth store
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Assassin's Creed figures
Some nice Assassin’s Creed figures
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Gaming keyboard
Lots of booths selling mechanical gaming keyboards like this one with fancy pants rainbow lighting
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Assassin's Creed Unity
People playing the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - World of Tanks
Wargaming.net had quite a large space on the expo floor that included a stage and this World of Tanks gaming area
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Wargaming.net stage
Wargaming.net stage
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Mario cosplay playing 3DS
A Mario cosplayer playing a new 3DS game
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Just Dance stage
Just Dance stage
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Splatoon
Playing Splatoon
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Bethesda BattleCry area
People in the Bethesda booth playing BattleCry
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Fractural Design ice sculpture
These guys had an actual ice sculpture!
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Mario Cart 8
Mario Cart 8 racing
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Media Molecule's Tearaway
Media Molecule’s Tearaway game (same people who did the first two LittleBigPlanet games)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Media Molecule's Tearaway booth
The Tearaway booth was decorated in the same style as the game
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Black Annex
Interesting espionage game called Black Annex (click for site link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Light in the Dark game
Light in the Dark game (click for app link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Alienware gaming desktop
Alienware Gaming desktop – Does anyone else think this looks like Darth Vader’s head?
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Lost Sea by eastasiasoft.com
No pic of gameplay, but I got a chance to test it out. Interesting concept that will be out next year (click for site link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Dawn of the Tyrant by Six Times Nothing
Another cool international indie game – Dawn of the Tyrant (click for site link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Nippy Cats
Nippy Cats! Great little fun game that’s available now! (click for site link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - People playing Nippy Cats
People playing Nippy Cats (click for site link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Crawl by Powerhoof
Crawl by Powerhoof (click for Steam link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Crabitron Kinect
Crabitron Kinect (click for Ipad version of game link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Wave Wave game
Wave Wave – this game is full on (click for site link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Good Game: Ask us Anything panel
The Good Game: Ask us Anything panel was great, lots of laughs
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Good Game: ask Us Anything panel
Even Dave Callan was on the panel
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Dungeon League game
Guys playing Dungeon League. From the way the players were reacting, it seems to be quite an intense gameplay.
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - ANZ Indie Pavilion
The ANZ Indie Pavilion
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Breakout Blurg
Love the names of some of these games like this one called Breakout Blurg (click for site link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 -  Indie Pavilion
Another shot of the Indie Pavilion
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Witch House
Witch House
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Bearzerkers
Game called Bearzerkers that involves running away from crazed pandas (click for site link)
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - League of Legends
League of Legends stage with teams competing.
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - League of Legends team
A League of Legends team
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Console Freeplay
While one side of the exhibition was for booths, the other half was for game freeplay areas.
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Handheld Lounge
The handheld lounge
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Classic Freeplay
This was the ‘classic freeplay’ area where you could try your luck at much older consoles
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Father and son playing Donkey Kong
Father and son playing Donkey Kong
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - PC Freeplay
PC Freeplay
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Magic the Gathering
Magic the Gathering
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Tabletop Freeplay
Tabletop Freeplay – So many different types of games!
PAX Aus - Melbourne 2014 - Gaming Hands

These photos only show a small portion of the vast array of games we played on the day, it’s great to see so many creative ideas and genres being explored. I definitely want to try and make it down to Melbourne again for next year’s PAX :D.

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