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PAX Aus – Melbourne 2019

October 19, 2019

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.

Below are a few select photos from the event.

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PAX Aus – Melbourne 2018

October 30, 2018

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.

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PAX Aus – Melbourne 2017

October 31, 2017

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.

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PAX Aus – Melbourne 2016

November 9, 2016
PAX Aus 2016

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 also saw the inclusion of lots of large upcoming titles including The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy XV, South Park: The Fractured but Whole and Watch Dogs 2 along with the return of some familiar games like Swordy, Goat Punks and Inflatality. All of this along with many new indie titles, tournaments, game hardware, table top games, industry talks and more.

Here are some of the many photos I took on the Friday of the convention (I’ve included links to the games’ sites where possible, see caption notes).

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PAX Aus – Melbourne 2015

November 6, 2015
Pax Aus 2015

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.

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PAX Aus – Melbourne 2014

November 6, 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!

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Supanova 2011

April 9, 2011
Supanova Logo

Supa-stars, comic/anime stalls, card-games and cosplay galore, that’s what Supanova is all about. I know it’s been over a week since Supanova in Brisbane but I figured better late then never. For those of who not in the know, go and check out their site here.

The first time I heard about Supanova was way back when I was in high school and my then-boyfriend told me about this ‘convention with anime’, so of course I was immediately interested. This is the 3rd time I’ve been and while we didn’t see any supa-star guests this year, I think we still had a great time despite a few hiccups.

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