The Last Thing You Want At A Convention [Update: It’s Fake]

The Last Thing You Want At A Convention [Update: It’s Fake]
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Developers and enforcers are recovering from another lengthy, exhausting convention. But for one particular studio, PAX Australia ended up being a touch more brutal.

Update 9/11/18: SMG Sutdio has just put out a new video, revealing the whole thing was a hoax:

The original story appears below.

As they have in years prior, SMG Studio – makers of Death Squared, One More Line – were setting up their stand in the indies section for PAX Australia. Part of the setup involved carrying a sizeable TV, large enough for passing crowds to enjoy the action.

Small problem: large TVs can be difficult to move. They especially don’t like being dropped, even less so when you step on them.

The TV was designed to be used vertically, as you can see here. This screen wasn’t coming back to life anytime soon, however.

The drop wasn’t without a bit of physical pain either, with SMG’s director (who dropped the screen) getting a shard of the panel stuck in his wrist. Ouch.

SMG ended up replacing the screen. It’s not the first time a developer has had to make a quick JB Hi-Fi run to get the booth ready for the public. But out of all the things that can happen at a convention, having to replace a big screen last minute is pretty high on the list of things you don’t want.

And it’s also a good reminder: wrap up any cords so you don’t step on them. It might even save you a chunk of money.


  • Why were they filming?

    I’m predeposed to believe it’s fake. I’m mean, conveniently filming someone carrying something big and fragile through an area with clear obstacles?

    • Was just getting footage and photos of the setup for social.

      The dude had a chunk of the monitor dig into his wrist. Nobody does that willingly for fun just before three days of exhibiting.

      • I’m not saying he got the glass into his arms on purpose, that was probably an accident, but carrying the TV by himself (while someone is filming) just seems off.

        I mean, it’s a great way to get your little studio on Kotaku though.

        I’m probably cynical from how many staged “accidents” get posted on the internet.

        • Large LCD TV’s aren’t that heavy. 40″ TV’s are about 20-25KGs.

          They’re a bit cumbersome but not all that difficult to carry by one person.

        • Agree, its also hilariously funny for two reason. One who caries a monitor or any piece of equipment with the cord dragging on the ground. Two, there was someone there to help and what were they doing though? on their phone…. for “the social”

        • What a world we live in today. Half the people believe the most ridiculous conspiracy theories you could possibly imagine…

          …and the other half assume even the most obvious and statistically likely sort of accident to happen while setting up a booth for a videogame (you drop a big display) must be a set up for clicks or whatever.

  • One unfortunate thing I saw at PAX, one of the indie games was a twin-stick shooter, except they bought cheap 3rd-party controllers to play with that turned out to only have 8 directions on the right stick instead of a full 360 degrees of motion.

    Made playing the game feel much more awkward than it should have been which might have turned away potential customers.

  • It’d kinda weird how causal it all looks. If I didn’t see him step on the end of the cord it almost looks like he just throws it on the floor and steps on it.

  • I felt that there were way too many “rogue Enforcers” this year trying to take over and run the convention “their way”. Blocking exits, pushing around convention goers, exhibitors and media. Taking over the ways some booths were doing their demos (One Enforcer decided he was going to dictate the rules at the Sony booth, something no one in the Sony camp asked him to do).

    But damn, gotta hate having to do a last minute JB Hifi run to replace something on the day before a convention. Especially since TV sales stores start in the middle of the CBD itself, a long walk from the Jeff’s Shed.

    • There’s a JB at DFO South Wharf that sells TVs. So not toooo bad, as long as they a) knew it was there and b) something suitable was in stock…

  • Okay, this has been a thing I noticed a while back – 4K TVs have cords you can’t remove without a screwdriver.

    I know not all of them are like that, but the high end HDTVs that were top tier before 4K came out all used kettle-cords that plugged into a socket on the TV, like a PC monitor.

    Then 4K came along and suddenly every TV had this skinny little cord that was permanently attached.

    Is is a power management thing? A safety thing (in terms of electric shock)? Or what?

    It was damn annoying to this guy, because I had routed all my cables through two holes in my wall for a super-clean wall mount install – but the holes were so small I had to pass the TV’s power cord up through them, the wall-plug end can’t fit. So when I got a 4K TV suddenly I couldn’t hide its power cord in the wall.

    I think smashing the crap out of the TV is going too far, though.

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