Things are going to be a little bit different at this year's PAX Australia. The convention will play host to EB Expo like some sort of convention babushka dolls or maybe it's more like Voltron.
Either way the two conventions are teaming up.
The night before EB Expo kicks off proper, media are given a chance to mill around at a few of the booths to check out games beforehand. There isn't full access to the venue, with most of it locked down due to "still being under construction". But there was a chance to check out the Nintendo and PlayStation booths, where I finally got to check out a few things in the flesh.
EB Expo's inaugural and nonsensical Ultimate Cosplayer Pass has quietly disappeared from the EB Expo website. The $300 ticket was met with widespread criticism from the local cosplay community, despite formerly taking pride of place on the event website.
In today's gaming world, most people either are cosplayers, know a cosplayer or follow one on social media. It seems EB Expo has cottoned on to this fact, and they're getting in on the trend. Kinda.
They're not inviting cosplay guests, or offering their high-stakes cosplay comp again. This year, they're adding a cosplay repair station and cloak room -- and charging cosplayers $300 to actually use them.
The EB Expo kicks off today, but the employees of EB Games have already had their run of the show over the last few days and, they've just announced what they think are the games and products on show at the event.
Potaku is a podcast put together by those lovable bacon loving scamps from the Kotaku community, ShiggyNinty and Doc What. Normally they just talk about bacon and Zelda, but at the EB Expo? They brought the magic of video to the table, interviewing Josh Holmes -- Creative Director of Halo 4 -- at the show!
This year's EB EXPO is shaping up to be a pretty definitive event. I love the idea. EB already attracts developers to Australia for its own vendor show, so it makes perfect sense to go the extra mile and create a consumer event. It's good for the developers, good for retail, and it's awesome for consumers. Jolly good show. Now EB has put together a preview video explaining the event itself, and precisely what you'll be able to see if you attend.