One of the highlights of PAX Australia is, and always will be, the indies. There's plenty of games to play, from methodical singleplayer titles to frantic co-op couch shooters. I played a bunch over the course of the three day convention, and here's what I'll be keeping an eye on.
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I'm standing in a tiny store at PAX Australia. It's a narrow hallway with shelves maybe 3 meters high and 10 or meters deep, and they're filled with board games. I looked around, scouring the shelves for names we recognise more than anything else, until my mate spies something.
It's Machi Koro, a game where mayors race to complete their town. But the back of the box is missing something. So we walked out, headed to the freeplay area, picked up Machi Koro, checked it out and ended up buying the game and expansion over an hour later.
That moment? It's PAX in a nutshell.
"You have to imagine that your body is the controller. Your body is a giant joystick."
I'm getting strapped into a device that's half adult baby bouncer, half obscure exercise machine. I'm wearing a pair of shoes that have also been on the last three people to have tried out the Virtuix Omni, shoes that make your feet slip and slide on the Omni's baseplate as though it's made of ice. I'm living the dream -- full body VR immersion. I look pretty damn stupid.
There's a lot of queuing to be done at PAX Australia -- sometimes it's worth it, and sometimes it isn't. When you're lining up to go inside a blocked out little room on the convention floor it can be hard to tell, however. Here are the games that are worth lining up for this year -- and the ones that aren't.
Lovehacker is taking a short break from reader questions this week to chat about Australia's biggest gaming convention: PAX! Gamers from around the world will be descending upon Melbourne for some fun, fandom and, if I have anything to do with it, flirting! Not sure where to start on your geeky romance journey? Here are a few tips.
That's right. We've given five three-day PAX passes away on the site already, and there's still a chance to win five 3-day passes through our Facebook competition. But if that wasn't enough, you can win a badge through our Instagram page as well.
We're only weeks away from what has been one of the most important, and certainly the most enjoyable, dates on the Australian gaming calendar: PAX Australia. It's a grand three days of frivolity, cosplay, video games, tabletop games, panels, socialising and chilling down in Melbourne.
But as is always the case, some people weren't able to get a ticket. If that's you, good news! We've got a bunch of three-day badges to give away.