PAX Australia 2019 was filled with so many great panels, but there was one panel we recommended above all others. Games and Moral Panic: Why Are We Here Again? was a panel that strove to answer questions many of us had about the Australian games industry, and why classification is such an important and enduring issue.
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At PAX Australia, Sony was showing off one of its next big titles, MediEvil Remastered. The game's release leans heavily into Sony's recent remastering trend, and follows in the footsteps of recent hits Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Crash N. Sane Trilogy. They're all classic Playstation titles, but of the three of them, MediEvil is arguably the least loved. This package, unlike the others, also only contains a single game, the original 1998 game, and not the middling sequel. I've said this before and I'll say it again — MediEvil needs more love. That's why I was delighted to see it had a significant presence at PAX this year.
PAX Australia is over for another year — and what a PAX it was. As always, there was plenty of spectacle, from fantastic cosplay to the latest and greatest upcoming game titles. Amongst all the noise and excitement of the show floor, it was easy to overlook the quietest and most intriguing part of the show, PAX Rising. It's here that indie games had their time to shine, with a range of fantastic titles on display. For those that may have missed out, here are the indie games that I thought shined brightest on the PAX show floor.
Some gamers just want a solid machine to play their games on. I'm not here for it. If I can't be extra, then I don't want to game. Give me the stupid lights and the cat airs on my headphones. Give me that obnoxious putrid green on everything. Razer is clearly leaning very heavily into my exact demographic, and I'm not too ashamed to admit that I'm a sucker for it.
In the grand scheme of things, hard drives are pretty unsexy. They're the solid, reliable husband of PCs, and not the flirty side fling. They lack the bold, beating heart of GPUs, and the rainbow coloured lighting of other, more out-there components. Hard drives, traditionally, are very boring, but Western Digital's new range gives me hope.
When Gooigi, Luigi's goo clone, was first unveiled for the 3DS remaster of Luigi's Mansion, the internet went a bit mad. Gooigi became an icon of a sort. For a brief time, he was making headlines and turning heads, and then he vanished. But in Luigi's Mansion 3, Gooigi is back baby — and y'all had better bow down. Gooigi is your new god.
I'm not at PAX anymore, and I am sad.
I'm not at PAX for 362 days of the year, so what makes not being at PAX today a trigger for staring wistfully out the window, wishing it was a stage full of panelists talking about bad dating sims?
The answer to everything, of course, is science. And the answer to dealing with it? Also science.