By vidiot 23 Comments
For the last two day's I've been taking all the video-footage I took at PAX, and have been trying to compile it into...something. The end result is this.
I've worked heavily in AfterEffect before, but never something this big. (Let alone uploading anything to Youtube :P) Going back and compiling what video I would use, and not use, I was surprised at how much random video I took. So I decided to compile a video that focuses more on the event itself, and while they're are lots of shaky-cam footage of games being played, looking back at this I think the best parts are truly the conversations I had, and the giant set-pieces that acted as displays.
Seriously, I've heard some of them were E3 booths but that doesn't stop them from being freaking amazing.
So without further ado:
- A genuine reaction to the Fallout: New Vegas booth.
- Old games. Plus Panzer Dragoon Saga new is only selling at $500.
- Footage from the surprisingly large Square booth.
- Really freaking rad Mother 3 figurines, plus I talk to the awesome artist Camille who made them. "SCULPEY 3?!!!!"
- Vidiot makes ball jokes with the publishers of The Ball.
- Epic Mickey booth is epic
- Nintendo games
- "Jesus christ that's a lot of computers" <-Understatement of the freaking year. Way to go me.
- A on-rails FPS where you shoot via playing a rockband drum-set.
- A conversation about the how certain female Spartans look. :P
- Footage of people playing Kinect.
- Footage of people playing motion controlled fighting game... ... ... -_-
- At one point I realized that simply taking video footage of people playing Kinect games was far more interesting than the actual games.
- I do not know who you are, large man who danced near the end of this video. You are my hero.
- AgentJ and Hailinel. Re-watching the video I realized I actually misspelled Hailinel's name. I would re-render this, but I've re-rendered this video like 12 times. :P My apologies, we should all hang-out again some time. Beers on me.
- I accept Duke Nukem Forever exists.
- One last funny thing after the credits.
PAX was over-whelming.
I bought a Sega Saturn. For reasons I'm still trying to understand. ( Shining The Holy Ark is fun though :P) I went all three days, and by the end of the second day my legs felt like they were screaming at me. This year PAX pretty much took over the entire convention center area of Seattle, the main-stage was Benaroya Hall, a few blocks away but away nonetheless. You add 3-4 floors of walking in the convention center and you yourself a pretty elaborate set-up that requires a little endurance.
What I'm trying to say is that I need to work-out some more.
...There were so many different moments this year that stood out. Whether it was one the lone Japanese producer for FFXIV who appeared on the main-stage, said a single sentence thanking us for coming, then left. (*Crowd began laughing*) Or the conversation with the amazing Eric Maruscak, who drew his annual chalk drawing that this year for Metroid Other M. He admitted that Nintendo, for better-or-worse, was very involved over how that piece of art looked. That makes sense, but I was perhaps most surprised that they actually made him add the ESRB logo. The logo appeared in his last work for Bioshock in the previous PAX, but I completely, and naively, didn't even consider that there were guys in suit's concerned about that. The moments of meeting genuinely amazing people was probably my favorite part of this convention aside from the games.
Hat also goes off to the cosplayers this year. Damn dudes.
So I hope everyone enjoys the video. It was actually a ton of fun to make. It also has music from LCD Soundsystem, which means it's a capital crime you are not watching it now.