PAX 2010 Thoughts, Day 3; Or, WHY YOU ALWAYS BET ON DUKE

      I hope you're all grateful... Even getting there early, I ended up waiting in a three-and-a-half hour+ line to finally put my hands on the game named lifetime achiever for Vaporware of the Year.  

Winners 

DUKE NUKEM FOREVER. I myself am shocked to say that this game is flat awesome. It really is. My memories of the Duke from back in the day are few and far-in between  (13 years to be exact), so it's not some misplaced sense of loyalty or reminiscence. This game is as foul, mysognistic, and badass as anything I've ever played. The controls are clean and tight, there's a ton of variety (from driving a Monster Truck to drawing penises on a chalkboard), and it seems that every aspect of the game I saw was some sort of inside joke. It's hugely self-aware, and it works. It looks like a current gen game, despite being developed for hardware two generations old. I'm not a huge fan of first person shooters, so I can't say with 100% certainty that I'll pick it up, but at this point I'd bet on Duke. It's really coming folks, get used to it. 
The best thing about it all is that my one issue with the demo is likely being fixed. The opening scene comes from Duke's perspective as he's taking a break in front of a urinal, using the right trigger to pee. A hilarious way to start things off, but there was a problem; there was no option to aim your stream. I brought this up with the developers at the Gearbox Panel this afternoon, and they sounded very receptive to a fix (if any GBers have video footage of this, please post it!) 
Final Fantasy IV. Sharp readers will be thinking to themselves right now, "hey, Final Fantasy IV wasn't at PAX!" Very true, but go back to that first sentence in this post. I was in a very long line. I needed something to do with myself, other than talk about what a freak I am with Vidiot and Hailinel. So I got a good long look at the game, and have decided it's a solid, visually standout (for a portable) JRPG on the DS. And that's that. For those disappointed that this isn't FF XIV, I'm sorry, but I don't play MMOs. 
MORTAL KOMBAT!!!! Mortal Kombat has never been my choice of fighter. It always felt a little clunky to me, and not all that technical. But I can freely admit that I was impressed with this iteration of the franchise. Things seemed to flow far better than other iterations, and while veterans may cry that they spilled a little SFIV into the game, I think even they will find they like the end product. It is certainly the best-looking game in the franchise. I just wish they would keep the simple fatality combo from the demo (down+Y) 
Super Scribblenauts. Changes were made, and I think anyone would have a hard time finding fault with any of them. Controls can be handled with the D-pad or face buttons now, the vocabulary is even stronger than before, and the addition of adjectives takes it all to another level. Just typing in "Giant" anything was always good for a laugh. And making inanimate objects "Angry". Good times.   
Valkyria Chronicles 2. It's already out, so some of you have undoubtedly bought and played this one through. Regardless, the game really is Valkyria Chronicles, and it looks great on the PSP. Just don't use TV-Remote play for this one. I did at the demo booth, and it looked awful.

Losers

Omegathon Final AKA OMEGACLAW. For the third straight year in a row one competitor has completely run away with the final match. Don't get me wrong, the CLAW was a great idea (though next year, could we go back to video games?) but the guy that went first caught a stuffed animal on his first turn and never picked another one up. His opponent, however, ended up with 6. The contest is in clear need of a bit of balance. Maybe Super Mario Kart next year? (or 3DS Kart? Bring in some 3D screens for the audience? Kick ass?) 
Me. Because of my Duke line, I never jumped in for Epic Mickey, Dead Space, or Kinect, and I apologize for that. In retrospect, I'm not that disappointed; I'd rather see what I did than play any of those games.  
 
Next up. Convention awards and Wrap-up.
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      I hope you're all grateful... Even getting there early, I ended up waiting in a three-and-a-half hour+ line to finally put my hands on the game named lifetime achiever for Vaporware of the Year.  

Winners 

DUKE NUKEM FOREVER. I myself am shocked to say that this game is flat awesome. It really is. My memories of the Duke from back in the day are few and far-in between  (13 years to be exact), so it's not some misplaced sense of loyalty or reminiscence. This game is as foul, mysognistic, and badass as anything I've ever played. The controls are clean and tight, there's a ton of variety (from driving a Monster Truck to drawing penises on a chalkboard), and it seems that every aspect of the game I saw was some sort of inside joke. It's hugely self-aware, and it works. It looks like a current gen game, despite being developed for hardware two generations old. I'm not a huge fan of first person shooters, so I can't say with 100% certainty that I'll pick it up, but at this point I'd bet on Duke. It's really coming folks, get used to it. 
The best thing about it all is that my one issue with the demo is likely being fixed. The opening scene comes from Duke's perspective as he's taking a break in front of a urinal, using the right trigger to pee. A hilarious way to start things off, but there was a problem; there was no option to aim your stream. I brought this up with the developers at the Gearbox Panel this afternoon, and they sounded very receptive to a fix (if any GBers have video footage of this, please post it!) 
Final Fantasy IV. Sharp readers will be thinking to themselves right now, "hey, Final Fantasy IV wasn't at PAX!" Very true, but go back to that first sentence in this post. I was in a very long line. I needed something to do with myself, other than talk about what a freak I am with Vidiot and Hailinel. So I got a good long look at the game, and have decided it's a solid, visually standout (for a portable) JRPG on the DS. And that's that. For those disappointed that this isn't FF XIV, I'm sorry, but I don't play MMOs. 
MORTAL KOMBAT!!!! Mortal Kombat has never been my choice of fighter. It always felt a little clunky to me, and not all that technical. But I can freely admit that I was impressed with this iteration of the franchise. Things seemed to flow far better than other iterations, and while veterans may cry that they spilled a little SFIV into the game, I think even they will find they like the end product. It is certainly the best-looking game in the franchise. I just wish they would keep the simple fatality combo from the demo (down+Y) 
Super Scribblenauts. Changes were made, and I think anyone would have a hard time finding fault with any of them. Controls can be handled with the D-pad or face buttons now, the vocabulary is even stronger than before, and the addition of adjectives takes it all to another level. Just typing in "Giant" anything was always good for a laugh. And making inanimate objects "Angry". Good times.   
Valkyria Chronicles 2. It's already out, so some of you have undoubtedly bought and played this one through. Regardless, the game really is Valkyria Chronicles, and it looks great on the PSP. Just don't use TV-Remote play for this one. I did at the demo booth, and it looked awful.

Losers

Omegathon Final AKA OMEGACLAW. For the third straight year in a row one competitor has completely run away with the final match. Don't get me wrong, the CLAW was a great idea (though next year, could we go back to video games?) but the guy that went first caught a stuffed animal on his first turn and never picked another one up. His opponent, however, ended up with 6. The contest is in clear need of a bit of balance. Maybe Super Mario Kart next year? (or 3DS Kart? Bring in some 3D screens for the audience? Kick ass?) 
Me. Because of my Duke line, I never jumped in for Epic Mickey, Dead Space, or Kinect, and I apologize for that. In retrospect, I'm not that disappointed; I'd rather see what I did than play any of those games.  
 
Next up. Convention awards and Wrap-up.
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Did you ever beat Rubicante?

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@Hailinel said:
" Did you ever beat Rubicante? "
I did indeed. I realized that it was when his cloak was closed that he absorbed all my attacks, and that I could go essentially buck-wild when his cloak was open. I'm probably not 4 hours from the end now.
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Thanks for the reports you have been writing the last few days, seems as though there are a lot of things to look forward to. 
Two things, did you happen to stop by the CCP Games exhibit at all and was there any Civ V coverage?
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@LiquidS said:
" Thanks for the reports you have been writing the last few days, seems as though there are a lot of things to look forward to. Two things, did you happen to stop by the CCP Games exhibit at all and was there any Civ V coverage? "
Sorry, I wasn't looking for it, and didn't happen to see any Civ V booths or ads. A lot of people were asking about it though it seemed like. 
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@AgentJ said:

" @LiquidS said:

" Thanks for the reports you have been writing the last few days, seems as though there are a lot of things to look forward to. Two things, did you happen to stop by the CCP Games exhibit at all and was there any Civ V coverage? "
Sorry, I wasn't looking for it, and didn't happen to see any Civ V booths or ads. A lot of people were asking about it though it seemed like.  "
There was a Civ V display, though it wasn't very large.  I think that there might have been a space for press to see the game behind closed doors by appointment, but otherwise, there was just a single monitor with a trailer running.
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@Hailinel said:
" @AgentJ said:
" @LiquidS said:
" Thanks for the reports you have been writing the last few days, seems as though there are a lot of things to look forward to. Two things, did you happen to stop by the CCP Games exhibit at all and was there any Civ V coverage? "
Sorry, I wasn't looking for it, and didn't happen to see any Civ V booths or ads. A lot of people were asking about it though it seemed like.  "
There was a Civ V display, though it wasn'[t very large.  I think that there might have been a space for press to see the game behind closed doors by appointment, but otherwise, there was just a single monitor with a trailer running. "
Well there ya go then.
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Bummer, no Dead Space 2 or Epic Mickey. Hailinel got to play the demo of Epic Mickey, he thought it was pretty good. I'm sure Dead Space 2 will be good, loved the first one. Thanks for posting these updates. I bet you guys getting together was a blast.

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@Claude said:

" Bummer, no Dead Space 2 or Epic Mickey. Hailinel got to play the demo of Epic Mickey, he thought it was pretty good. I'm sure Dead Space 2 will be good, loved the first one. Thanks for posting these updates. I bet you guys getting together was a blast. "

Especially when I realized that I was the coolest of the three. 
Edit: I actually played FFXIV at the booth. The guy running it didn't like it when I made my character's name "Duder Jerk-wad", and then I complained I couldn't make him ugly.
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The best thing about it all is that my one issue with the demo is likely being fixed. The opening scene comes from Duke's perspective as he's taking a break in front of a urinal, using the right trigger to pee. A hilarious way to start things off, but there was a problem; there was no option to aim your stream. 
They better get that fixed. 
No pee-stream aiming = No buy. Unless they pack the ability to aim your pee-stream as some type of DLC/Pre-order bonus.
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@vidiot said:
" @Claude said:

" Bummer, no Dead Space 2 or Epic Mickey. Hailinel got to play the demo of Epic Mickey, he thought it was pretty good. I'm sure Dead Space 2 will be good, loved the first one. Thanks for posting these updates. I bet you guys getting together was a blast. "

Especially when I realized that I was the coolest of the three. 
 "
PSSSH
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@AgentJ said:
" @vidiot said:
" @Claude said:

" Bummer, no Dead Space 2 or Epic Mickey. Hailinel got to play the demo of Epic Mickey, he thought it was pretty good. I'm sure Dead Space 2 will be good, loved the first one. Thanks for posting these updates. I bet you guys getting together was a blast. "

Especially when I realized that I was the coolest of the three. 
 "
PSSSH "
You know the old saying, the smeller is the feller. Well, I bet Vidiot was the biggest nerd of all.
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@Claude said:
" @AgentJ said:
" @vidiot said:
" @Claude said:

" Bummer, no Dead Space 2 or Epic Mickey. Hailinel got to play the demo of Epic Mickey, he thought it was pretty good. I'm sure Dead Space 2 will be good, loved the first one. Thanks for posting these updates. I bet you guys getting together was a blast. "

Especially when I realized that I was the coolest of the three. 
 "
PSSSH "
You know the old saying, the smeller is the feller. Well, I bet Vidiot was the biggest nerd of all. "
Well, he is the one that bought a Saturn.
 
But I bought a goddamn coffee table.  BEAT THAT.
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@Hailinel said:
" @Claude said:
" @AgentJ said:
" @vidiot said:
" @Claude said:

" Bummer, no Dead Space 2 or Epic Mickey. Hailinel got to play the demo of Epic Mickey, he thought it was pretty good. I'm sure Dead Space 2 will be good, loved the first one. Thanks for posting these updates. I bet you guys getting together was a blast. "

Especially when I realized that I was the coolest of the three. 
 "
PSSSH "
You know the old saying, the smeller is the feller. Well, I bet Vidiot was the biggest nerd of all. "
Well, he is the one that bought a Saturn.  But I bought a goddamn coffee table.  BEAT THAT. "
Now you have a place to put your Sega Saturn Coffee Table Book.
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@Hailinel: So you're the responsible adult while he's just trying to relive the days of a lost youth. Which I guess makes me the old geezer, since I didn't buy a single thing...
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@AgentJ said:
" @Hailinel: So you're the responsible adult while he's just trying to relive the days of a lost youth. Which I guess makes me the old geezer, since I didn't buy a single thing... "
Or it makes you poor. :P
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@vidiot said:
" @AgentJ said:
" @Hailinel: So you're the responsible adult while he's just trying to relive the days of a lost youth. Which I guess makes me the old geezer, since I didn't buy a single thing... "
Or it makes you poor. :P "
Or it makes me poor...