The Penny Arcade Expo is the best game related trade show I go to each year. The reason I say that is that as a gamer, I really like hanging out with other gamers to see what they think of things.
Beatles: Rock Band looks like it’s going to be crazy popular. I am probably one of the few people who haven’t gotten into Guitar Hero or Rock Band but this might make me take the plunge.
I got to play some Diablo 3 at the show and was just blown away at the continued dominance of Blizzard in terms of crafting games to perfection.
Starcraft 2 was another game people could sit down and play. This is a game that is going to own the RTS genre for some time I think as again, Blizzard demonstrates why it’s the world’s greatest game developer at PAX.
At the risk of being biased, I think Elemental was one of the more talked about games of the show too based on Twitter traffic from PAX. Stardock’s upcoming fantasy strategy game isn’t due out until next year but was playable at the show. Stardock also showed off some Sins of a Solar Empire: Diplomacy at the show as well.
Dragon Age: Origins had a super cool booth with a huge dragon. My gripe with this, however, was that it was shown behind closed doors.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a good screenshot of Star Trek Online so I put up one I took from their booth. It looks extremely fun.
Another thing that was surprisingly popular at the show was Ready to Play. It’s a new program set to go out into beta this week that lets people quickly find other people of like mind to play a given game. Someone described it as real-time eHarmony for gamers.
Pirates of the Burning Sea had one of the coolest booths. They assembled their own pirate ship. Arrrgh!
Even Tru Blood was there!
Coming home is so hard (a view from the plane)