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By Jessica Brister On 3 Jun, 2015 At 05:10 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarAfter the Fallout 4 trailer came out today, there has been an enormous amount of excitement about the game.  During careful review of the newly released trailer of the game, it does indeed appear that the game will be set in Boston, Massachusetts.

According to historical fiction author, Sophie Turner, the image of the ship with rocket boosters on it does appear to be the USS Constitution, which typically has docked in Boston in the past.  Also, an image of the Bunker Hill monument, the Paul Revere statue, and the Old North Church are visible as well.

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A screenshot of what appears to be the USS Constitution with retro rockets on it

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This monument of Paul Revere has a Steam Punk-type dirigible in the background.

The Bunker Hill monument looks to be dilapidated from nuclear war.

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PAX welcome

PAX East 2014 was my fourth PAX but my first time going as Media.  As always, PAX East was a great experience! Every year PAX East is held in Boston, so I enjoy being able to see another part of the East Coast while checking out all the video games.

This year I got to see many different video games, the most notable of which included This War of Mine from 11 Bit Studios, Sniper Elite 3 and Defense Grid 2 from 505 Games and Hidden Path Entertainment, and Framed from Loveshack Entertainment.  All of these games were very different from one another but brought a lot to the table to create an enjoyable experience. This War of Mine allows you to gain insight into the struggle of a war torn country from a very individual level of trying to survive day to day.  Sniper Elite 3 brought a new and fun entry into shooters with absolutely amazing and awe-worthy graphics.  Defense Grid 2 was an amazingly fun tower defense game that doesn’t fail to keep you on your toes.  Framed was a very unique entry with a puzzle style journey through a mystery.  I plan to get all of these games the minute they’re available and I highly recommend each and every one of them.

Of course, there was far more to see during PAX East as the expanse of the show floor and panels is ginormous! 2014 was definitely the year of the indie games for PAX East.  The presence of AAA games seemed to be a bit light and I was quite worried when I saw the schedule, but PAX East did not disappoint.

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An organization I would definitely like to highlight is Operation Supply Drop. As an Army brat (my parents served in the Army for a long time) and having a lot of friends in the military, it definitely makes me happy to see an organization that makes it their mission to help out the troops.  Operation Supply Drop does just that and more. I met with Captain Stephen Machuga of the US Army and Charity Founder. Captain Machuga, as well as everyone at OSD’s booth exhuded passion and enthusiasm about their mission to bring “video games to soldiers in combat zones and military hospitals.”  Being in a combat zone, in military hospitals, and other areas where soldiers serve can be extremely stressful so OSD does their best to make “fun where there is none!” There was never a dull moment at the booth while there or passing and I’ve seen so much enthusiasm from the gaming community to help their cause.  It’ll be very interesting to see how OSD expands and grows further to be such a great presence for our troops.  For more information about their cause and how to help out, check out their website at www.OperationSupplyDrop.org, their Twitter @OpSupplyDrop, and their Facebook page at Facebook.com/OperationSupplyDrop.

I also got to check out numerous booths on the show floor which is always exciting. GUNNAR Optiks never disappoints with their selection of gaming eyewear. I even snagged myself a pair from their Intercept line in Ink (purple). I always get a pair of GUNNARs every time I go to PAX East and absolutely love them. Whether I’m gaming or staring at a computer screen, GUNNARs help reduce the strain in my eyes. I’ve also found that their line of sunglasses are absolutely wonderful and are far better than all of the other sunglasses that I own.

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Me with Gunnars

As always, PAX East was a great experience and I highly recommend going if you ever get the chance.  It’s worth the fun and craziness and the video game culture galore!  Everyone is excited and happy to be there with so many things to do with such a short amount of time!

Although I may not attend next year, you may be able to catch me at PAX South and PAX Prime next year. I, also, plan to be at Otakon this summer and Baltimore Comic Con this fall.

Did you go? What did you think of PAX East? Is there anything from my experience at PAX East that you’d like to hear more about? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @LadyLoveMonster!

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Who’s Going?

This year it will be me and fellow editor Sean Jacobs aka NoirZillaGamer that will be at PAX East.

Where to Find Me

We’ll be all over the place, especially the show floor as that’s where all the gems are at! We’ll also be at a few of the parties. You can find me and say hello at these parties:

Thursday, April 10th : Pokecrawl (registration for this closed)

Friday, April 11th : 8-Bit Boston, Indies Need Booze party (registration for this is sold out)

Saturday, April 12th : Bethesda party, the ASUS/PC Gamer party

Keep in mind this is a tentative list as my plans may change when I’m actually at PAX East.

To get live updates follow me on Twitter at LadyLoveMonster.

By Charles On 16 Apr, 2012 At 04:43 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Featured, Reviews | With 1 Comment

No GravatarTen years is a long time, especially for a convention. Managing to create and implement a successful event over the course of a decade is often met with challenges, as the convention grows and tries to find its identity in a rapidly changing fandom world. Add to this the stresses of being located in the center of a large urban city, and the task might seem insurmountable. For every long-standing event like Otakon there will be an Inochicon, fizzling after a single year despite positive reviews and solid numbers.

Which makes this year’s Anime Boston event that much more special. Celebrating its tenth annual event at the Hynes Convention Center (it’s home since 2005), one can see just how far the convention has come since its humble beginnings in 2003. A veritable ocean of cosplay, panels, game shows and merchandise, the convention broke the 20,000 person mark this year (22,065 to be precise) and showed no signs of slowing down.

It should also be noted that this year’s event coincided with the 2012 PAX East gaming conference, which was being held on the opposite side of Boston. Concerns (and predictions) that Anime Boston would see a decline in attendance were ultimately unfounded, however, as attendees from both conventions managed to find time to swap events. The sight of Anime Boston and PAX badges on the same lanyards wasn’t commonplace, but not rare either.

Pros:

-Variety. One of the benefits of having such a large space as Anime Boston is the sheer amount of space available for programming and events. A casual look at Anime Boston’s schedule validates that assertion. Panels from 10 AM until 2 AM, every day, along every conceivable line. Want some mindless screaming and fan-gasming? They got you covered. Want a serious discussion of folklore or fan culture. Check. Want retrospectives on noted games and studios? Ditto. Want to recapture the glory of yesteryear? Mike Toole’s got you covered. Anime Boston has one of the best programming tracks of any con on the East Coast, so its easy to take advantage of it.

The same holds true for goods and services. Boasting the largest Artist Alley, and second largest Dealer’s Room, of any East Coast con, NOT finding what you want ends up being the challenge of the weekend. (Which I discovered firsthand, when I couldn’t find a ninja outfit.) This is one of the few cons that makes money budgeting a necessity- you can, and likely will, blow everything on day one if you have poor impulse control.

-Location. Middle of Back Bay Boston, attached to the Prudential Center and a block away from Newbury Street. This is the business and commercial hub of the entire city. Reasonable food, fancy stores and aesthetic buildings. For the people-watcher, cosplayer or serial tourist, this is heaven.

-Fandom cohesion. This is a point of contention for a lot of attendees- Anime Boston, like all larger cons, is also a hub for multifandom pursuits. While the con takes a conservative line towards Programming, that doesn’t stop the people from cosplaying as comic book, BBC or internet characters, and scheduling photoshoots to prove they were there. It’s very easy to discover the other side of fandom at this con, and make plenty of friends while doing it.

Cons

-Costs. Back Bay Boston, for all its pleasures, is also expensive. Rooms at the con hotel started at $200/night, making it one of the costliest conventions currently running. In fact, finding a room in Boston for less than $100 is all but impossible. As a result, rooms crammed with 14 people became commonplace (happened to a friend of mine, in fact). Not the fault of the con, in this case, but it should be noted for all first-time attendees that BOSTON BE EXPENSIVE, YO.

-Crowds. Almost Otakon-level crowds now. In earlier years, the full capacity of the Hynes was never as apparent as it was this year. Taking upwards of 5-7 minutes just to cross the entrance hallway was frequent, especially on Saturday. Throngs of people stopping short for cosplay pictures also slowed things down. Those in the know about the Hynes could avoid the worst of the glut, but it was still a problem at the height of the weekend. But growing pains like this are expected.

-Fandom breakdown. While Anime Boston has one of the most welcome atmospheres for multifandom love, this year it suffered from some breakdowns. Photoshoots scheduled right in front of panel rooms (thereby blocking access) and in the middle of hallways, rude cosplayers acting entitled, flaming and trolling were actually visible this time around. While this has always been a part of the modern anime convention, this year the fact that it could be seen and experienced by the general attendees was a bit disheartening.

Overall:

Anime Boston suffered some growing pains this year. Which is to be expected when your con surpasses the 20,000 mark. Crowding is an inevitable issue, which leads to confrontations in the hallways, and can spoil the mood. But it also shows how far the con has come- in 10 years, it went from 4000-22000, and has become one of the best known, and best loved, fan conventions on the East Coast. And it will likely continue to grow. Anime Boston is one of those rare large events that is extremely accessible to newcomers (I should know, it got me back into congoing in 2007). Next year it will take place on Memorial Day Weekend. That should be VERY interesting.