Kw-logo-smaller

Penny Arcade Expo 2009

PAX Entrance
PAX Entrance
PAX Attendees
PAX Attendees

The Penny Arcade Expo is now the largest video game event in North America. Recording over 75, 000 visitors, PAX 2009 easy over shadows E3 2009, which only had 41, 000 in attendance.


The Big Show

The Exhibition Hall, which was the main attraction and the busiest part of PAX, was doubled in size this year. Developers and publishers, big and small, were present, showing off their wares.


Some games made their debut at the show, including Nintendo's Pokemon Rumble for WiiWare, where you test your twitch reflexes as you dodge attacks and fight back, eventually defeating and recruiting some Pokemon to your team.


There were many Free-to-play games, including the new Hello Kitty Online MMO and Nexon's Dungeon Fighter and Dragon Nest, one of the highest quality free-to-play game available.


Also playable were Scribblenauts, Forza Motorsports 3, No More Heroes 2, Nostalgia, New Super Mario Bros., Mario & Luigi: Bower's Inside Story, The Beatles: Rock Band, LEGO Rock Band, Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.


The Side Shows

Outside the exhibition hall there were panels running and the annual Omegathon, where pre-selected attendees played various video games in order to eliminate each other. The final round, which involved a secret game, was revealed to be an epic battle of Skee-ball and the two remaining Omeganauts put their childhood Chuck-E-Cheese training to use to earn $5000 and a trip to the Tokyo Game Show.


A few publishers were also hosting events just outside PAX. At a press dinner, Hudson revealed a whole slew of new games that will be coming out this year and next year, including Deca Sports 2, Deca Sports DS, Bomberman Live, and a brand new Bonk game, Bonk: Brink of Extinction. As well, they showed an entirely new series with Lost in Shadow, a puzzle platformer where you play as a shadow and manipulate objects and light sources to make a shadowy path for you to travel upon.


Big Encore

PAX 2009 proved to be an amazing event and it will only get better next year as there will be two PAX shows, one in Boston and one in Seattle.


Related Stories:

  • E3 2009 Summary: Nintendo
  • Pokemon Platinum Version :: DS Game Review
  • Wii Virtual Console :: Game Downloads
  • Scribblenauts Q&A Interview
  • readers voted!

    Comments

    there are 0 comments

    Please login or register to add comments


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like it!

    latest videos

    E3_140x100_w

    Which Console Sounds Coolest Now?

    • Sounds like the PS3 and PSP kick butt.
    • The Xbox 360 rules, of course.
    • The Nintendo Wii and DS, all the way.
    • They all sound awesome!

    related stories

    Games in the forums

    blakbutterfly
    I'm definitely going to miss someone in here. Definitely the most closest people to me on KW would be Huge, Jelly, Evie, Kirsten, Jordand, Allie and I'm definitely forgetting someone here because god, there are many now that I think of it. o.o Yeaaaah, I'm the type who can live with one best friend. The more, the better! Oh, if not mentioned, me best friends would know who they are and why they are and why they will be! :D
    reply 30 minutes
    blakbutterfly
    "Mentally_Hilarious" wrote: Wow. He never told me that! I guess I'll have to name you I_Just_Love_How_Hot_Maldives_Is. Get it? :D It's a bit long, but it'll work. :D He never told me either. I just figured it out. :P OMGGGGG. If I do make that my username, that would be pure sarcasm! I HATE HOW ### IT IS IN MALDIVES. AND ANYWHERE HXT. EVERYWHERE HXT. I prefer rain and snow over sun and heat.
    reply 35 minutes
    Mentally_Hilarious
    "blakbutterfly" wrote: "Mentally_Hilarious" wrote: "arthi" wrote: hugebear :D Huge is actually Hugglebear pretending to be Hugebear. And I name you Actually_Hilarious. Wow. He never told me that! I guess I'll have to name you I_Just_Love_How_Hot_Maldives_Is. Get it? :D It's a bit long, but it'll work. :D
    reply 40 minutes
    viti
    viti posted in Card Games:
    MagicalAnjali,deepikadhamni,Arthi
    reply 41 minutes
    blakbutterfly
    "Mentally_Hilarious" wrote: "arthi" wrote: hugebear :D Huge is actually Hugglebear pretending to be Hugebear. And I name you Actually_Hilarious.
    reply about 1 hour

    play online games

    Valantine-day-crossword-thumb

    Valentine's Day is almost here! Time for candy, hearts, flowers, love and, of co...

    Goodgameempire-thumb

    Goodgame Empire is a great strategy title by Goodgame Studios. Build your own ca...

    Black-history-month-crossword-pre

    Black History Month is a time to celebrate the amazing contributions of African ...

    Big-farm-thumb

    Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

    Candy-cash-thumb

    Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    _thumb_100x100

    Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

    Frostbox_100x100

    Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...