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

    share with your friends


    Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


    like this article?
    get more just like it in your email

    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

    latest videos

    Games in the forums

    Jelly3
    Jelly3 posted in Forum Games:
    Ice Cream 
    reply less than a minute
    Jelly3
    Jelly3 posted in Forum Games:
    happy
    reply 1 minute
    Jelly3
    Jelly3 posted in Forum Games:
    Potato 
    reply 1 minute
    Jelly3
    Jelly3 posted in Forum Games:
    Ice Cream 
    reply 2 minutes
    Jelly3
    Jelly3 posted in Forum Games:
    Skittles 
    reply 2 minutes

    play online games

    Candy-100

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

    1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

    Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

    100x100_ra_logo_girl

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

    _thumb_100x100

    Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...

    _thumb_100x100

    We have all played the famous game Sudoku, now play it online with this Classic ...