Play Animal Crossing: New Horizons First at PAX East 2020

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Nintendo has announced that one of the most highly anticipated games of the year, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, will be playable for the first time to the public at the PAX East 2020 gaming convention.

PAX East is one of the biggest gaming conventions of the year, taking place in Boston, MA. This year PAX East 2020 is a bit earlier than usual, falling on the last weekend of February, Feb. 27 to March 1.

An entire booth will be decked out in Animal Crossing theme, including photo opportunities with life-size environments and costumed characters such as Isabelle, Tom Nook, and K.K. Slider. Attendees will get a first-ever chance to play the Animal Crossing: New Horizons demo. The demo stage will also feature a tour of the game’s single-player mode, showcasing island activities such as crafting, gardening, fishing, and decorating. Attendees will receive a Tom Nook tote bag, while supplies last.

“We hope fans are eager to visit the deserted island paradise of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, so this year at PAX East we’re bringing the island with us and inviting all attendees to play the game for the first time,” said Nick Chavez, Senior VP, Nintendo of America. “We’re looking forward to meeting with players and truly bringing our shared love of games to life.”

Nintendo will also feature playable demos for Pokémon Sword and Shield, and receive a special Galar postcard. If you bring your own Switch and copy of Pokémon, you can compete with others in Max Raid Battles, and earn special pins.

If you’d rather not wait half a day to play a demo, check out Nintendo’s Warp Pipe Pass program to reserve a limited spot, starting on Feb. 25 at 5 pm Eastern/2 pm Pacific.

PAX East Four Day tickets are currently still available, though Saturday single-day passes are sold out. PAX East 2020 kicks off this Thursday, Feb. 27. Animal Crossing: New Horizons releases March 20 on Nintendo Switch.


PUBG’s Brendan “PlayerUnkown” Greene Is Keynote Speaker at PAX East

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Penny Arcade and ReedPoP have announced the keynote speaker for PAX East 2018. Brendan Greene, aka PlayerUnknown, aka the director of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, will give the opening keynote at PAX East. PAX East 2018 takes place April 5-8 in Boston, MA.

Greene’s meteoric rise began with developing an Arma 2 mod, DayZ, before moving to work on H1Z1. He continued to be inspired by the 2000 film Battle Royale, joining South Korean studio Bluehole in 2016 and releasing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds last year via Steam Early Access. It officially launched on PC last December, as well as in Early Access on Xbox One via Xbox Games Preview.

To date PUBG has sold over 35 million copies, and is the third highest-grossing game of all time on Steam.

“Brendan Greene’s story is a fascinating one, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is only the latest chapter,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “At four full days, this year’s PAX East 2018 is shaping up to be the biggest one yet, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have the founder of the Battle Royale phenomenon kick off the festivities.”

Greene’s “Storytime” keynote speech will kick off the eighth annual PAX East convention. PAX events include panels from developers, publishers, streamers, and community members, an expo hall with game exhibitors, as well as concerts, free play areas, and tournaments. Read up on the full PAX East schedule.

This year marks the first time that PAX East will be expanded from three days to four, running Thursday to Sunday. PAX West in Seattle was expanded out for four days back in 2013.

PAX East 2018 will run April 5-8. Many panels and events will be livestreamed via the official PAX Twitch channel.


Shiny Preview: Platforming Without Killing

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I’m always excited to see games that feature robots in a starring role. Roboprotagonists, perhaps? Shiny delivers not only on my niche interest, but also on a fun, refreshingly non-violent 2D platforming adventure that can be enjoyed by a wide age-range of players.

In Shiny, you play as an adorable robot named Kramer 227 who is on a mission to save all of his robot friends who have been abandoned by the human race. To do so, Kramer 227 must navigate his way through dangerous mechanical locales in search of the energy needed to revive his friends. He does this by using a wide variety of powerups (including a jet pack, forcefield, and more) to tackle different types of obstacles and challenges. Additionally, Kramer 227 must manage his own energy in order to not only move about the world, but also to bring his friends to life.

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Best Food-Related Games of PAX East 2016

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Anyone who’s attended a PAX (or any other large convention, for that matter) knows that food consumption can take a back seat to wandering the expo hall checking out awesome games and standing in three hour lines. Imagine my delight when, in an energy bar and coffee fueled delirium, I discovered not one, not three, but four different food-themed indie games among the aisles at PAX East 2016. Not only was I drawn to them by the gnawing in my stomach, but also by my strong affinity for food that is not actually food. The latter I carry with me at all times, regardless of my current status as “starved beast” or “not starved and slightly less beastly.” In addition to being about food, I thought each of these games brought something interesting to the table.

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