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Touring Home beta

So, I just finished my first tour of Sony's new Home app, and... there's not really much to say.

I got an e-mail out of the blue this afternoon inviting me to download the Home Beta and "join in a celebration" between 6pm-8pm, Pacific. After being less than impressed with the New Xbox Experience, I was ready to get an up-close look at what Sony has to counter with, so I did just that.

My first experience as a playtester

Playtest Lab

Back when I was a little kid in the late 1980s, I had this idealized vision of how awesome it must be to play video games for a living. I knew that there were people out there who played games for the purpose of quality testing and so on, and for whatever reason, my little kid brain thought it must be the greatest job in the world. I probably saw it as at least on par to working at a candy factory. It all comes down to that fact that I had no understanding of the law of diminishing returns and therefore believed that being able to do a thing that I like all day every day must be nothing short of bliss.

PAX 2008: Day Three Report and Photo Gallery

The third and final day of the Penny Arcade Expo started slow, both for the wife and I, as well as for the rest of the convention-goers. Taking a look around, more people seemed willing to queue up for coffee or crepes before the show got going. The halls weren't as crowded, and the people who were there seemed to be walking slower, and perhaps sagging a bit.

PAX 2008: Day Two Report

Day Two at the Penny Arcade Expo started off in true PAX fashion with the sounds of Rock Band flooding the Convention Center. A group of eager musicians gave their rendition of ‘Learning to Fly' quite earnestly, with quite a few more would-be rockers waiting in the wings offstage. After a polite golf clap, the wife and I made our way to the press-only Q&A session with webcomic superstars Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik.

PAX 2008: Day One Report

Although the idea may be discouraged by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, (the super-popular webcomic's writer and artist, respectively) the fact remains that the Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short, is quickly becoming the de facto place to go or those in the games industry who want to be seen, now that E3 is a mere shadow of its former self and E for All seems to be a non-starter.

Casual Connect Report – Part Two

The next day at Casual Connect, I had less time to go to presentations since my schedule was split between general events and meetings. However, the highlight of the presentations I did manage to take in was most definitely "", given by Brian Robbins of Fuel Industries.

Casual Connect Report – Part One

July 23 was the first day of the conference taking place in my hometown of Seattle, Washington. With the ‘c-word' on everyone's lips and this large new segment of game development gathering so close to my house, how could I resist?

Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) 2007 Photo Journal

View photo journal of PAX 2007
A visual overview of the 2007 Penny Arcade Expo held in Seattle, Washington.

PAX 2007: A slicker PSP can't touch the omnipresent DS

Read blog postI’ve read other reports of the same thing online but I can verify firsthand that just about every attendee had a DS, and over the course of three days I only saw *one* PSP. Anecdotally, Nintendo is kicking Sony’s ass all over the place in the handheld market, no surprise there.

PAX 2007: Eye of Judgement and Culdcept Saga

Read blog postI don’t know if anybody’s been following this (I know that I haven’t), but one of the new things that I saw in the exhibition section of the PAX was Eye of Judgement for the PS3.

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