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Posted Mon, Mar 29, 2010 by Ethec

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Today, Reuben "Sardu" Waters celebrates our 1,300th edition of Loading... with a photo montage of sorts from PAX East 2010 this weekend. Plus, all the latest PAX East 2010 coverage of games like APB, City of Heroes, Dungeon and Dragons Online, and Fallen Earth. Enjoy!

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The first PAX East may have been somewhat light on massive game booths and playable demos , but two things it certainly wasn't lacking were piles of tech and even bigger piles of gamers. All three days of the sold out event were just as packed as this shaky-cam style opening day rush image.

NVIDIA's new GTX480 was unveiled at the show complete with a surprisingly low price point and new marketing slogan obviously geared towards oboard dwellers: CRANK THAT S#!T UP! (no joke) Unfortunately, the board didn't approve our offshoot slogan for Ten Ton Hammer's guides portal: KICK THAT GAME IN THE B@!!$

Of course we quickly discovered that the real reason 60,000 people showed up in Boston this weekend was to meet the legendary Mattlow, shown here with two of his adoring fans who even whipped up some fancy new cosplay for their epic Mattlow encounter.
Speaking of cosplay, no gaming convention is complete without at least one group dressed as their favorite Team Fortress 2 characters. We didn't spot a single Slave Leia though - either it was way too cold or this is what Clone Wars has done to us.
Personally though, I prefered this guy who was not only pure win, but also one of the smartest people at the show. Boston was anything but warm this weekend, and that might be why this guy is all thumbs!
Of course no PAX would be complete without random appearances by Gabe and Tycho. Here you can see them signing autographs near the media room.
Numerous professional rock star gamers were also at the show, including StarSlay3r shown here among many others. Unfortunately this also had the negative effect of causing a massive line to wrap around the block to get into Lir on Saturday night, as the rock stars were having a party upstairs while the folks from Fallen Earth held their meet and greet on the main floor.
Speaking of Fallen Earth, be sure to check out all the details and our exclusive video of their new iPhone app in action, which was my personal pick for highlight of the show. It's getting a chance to see cool new things like this that make the trip well worth it for me.
The most info-packed panel we went to, by far, was the City of Heroes panel with Paragon Studios. CoH players have plenty of reason to rejoice - not only is the game getting a massive graphics revamp next month, but the Going Rogue expansion will follow in July and then, one of the highlights of the show, Issue 19: Incarnates will introduce a number of engame options to this venerable superhero MMOG. First details right here!
Getting some hands-on time with upcoming games is another reason why events like PAX East are generally awesome. APB had one of the busiest booths at the show throughout the weekend. A special preview video of APB's customization options, with another video on APB gameplay and hands-on impressions to follow soon..
Last but certainly not least, area developers Turbine had a strong presence at the show, revealing some excellent new things coming up for DDO fans. Be sure to check out the first of an exclusive three part video series featuring the new Guild Airship and Half-Orc race reveals.

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PAX EAST 2010

Fallen Earth Unveils the Future of Mobile MMOG Interaction
http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/paxeast2010/fallenearth_iphone_app

At PAX East 2010 the developers of Fallen Earth showed us the killer app that will raise the bar for how players can interact with an MMOG while on the go. Everything from crafting, chatting, auctions and in-game emails is possible, many features even overlapping in interesting and unique ways never before seen in an MMOG smartphone application. Ten Ton Hammer is pleased to bring you the details on how it all fits together, along with an exclusive video with Associate Project Manager Dave Haydysch where the powerful new app is shown in action.

City of Heroes "Incarnate" Endgame Levels & New Going Rogue Details Revealed
http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/paxe2010/CoH/incarnates

A host of top designers from Paragon Studios including Matt Miller and Melissa Bianco were on-hand at PAX East 2010 to share all new details on July's City of Heroes: Going Rogue expansion, plus an exciting first-ever reveal of "Issue 19: Incarnates" - a post-GR update that adds long-awaited endgame levels and options to the game.

DDO - Guild Airships and Half Orcs Revealed
http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/pax2010/ddo1

Turbine is approaching the halfway point of their ten updates for Dungeons and Dragons Online this year, and Update 14 looks to be one of DDO's biggest updates yet. This first video reveals the focal point of Turbine's guild-centric plans for DDO this summer - guild airships! Exec. Producer Fernando Paiz will also offer a first look at the new race coming to DDO: the half-orcs.

APB Customization Preview Video from PAX East 2010
http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/paxe2010/APB/customization

In APB, Realtime Worlds has created a whole new metagame with some incredible customization options. Players can create tattooes, vehicle decals, customized clothing, and even "death music" using a built-in step sequencer, then sell these customized concepts to other players. Chris Collins of Realtime Worlds walks us through many of these customization options with a live look inside the game in this video: our first live look at APB customization from PAX 2010.

Hands on with Immerz KOR-fx at Pax East
http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/paxeast2010/immerz

Immerz is getting ready to release a new force feedback device called KOR-fx. Mattlow tries out the device at Pax East and tells us if it lives up to the hype.

Future of PC Gaming Panel
http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/paxeast2010/future_of_pc_gaming

This week the dynamic duo from Penny Arcade took the east coast by storm, bringing the hugely popular PAX convention to Boston for the first time where it was embraced with open arms by a rabid legion of gamers. However, the packed exhibit hall of the sold out show isn’t the only trick up the organizer’s sleeves, as the 3 day show also offers a number of topical panels ranging from the mundane to the massively popular. Among them, Ten Ton Hammer had the chance to drop in on an interesting discussion titled The Future of PC Gaming (Yes, there is one!).

INTERVIEWS

Gravity Bear Q&A with Phil Shenk
http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/82814

Facebook is a platform that's becoming more popular with developers and players alike. For newer games such as Gravity Bear's Battle Punks, this is good news as the social network allows a new distribution method still being explored by developers. Ten Ton Hammer recently caught up to Gravity Bear co-founder and gaming industry veteran Phil Shenk to talk about the game and how the developer plans to utilize Facebook to provide a 3D social gaming experience.

Today's Hottest Articles, Guides, and Features

  1. Fallen Earth Unveils the Future of Mobile MMOG Interaction
  2. City of Heroes "Incarnate" Endgame Levels & New Going Rogue Details Revealed
  3. DDO - Guild Airships and Half Orcs Revealed
  4. Star Trek Online: Season 1 and Killer NIC Giveaway
  5. APB Customization Preview Video from PAX East 2010
  6. The Evolution of StarCraft Armies: Early Game Terran
  7. Hero: 108 Online Hands-On Preview from GDC 2010
  8. The Secret World Details Emerge at GDC 2010
  9. Starcraft II Terminology Encyclopedia
  10. Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening (PC) Review

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