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I died 373 times playing through Ori and the Blind Forest.
During my 7.5-hour, two-day playthrough, I hurled a litany of obscenities that would make George Carlin blush. I shook my controller in rage. I freaked out my cat. I’m not proud of it, but I even called the adorable title character a “f—–g asshole!” Exclamation point.
And I loved every second of it.
Tens of thousands of gamers once again swarmed the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for PAX East this past weekend. The annual video game convention from the creators of Penny Arcade, a massively popular web comic, gives gamers the chance to play hundreds of games months before release and chat with their developers. It also features a huge assortment of panels on games and the industry, as well as community events such as concerts, tournaments and tabletop and card games. If you ever wanted to see cosplayers dressed as Lara Croft posing for pictures with God of War’s Kratos, it’s definitely the place to be.
This was my fifth time attending the east coast event (the ever-expanding PAX also has expos in Seattle and Australia, and PAX South just premiered in San Antonio in January)—and though official attendance numbers for the sold-out event haven’t been announced, it felt like the biggest one yet. On Saturday morning, the line just to get to the convention’s entrance stretched at least a half-mile down Summer St., with thousands of eager gamers gamely braving the wicked Boston cold to get to the door. The show floor itself has expanded considerably since last year, with previously unoccupied space now lined with rows of PCs and monitors as far as the eye can see.
The exhibition hall is always dominated by big publishers such as Microsoft and Blizzard, and this year’s biggest booth may have belonged to game streaming site Twitch (further proof of its meteoric rise over the past few years). But my favorite part of PAX East is the thrill of discovery: wandering around the floor and stumbling upon promising games I’ve never heard of, getting excited while demoing them and talking with the developers, then eagerly anticipating their releases. In no particular order, here are 10 games I’m looking forward to from this year’s show.
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