PAX Aus 2014: Highlights

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The curtain may have been drawn on PAX Aus 2014, but it doesn’t mean that we should relegate it to the back of our collective minds. On the contrary, we should be proud and reflect on another fantastic and successful event. PAX Aus 2015 can wait for now, this is PAX Aus 2014‘s time to shine.

There was lots of media attention and praise for this year’s event, and all for good reason – there was the bigger and better equipped premises, great variety of exhibitors, awesome and interesting panels and of course the volunteers that were there to help anyone seeking their assistance.

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PAX_2For the ausretrogamer crew, the Classic Gaming area was again the biggest highlight – yes, we are biased! I am betting that a lot of people would agree with me. Unfortunately, due to an emergency we were unable to attend on the Friday and Saturday. With that said, we would like to recognise the effort (and great support) we were afforded by our fellow retro gaming brethren from Retrospekt, Retro Domination and Weird and Retro – you guys rock!

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PAX_10We finally made a showing on the Sunday. As soon as we arrived we were gobsmacked by the enormity of the expo and the number of people present. From the Expo Hall to the Freeplay and Tabletop areas, people were just having fun – which is a great endorsement for an event. It was great to have the entire expo under one (Ed: massive) roof. We attended Weird and Retro’s retro roadshow (a personal fave of mine) and toured the floor of the expo. The Indie area was another highlight, as the games that were on show were nothing short of spectacular. All the heavy hitters of the industry were present, with their areas full to the gills with eager punters trying to get a glimpse of the latest and greatest games and equipment.

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PAX_4Finally, the Classic Gaming area. We were taken aback by the sheer size of our patch. With the additional real estate, we were able to configure the tables and systems to be very inviting and relaxing (Ed: Oh those beanbags!). The Classic Gaming crew reflected on the area in the recent Retro Domination podcast, which you can listen to over here.

For now, enjoy the visions from another successful PAX Aus event (Ed: If you missed out on this year’s PAX, check out the interactive walk-through video at the bottom of this article). Hope to see you all at PAX Aus 2015!

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Source: BenchMinecraft


Source: hellfire64 (Rob Caporetto)
Image source: Rob Caporetto

 

 

PAX Aus 2014: It’s On Like Donkey Kong

PAX Aus 2014 is (almost) here people! There was a certain buzz today as exhibitors were scrambling to set up their respective areas.

Speaking of which, the Classic Gaming area was coming along quite nicely, thanks to our fellow retroholics from Retro Domination, Retrospekt and Weird and Retro.

Here are a few sneaky behind-the-scenes pics. Enjoy and hope to see a few of you at PAX Aus 2014!

This is where it’s at!
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Welcome to the Classic Gaming area!
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Big, isn’t it?
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Yep, the Amiga is working sweet
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I now feel like a nice greasy burger!
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Might sneak in some SNES action….
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Another console is ready for action!
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Hard working retro gamers
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Gotta play old school games on old school TVs
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System vitals!
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Last minute testing. She works fine.
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Get your program and we’ll see you at PAX Aus 2014!
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PAX Aus 2014: The Classic Gaming Schedule

PAXAus2014_schedule_titleThose great people at PAX Aus 2014 have finalised the schedule of tournaments, panels and quiz shows. If you would like to view the entire schedule, head on over here.

For those that are keen to know when and where the retro gaming tournaments and panels will be on, look below and lock in the times and dates in your diary!

Classic Gaming Tournaments
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Classic Gaming Panels
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Celebrating the Atari Lynx

Atari_Lynx_piles_of_gamesIt may have started life on a napkin back in 1986, but it wasn’t officially released to the gaming public as the world’s first 16-bit colour handheld till October 1989 (Ed: the Atari Lynx was officially released on September 1 1989, but it wasn’t available for retail till October of that year). The Epyx Handy, which would eventually become the Atari Lynx, celebrates a significant milestone – it’s another year older and it is still kicking nostalgic goals!

The Atari Lynx may have been decimated in market share by the Game Boy juggernaut, but it’s place in history is undeniable. It didn’t bask in the same glory as Nintendo’s little pocket rocket, let’s face it, no other handhelds did, but with 16-bit colour graphics, support for hardware scaling, great arcade conversions and the ability to link up with friends, the Lynx was still a force to be reckoned with. With two system variants, the Lynx provided many hours of fun – as long as you were stocked to the teeth with AA batteries.

We wrote about the Lynx’s history (Ed: you can read that here), which in typical Atari fashion was quite colourful, with lots of twists and turns. This feature celebrates everything about the mighty 16-bit colour handheld – its hardware revisions, its awesomest games and some very interesting facts.

The Lynx was truly ahead of its time. Long live the Atari Lynx!

Hardware Comparison:
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Game Cards – Curled vs Flat:

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Awesomest Atari Lynx Games:
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Interesting Atari Lynx Facts:

  • It was initially going to be the Atari Portable Entertainment System. But once it was pointed out that the acronym would be APES, the name change was swift;
  • The Lynx was christened many names before Atari settled with the name we now know and love – it went from being the Epyx Handy, APES, Nuclear Toaster to finally, the Lynx;
  • The model name was chosen due to the system’s ability to link up with multiple machines. It wasn’t in reference to the big cat of the same name;
  • It was the first home system to support hardware scaling, just like After Burner and Pit Fighter in the arcades;
  • Mikey was the first sound chip in any console to provide specialist sampled sound support on all four channels;
  • Game cards could store up to a maximum of two megabytes;
  • The 8-bit CPU was paired with a 16-bit math co-processor – this took a lot of the cycle load off the CPU and allowed the Lynx to provide super fast game play;
  • It was the first colour LCD with a 16-bit graphics chip (Suzy) – providing 4,096 colours to choose from with a maximum of 16 per scanline.

 

Classic Gaming at PAX Aus 2014

PAXAUS2014_HdrHey PAX Aus peeps! Maps are now available for the 2014 event! Make sure you come around to our Classic Gaming area for a nostalgic hit.

For those of you that like panels, you can catch a few of us from Retrospekt, Retro Domination and yours truly at the Best [retro] video games you’ve [probably] never played panel on Saturday, November 1st at 11:00am in the Kookaburra Theatre. Oh yeah, Weird And Retro has a couple of awesome panels too, so be there or be a pixelated square!

PAX Aus 2014: October 31 – November 2, 2014 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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Blast From the Past: Nintendo Interactive Store Displays

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Ah, the Nintendo of old. How I miss thee, when times were simpler and there was no Microsoft nor Sony. There is always room in my heart for Nintendo, as they have endured through thick and thin in this video gaming business that is now on par with Hollywood.

So let’s take a trip down memory lane, some 22 years ago and see how Nintendo presented their wares to the retail fraternity. Golly gosh those interactive display units were awesome!


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Urban Legend: The Atari Burial Site

atari-landfillWhat are your plans for April 26? You want to be part of a historic event? Do you love Atari folklore? Then make your travel arrangements to the Alamogordo Landfill in New Mexico (USA) and watch the Fuel Entertainment and Xbox Entertainment Studios production team excavate the landfill to search for some Atari treasure. What will they dig up – will it just be E.T cartridges or just a mangled mess of plastic junk? I do wonder. Perhaps we should let sleeping dogs lie. Better still, read the Atari Inc. – Business Is Fun book instead, it will save you from travelling to New Mexico.

What do you think about this landfill excavation event?

Alamogordo Landfill Excavation Details:

Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Alamogordo Landfill
4276 Highway 54 S
Alamogordo, NM 88310

image source: GotGame