PAX 2009 – First Demos of Star Wars: TOR, Splinter Cell Conviction, Assasin's Creed II

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The Penny Arcade Expo just released some awesome news through the tubes via electronic mail! OH BOY!  In the release there is the usual panels of Red Vs. Blue, an opening keynote, and some news about some guy named Wil Wheton. Don’t get me wrong, hes awesome.  But The first public US demonstration of LucasArts’ Star Wars: The Old Republic and Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Assassin’s Creed® II is definitely hot news.

The PixelatedStaff (Jamie, Raul, and I) will be at the event to give you our hands-on review of each of the 3 games.

Stay tuned!

Full press release after the break
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New WoW Races Leaked

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According to, some details on the next World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm, have leaked. There will be two new playable races. One for the Alliance and one for the Horde. The Alliance will be getting Worgen, which are werewolf-like creatures (pictured above). The Horde will be getting Goblins. Other than that, no new details.

It was recently announced that The Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne, will be playing at this year’s BlizzCon. That’s not really relevant to the rest of this post, but it’s still awesome. Speaking of which, BlizzCon is right around the corner and PixelatedGeek will be there, covering all your WoW, Starcraft, and Diablo related news.

PAX Exhibitors: Headliners include Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Blizzard and Wizards of the Coast

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SEATTLE – Aug. 6, 2009 – The organizers of the sixth annual PAX gaming festival today announced key details of the upcoming show to be held Sept. 4-6 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. This year’s exhibition hall will offer PAX attendees hands-on time with highly anticipated games and products from nearly 100 exhibitors, including top publishers Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Blizzard and Wizards of the Coast (see below for a complete exhibitor list).

In addition to seeing an enormous number of pre-release games on the show floor, attendees can expect a slew of panels, the Omegathon gaming competition, tournaments and more. First details of PAX 2009 programming include:

  • The first live US demonstration of LucasArts’ Star Wars: The Old Republic and a sponsored cantina where LucasArts community members attending PAX can mingle with staff and developers
  • Demonstrations of Ubisoft’s hottest titles, including Assassin’s Creed II and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction
  • The PAX 10 independent games showcase
  • Sponsored parties throughout Seattle’s downtown core
  • Two nights of beguiling concerts featuring the best artists in nerdcore

“PAX IS SO GREAT,” said Robert Khoo of Penny Arcade. “SO GREAT.”

Aug. 15 is the deadline for “mailed” pre-registration, so if you want to have your badge delivered directly to your doorstep, pre-register now at Registrations after that date will have to be picked up on site during the show.

Read after the break for a complete list of exhibitors.

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The hottest cosplayer at Comic-Con 2009 is Jessica Nigri [Update x2]

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Wow this post is old. Want more recent cosplay pics? Head here!


Jessica Nigri dressed as a very sexy and very hot rendtion of a Pikachu in a yellow mini skirt at the San Diego Comic-Con 2009.  I’ll just leave you with a quote from a redditor.

“She turned my magikarp into a gyarados.” – bigwangbowski

More photos after the break.

Update: So, apparently people found her Facebook page.  I’ll admit, I’m one of the many guys that went there, but for good intentions.  Just wanted to tell her about this post.  She replied with a “Thank you.”  But when I tried to replied back, I noticed her profile is gone.  I guess either she deleted it or locked it down so no one can find it.  I guess that’s what happens when you wear this to a nerd convention. Oh, btw, I added 5 more pics that have surfaced on the nets. Enjoy ;)

Update 2: MOAR photos at the bottom.

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Comic-Con Figurines

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Of course comics, costumes and cosplayers aren’t the only interesting things to stare at at Comic-Con.  The toys that were on display were cool too.  Check out the photos that our old friend, Jay, took while at the convention.


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"The Sisters" by Jhonen Vasquez print from Comic Con ’09

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Hello, I’m Dex. This is my first article for the site, and its great timing that I get to write an article post San Diego Comic Con, giving me tons of fodder.

Over the past few years, I’ve been recently interested in buying and picking up prints exclusive to conventions and meeting the artists who create them. Much to my surprise, one of my favorite artists Jhonen Vasquez (creator of Invader Zim, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, etc) was at the Bioshock 2 with a print inspired by the game. Jhonen was there to sign the limited prints, and even better, it was free.
The Sisters by Jhonen Vasquez

For fans of the Bioshock series, it is amazing. Even if you aren’t a fan of the series, it still is quite a piece, especially for those (like me) who are fans of Jhonen’s work and/or darker work in general. For those interested in the production of “The Sisters,” Jhonen put up a comprehensive blog about creating the print on the official Bioshock 2 website under The Cult of Rapture.

“The Sisters” is the first piece in the Bioshock 2 Artists Series, artwork by famous artists inspired by the Bioshock series.

Comic-Con – Cosplay – Day 4

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Day 4 of Comic Con is Kids day.  There wasn’t that much cosplaying or costumes walking around this day.  MAke sense since not much was going on.  It’s pretty much the day when all vendors are selling their left over stuff for an even cheaper discount because they want as less stuff to carry back to their trucks.

I asked this guy what he thought about 2012. His response was "not gonna happen."

I asked this guy what he thought about 2012. His response was "not gonna happen."

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