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Nintendo was showing off it's latest incarnations of the Super Smash Brothers franchise both on Wii U...
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...and on the handheld Nintendo 3DS.
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The classic console room provide fans (and families) of all ages a chance to connect.
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In one of the most unique promotional gimmicks of the weekend, Far Cry 4 let convention goers dress in animal suits...
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...and battle one another in a steel cage for prizes.
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The next big gaming breakthrough will almost assuredly be virtual reality, and the Oculus Rift headset was leading the way at PAX.
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While big name publishers and console manufacturers dominated the floorspace, fans also turned out in droves to see games developed by small indie developers.
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*Not official PAX security guards*
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Hidden away from the main action, the classic arcade room provided fans a surprisingly peaceful reprieve from the bulk of the action.
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Even inanimate objects got in on the cosplay, donning robes from the Assassin's Creed franchise.
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At PAX, shirts are optional when playing demos like Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
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While they may be anonymous walking in public, professional gamers (the ones in the black and yellow hoodies) were autograph-signing, picture-taking stars at PAX.
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PAX = Escalator riding. A lot of escalator riding.
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As Stephen Colbert once said, "Bears are godless killing machines."
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For those not in attendance, Twitch streamed much of PAX live online (including a demo of the quirky new first-person shooter Screencheat).
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Mechanical bulls are so passé. Mechanical dragons now.
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PAX hosted the North American regional tournament for uber-popular and professionally competitive video game League of Legends (the crowd was crazy, given that this was the reaction between actual competition).
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While not front and center, there was feminist and LGBT representation at PAX.
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The new cooperative title Evolve has teams of players taking down gargantuan beast like this one...
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...because yikes.
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If you like bright colors, explosions, monsters, and rail grinds, Microsoft's Sunset Overdrive is the game for you.
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Lines for panels and special events often ran hundreds deep (this one was for a screening of Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie.
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Fangamer and other merchants peddled their wares including creative T-shirt designs.
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Hordes of gamers gathered around Nintendo's booth to get their hands on upcoming titles featuring classic characters (and free swag).
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I choose you, Pickachu.
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Lord of the Rings fans can battle the orcs of Middle-earth in the upcoming title Shadow of Mordor.
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While the majority of PAX is focused on video games, the community of table top gamers (i.e. card and board games) also turns out in force.
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PAX extended beyond the convention center and took over Benaroya Hall for nerdy nights of music. Acts included comedy duo Paul and Storm.
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