The Domain of Steven Pinnacle of Paperless Perfection


Steampunk soldier

IMG_1729 IMG_1730


This was the most bizarre (read: awesome) steampunk gun I've ever seen. First off, it was SOLID. Really solid. I definitely needed the shoulder strap for this, because you could have used this to bust a door open without leaving a dent. Upside: no worry about someone jostling into you and knocking a piece off your gun.

Metal frame and stock, stained wood handle and forward grip, fat dial on the left side, lights and sturdy tubing all round. Oh yea, and there's a steampunk guy too.


Remember Me – Nilin

IMG_1728 - Copy


Remember Me's presence at the Capcom zone was paradoxical. There was clearly resources pumped into promoting it - they had a RM-branded photo booth, an employee to manage it, and a spot-on Nilin cosplayer with sharp, fitting clothes and an illuminated gauntlet hanging around the area.

Yet the booth was dead. I would have walked right past it, if I didn't see the lone person on line enter the photo booth. And the cosplayer was just standing around awkwardly, not drawing any attention to herself, and generally not being recognized by anyone but me.

For all these reasons, this ended up being one of my favorite booths. The sponsored cosplay was great, the line was nonexistent, and my friends and I went into the photo booth multiple times, each coming out with a set of fun photos.


Samus and Tails



I have no clue why these Asians are here. Why were they hanging out in front of the Mad Catz booth, posing for people? Why was the crowd gigantic? Were they hired by Mad Catz? Are these celebrities? Who was the random Tails that jumped in with them and started posing with them? What are the chances they'd all be blond?

But at some point, the questions boil down to just one: "Can I take a picture with you?"


Final Fantasy IX – Freya



This Freya was so perfect, it was scary. Right down to the feet, man. I am disappointed I didn't ask for a frontal shot to get more detail!


Natural Selection 2 Marine / Grumpy Cat



An even better treat than meeting and posing with Hugh was seeing him animatedly ask Sophia to record a Grumpy Cat skit with him! He asks her for a picture, and she simply points to her NO sign before walking away scowling. Unfortunately I combed through all his PAX recaps and this scene must have not left the editing room floor.


Natural Selection 2 – Marine



Hugh Jeremy was at the Natural Selection 2 booth, of course, but I didn't expect him to be in Marine gear! I followed his casting of NS2 development on YouTube, and it was a treat to hear his Australian accent in person.


Henrison’s Pikachu 3DS XL



PAX is home to plenty of first looks at new products, but it was discreetly home to first buy for the extremely limited edition Pikachu Nintendo 3DS XL. There was a small kiosk at the Nintendo area, inconspicuously facing away from the main thoroughfare, that was distinct from the rest of the Nintendo attractions in that it sold actual products. You could purchase Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity a day early (many gamers did!), and they had physical copies of Fire Emblem: Awakening, somewhat of a rarity at the time because of its (allegedly deliberately) small production run.

But buying a Pikachu 3DS XL a day early was the main attraction here. The handheld was limited edition - and when Nintendo says limited, they actually mean it. Not like Halo 3: Legendary Edition (a step up from Limited, might I add), which was stocked so plentifully that retailers would end up discounting it more than 50% just to get it off their shelves. Instead, each retail location that advertised the Pikachu 3DS was only given five units. No restock. Every store ended up with a line forming more than an hour before sale, and would have the entire stock bought out right as the store opened.

Not that we knew any of that - we just knew that they only had two units left here at the convention on Saturday, and that Henrison couldn't bear to let this slip through his fingers.

I am immensely glad that Henrison didn't risk it and instead bought the next-to-last unit at PAX, opting for the better story, and the better picture.


Grumpy Cat

IMG_1706 IMG_1708 IMG_1709 IMG_1711


Sophia's Grumpy Cat costume was a big hit. Despite our reservations, people had no trouble figuring out what she was dressed up as, and that they wanted a picture with her. One of the best perks was that it allowed for effortless pairing with other cosplayers!


Plants vs Zombies – Kissing Booth Zombie



It's not that we don't like you, zombie, it's just that we don't want to catch cooties. Haven't you ever heard of PAX Pox? Who knows how many gamers you've been kissing!



League of Legends – Caitlyn



I was really tickled by the details Caitlyn added to her costume mid-convention: she has an AD Carry League of Legends lanyard, and wrapped a pair of Chandra Nalaar goggles around her hat, effortlessly enhancing the character's steampunk vibe.