Penny Arcade has entered the general pop culture realm of popularity and overall success. The mainstream may not be entirely aware of it yet, but it’s the truth. The formerly small following of video game nerds has exploded to cover all sorts of geeky media, from card to board and casual games. The two-man operation is now one of the most powerful, pervasive and certainly the most accessible in the industry.
It’s become so omnipresent that the comic has spawned its own line of entertainment products, encompassing video games and board games. iTZKooPA got to check out the latest from Cryptozoic, Penny Arcade: The Game – Rumble in R’lyeh. Christina Sims showed off the basic deck-building gameplay, explained what R’lyeh, a stand-alone expansion, adds to the franchise and a few of her personal favorite comic strips that have become cards.
The Penny Arcade Expo is a celebration of all things gamer (and nerd). From music to video games to board and card games, there’s something for everyone. That’s as long as you’re one of those people who enjoys FUN.
iTZKooPA trudged over to the Cryptozoic booth to see what the growing analog company had on offer this pass. It didn’t take long before he sucked AnnaMaria into a demo session of The Walking Dead, getting all the details, strategy and gameplay mechanics locked down.
It sounds like he’s preparing to troll his first game by sacrificing to become a zombie to undo the rest of the group. What a jerk!
Today we have another interview from Pax East 2012, this time with Tor Egil Andersen, the Jr. Communications Manager, and Erling Ellingsen, the Director of Communications for Funcom’s newest MMORPG, The Secret World.
iTZKooPA discusses TWS’s skill system and the gear manager, which allows players to save their character builds and to swap them around depending on the combat situation.
The Secret World launches on June 19th, however players that pre-ordered the game can begin to participate in beta weekends starting May 11th and just about every weekend until launch.
Today we have a preview of SMITE, Hi-Rez Studio’s upcoming MOBA, as iTZKooPA interviews Todd Harris, the game’s COO, at PAX East 2012.
They discuss the locked third-person camera, jungling and, of course, the different mythological creatures and heroes players can select from and will battle in-game. We also learn that SMITE has a new “auto-build” feature that allows players to select from pre-made character builds for those of you who aren’t interested in constantly tweeking your builds.
Enter the Forgotten Realms by way of Neverwinter during PAX East 2012. Lead Producer Andy Velasquez discusses how Cryptic Studios is adapting the product’s shift from a co-op RPG to a full-fledged MMORPG, the competition in the F2P – and D&D market – and how Neverwinter will make a name for itself.
The full Neverwinter interview and game footage can seen after the jump.
Hi-Rez Studios takes PAX East 2012 by storm just days ahead of the release of Tribes: Ascend. Expanding upon previous run ins, iTZKooPA catches up with the fast-paced COO, Todd Harris, of the fast-paced shooter to chat about the title’s future.
The pair discuss everything from eSports aspirations, monetization, future content and spreadsheets. Yes, Hi-Rez Studios is well versed in the science of spreadsheets and data collection. Join us for all the boring details.