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Game on Girl: Episode 27 - Get Your Con On!

This week, Rhonda and I talk about two cons we attended on opposite sides of the country on the same weekend. Rhonda reports on her three favorite panels from DragonCon (one with a very special last minute guest appearance!) and I talk about all the games I played at PAX Prime. Listen in for all the details and check out the links at our site: www.gameongirl.com!

A brief note about the episode number. We started getting confused having separate numbers for the regular episodes and the shorts. We figured you might be confused, too. So we added them together and started from there. Welcome to episode 27.

Game on!

Regina and Rhonda

PAX Prime 2012: Previewing Torchlight II

This weekend, I had the opportunity to preview Torchlight II from Runic games. It’s a dungeon crawler with a polished fantasy look and feel. Check out the trailer that premiered at PAX:

The demo started in Act II of the game so we were dropped into the middle of the story which I rather enjoyed since it allowed me to get right into the action. I tried out the Berserker, a new class to Torchlight. Generally, I play melee characters when I first try out a game because it gives me more insight into the mechanics even though my preferred play style is ranged DPS. The controls were intuitive and easy to pick up and play quickly, always a bonus. Oh and you don’t have to click to pick up your gold drops which saves on time and carpel tunnel syndrome.

The strengths of this game are in the graphics and the visual design. It is absolutely stunning to look at especially in terms of the effects for the special attacks. The area of effect for the Berserker lifted stalagmites out of the ground in the direction of the bad guys you were fighting and was different on each use. It is details like this that elevated Torchlight II from a simple click to search dungeon crawler into a more meaningful and engaging visual spectacle.

Torchlight II will launch as a digital download from Steam, Runic Games, Perfect World, GamersGate, GameFly, and GameStop on September 20th, 2012. One of the great selling points of this game is the price: at $20 you’re getting a polished fantasy game with several new game play innovations.

PAX Prime 2012: Gum Chewing Breaks World Record

Fans of Kirby take notice.

A week ago, Nintendo had planned to break the Guinness World Record of simultaneous chewing gum bubbles being blown at the same time. So on Sunday 1st September 2012 at PAX Prime in Seattle, WA-  Nintendo did just that. No one expected the Big N to pile in more than 304 people to a gaming convention for the sole purpose of gum chewing. So when the entertainment giant did exactly that and the record was broken, 536 happy gum-chomping people people in candy pink t-shirts piled in to be part of the world record-breaking attempt.

The event was to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Kirby franchise and if you’ve had a long day at work, the rather happy press release will cheer you up.

“Nintendo fans found a spectacular way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic Kirby™ video game character. On Sept. 1 at the PAX Prime conference in Seattle, 536 attendees gathered together and set a new Guinness World Records® achievement for the most people blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously. Participants had fun blowing bubbles that resembled the round, pink Kirby and helped Nintendo of America celebrate, after a representative from Guinness World Records confirmed the official record-setting count.

The new world record added to the growing excitement about Kirby at PAX Prime, where attendees had an early chance to experience Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition for the Wii™ system. Launching Sept. 16, this commemorative game collection includes six classic Kirby games on one disc, plus a commemorative booklet, a music CD and an interactive timeline that gives players a fun way to explore Kirby’s colorful history. Since debuting in 1992, Kirby has starred in 22 video games that collectively have sold more than 33 million units worldwide. His distinctive appearance and unique ability to inhale enemies and copy their abilities have made him a fan favorite for two decades.

“Kirby is no ordinary character, so it’s not a surprise that his fans would go to extraordinary lengths to mark his 20th anniversary,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Nintendo is proud to have such a dedicated and enthusiastic following. Between this new world record and the upcoming launch of Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition, it’s turning out to be one heck of an anniversary party.”

According to Guinness World Records, the previous record was 304 participants, achieved by Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Oct. 27, 2010. Participants in the Kirby-themed record attempt were instructed to chew their gum for at least one minute and then blow and hold bubbles for 30 seconds.”

For more information about Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition, visit http://kirby.nintendo.com/dreamcollection.