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PAX Prime 2014: Super Meat Boy Forever – the not an endless runner version we’ve been waiting for

It finally exists, but just barely. After just a month of work we get to see an early version of the long promised iOS and Android Super Meat Boy type game. While the version shown at PAX is an endless runner, Team Meat are pretty adamant that the final game will have an endless mode, but be story based.

We’ll have to wait until 2015 for the final version, but here’s a quick look at what is being shown in Seattle.

PAX Prime 2014: Goat Simulator for iPad

Sitting in a little unassuming corner of PAX were a couple iPads running a pre-release version of one of the more, uhhh, interesting games in recent memory. If you can relax a bit and have fun with it, you can see the charm of Goat Simulator from Coffee Stain Studios. It is just what the name implies, a simulation of a goat – but less like FarmVille and more like Flight Simulator. Yes, you actually control/drive the goat. The good news is that is coming to iOS and Android soon. Here’s a quick look, we hope to have more on it soon.

PAX 2014: Moonrise — a new Pokemon style game from Undead Labs and Kabam

Our first PAX 2014 preview is a Pokemon-ish creature collecting and battling RPG to be published by Kabam and under development by Undead Labs. In my time with the game today I was really impressed with the fluid 3D graphics and great animations. It’s got everything you would want in a creature collector, quests, guilds, leveling for special abilities, all that good stuff.

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Moonrise is slated for 2015 so a lot can change between now and then, but it’s off to a great start. Moonrise will be free to play.

PAX Prime 2014: Our top picks for the best panels and parties

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PAX is now upon us and with over 70,000 dedicated gamers about to descend upon Seattle, this is going to be one epic holiday weekend.  It took only an hour for the show to sell out back in May, and for good reason.  PAX is a 24/7 bacchanal of gaming, panels, parties, plushies, cosplay, chiptunes, karaoke, streetpassing, and donuts.

The Expo Hall is open daily, Friday, August 29 – Monday, September 1, 10am – 6pm, but there’s so much more to experience beyond the show floor.  Below is just a snapshot of what’s happening, from autograph signings with industry legends to afterhours dating advice (seriously), live 70s game shows and dancing til dawn with Twitch, Wargaming, Squeenix, Destructoid, Harmonix, Bethesda, you name it.

Follow me @contentnow for all the madness, and if you’re at the show, stop by my panel, Tinder Tales and Other Wicked Ways To Get Work as a Game Writer for a chance to win awesome game swag as I interview an all-star panel from Forbes, Game Informer, Polygon, Save/Continue, Deep Silver (Metro Redux, Dead Island 2), and ArenaNet (Guild Wars 2) on how to break into the industry, build your audience, and find work that pays.   

What are your top picks for PAX?  Share them in the comments! After the jump you’ll see our picks for the top panels and parties for PAX Prime 2014.
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NSFW: New Tropes Vs. Women Video Released

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Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency has released a new video that continues her series to point out tropes against women in video games. This time, the trope is “women as background decoration.” The video illustrates how frequently in games women are used as victims in an offhand way, often in sexualized situations. Due to violence, language, and nudity, the video is NSFW, so maybe wait until you get home to watch it. (more…)

Star Wars: Commander – a Clash of Clones-type set in the Star Wars universe out now

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Disney is really starting to pump out the Star Wars games. So far most have been a bit, well, hit or miss. This one I’m still torn on. While it’s great you can play a Clash of Clans type game as either a Rebel or member of the Empire, I’m left with a feeling that there should be more. But, I’m still building my base, will take a few more days to get a real feeling for it. And heck, it’s Star Wars, so, yeah. We’ll see. (more…)