With any great convention comes great cosplayers. Let’s take a look at the best that C232 2013 had to offer.
This is a special day in RoboAwesome history. We recorded a podcast somewhere in public, without using the magic of Skype! Listen in for a few minutes as David and Aron talk about their experience at this convention so far and as a junky DJ plays loud music several hundred feet away.
It seems games and comics are getting to be better friends each year. At this year’s C2E2 there was a full panel devoted to the latest comic/gaming crossover Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Today was a MUCH busier day at C2E2. Everyone pulled out the big guns as far as costumes went, and there were newer, bigger, badder booths to check out. Here are a few snapshots for you to peruse!
Today David and I sat in on most of a panel regarding the New 52 line of comics. Some of the biggest names at DC got together and gave some info on upcoming changes to the DC universe and dished about what’s in store for some of their major heroes. Here are some bullet points from the discussion. Fair warning, this is a little spoiler rich if you’re behind on the books you’re reading.
- DC has launched a new charity initiative called “We Can Be Heroes”. All money raised supports ending hunger in Africa, and donors can get exclusive Batman loot via indiegogo.com.
- Lots of new things coming with Batman as he deals with the loss of Damien. The story arc follows Batman as he works through the five stages of grief, and each issue will feature Batman partnered with a new character. The first issue of it starts with “depression” and finds Batman snogging Catwoman yet again.
- Superman Unchained launches in June, right before Man of Steel launches. It features the work of big name talents Scott Snyder and Jim Lee.
- A really interesting story arc called the Trinity War begins in August in all Justice League Books.
- Nightwing has officially moved to Chicago starting in Issue 19 in order to track down the man who killed his family. The panelists also teased about a new villain coming which is a reinvention of the Prankster (from Superman).
- Lots of big changes coming to the Swamp Thing world. The writers will be focusing on small, tight stories that span only one or two issues. Swamp Thing has gotten back the ability to travel anywhere in the world via The Green. The first of these new shorter stories is a crossover between Constantine that is set in Scotland.
- At the end of May for Free Comic Day you can get a guide with a suggested chronology for DC Graphic novels, complete with checklists and a list of their top 25 books.
So far I am personally having a blast as this is my first convention of this caliber. What crazy shenanigans will David and I be up to next?! Maybe a stop to Corner Bakery? Or a future podcast where we talk like big fat nerds and stuff? I THINK ALL OF THESE THINGS COULD BE TRUE! Stay tuned to the site to find out more!
I often forget that I’m holding a camera and should be using it, but here is the few photos I snapped today. Enjoy!
Today David and I were treated to a demo of Hawen. This is a free-to-play first person shooter massively multiplayer online game (I guess FTPFPSMMO would be easier). It centers around mech combat set in a dystopian world where giant robots piloted by humans rain ballistic hell upon each other.
This isn’t an average run-and-gun FPS though. There is a sturdy RPG element attached to Hawken where players earn experience points they can spend on leveling up certain branches of a skill tree. SR Marketing Manager Mark Tanjutco explained to us that no matter the level of the player, most people are fairly evenly matched because each skill leveled up in the game also features a negative effect. Essentially, the game is designed in a way that a level four player would be evenly matched with someone that is level 25.
The free-to-play aspect of is nicely designed. There are microtransactions available, but all items that you can purchase with real-world money are asthetic changes to your mech and don’t offer any advantage to the player. That is a refreshing change from typical microtransaction fueled games which are designed so that the only way one can win is to pay money.
If you’re going to be at C2E2, you should stop by Hawken’s booth (#1019) and check out the game. Or simply go to playhawken.com and check out their open beta that is currently in progress.
Our attack plan has been simple: wander around and look at cool stuff, then tell you guys about it. So far we have checked out Artists Alley and visited David’s friend Stephen Bryant. He’s an artist who actually gets paid to draw, which made David super jealous. Be sure to check out his website, because he is really talented and is a very nice guy.
Later this afternoon, we’ll be checking out an upcoming multiplayer mech game called Hawken. After the demo we’ll sit down and record a special LIVE, RAW, AND UNCUT episode of RoboCast and share our thoughts with you. I can also foresee a chat with the guys at Capcom about their campaign to spread the love of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate across the nation.
I’m sure we’ll then get some half naked cosplayers to pose for pictures because there is A LOT OF THEM.
C2E2 is in full swing! David and I are here and we’re doing some reporting! No really, I mean it! What is NOT happening is David is NOT buying My Little Pony swag and I’m NOT playing Monster Hunter with the good people at Capcom! I promise!
C2E2 has partnered with Twitch TV to provide a live stream of the expo, which you can check out below!
There’s going to be a ton of stuff to see and do, and David and I will be at the convention all three days. We’ll also hopefully be podcasting from the show floor all three days, so if you see two guys huddled around a power outlet with a computer and a microphone come say hi!
If you want to see more info about the expo check out their official website.