The Daily Grind: What were you disappointed to not hear about from PAX East?

As the man on the ground at PAX East this year (and every year), I bear the brunt of your displeasure if there was something I straight-up did not attend or cover. If you were really hoping to hear about Quake or Mass Effect: Andromeda or Whatever Other Non-MMO Games Were On The Floor I Wasn’t Keeping Close Track from me, all I can do is shrug and apologize for disappointing you. I had the appointments I had, and I did the best I could with what I could actually be told.

Of course, this is more about what you were disappointed about that specifically swirled around the soul. Were you disappointed by the lack of an on-hand demo for TERA’s console version? The non-presence of DC Universe Online? A dearth of new announcements for Conan Exiles or The Secret World? What were you disappointed to not hear about from PAX East? Were there specific games or studios that you feel didn’t offer enough if anything to convention-goers?

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Ben Stone

ESO battlegrounds

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zoward

I didn’t attend Pax East for the first time this year after attending the last four. One thing that drove me bonkers is that game companies seem to go out of their way not to discuss any of their games except the one they came there to push. Overwatch everywhere you looked in the venue last year, but I couldn’t get two sentences from Blizzard about where World of Warcraft was going. This year, Conan Exiles was everywhere, but what of The Secret World?

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Suikoden

DCUO should have had a presence, especially as Daybreaks flagship, not to mention the IP itself would have generated big press. With some major movies coming out this year, Rebirth is less than a year in, and DCUO itself has some big gameplay changes coming. Confused as to why they would pass on that.

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Bryan Turner

GW2 being absent.

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Mr Poolaty

FFXI MOBILE

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Michael18

some news on Pantheon would’ve been nice.

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Pandalulz

It’s been a busy few months, and will be pretty busy again in the next few. It’s nice having a lull honestly.

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Bryan Correll

I had the appointments I had, and I did the best I could with what I could actually be told.

Next year go disguised as Mark Zuckerberg and imply you’re interested in MMO investments.

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Space Captain Zor

I think the “early access” era we are now in has really reduced the headline value of these conventions. The age of surprise reveals and even anticipated ones is over and done with few exceptions. It’s even to the point now where I honestly get this weird feeling and almost involuntary reaction of uncertainty to seeing a game I had no idea existed being announced like the good old days. I’m mistrustful of both early access grabs AND traditional publisher development because “woah why didn’t we know about this sooner like everything else? Does that mean they don’t have faith in it so the kept it hidden?” Yeah, I realize that makes no sense as it was the traditional way things were for so long but the tide of EA has changed that.

I cannot remember the last time I was pleasantly surprised by a convention or expo announcement, unfortunately.

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Nathaniel Downes

Let me see if we can do so my good man.

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Crow

I cannot remember the last time I was pleasantly surprised by a convention or expo announcement, unfortunately.

And in fact, it seems we’re intentionally seeking things to attack and harm. I can’t remember the last time an xpac was announced and people were actually just excited. There’s always a long laundry list of demands and nitpicks and general negativity.

It is like the scene in The Guild when they’re waiting for the new expansion outside Gamestop. Like, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. A new xpac is another opportunity to just bitch and moan.

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Lord Zorvan

Wasn’t disappointed by anything. I consider PAX to be a waste of time.