Line for registration. In foreground: con musical guest A_Rival.
Show floor near XBox Live area.
The XBox Live area. Lots of demos of upcoming and current XBox Live games, like the fantastic Limbo and Microsoft's new retro Game Room.
Boston-area developer Turbine and its super-nice employees had a huge demo area where you could try out Dungeons & Dragons Online or Lord of the Rings Online and chat up developers if you were so inclined.
Puzzle Quest 2, or as I like to call it, "30% of my upcoming year."
Realtime Worlds was showing off cops-and-robbers MMO title APB, with a considerable gathering. Their great signage (with great artwork) definitely helped their cause. It helps that APB is pretty good, too.
Rockstar had a great presence at the show, and there was quite a line to get into their private, walled-off demo area for the upcoming western sandbox title Red Dead Redemption.
Skate 3, the next installment of the popular skateboarding series, was on big displays, though the largest screen was dedicated to the game's most disturbing mode -- how badly can you maim your character? This screen was replete with huge speakers, so every few seconds you'd hear the incredibly loud sound of bones cracking. I have difficulty eating celery after this booth.
Wizards of the Coast was, unsurprisingly, in full effect at PAX, with a large area dedicated to D&D.
Disney Interactive's new action racer, Split/Second, was available for demo play here and at the Joystiq Blueberry Muffin Tops Cereal Breakfast.
Castle Crashers developer The Behemoth showed off their newest title, BattleBlock Theater, and had a ton of awesome merch available too.
Gaming PC juggernaut Alienware's "booth" was more like a UFO bridge.
The back end of Ubisoft's big booth. Red Steel 2, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Just Dance were on rotating display with a live commentator.
Ubisoft was pushing Splinter Cell: Conviction with playable demos and big ol' signs.
Expo floor just to the side of the strange Dante's Inferno booth. Don't we go to these things to hear about unreleased games?
Oddly, EA had a big ol' booth dedicated to ... Dante's Inferno, which I'm pretty sure was already released. An odd choice. Neat booth, though.
Twisted Pixel, makers of Splosion Man and The Maw, had a booth tucked away in the corner of the expo floor.
Twisted Pixel showed off their upcoming title Comic Jumper for a little while each day, though it wasn't playable.
Nvidia's large PC gaming area. 3D video tech was on display for several games, including WoW. Some 3D games seemed to "work" more than others.
The corridor between the expo floor's two wings.
More classic arcade action.
The American Classic Arcade Museum had a big room filled with classic arcade machines for the young (or unborn) at heart.
2K Games was showing off a few games at their booth, including Mafia II.
Yes, Blizzard was kind of at PAX. Drysc and another Community rep were at the Nvidia booth manning the Starcraft II tournament.
You can't see it, but these guys are playing Starcraft II competitively with a closed beta key as the spoils of war.
The chiptune concerts had crazy visual effects courtesy of Boston visual artist VJ Beyonder.