The year was 1994 and I was sitting at my computer covered in Dorito crumbs and shattered dreams. After hours of playing XCOM, my entire squad of super soldiers had met their end due to a simple mis-click. Since death in XCOM was permanent, it was time to reload and try again… and again. XCOM: UFO Defense was one of my favorite strategy titles of all time, despite it’s brutal difficulty. For nearly twenty years I’ve been waiting for a proper sequel, and I’m very happy to say that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is that title.
Last evening I made my way into the Unicorn theatre here at PAX (complete with Robot Unicorn attack music on.. loop) to relax a bit and check out Crabcat Industries costume non-contest. Gotta say, sitting down and laughing a bit was very nice after being on my feet and running around for twelve hours straight. I suppose I should explain what Crabcat’s costume non-contest consisted of eh? It was pretty simple, every person that wore a costume won a pair of “deal with it” Kanye West glasses as well as their very own title which was decided on the fly (EX: Biggest Staff). Again, I’ve never cosplayed a day in my life but I appreciate talent and dedication when I see it. Some of the costumes were pretty damn incredible.
Bioware: For Bioware fans there were a ton of stellar costumes on display including the hulking animatronic Wrex. Holly Conrad (interview here) sported a new suit of Mass Effect 3 renegade Shepard armor and did a great job at bringing the funny with some dry humor. From Gears of War to Pokemon there were over 50 costumes on display. Crabcat member and new Bioware Community Manager Jessica Merizan did was entertaining on the Mic and will no doubt be a very solid CM.
No matter how old you are dressing up in crazy costumes will always be a ton of fun .