Sat. Apr 20th, 2019

Watch: New games released at PAX East 2019 [video]

PAX East game conventionThis year’s annual Pax East convention, held in Boston, has come to an end.

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Fans and gamers from all across the States flocked in their thousands to the event, hoping to get a first-hand look at all the hot upcoming new releases.

Think of PAX East as Woodstock for gamers. Gaming folk are bound to find some obscure game, while developers get the opportunity to break through the background noise and market their game to a bigger audience.

Freedom Finger

Watch: Freedom Finger announcement

One of the games that everybody talking was a new release by Wideright Games called Freedom Finger. It’s a side-scrolling shooter game, much like Defender from Atari’s days of yore.

The quirky game lets you shoot lasers out of your middle finger. Get it? Freedom Finger? Much tongue-in-cheek shenanigans from Wideright Games.

If it wasn’t clear, this is not a game for children. Executive producer James Dirschberger says “the ship is basically a giant middle finger.”

Bus Simulator 18

Watch: Bus Simulator first look

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, the new Bus Simulator 18 from StillAlive Studios, is more suited for someone who seeks a little less adventure. You basically just drive a bus.

Why are gamers going for this type of thing, you may ask. Well, game artists Jason Matthews simplicity is the key factor here. He adds:

“You sit down, and you’re driving around, and it’s really simple and rewarding.”

Good ol‘ retro games

There was also plenty of room for retro games as well, with a special section featuring 8 and 16-bit games, both old and new.

In this category, Streets of Rage 4 from had all eyes on them. The revamped game reminded fans of the Sega Genesis era.

Watch: Streets of Rage 4 gameplay

It’s too soon to say which of these games will make it on the market, but developers can rest assured that they’d be getting at least some bang for their buck.

Gaming is slowly but surely turning into the biggest segment of the entertainment industry. Right now, it’s still trailing behind the movie industry but who knows what the future will bring.

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