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Xbox 360 Showcases the Best Games of 2009 at the 6th Annual PAX

September 3, 2009


Xbox 360 Showcases the Best Games of 2009 at the 6th Annual Penny Arcade Expo

Microsoft Game Studios and Xbox LIVE shower fans with the hottest exclusives, creators’ panels and the Microsoft Dream-Build-Play Challenge


Fans craving this holiday season’s biggest blockbusters like “Halo 3: ODST,” “Forza Motorsport 3” and “Left  4 Dead 2,” the downloadable smash hits of Xbox LIVE Arcade and award-winning Xbox LIVE Indie Games unite! At the 2009 Penny Arcade Expo, Xbox 360 is your one-stop destination for this year’s most exciting gaming experiences.


In celebration of PAX, Xbox LIVE is helping your Avatar dress the part with new Penny Arcade Avatar Marketplace clothing. Available starting today, Xbox LIVE members can now show their Penny Arcade pride with the latest designs inspired by the webcomic.


That’s not all! Six new Xbox LIVE Arcade titles will be on the show floor, and ready for fans to experience, including “South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play!,” “Serious Sam HD,”  and “The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom.”


Xbox LIVE Indie Games is brimming with so much excitement this year that it needed its own booth. Stop by booth #141 to check out the game finalists from the Microsoft Dream-Build-Play Challenge, which awards indie game developers with a share of $75,000 and an opportunity to receive an Xbox LIVE Arcade publishing contract. The game finalists represent the best design, graphics and gameplay innovation from over 350 contest submissions. The Xbox LIVE Indie Games booth will also feature an Xbox LIVE Indie Games “Texas Hold ‘em” poker tournament on Saturday, Sept. 5 at noon. All previously selected participants will receive a Zune digital media player, but the grand prize winner will also receive an Xbox 360 with games and other great prizes. More information on the contest can be found on the tournament's facebook page.


Experience the following games, available only on Xbox 360 this holiday, at the Xbox 360 booth, #412:


Get acquainted with six new Xbox LIVE Arcade titles at the Xbox 360 booth

         “Alien Breed Evolution: Episode 1” – Only available to see on the show floor this Saturday, “Alien Breed” is back in “Alien Breed Evolution: Episode 1” for Xbox LIVE Arcade! With stunning visuals and awesome weaponry to combat enemies, including spectacular jaw-dropping boss encounters, battle your way solo or co-op with a friend through five seat-of-the-pants levels and unravel the mystery surrounding the Breed’s revival!

          “Darwinia+” – Only available to see on the show floor this Friday, enter the beautiful digital retro world of Darwinia. Save the Darwinians from an evil computer virus, or challenge your friends to strategic combat online in this IGF award winning action-strategy classic from Introversion Software.

         “Panzer General” – Panzer General is back with an all-new turn-based strategy game! For the first time on Xbox LIVE Arcade, recreate actual battles during the last phase of World War II and experience the dramatic events of D-Day as they unfold in your hands.

         “Serious Sam HD” – The indie sensation “Serious Sam: The First Encounter” is reborn in glorious high-definition. Featuring dazzling visuals and revamped design, gamers take control of the legendary Sam ‘Serious’ Stone as he is sent back through time to ancient Egypt to battle the overwhelming forces of Lord Mental and the Sirian army.

          “South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play!” – Launching exclusively on Xbox LIVE on Oct. 7, to coincide with the premiere of new episodes of “South Park” on COMEDY CENTRAL, “South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play!” is a fast-paced action/strategy game that combines “South Park’s” characters with snowball battles and strategic defense tactics.

  • “The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom” – Available to see on the show floor this Sunday in the Xbox 360 booth, Mr. P.B. Winterbottom is a villainous gentleman with a predilection for pies. That first taste changed him into something quite extraordinary, granting him the ability to break the rules of time. But on his journey to devour every pie, Winterbottom must mind the signs…the perils of being unstuck in time.


Get up close and personal with 2009’s most anticipated Xbox 360 exclusives

         “Forza Motorsport 3” – On Oct. 27, Microsoft Game Studios invites fans to get behind the wheel of their dream car in the most realistic console racing game ever made, taking the turns on more than 100 renowned real-world tracks and exotic road courses from around the globe. Through a host of driving assists and adjustable skill levels, players of all ages will have fun driving, painting and tuning more than 400 of the world’s most-beloved cars and sharing their custom creations with their friends over Xbox LIVE.  Be sure to follow the PAX activities on the Turn 10 twitter.

         “Halo 3: ODST” – Launching Sept. 22 and developed exclusively for Xbox 360 by Bungie, “Halo 3: ODST” lets people experience the events leading up to the epic story told in “Halo 3” through the eyes of an ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper). In the new cooperative multiplayer mode, Firefight, players will take on waves of increasingly challenging enemies.  Drop by the Halo Waypoint twitter to keep an eye on all the action.

         “Left 4 Dead 2” – Available exclusively for Xbox 360 on Nov. 17, “Left 4 Dead 2” is the sequel to the best-selling and critically-acclaimed co-operative multiplayer smash from Valve, creators of the “Half-Life,” “Portal,” “Team Fortress” and “Counter-Strike” game properties.


Have some down time from the flurry of activities? Xbox 360 invites you to join us for a series of fun and informative panel discussions at PAX:



Friday, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Serpent Theatre

Join members of the Bungie team for an in-depth behind the scenes look at “Halo 3: ODST.”  Hear about early origins of the game, initial concepts and how the ODST characters and city of New Mombasa came to life and evolved over the course of development.  What makes “Halo 3: ODST” different from any prior Bungie or “Halo” game? What was it like working with a star-studded cast of voice actors? How will the “Halo 3: ODST” soundtrack accentuate the new tone and mood of the game? Who/what is the Superintendent? Who is “Sadie”? Answers to all of these questions and a few surprises await. 

Panelists include Joseph Staten (Writer/Creative Director), Paul Bertone (Design Director), Marty O’Donnell (Composer/Audio Director), Curtis Creamer (Executive Producer), Lars Bakken (Senior Designer), Michael Wu (Art Lead) and moderator Brian Jarrard (Community Director).



Friday, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Raven Theatre

Computer and video gaming industries have grown from niche markets to mainstream. How can any curriculum keep up with the breakneck pace gaming technology is advancing? Educators and professionals discuss the real world value of a game degree.

Panelists Include: Denise Novosel [Moderator] - (Staffing Manager IEB and E&D, Microsoft), Kim Swift (Game Designer, Valve Software), Kelvin Sung (Associate Professor Computing and Software Systems, University of Washington Bothell), Ron Jenkins (The Guildhall at SMU, Deputy Director), Joshua Hernandez (Producer, Metamoorephosis)



Saturday, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Wolfman Theatre

The rise in game platforms and distribution mechanisms has elevated the cultural profile of indie games. But along with this increased attention is an increasing debate about how to break through in the market. This panel will examine the success stories within the indie gaming community to begin to expand and educate developers and gamers about this in-demand space.

Panelists include: N'Gai Croal [Moderator] - (Consultant, Writer, Columnist, Hit Detection LLC), Boyd Multerer (XNA General Manager, Microsoft), Simon Carless (Chairman, Independent Games Festival), Derek Yu (Editor-In-Chief, The Independent Gaming Source) James Silva (President, Ska Studios), Mitzi McGilvray (Producer TikGames)

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