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We are a small group of dedicated individuals who understand the true greatness of the Penny Arcade Expo and wish to document as much of it as possible for the world to see. We are always looking for dedicated community volunteers to this end, especially now that there will no longer be an official DVD. You don't need a bunch of equipment, you don't need to be good at handling a camera, you basically just have to share our love for PAX!
So please browse through our forums and help us out in any way possible! It's very easy to submit photos and videos to us, and to view what others submitted. This is done by the community, for the community, so step on up and help others relive their greatest experiences! Also keep in mind that we are "non-profit." We do this for free, because we are just that dedicated and awesome.
Want to download some of our projects? Check the releases block to the left of this post!
||Spectrum of Mana | 28 Sep 13
19:23:33 by Coldbrew
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Spectrum of Mana is a tribute album to Secret of Mana, an RPG released on the SNES. To many people, Secret of Mana is much more than that. To me personally, it was a big part of my childhood, and still remains to be one of the best RPG's I've ever played. One of its strongest assets was the soundtrack, very iconic and memorable.
This tribute album covers the entire soundtrack. All of it. That means that it is well over three hours long, and spans three discs. Crazy huh? Well that's only the tip of the iceberg. An absurd amount of artwork was also done for the project, covering just about every aspect of the game, from the main characters and mana spirits to the bosses and various locales you visit throughout the game. Overall there are more than fifty pieces of artwork that were done for this project.
And that's not all. This was a massive collaboration; over seventy musicians contributed to this project! Some of them did entire tracks, some did bits and pieces of one or more tracks. Some were even done by entire bands. If you're into the VGM scene at all, chances are you will recognize many of the people involved in this project.
So why am I posting this? Well, for a couple reasons. Our group was actually a little involved in the project. NickelEdge
did a bunch of sprite artwork for many of the people involved in the project. Myself and JRoop filmed a chunk of their interviews during the most recent MAGFest
back in January. So if you watch any of the interview videos they've put up and it looks like they took place at some event, that was likely us. Really what we've done is kind of minor compared to all of the artists and musicians, but we were thrilled to be able to help at all. The other reason is that I'm just a huge fan of Secret of Mana, and there will always be a special place in my heart for it. This is a massive project and it deserves every bit of recognition it can get.
Now here's the kicker, in case you're still reading this instead of downloading and listening to it. The entire thing is free. Three discs of music spanning over three hours, and over fifty pieces of artwork. All free to download. There are even hard copies of the album and art book available for purchase, as well as t-shirts.
You guys, seriously. The artwork is fantastic, and the music is incredible. Rather you are a fan of the game or not, if you even remotely enjoy video-game music, you have to check this out for yourself. Download the package for free, take a look through the artwork while you queue up all three discs. You won't regret it.You can find it all here
. Check the links across the top of the page for more.
||Post PAX Prime 2013... post. | 11 Sep 13
12:27:19 by Coldbrew
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So A four-day PAX Prime happened. We went in, did our thing, and somehow made it back out alive!
I have created a page for our Prime 2013 content, as you can see on the list to the left side of the home page. Or you can check it out here
. Everything we edit together and upload will show up there. We have more concert footage on the way and it will be up soon. Keep an eye on that page here on our website, or better yet, follow our twitter and facebook pages for more immediate and frequent updates.
In the last post I made here forever ago, I mentioned that things were happening with us. That is still the case, but nothing was really moving or coming together until now. MAGFest is in less than four months, and it will be done before that. What exactly is happening you may ask? We're shifting our focus a little bit, to put it mildly. Some of you have probably already noticed how big our focus on concerts and the VGM scene is. Well, that's going to be our primary focus from this point forward. That doesn't mean we will stop caring about everything at PAX outside of the main theater in the night time, just that we need to prioritize some things over others.
To be honest though, Twitch.tv
is filming and recording everything that goes on in the main theater, as well as one of the larger panel rooms. It's kind of a pain in the ass to look at their archive and find what you want to see, considering they only split the recordings by entire days, but it's all there, and pretty much always in better quality than anything we can provide. Well, at least for the panels. We're not usually ones to toot our own horns, but we have them and pretty much everybody else out-classed when it comes to concerts. A number of the bands realize and praise us for this too, and that's one of the major factors that led to our decision of putting our focus on concerts.
With Twitch.tv recording the main theater panels, it has free'd up massive amounts of time for us to cover other things, and more importantly, it has given us all more opportunities to enjoy PAX again. Thanks to the bands and Enforcers, we've been able to get into the main theater ahead of the line in order to stake out filming positions, without having to wait in line. To be honest, it's by-far the best privilege we could have at PAX. A couple years ago, we were prepared to give up due to the fact that we had to sit in the front of the concert line in order to get good a good enough spot to film from, and those lines started many hours ahead of time. It took up literally half of our entire day just to sit down doing nothing in order to film something. Thankfully we don't have to do that anymore, and now thanks to Twitch, we have even less to worry about.
Anyway, I'm dragging this out too much, but thanks to anybody that has actually read it. So far it probably doesn't sound like much is happening, but that's not true. Many of you already know that we are the official film crew of MAGFest
. That has been absolutely huge for us, and another major factor in our move to VGM. Aside from that, we're beginning to branch into other events as well. A couple of us are going to Nerdapalooza
next month, which has an incredible lineup of bands. We've also been dabbling in Bit Gen Gamer Fest
and JoCo Cruise Crazy
, so yeah. There's a lot going on, and really, it's only just getting started for us.
Our primary staff consists of a whole four people. Yeah, four. We have others, but they only show up at one, maybe two events a year, and don't really do a lot of filming like the rest of us. That being said, we are always looking for additional help. We have spare camcorders if you want to film but don't have your own equipment. We have a ludicrous amount of post-production that needs to be worked on. It's not hard, and it doesn't take skill or experience; believe me, I knew literally nothing when I started this project, hell I was using Windows Movie Maker! So don't feel like you can't handle it. It's not hard, but it is time consuming. Filming is pretty easy too if that's what you want to do; we can give you tips and tell you how to handle your camera, all that fun stuff. It can get exhausting, but it's a lot of fun, especially if you enjoy what you are filming. So let us know if you want to help out!
Or, if you go around PAX and do your own filming of panels and whatnot, send us YouTube links if you have complete recordings uploaded and we'll share them out! It's okay, we haven't entirely forgotten that this project is about everybody, not just us!
Holy shit this is a long post! But it's been a while. Within the next couple months or so, we should be revealing the big stuff, and we'll have more to talk about. Until then? Watch the Protomen concert that we've already edited together!
||Straight to YouTube | 02 May 13
09:37:21 by Coldbrew
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We've began the slow process of uploading all of our edited concerts and panels, that have previously only been on our DVD's, to YouTube.
To compliment our plans of releasing everything straight to YouTube, we've added some stuff to our website. On the left side of the home page, there's a block for Released Content, and a list of links to each individual event, be it PAX, MAGFest, or something else.
From those pages, you will be able to easily view everything we've released so far! They're still being worked on, and we still have a ton of uploading to do, so they won't be complete for a little while. But that will be the best way of seeing every panel and concert from every con or event that we have covered. Because we have our content spread out across, like, five YouTube accounts, we needed something like this, a single organized collection of all of our content. It may not look the best on this website, but it's the best I can do, at least for now.
Most, if not all, of the old content (anything from PAX Prime 2010 and earlier) will appear on my channel
. If you want to see it when it comes up, go ahead and subscribe. There's links on my page to all of our other pages, so you can watch them for some of the more recent stuff. We won't be making posts on the website when there's new content, but we'll try to make a post on Twitter or Facebook when we do.
In other news;
Yes, we will be at PAX Prime! Robert Khoo has continued his trend of being surprisingly generous to us, so most of our team will be there doing what we do! We will also likely be attending the Post-PAX Party
, so be sure to hit that up if you want to hang with us and plenty of other awesome people!
As for our team, we're going to be going through some big changes in the near future. Things are happening, we're traveling more; really, it's just only getting bigger for us. We'll have more on this when we get things figured out. For now, just try to realize that we have a ton of stuff going on, and we're a really small team with day-jobs, so getting our content out in a timely matter isn't easy. It's one of the primary reasons we're releasing straight to YouTube now, it just saves us a load of time and effort. The changes are good though! And necessary.
That being said, if there's anybody out there that would like to join our team, please let us know! We could always use some extra camcorders at PAX and MAGFest, and we could definitely use some extra help in post-production. You don't even really need to have much skill or experience, so don't be scared! Let us know you want to help, and we will sing you the song of our people!
||PAX East 2013! | 18 Mar 13
10:46:05 by Coldbrew
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Plus Other Announcement(s).
Of course we'll be there! However, we will have a slightly smaller team this time around. We're making this post to inform any of you that are out of the loop that twitch.tv will be live-streaming some of the bigger panels, and even the concerts. Everything they record will stay on the PAX channel
for future viewing as well. Keep this in mind and take a look at their streaming schedule
as well, because there's a good chance we won't be filming much of what's on there.
Concerts are kind of our big thing these days, so you can bet we'll be up close and personal for those. Well, at least for Friday night. We'll be covering the Jamspace concerts too though! Honestly, because twitch.tv is recording some of the main theater stuff, it makes little sense for us to do it too. They're going to have better quality recordings anyway. Plus it helps lighten the load on us, and believe it or not, we already work ourselves to death at every con. So we're going to focus on other things, or whatever we have time for.
If you have a camcorder (and maybe some other stuff!) and would be interested in helping us out, or even joining our core team, please let us know. Our crazy rag-tag group of people have become a pretty good group of friends, and we're always looking for more people to join us! Not just for at-event filming either, but we have a ton of post-production work to be done, and extra help is always appreciated. Hit us up on twitter if you're interested!
In other news...
In case you haven't heard, from now on we're going to be releasing everything online individually when we're done editing. This means no more DVD's, with the possible exception of the one we've been working on. After that however, it's all straight to our YouTube channel
, or wherever. This goes for our MAGFest content as well, which will be appearing on their official YouTube channel
. We're doing this to save us, as well as all of you, a lot of unnecessary time and trouble. But this is just the beginning however, there's more changes to be had and announcements to be made in the future.
Might as well toss this in there too...
Regarding PAX Australia, we will not be attending. I'd personally love to go, but I don't have over $2k to throw at a trip like that. Or even a fraction of that money. Hell, I'm barely making it to East right now. If anybody wants to group up and film some stuff over there and send the footage our way however, please do so! I wouldn't be against having an Aussie branch of the group.
If anybody wants to talk to us about anything regarding PAXaus, let us know.
Well, there ya have it. A rare news post from us! Hopefully we'll see you guys at PAX East this weekend!
||Join us for MAGFest 11! | 12 Dec 12
20:46:16 by Coldbrew
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Join us next month, January 3-6 near Washington D.C. for the eleventh annual Music And Gaming Festival.
What is MAGFest, you might ask? Simply put, it's a four day long party devoted to games and game music. There will be 38 bands/djs/chiptune artists playing
, 200+ arcade machines on freeplay, consoles, PC LAN, tabletop and CCGs, and guests
/panels going all weekend! Additional activities include a Demoparty, VG Film Festival, Indie Game Showcase, and the ever famous Jamspace! The best part about it? Everything runs 24 hours a day for all four days.
You PAX goers should know that, among the ridiculous number of performing acts, are The Protomen, Metroid Metal, and The OneUps. There's a ton of other big bands too though, if you're a fan of the video-game music scene, you owe it to yourself to check out MAGFest.
And if you can't make it? Our team will be there in full-swing to bring you loads of HD footage!
A majority of the concerts will have their audio live-streamed for those of you unable to attend. If we remember, we'll post links when we have them. There have been talks regarding video live streams, but it probably won't happen this year. If/when it does happen, we'll be excited and probably won't shut up about it, so you'll all know.
Any of our fans/followers attending? Let us know!Check out their website and pre-register here!
||PAX Prime 2010 Community DVD Now Available! | 18 Apr 12
10:58:28 by Coldbrew
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Too many months in the making, the Unofficial PAX Prime 2010 Community DVD is finally complete!
Click on that big download button down below to grab the torrent containing all nine DVDs that make up this set, along with disc labels for each. The total size is about 66GB, but if you know torrents at all then you are aware that you can choose to not download certain files within a torrent; in this case, certain DVDs. So we've got a list here of what you will find on each disc, in case you only want to see certain things.
If you thought we had some good concert footage from East 2010, this dwarfs it tenfold. And it's only getting better! The concerts were all filmed with anywhere from 2-4 cameras, mostly spread out amongst the front row. The footage turned out great for the most part, but unfortunately that front-most section of Benaroya produced rather horrible vocals, so we apologize for that but there was little we could do about it. The audio however has been extensively worked with, so the music still sounds pretty good!
We hope you all enjoy this, as well as look forward to our future projects. Now that we have assailed the technical problems which delayed this release for as long as it did (and now that we have doubled our post-production staff), releases will come along at a much more rapid pace. We especially look forward to Prime 2011 and East 2012, and we can't wait to get them out there for you all to see!
Paul & Storm
Musical Guests Panel
All Documented Salmon Security Episodes; otherwise known as the PAX Prank!
Opening Keynote by Warren Spector
Penny Arcade Q&A 1
8-Bit Soundwaves: A Look into the World of Chiptune Music panel
OC ReMix panel
PAX Late Show Recording Session panel
Penny Arcade Make-A-Strip panel
Pitch Your Game Idea panel
Omegathon Round 4, featuring Rock Band on the main stage! Also the Sex Generals!
After Hours with Scott & Kris panel
Blamimations Alive! panel
Gabe & Tycho Media Q&A
Penny Arcade Q&A 2
Omegathon Finale / Closing Ceremony
Spectrum of Mana by Coldbrew
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Straight to YouTube by Coldbrew
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PAX East 2013! by Coldbrew
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Join us for MAGFest 11! by Coldbrew
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