I initially thought of bumping these PAX 2020 essays to earlier publication dates. PAX “Online” happened from September 12 to 20 and these essays will publish in early November. My reporting timing is insignificant since other than some PAX-only demos, all of the information will be archived online… I think? Despite valiant efforts by the PAX staff to recreate the expo feel, I feel that the production quality was lacking in ways that should be improved next year.
There’s a quote from RoboCop that might have fueled my hoarding tendencies: “I’d buy that for a dollar!” It’s easy to consider purchasing an item for an insubstantial price, or acquiring it for free from, say, a free bin. What happens to those items once they ended up in my possession? Until I started writing my Moving Zeal essays, and until admittedly… recent weeks, I had a complicated relationship with items; they were mainly neglected.
Early into Axiom Verge, a platformer like Metroid that benefits from technology to have fancier gameplay mechanics and cooler bosses, you get some weapons you can swap between like Mega Man. For one specific enemy, I focused on using one weapon since it seemed to be the most effective, until I switched it out for a long corridor shot, and found it equally effective. In life, some select tools can be adapted for many jobs.