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Gallery: 10 Things You Should've Bought at PAX 2008
: Photo: Stephen Brashear/Wired.com SEATTLE, Washington -- Besides being a global gamer mecca, the annual Penny Arcade Expo is also an excellent place to pick up some super-cool, super-dorky swag.
Unlike Comic-Con where massive dealers' rooms hold hundreds of vendors that sell everything up to and including the kitchen sink (if the sink was autographed by Mark Hamill), Penny Arcade Expo takes a more conservative approach. Vendors can come to the show only if Penny Arcade likes the cut of their jib.
If you went to PAX over the weekend and didn't return with something at least this awesome, we feel sorry for you. Check out Wired.com's full Penny Arcade Expo coverage, including photo galleries from day one and day two of the expo.
Left: PAX attendees with $400 to burn had the opportunity to purchase one of the rarest videogame systems ever: Colorvision. Produced and sold only in France by various manufacturers, it features five games, each of which has an acetate screen embedded into them. The system lights up the screen and the acetate serves as a colorful, if non-interactive, backdrop. On sale at Y-Bot Classic Video Games.
: Photo: Stephen Brashear/Wired.com After years of waiting, the anticipated Xbox Live Arcade game Castle Crashers finally debuted last week. In celebration, its long-suffering fans could buy all kinds of Castle Crashers merch at PAX, including these adorably violent figurines for $10. But not the Castle playset, which was just for show.
: Photo: Stephen Brashear/Wired.com For those poor Japanese kids who couldn't afford real videogames, there was Time Lock the Invader. It's an unlicensed combination of Space Invaders and Perfection -- put all of the invaders onto the stand, matching the red tops with the black bottoms, before time runs out and the game explodes. $75 at Y-Bot.
: Photo: Stephen Brashear/Wired.com Kent, Washington, anime store, Sweet Kitty, is famous among Penny Arcade devotees. The retailer shared a space with the Penny Arcade creators at a comic convention many years ago, and were subsequently immortalized in a comic strip. Store employees and sisters Flo, left, and Kate Reyes pose for photos while holding plush versions of Hayao Miyazaki creations Catbus ($70) and Totoro ($60) in the exhibition hall.
: Photo: Stephen Brashear/Wired.com Pink Godzilla, a Seattle store specializing in imports and gaming collectibles, includes an erotic game for the Atari 2600 in its inventory. Produced by a company called Playaround, it features two different games, depending on which side of the cartridge you insert into your Atari. How they thought anyone would be aroused by pixels the size of your fist, we'll never know. $50.
: Photo: Stephen Brashear/Wired.com Brian Coyle of Seattle holds up a shirt that reads "Jesus says: Don't be a ****," one of the many funny shirts that PAX themselves sold at the expo for $20 each. You could also buy the Penny Arcade comic books, Penny Arcade hoodies, Penny Arcade the Videogame, and more.
: Photo: Stephen Brashear/Wired.com The Color TV Game 15 is one of the first pieces of game hardware that Nintendo ever made, before it hired Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto. It plays 15 different variations on Pong. It's a rare find in any condition, but Pink Godzilla had a brand new model, still in the plastic, for $150.
: Photo: Stephen Brashear/Wired.com Namco Bandai, makers of Pac-Man, have brought the yellow dot-eater back in a big way as retro gaming chic takes hold of the world. A Pac-Man hat ($27) is always a popular item at PAX; other Pac-tchotchkes included shot glasses and T-shirts.
: Photo: Stephen Brashear/Wired.com Pink Godzilla's store mascot is, of course, a pink Godzilla. They sold quite a few of them at $10 each, and some devotees of the store's customer-friendly approach to game sales wanted co-owner Nathan Paine to sign their Gojira's pink ass.
: Photo: Chris Kohler/Wired.com And this is what Wired.com's roving PAX reporter Chris Kohler wasted his hard-earned $13 on: A copy of China Warrior, probably one of the worst games for the TurboGrafx-16. Readers voted on which bad game he should buy from Pink Godzilla's ample racks.


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