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PAX AUS confab brings gamers (and badass carrots) to Australia

Gamers, tabletop fans, cosplayers and terrifying mascots descended on Melbourne, Australia, to prove that PAX AUS holds its own on the global stage.

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Claire Reilly
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PAX AUS 2017

PAX AUS kicked off in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, bringing gaming fans from all over Australia and the world together to geek out on video and tabletop games. 

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PAX AUS 2017

PAX is in its fifth year down under, and the event sold out its first two days at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

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Super Mario Odyssey

Nintendo launched its latest Mario offering in Australia on day one of PAX AUS, with fans queueing up to get a crack at playing on the Switch. You can read our full review of Super Mario Odyssey here, but the TL;DR is it's a hell of a game. 

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Skyrim on Switch

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is out on Switch. Let's celebrate that momentous occasion with this dubious styling choice at the Nintendo booth. 

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Assassin's Creed Origins

Want your photo game to be on point? Ubisoft pulls out the ring light to make sure your Assassin's Creed: Origins selfie looks hot.  

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Detroit: Become Human

PlayStation was promoting its latest game, Detroit: Become Human, with a Bladerunner-esque display of replicants in a perspex case. Spoiler: These were real humans, posing like robots. Damn, I hope they're wearing comfy shoes. 

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Far Cry 5

Gamers get hands-on with Far Cry 5, which is set to launch in February 2018. 

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PUBG

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was big at PAX. The game was demoed on laptops around the show floor, with a crowd huddled at Nvidia's booth here to see who gets the chicken dinner.

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Overwatch

HP's stage was all about its Omen gaming laptops, as well as Overwatch. Competitive Overwatch games raged throughout the entirety of PAX.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ

The title has gotten fans of the anime more excited than they've been in a while for a Dragon Ball Z game. A Dragon Ball FighterZ demo was a big hit on the show floor. 

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Street Fighter V

PAX hosted a AU$16,000 Street Fighter V tournament throughout the weekend, eventually won by Kevin Nguyen.

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Monster Hunter World

Monster Hunter World was one of the most consistently busy booths on the floor -- with waiting times for a 15-minute session often exceeding 90 minutes.

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VR racing

Not just for Mario Kart anymore. 

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Retro gaming

There's a whole section dedicated to retro games at PAX, meaning you can play Goldeneye on N64 or pull out sweet moves on the Vectrex after hitting up the AAA booths. 

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Pinball arcade

Retro gaming fans rock some classic pinball.

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Suicide Squad case mod

Shows like Computex in Taipei are more well-known for case modding, but PAX AUS had a few impressive offerings dotted among the booths, including this nod to the Joker and "Suicide Squad."

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SpongeBob Case Mod

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob Case Mod!

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Alienware

The company trotted out its gaming laptops and PCs, most of which look like, well, alien wares. 

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Intel inside

Intel knows that processor microarchitecture isn't necessarily the sexiest thing to take a photo of, so it stuck this awesome case mod on its stand instead. 

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'Pirates of the Caribbean' case mod

If your case mod doesn't have a giant Kraken swallowing a ship, you're not even trying. 

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Sword in the stone case mod

Only the worthy can play.

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Pure Farming 2018

As you can see, the latest Pure Farming simulator had a booth sellout. 

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Nightmare carrot will haunt your PAX fever dreams

This is Ultimate Carrot from Japanese digital card game Shadowverse. I had to see him, and now you have to as well. Sleep tight.

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PAX AUS 2017

PAX signage outside the convention hall. Totally on fleek.

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