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  • LigerLiger Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Liger wrote: »
    The hombows in Pike Place are good. I'm not a hombow snob, but they're not crap azn food either. Not to mention the price is easy and right, so I stick by Mee Sum. There are a lot of other places in Pike Place to get food, I just remember that one in particular because it was tasty and filling.

    The question I would ask is, have you ever even had (good) dim sum? If not, you really need a frame of reference before you can write off the comparison. Seattle's hidden treasures aren't going to come to anybody, people have to go and find them. I keep trying to get people to discover the international district. Everybody goes to Pike Place, and I love it too, but people need to mix it up.

    I've had BAD food before. These hombows are not BAD. They are edible and delicious. When I'm walking Pike Place and I want a bite to eat, I'm not looking for gourmet or the best damn dim sum in the city. I'm looking for something to eat.

    I say again: The hombows in Pike Place are good.

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  • Sl1pstreamSl1pstream [E] BelgiumRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Speaking of gameworks, does anyone know if prepaid cards from last year can still be used this year? I think I've still got about $15 on mine.

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  • TwiztidKTwiztidK Registered User
    edited January 2008
    BYOC?
    I assume it means 'Bring Your Own Computer' or something of the sort but I'm not quite sure.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited January 2008
    Yes, it means exactly that.

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  • TwiztidKTwiztidK Registered User
    edited January 2008
    Ok, thanks.

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  • SnickersSnickers Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    As far as I know the game cards don't expire. I'm not 100% on this, but I know I've used mine a number of times. I think I still have like 35 on mine, so I hope they don't expire!

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  • DreamwriterDreamwriter Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Gameworks' remodel is done: they added a full sports bar downstairs, as well as a whole section for crane games (specifically, Sega's UFO Catcher machines). As for how good they are as an arcade...it's hit and miss. It's got a lot of great games, but sometimes one can go months without being fixed (currently DDR Supernova), and sometimes they make stupid decisions (putting the other DDR games right next to Guitar Freaks and Drum Mania, with those games' volumes set so loud you can't hear the DDR music). But then they sometimes do cool stuff, like they currently have Virtua Fighter 5 in a dual-cabinet sitdown configuration, where each player gets his own large LCD screen. And I just love how they are always open until midnight or 1 am. But then they don't get new games very often - anyone who was there last year, wouldn't see hardly any new games at all.

    If you bought a card from them last year, it should still work, with the money you had left last year - they've only changed their card system once that I'm aware of, and normal points have no time limit - as long as the card itself hasn't had its stuff erased or corrupted.

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  • Pat McRotchPat McRotch Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Gameworks' remodel is done: they added a full sports bar downstairs, as well as a whole section for crane games (specifically, Sega's UFO Catcher machines). As for how good they are as an arcade...it's hit and miss. It's got a lot of great games, but sometimes one can go months without being fixed (currently DDR Supernova), and sometimes they make stupid decisions (putting the other DDR games right next to Guitar Freaks and Drum Mania, with those games' volumes set so loud you can't hear the DDR music). But then they sometimes do cool stuff, like they currently have Virtua Fighter 5 in a dual-cabinet sitdown configuration, where each player gets his own large LCD screen. And I just love how they are always open until midnight or 1 am. But then they don't get new games very often - anyone who was there last year, wouldn't see hardly any new games at all.

    If you bought a card from them last year, it should still work, with the money you had left last year - they've only changed their card system once that I'm aware of, and normal points have no time limit - as long as the card itself hasn't had its stuff erased or corrupted.

    I have been to Game Works in Vegas and the one in Seattle last year. The Vegas one is geared towards kids. I guess you gotta drop em somewhere while you go gamble away their college fund. :| The one in Seattle has a bar. Winner=Seattle. I was throughly impressed by the huge 8(?) player racing game by Sega. But then, we are pretty hard up for arcades 'round here in the sticks.

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  • LegacyLegacy SCP Of The Digital Frontier The Grid(Seattle)Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2008
    Liger wrote: »
    Liger wrote: »
    The hombows in Pike Place are good. I'm not a hombow snob, but they're not crap azn food either. Not to mention the price is easy and right, so I stick by Mee Sum. There are a lot of other places in Pike Place to get food, I just remember that one in particular because it was tasty and filling.

    The question I would ask is, have you ever even had (good) dim sum? If not, you really need a frame of reference before you can write off the comparison. Seattle's hidden treasures aren't going to come to anybody, people have to go and find them. I keep trying to get people to discover the international district. Everybody goes to Pike Place, and I love it too, but people need to mix it up.

    I've had BAD food before. These hombows are not BAD. They are edible and delicious. When I'm walking Pike Place and I want a bite to eat, I'm not looking for gourmet or the best damn dim sum in the city. I'm looking for something to eat.

    I say again: The hombows in Pike Place are good.

    Also, from the same place, Pork BBQ Sticks. MMmmmmm.
    And admittedly, though it's one of those "quarter siphoning" games, I always liked... shoot, I can't find its name. Maybe you guys know it. It was a rail shooter where you're on a helicopter, and the gun you used was this ENORMOUS railgun that you had to hold with both hands to keep steady on the pivot it was mounted on. If I remember correctly, the premise of the game was that you were in a police helicopter flying through a big city, and shooting bad guys (I think they were robots... when you hit one, they'd explode in a halo of light). Anyways, whatever game that was, it was awesome dispite the quarter-munchiness.

    LA Machine Guns.

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    Which is the 'sequel' to Gunblade.

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  • HighfireHighfire Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Legacy wrote: »

    LA Machine Guns.

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    Which is the 'sequel' to Gunblade.

    Gunblade

    Ha!

    I was just talking to a buddy, the other day, about how awesome they were.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    YES! That's the one! Gunblade! What an awesome game!

    Well called!

    EDIT: At first I thought LA Machine guns might've been it... but then I looked at the gun. Definitely, it was Gunblade I had played. I'd never had that much fun with a rail shooter before. The gun was so big and heavy... it enabled something primal and deeply trapped within me, I think. =) They actually asked me to "tone it down" because me and the guy (don't know who he was) that was playing next to me were yelling at the screen. "Die, bitches! Eat lead sucka! What, you want some o' this?"

    Usually I pass on gun games, but man... that was awesome.

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  • luxeraluxera Registered User
    edited January 2008
    OK so this will be the first PAX for my friend and I. Also it is my first time on the west coast (Colorado being my previous westest place, I live in North Carolina). So my question is, which hotel is the nicest. I see the imperial or whatever has corner suites. But if the sheraton is nicer in general i will stay there. Man i cant wait.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Roosevelt < Sheraton < Hyatt

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  • mare_imbriummare_imbrium Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Fun things to do in Seattle when not PAXing? I like history, if that helps. Also we won't have a car.

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  • DreamwriterDreamwriter Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Fun things to do in Seattle when not PAXing? I like history, if that helps. Also we won't have a car.

    Sounds like you'd be up for the Underground Tour - back in the day Seattle was rebuilt on top of itself, the Underground Tour takes you through some of the original streets underneath the current ones. It's a bit of a walk to Pioneer Square where it starts, but you can bus there for free.

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  • mare_imbriummare_imbrium Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Fun things to do in Seattle when not PAXing? I like history, if that helps. Also we won't have a car.

    Sounds like you'd be up for the Underground Tour - back in the day Seattle was rebuilt on top of itself, the Underground Tour takes you through some of the original streets underneath the current ones. It's a bit of a walk to Pioneer Square where it starts, but you can bus there for free.


    That sounds very cool. And it says they will do private tours, I wonder if we've got enough interested people around here to do that?

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  • toddc76toddc76 Registered User
    edited January 2008
    There is a small group of us heading out from MA that may be interested in the underground tour.

    After looking at PAX for years we have decided to finally make the trek. Hotel rooms booked and plane tickets bought.

    -T

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  • mastablasta6mastablasta6 Registered User
    edited January 2008
    I have wanted to go to PAX for a while, and I might get a chance to go to PAX '08. However, my time would be limited. I live on the East Coast, and have school the week before and after PAX. Thusly, I would only be there for Saturday and part of Sunday. Is it worth going, or should I wait for PAX '09? (I'm hoping it could be a little earlier next year...)

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited January 2008
    Dude, do what the rest of us do and skip class. Seriously, I know it doesn't sound cool, but it's the first week of classes, there's nothing important going on there. Bump back departure to Tuesday and return to the following Wednesday and you can drive out with the CCST. It's the best way to travel.

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  • mare_imbriummare_imbrium Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Heck, I plan on telling my professors I have a previous commitment and I'm a graduate student. :D I'll miss, max, two days of class, depending on what my schedule will be, but we're going to fly (sorry west coast train trip people).

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  • TankHammerTankHammer Atlanta Ghostbuster Atlanta, GARegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    A quick question about the special hotel rates!
    The Grand Hyatt
    ($169 for singles or doubles, $179 for corner suites)

    Sheraton
    ($169 for singles or doubles)

    The Roosevelt Hotel
    ($165 for singles or doubles)

    So is the special rate for a single night or for 3 days 2 nights or what?

    edit: According to the site that's per night. Total at the Hyatt: $338.00 USD

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    *ALL* hotel prices quoted anywhere online are for per night unless otherwise specified.

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  • TankHammerTankHammer Atlanta Ghostbuster Atlanta, GARegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    BigRed wrote: »
    *ALL* hotel prices quoted anywhere online are for per night unless otherwise specified.

    Well I knew Khoo worked out a special deal so I wasn't sure if it was a package or what.

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  • HaterotHaterot Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    This will be my first time going to PAX, what is the exhibit floor like, will there be things to buy and if so we talking good street prices or OMFG that cost me my spleen?

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    BigRed wrote: »
    *ALL* hotel prices quoted anywhere online are for per night unless otherwise specified.

    Well I knew Khoo worked out a special deal so I wasn't sure if it was a package or what.

    The special deal is $170 rather than 225-375 a night :P

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited January 2008
    Haterot wrote: »
    This will be my first time going to PAX, what is the exhibit floor like, will there be things to buy and if so we talking good street prices or OMFG that cost me my spleen?

    The exhibition hall is full of awesome. There are upcoming games, and hardware showcased as well as things for sale from games, to guides, to t-shirts, to dice. Prices are comparable with standard retail pricing, or a little cheaper, even. Also, there's tons of free shirts and other swag being handed out by various companies *cough*nVidia*cough*

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  • DreamwriterDreamwriter Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Haterot wrote: »
    This will be my first time going to PAX, what is the exhibit floor like, will there be things to buy and if so we talking good street prices or OMFG that cost me my spleen?

    Is there anything Youtube can't answer? :P

    2007 Exhibition Hall tour, part 1
    2007 Exhibition Hall tour, part 2

    Of course, this year the hall is twice as big as last year(!), and of course it's a much better experience in person.

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  • ShineyBlueShoesShineyBlueShoes Registered User
    edited January 2008
    So much to plan, got a good 7 months to do so and I'm sure I'll still forget something major like my pants.

    Out of the three hotels listed on the site does anyone recomend one in particular over the others since they're all pretty much the same price.

    Edit: Just watched the videos and fortunately it seems like not every single inch is just crushed with people which is kind of a relief. I'm sure it is around certain really hot stuff and events but like the International Auto Show around here can be hard just to walk sometimes which isn't fun and you can't see anything.

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  • DreamwriterDreamwriter Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Yeah, there's enough other cool stuff going on at all times during PAX, that the Exhibition Hall rarely gets too crowded. Probably the worst time would be right after the keynote speech, but there are still other things going on so not everyone goes there afterwards (and the hall is open during the keynote, so if you really want you can play hookie and have a good time playing in an emptyish exibition hall)

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    So much to plan, got a good 7 months to do so and I'm sure I'll still forget something major like my pants.

    Out of the three hotels listed on the site does anyone recomend one in particular over the others since they're all pretty much the same price.

    Edit: Just watched the videos and fortunately it seems like not every single inch is just crushed with people which is kind of a relief. I'm sure it is around certain really hot stuff and events but like the International Auto Show around here can be hard just to walk sometimes which isn't fun and you can't see anything.
    BigRed wrote: »
    Roosevelt < Sheraton < Hyatt

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  • mare_imbriummare_imbrium Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    BigRed wrote: »
    So much to plan, got a good 7 months to do so and I'm sure I'll still forget something major like my pants.

    Out of the three hotels listed on the site does anyone recomend one in particular over the others since they're all pretty much the same price.

    Edit: Just watched the videos and fortunately it seems like not every single inch is just crushed with people which is kind of a relief. I'm sure it is around certain really hot stuff and events but like the International Auto Show around here can be hard just to walk sometimes which isn't fun and you can't see anything.
    BigRed wrote: »
    Roosevelt < Sheraton < Hyatt

    We would appreciate some elaboration.


    Also isn't "A > B > C" the standard way to describe things? I mean, best to worst instead of worst to best?

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  • ArdorArdor Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Being lazy and not wanting to map out the locations of the listed hotels in the PAX website versus where the convention center is, how close are the three hotels to the convention center?

    Anyone know off the top of their heads which ones are within a few blocks or walking distance? Hopefully all of them?

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited January 2008
    Hyatt and Sheraton are like 100 feet from the WSCTC door

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  • slacktronslacktron Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    A quick question about the special hotel rates!
    The Grand Hyatt
    ($169 for singles or doubles, $179 for corner suites)

    Sheraton
    ($169 for singles or doubles)

    The Roosevelt Hotel
    ($165 for singles or doubles)

    So is the special rate for a single night or for 3 days 2 nights or what?

    I just finished registering at the Hyatt (Yes! Scored a corner suite!) and can confirm that special rate holds for Thursday night. I'm really looking forward to experiencing day zero.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    BigRed wrote: »
    So much to plan, got a good 7 months to do so and I'm sure I'll still forget something major like my pants.

    Out of the three hotels listed on the site does anyone recomend one in particular over the others since they're all pretty much the same price.

    Edit: Just watched the videos and fortunately it seems like not every single inch is just crushed with people which is kind of a relief. I'm sure it is around certain really hot stuff and events but like the International Auto Show around here can be hard just to walk sometimes which isn't fun and you can't see anything.
    BigRed wrote: »
    Roosevelt < Sheraton < Hyatt

    We would appreciate some elaboration.


    Also isn't "A > B > C" the standard way to describe things? I mean, best to worst instead of worst to best?

    BIGRED DOES THINGS HIS OWN WAY

    Ive stayed in nearly every single hotel in downtown seattle (I used to do event support for a living so ive worked many shows in the WSCTC). Not sure how I can elaborate without answering specific questions

    Roosevelt is nice
    Sheraton is nicer
    Hyatt is nicest. (= Swank)

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  • ArdorArdor Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Hyatt and Sheraton are like 100 feet from the WSCTC door

    Awesome, thanks.

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  • mare_imbriummare_imbrium Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    How long is the walk from the convention center to the Roosevelt? My husband was looking at the maps and said it was only about a block or so away.

    I was just asking about the hotels because at the Roosevelt you can get a jacuzzi suite for the same price as a regular room under the group rate, so for the four days we will be there $60 less than a corner suite at the Hyatt. The Roosevelt seemed to have an interesting vibe too. I just wanted to make sure it wasn't actually a bad place to stay I guess.

    Also I assume that all three hotels will fill up with PAXers so we won't feel like exiled or something because we're not staying at the popular hotel.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Yeah all the hotels will sell out so they will all be filled with paxers. Roosevelt is also only 1 block away.

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  • shineshine Registered User
    edited January 2008
    Looking around at the hotels in Seattle I found the Pike Street Suites; it looks like a pretty cool place. Can anyone tell me if they might get included in hotel options for PAX? Will there be anymore hotel options for PAX...or are the three listed all that will be included?

    Also, my husband and I are coming from Canada. Would anyone know what kind of exchange rate we're looking at at the hotels? The touristy place I used to work for here would charge 2 or 3 percent more then the local bank rate. Would it be better to purchase USD at a bank here and pay the hotel with cash?

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  • HaterotHaterot Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Couldn't get a room at the Hyatt (wanted to stay a couple extra days) So booked at the Roosevelt. Hopefully it's close enough that the walk won't become tiring.

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