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PlayStation and IGN Team up for PAX PlayStation.Blog Beyond! Meetup

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During Comic-Con a few weeks ago, IGN’s Greg Miller asked me if I had my PSP and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker with me. As it turns out, I did. Greg, a dude named Dennis Miller (not *that* Dennis Miller), and I then proceeded to take down Metal Gear Rex in an intense co-op match. Oh yeah, this was in the middle of G4’s party.

In that moment, an idea was born.

A few days later, Greg asked if I was interested in getting a bunch of Peace Walker fans together to tackle the hardest levels – the ones that are best handled cooperatively. Sounded good to me. As we began to plan it, we realized that such a group is already going to assemble… next week at Penny Arcade Expo.

Top Pot coffee

So here we are, doing this thing, and you’re invited. We’re renting out Top Pot Donuts in downtown Seattle next Thursday evening and will fill it with new and upcoming PSP games such as Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, Valkyria Chronicles II, Split/Second, and God of War: Ghost of Sparta.

Also, we have ordered 34 dozen donuts. They’re tasty. Very tasty.

While it’ll no doubt be fun to try out those games, we also strongly encourage you to bring your own PSP for friendly competitive or cooperative matches in games like Hot Shots Tennis, SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3, and, of course, MGS: Peace Walker. We’ll even lend you a copy if you wanna jump in but don’t already have one.

Are you sold on this yet? Wait, there’s more!

As you sample the games, we’ll be keeping track of the best players, and the top performers will get a special behind-the-scenes tour of our media-only area, where you’ll be able to check out games that won’t be on the show floor like inFAMOUS 2 and the recently announced Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.

And every attendee will walk out with a voucher to download the demo for God of War: Ghost of Sparta – before anyone else gets to play it. Please tell me this is reason enough to attend.

Still want more? Ok, I’ll give: Greg Miller will autograph your bare chest if you ask politely.

Here’s what you need to know:

RSVP today, and don’t forget to bring your appetite for fried dough – we’ve got 408 donuts and we’re going to make Rey eat any leftovers.

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nino1911 said:

August 26th, 2:29 pm

GODAMMM ITT why did i sell my psp foolish move

WrekGar said:

August 26th, 2:30 pm

Thanks Jeff I got my day so I will be there barring any crazy overselling of the flight. Might be bringing along some co-workers as well.. See you there!

Ray “WrekGar”
The Blog Stalker

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 26th, 2:41 pm

    nice! that’ll be meetup #9 for this man.

dragonmagician said:

August 26th, 2:31 pm

Nice to see the PSP getting some love. BEYOND!

MangaTodd said:

August 26th, 2:32 pm

Hey! As far as I am concerned (or my parents for that matter), I am THE Dennis Miller.

I’m so bummed I can’t make it to PAX. I have prior engagements. Good luck though!

Appo said:

August 26th, 2:32 pm

Is there anyway to RSVP without Facebook!? It’d be a shame if there wasn’t.

Also, do you need to bring your own game to win the special media tour thing? I ask, because my 2 PSPs + All games were stolen. =\

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 26th, 2:43 pm

    The RSVP is strictly for reminder/update/estimation of crowd purposes. As long as you can fit in the building, you’re allowed in :)

    You do not need to bring anything – we’ll have certain stations where we’ll be keeping track of some scores.

    Sorry about your stuff getting stolen.

TrueFFVIIFan said:

August 26th, 2:35 pm

Ah. I am sure that the event that you plan and organize will be damn awesome one. But unfortunately for me- on my birthday- I won’t be able to attend… I am now a sad panda. I hope you could send me a voucher card (a code) for God of War: Ghost of Sparta. If not, then that is cool. Still, I am happy for others who will be able to attend and to score that code for this demo.

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 26th, 2:43 pm

    I’ll see if we can score some demo codes for the blog.

GameOverGreggy said:

August 26th, 2:41 pm


Appo said:

August 26th, 2:48 pm

In that case, awesome! Cannot wait! See ya there!

And it’s alright. Just gives me a chance to grab a PSP-3000 now. :P

cool_trainer said:

August 26th, 2:48 pm

^^^ oh shoot gameovergreggy! BEYOND!!! (i took a picture with you at comic con)

anyways, I am very tempted to skip class and make the drive up from san diego (again).

Jim777 said:

August 26th, 2:50 pm

D: i would attend this just for the chest signing….thats no weird right?

Sadly i live on the stupid east cost -___-

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    Sid Shuman said:

    August 26th, 4:09 pm

    At least you get proper delis and soft pretzels.

MatheAdi said:

August 26th, 2:50 pm

Greg Miller… definition of a man
Unfortunatly will not be able to attend, but good luck and great idea!

Have Fun!

Frejim said:

August 26th, 3:00 pm

This is going to be EPIC!!!

Wish I could be in Seattle.

Paznos said:

August 26th, 3:01 pm

Wow I’m from Seattle but haven’t been back in awhile:( Would love to go to this but lacking the funds atm would be awesome though, would love a voucher or two if possible :)

Airwalkinman17 said:

August 26th, 3:01 pm

Just the fact that Greg Miller will be there means its going to be epic. The fact that you all play peace walker together is just pure awesomeness.
Oh and that’s a whole lot of donuts!

JumpMan33 said:

August 26th, 3:07 pm

I <3 me some Beyond! Can't wait to see was up with podcast #150
I wish I could make it out to PAX this year =( this meetup sounds like a lot of fun.

SooperSonic08 said:

August 26th, 3:09 pm

I’ll be there for sure!

BTW, the hands holding the silver PSP in the picture happen to be mine. Came in second in the Wipeout tournament two years ago :)

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 26th, 3:42 pm

    nice! You could be a hand model. Or something.

Tenan said:

August 26th, 3:21 pm

No baker’s dozens? I’d love to make it out to this one, but being able to attend the DC one makes up for it.

jazzyrider said:

August 26th, 3:25 pm

Nice!! Can I RSVP thru here since I don’t do FB? Also what about us PSPGo folks?

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 26th, 3:43 pm

    RSVPs aren’t binding, so we’ll count this as your RSVP. Just be sure to show up while there’s still capacity!

Kchow23 said:

August 26th, 3:28 pm

What if I have a PSP Go? how are you going to lend me copies of those games

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 26th, 3:44 pm

    Then you’re a hard core gamer who probably already owns these games.

Korbei83 said:

August 26th, 3:29 pm

That’s rad and typically PlayStation.

MiszKratos said:

August 26th, 3:31 pm

I’m going to PAX & would love to go to this but my PSP broke last week !

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 26th, 3:43 pm

    you can still go -we’ll have PSPs set up with lots of new and upcoming games.

warezIbanez said:

August 26th, 3:40 pm

I should be there at the meetup. Don’t think I’ll be scoring tickets for PAX, though…

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 26th, 3:44 pm

    we don’t have any to give, sorry.

SpecterMk23 said:

August 26th, 3:51 pm

Will SOCOM 4 be at PAX to try out?

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 26th, 11:06 pm

    I’ll see if I can get our whole PAX floor layout – I havent seen it yet.

Qwarktacular said:

August 26th, 3:52 pm

Hell yeah, I was hoping you guys would do a meetup for PAX, been dying to make your ones down in California but I simply haven’t had the money to do so. Seattle is 15 minutes away from me though, so I’ll be there for sure, with my first gen PSP in hand, cannot wait!!!

digitalman123 said:

August 26th, 3:53 pm

Dangit! I REALLY wanna play inFAMOUS 2 and Ratchet! I also want that GOW demo! Any chance this’ll come to Chicago?

Miceincloaks said:

August 26th, 5:02 pm

I finally moved to a cool city so now I can go to stuff like this :)


August 26th, 5:07 pm

This is awesome, but at least I get to go to GOW event on Wednesday next week!! BEYOND!! Yo Jeff, will I see you at the GOW event in North Holloywood?

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 26th, 11:07 pm

    I won’t be there, but Rey will be. Look for the big hair.

Marc_Madness said:

August 26th, 5:39 pm

I will be(yond) there and I will bring my appetite.

ManaKnight said:

August 26th, 5:47 pm

I wish the DC meet-up aftermath was blogged about. ;)

Friends of mine wanted me to go to PAX Prime (its my birthday weekend), but kind of hard to schedule a trip so late in time.

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 26th, 11:08 pm

    It was good meeting you, sir.

v1lla21 said:

August 26th, 6:05 pm

i would love to go but i live in san jose, ca and have school :'(
Maybe you guys can come over here and assemble a legion??
eat 2 donuts for me will ya?

exotic_invader said:

August 26th, 7:48 pm

You can’t get any better than Top Pot.
Great choice for a meetup! :D

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 26th, 11:08 pm

    Thanks! They’re really good.

Crotin said:

August 26th, 8:53 pm

lol for once it’s not in LA :( oh well…have fun guys!

tim-finn78 said:

August 26th, 9:30 pm

Enjoy it, you lucky bastards!!
I’m insanely jealous writing from Australia.. :p
Hoping the God of War: Ghost of Sparta demo will be released worldwide soon – I need something to tide me over until November.. :(

JesseHaysFL said:

August 26th, 9:30 pm

Well I guess some Gators gunna represent!

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 26th, 11:08 pm

    Damn right. What is this, meetup #3 for you and the wife?

JesseHaysFL said:

August 26th, 9:41 pm

On a side note does Sony have a deal with Westin hotels? You guys are always close….

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 26th, 11:09 pm

    How do you know where we’re staying?

Brain115 said:

August 26th, 10:10 pm

I am a huge fan of MGS:Peace Walker. I played it over 200 hours. The sad thing is that I will not ba able to make it out to seattle since i live in san francisco and i am a busy person. Any chance of this idea coming out here?

mancub194 said:

August 26th, 10:13 pm

…So does this confirm a God of War: Ghost of Sparta demo coming to PSN before Nov? *wink smile*

GAM3R_16 said:

August 26th, 11:55 pm

no age limit right? :D

Kchow23 said:

August 27th, 12:40 am

No PlayStation Move present? :( Considering making the trip to Seattle for one day since I’ve got class on thursday and I can’t assist PAX

gdogg666 said:

August 27th, 2:29 am

plz for the love of god give out sum free codes for ghost of sparta and what bout the god of war site will they be givin out free codes before the rest of the world gets it? or what cus i must and i mean must play this game god of war so rules

Jakeman14 said:

August 27th, 5:47 am

im going with my PSP go but sadly i dont have mgs peace walker! can someone lend me 40$? oh and im assuming thers no age requirement

Meanie_Moo said:

August 27th, 6:54 am

I’m still waiting on PS events in Toronto, ON, Canada. :P

SpyDudeFX said:

August 27th, 7:44 am

Jeff bring the PS Move event to NYC! Or maybe a Best Buy like the world’s only 24 hour one in Unino Sq ;)

Vex_Doppel said:

August 27th, 7:45 am

I wouldn’t mind seeing an event here in the midwest. Somewhere I wouldn’t have to travel 800 miles.

TwinDad said:

August 27th, 8:08 am

I RSVP’d on Facebook, hopefully here too.

I respectfully request that nobody giggle when they see my Hanna Montana PSP.

Need Coffee with Donuts.

kenny-1995 said:

August 27th, 9:44 am

I hate living in london, when im 23 im am leaving this pointless place and living where ever Playstations American HQ is. So i can finish just reading about a meet up and actually go there, and of coarse with my luck somebody will push me into a time machine on my 23rd birthday and skip a year. and i will never go to America.

JesseHaysFL said:

August 27th, 12:02 pm

#3 for Her and I, #4 For me….

Im a stalker, I follow you everywhere.

Naa I just noticed it was right up the street from the westin and The last one was across the street…So yeah I hope you guys get good rates, Ive stayed at the Downtown Westin and its fairly nice, its no Ritz but its nice.

DarkOne_PR said:

August 27th, 12:42 pm

……….. I hate living in Puerto Rico… Nothing kool like that happens here….i wish i could meet u all guys…IGN and PS blog…

Weeence said:

August 27th, 12:47 pm

I’m hoping to make it out + 1 :) What no Ltd. Ed. PS3 up for grabs this year?

BalramRules said:

August 28th, 1:19 pm

greg miller’s a jwker XD

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