PAX cosplayers impress with passion, energy and lots of effort

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Lillith

Renee is cosplaying as Lilith from Borderlands, a first-person shooter.

Deadpool

"Asian-heritage Spidey," costumed as Deadpool here, didn't want to give his name, but he encouraged us to find him on Facebook.

Ganondorf

Andrew plays Legend of Zelda's Ganondorf with a full sneer.

Borderlands

These Borderlands cosplayers filled a small stage with about 30 folks that came separately, but joined up for a photo-op.

Destiny

We're not sure whether these Destiny cosplayers all came together or met once at the expo, but they look fantastic.

ODST

Tyler didn't want to take of his mask, but he was passionate about how much he liked playing an ODST soldier from the Halo series. Tyler admits to being motivated by vanity. "I really like people taking pictures of me," he said.

Shovel Knight

Lila and Jonah were shy, but excited to show off their Shovel Night costumes.

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League of Legends

Mandy and Cami are dressed as characters from League of Legends, Wicked Lulu and Bittersweet Lulu. They're just glad to be done with the process -- 4 months and $1000 dollars invested.

Elisabeth Comstock

Cassia is playing Elisabeth Comstock from Bioshock Infinite. Her favorite part is making the costumes.

Survey Corps

Caleb is rocking a pitch-perfect Attack on Titan Survey Corps - the redshirt of the sci-fi/fantasy anime.

Syndra

Qiana made the costume for this character from League of Legends in only one month. "It's fun," she said, "being able to be whomever you want. It's a great confidence booster."

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We're not sure who Stinger is, but Oriana plays her perfectly.

SEATTLE — It’s like Halloween two months early at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), with gamers and geeky fans of every stripe dressing up in costumes of varying quality and seriousness.

More than 70,000 gamers converge each year in Seattle for PAX, a fan-centric celebration of all things gaming that was created by web cartoonists Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik as a way to honor their passion for video, board and card games.

We saw hundreds of people wearing elaborate costumes from their favorite games, television shows and movies. Some do it for the attention, others really enjoy making the outfits, and all the folks we encountered in the expo halls were excited to show off their final products.

Take a look in the gallery above at the best of the many fantastic cosplay outfits we ran into this year.

All Photos: Hunter LeFebvre/Cult of Mac