PAX East Travels
Hey everyone, I'm very sorry for not being able to get this writing out sooner. Travel was delayed due to an upcoming winter storm in the northeast so everything got pushed back just a bit.
For all who didn't know, I was at PAX East this weekend. You may be asking yourself what is PAX? PAX is the Penny Arcade eXpo where many game developer studios come to showcase off their new games. PAX East happens to be one of the biggest known Game Conventions there is. Other game conventions would be E3, GenCon, and PAX Prime. If you are able to go to PAX at all, I would say that you won't regret doing so. You get to meet a whole new group of people that are as enthusiastic for gaming as you are.
I do have to say that this PAX convention was my favorite convention of the four that I've been to because I did a ton of things that I wanted to and I didn't have fear anymore because it was my second PAX East convention. At the convention there are a tons of things that you can do such as:
- Expo Floor Walking
- Tabletop Gaming
- Console Tournaments
- Handheld Tournaments
- JackBox Arena
- Just Dance Stage
- Jam Space
- Many Many more...
I did not participate in any tournaments except for special drawings that some booths did on the Expo hall floor. One of which I won! I spent most of my time in Panels, and if you follow me on Instagram, you would see each panel that I attended. Panels are kinda like shows that have a certain theme. Some of the panels that I went to were some upcoming games, Achievement Hunter and how to get into the gaming industry. Each panel had a group of panelists that would speak to the audience about the theme of the panel, and typically there was Q&A always. Some of the panelists are big named industry leading people and it is really nice that we are able to meet them in person and chat with them on a colloquial level.
I do have to say that everyone should fear PAX as they would fear the Steam Sales because you will spend a lot of money. During my first convention last year, I did not spend any money at all really and I very much disliked myself for doing so. I didn't really have money to spend and I felt that by not spending money on the many booths to buy new games, shirts, collectibles and other amazing things, that I was not really attending PAX. This year, I spent upwards of $500 on new shirts, games, collectibles and other amazing things.
Also while at PAX, you get to talk to a lot of developers of your favorite games. For instance, last year, I was able to speak to the developers of SMITE (a 3rd-person MOBA about Gods) and Elder Scrolls. I was also able to talk to a lot of indie developers that were more involved with all their games. Talking to these people and learning what they did and how they became part of the gaming industry is fascinating and overall a great experience to have.
If you're not into the development of games really and prefer to play a lot of the new upcoming games, you can! This year, there was the new Mass Effect, EarthFall, Dauntless, Quake, the new Bulletstorm, Lawbreakers, and an unbelievable amount of Indie games that were able to be demoed and played all the time. I managed to play EarthFall, Daunteless and a couple of indie titles and I can say that they are amazing games and I'm immediately going to pick them up when they become available to the Public!
Finally, all I have to say about PAX is that it is an amazing experience and one that everyone who loves video games should have! Also, if you are looking to get into the Gaming Industry, whether it be art, code, publishing, advertising or community managing, this is a great place to learn how others have done it and a great place to put yourself out there.