While I recover from the “PAX Plague,” as my fellow con attendees often refer to it, I find myself wishing I were back at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (or BCEC) and right in the thick of the swarm of human bodies milling about.
PAX is one of those events that I think everyone, even those not usually acquainted with video games, should attend, if just to go through the mind-boggling convergence of hundreds of nerds congregating in a single space for a weekend.
No, I’m serious: I think this is a beneficial exercise and here’s why.
You are face-to-face with people who are passionate about their hobbies. Whether it’s the streamers hoping to grow online communities with only a cam at their faces and a computer at their fingertips, the cosplayers in their often incredible displays of sewing and crafting skills or just the few who come for their favorite developers’ next project, there is an abundance of enthusiasm in the air.
Hell, even the Pinny Arcade fans are ecstatic about finding the newest pins put forth from the expo and the developers – hunting for the next treasure and trade in the crowd!
Pins are like gold here.
The real world vanishes for a time in PAX land even with all the troubles facing us both on the individual and national scales.
It’s not the time to be worrying about work or El Trumpo’s next tirade, it’s the time to be worrying about that panel you want to see about writing in games or how to make it in the industry you love.
Therein is the next aspect of attending. You get to speak with people in the video game industry, especially in the patch of booths in the middle of the expo floor that are all games made by indie developers.
Have a question about why a developer made a game about monsters fighting for a date to prom? Talk to the devs!
Want to know how long it takes to make a game? Why having a publisher is sometimes evil?
Perhaps you just want to know why these people don’t have “real jobs” and how you can get in on this deal.
PAX is the place to ask all the questions and try to learn a little bit about this facet of the entertainment industry, particularly so from international teams coming here to try to attract eyes and hearts to their work.
Of course, this applies to the table top gaming area as well, although sadly this area seemed meager in comparison to past years. Yet, you could still meet the writers of role- playing games, meet craftsmen offering luxury goods for the nerdiest amongst us and you can just meet new people at a table.
Of course, PAX also teaches the virtues of cleanliness, as all those bodies are often seemingly devoid of anti-perspirant, and you can’t help but notice the washing of hands
(or lack thereof) – immediately identifying a patient zero to avoid at all costs when they swiftly leave the room.
PAX is not a time for melancholy, but excitement. It’s a time to learn about games and people, even on subjects like psychology, which you would’ve never associated with games such as Final Fantasy or Zelda.
Come to PAX land some day. I assure you, it’ll be a treat – though do watch your cash and guard your pins well!