My First Time at PAX East and This Year's Importance
I have been going to PAX East since 2011, and this is the first year I'll actually be covering the event. The plan is to get a whole lot of interviews (both audio AND video) with some great developers and to check out a bunch of games that I can write about for the site. It's going to be a lot of fun while at the same time completely changing how I interact at PAX this year. I'm not necessarily looking to get "the scoop" but to help showcase some great developers and their games. Let's take a look back at the boy who went to PAX East 2011 (by boy I mean a 24 year old me.)
PAX East 2011 started off as a pretty terrible experience to be completely honest. This wasn't because of the show itself, but the means of not knowing what the hell I was doing in Boston. I was with my friends Tim and Jack as we arrived at the airport and then needed to waste a day with our luggage while we waited for our friend who lived in the city to get off work. So, what did we do not knowing the city and having suitcases?
Of course, we went to the mall. What did we do in the mall? We found a bookstore, got some coffee, and we waited for hours until we could meet up with our friend Kent. Meeting up involved a lot of walking, navigating the T (which is very easy, but we were unfamiliar and confused), and lots of rain. Needless to say, by the end of our journey to meet up, we were pretty soured on the whole trade show idea. Once we met up with Kent we went to eat at a local eatery. In this case it was Bertucci's in Harvard Square as we waited for the Harmonix Rock Band night to commence and bolster our spirits. Bertucci's was fantastic as I had some great lobster ravioli, and we have eaten there every year since. (Side Note: While looking up stuff for the article, I found out Bertucci's is now closed as of August 2013. That sucks.) Our next stop was to watch a lot of people play music badly. Rock Band night was fun but we ended up leaving early after being really tired and having a long, laborious day.
The next morning, the first day of PAX East, didn't start off great as we ended up having to walk in the rain to the train. The only solace was this little bodega in Framingham which had the best burritos I've ever had in my life. All of us ordered "pollo" because we all knew it was chicken, which is the extent of our Spanish. Wet, tired, and a little soured we finally arrived at our first trade show. This was PAX East 2011 and we were finally here. The day of the show changed all our attitudes as once you saw the show floor filled with games you had never played it was all worth it. With childlike wonder, we came down the escalator to see the glowing wonder that was Child of Eden and even Duke Nukem Forever (we didn't know at that point, we didn't know) as well as the Indie MegaBooth. It was an awesome day as we took in the show floor and took in a bunch of panels. It was totally worth it, and the weekend continued to be awesome. This is why I go to PAX East every year, and why I've been there every year since. I love this industry and being able to interact with the people in it. PAX East last year made me want to start writing more (I dabbled before) as I started this very website you're reading this on.
This year changes it all as I shuffle myself off to appointments to talk to some developers and also just try to talk to as many people as I can about their games. I want to communicate as much as I can for everyone who reads this site. This year is when it changes and becomes "work" but I think I'm still going to have a lot of fun. I'm going to get to meet the people who we've interviewed before and people who I've never gotten the chance to talk to yet. It's going to be a blast to see the new games that will change the way we play. If you guys are reading this, feel free to chat me up at the show. Tell me what you've checked out and what looks awesome. Most of all, if it's your first time just enjoy it and take it in as it's an awesome experience. Hope to see you there!
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