I may be just a bit taller than your average videogame controller, but I was still able to put my thumbs to good use in Boston for PAX East 2012, my latest WIRED Insider assignment. I was there with about 70,000-plus gamers who turned up for this newly minted Boston tradition, which is an offshoot of the Seattle con that started back in 2004. Since heading east in 2010, the convention has grown exponentially, becoming one of the industry’s largest events.
Aside from getting to meet up with great friends, new and old alike, PAX East is the perfect way to hole up in front of a console, computer, or tabletop and hunker down for some serious game-play in the hooked-up freeplay console areas, handheld lounge, and PC showcase. Daily panels provide insight into development, journalism, and even how to get your own game idea made. All the big developers and publishers were there, but the indie games are always the highlight for me. My mum always taught me to root for the little guy…I wonder why?
As if all that weren’t enough, the evenings were full of gaming themed music from some of the largest players in that admittedly niche subgenre. The best part, though? I managed to escape without coming down with the dreaded “PAX Flu,” that unidentified malady that infects the masses at every PAX. To all of my new gaming friends: feel better, and I hope the wait for all of these new games isn’t too unbearable for you.blog comments powered by Disqus