Videogame exhibition PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) West is happening Labor Day weekend, from Friday September 2nd through Monday the 5th, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Though I haven’t kept up with newer videogames since college, I enjoyed going in 2014, so I decided to go again. Here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing:
Expos like this, the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo, and Sakura-Con are great places to indulge in specific interests. You can play new games. Provide encouraging support or constructive criticism directly to game developers. Free swag is abundant. Reconnect and meet with new friends.
My 2014 PAX highlight was talking with Marcus Lindblom. Marcus worked on the game EarthBound as the writer that adapted the Japanese translation of the script to better suit American audiences. EarthBound was the game that sparked my interest in literature and so it was like meeting a mentor’s mentor.
Videogames I might want to see:
- Final Fantasy XV might be worth seeing from a distance as the series continues to tread away from both the fantastic elements and the determined ethos that “this is our final game, so let’s give it our all!”
- No Man’s Sky and other big name titles that I might not otherwise play.
- New games or projects on the Steam platform.
These lectures may be interesting to attend:
- Kusoge: Japan’s Awesomely Awful Crap Videogames (5PM-6PM)
- You Have Died of Dysentery: Meaningful Gaming in Education (6PM-7PM)
- Video Game Glitches and Exploits (9PM-10PM)
Friday night concerts (8:30PM-11:30PM)
- Video Game Pianist: I often listened to the Super Mario Medley while writing.
- MC Frontalot: Met and bought signed swag from MC Frontalot in 2014 and missed the performance.
- Bit Brigade: Their Castlevania and Mega Man CDs were about average, though seeing musicians live can give that extra push of enthusiasm.
Rating of PAX 2014: ★★★★☆ [4/5]