PAX East 2012 Picture Gallery & Convention Thoughts – g33kWatch Podcast

There’s a lot going on at a convention like the Penny Arcade Expo. With seemingly endless amounts of new games to try out, panels to sit in on, celebrities to interview, and bands to listen to, there’s no shortage of things to do—and, in our case, no shortage of stories to cover. Whether you’re a journalist or a convention-goer, there is a fundamental problem inherent in attending PAX.  That problem?  PAX is just way too much fun.

Oh, I can imagine the confusion that you might be feeling at home. “Wait a minute! ‘Too much fun’? How can that be a problem?!” But here’s the thing: with so much to see and do, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. If you try to adhere to a strict schedule of events, rather than just relaxing and having fun with friends, you’re bound to get stressed out. What we have found, as a group, is that the more you just relax at PAX, the better you get an understanding of what makes the convention so fun and interesting. If you try and cover PAX like it’s New York Comic Con or E3, you will ultimately be disappointed with the entire experience.

That is the mindset that we took when recording this latest Podcast. We aim to tell you what we liked about PAX East this year, and to hopefully give you an idea as to why you should be attending. Sure, there are tens of thousands of people that go to PAX each year; but, believe it or not, there are still some people on the fence about whether or not they should go. Our hope is that, after listening to 90 minutes of four grown adults praising the convention and discussing how much fun it is, folks who were previously on the fence will be thoroughly convinced to set time aside and get to PAX in the future.

We also find time to talk about our favorite parts of PAX, to discuss how our Child’s Play Charity panel went, and to give shout outs to all of our fans and friends who were able to make the trip up to Boston for the weekend. It’s a fun episode, so give it a listen and leave us your comments down below. And now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go take a long nap and get ready for Mass Effect Marathon 2.5.


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Joseph Valenti

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  1. I heard that Drakmarth got all the hugs.

  2. Yeah that podcast would make me want to come to Pax East next year.

    ..wait a minute. I was there this year? I thought I stumbled into a board gaming marathon in a hotel lobby! There was all this other cool stuff going on too?? Shit, I’ll need to try that out next time.

    Or not, as this years was alot of fun 🙂

  3. PAAAAAAAAAX. So much fun. I’m glad I didn’t go nuts figuring out what panels I wanted to go to, because I went to yours and the Epic Games panel and that’s it.

    Aside from the aforementioned shenanigans, my favorite things were Borderlands 2 (but seriously, the wubwub haunts my nightmares), Assassin’s Creed 3, and Mark of The Ninja (XBLA).

    I had a cool experience in the queue line Sunday morning, when the enforcers were doing trivia. The guy behind me couldn’t really hear the questions, so I was relaying for him. One question was, “Name four of Joss Whedon’s TV shows,” and he didn’t know, so I rattled them off. I didn’t really need any of the stuff they were giving away, so I wanted to let someone else get it, but he’s like SHE KNOWS, SHE KNOWS! I got some of those Skallops things and a Guild Wars 2 beta key. I don’t play GW, so I asked him if he wanted it, and I swear, it was like I made his year. It was great.

    I splurge and get the VIP pass to NYCC just so I can have a place to sit down. Even then, it’s still kind of crazy. Dried beef does not offset the problems boobs create, but nice try. Guys just don’t get it. 😛

    Is it March of 2013 yet?

    Whoa. Richard Cheese.

  4. That feel when you miss the coolest party of the year.



    Glad you guys had fun. 🙂

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