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PAX Prime: An Extra Day In 2013, and Plans For Australia 45

PAX Prime, probably by far the largest ongoing event spawned by a web comic, is in progress right now in Seattle, with an attendance of 70,000 gamers (and a smaller number of dancing stormtroopers). Two big announcements about future PAX events were announced on Saturday. The first is that next year's event will be a four-day gathering rather than the thus-far usual three; the second is that, some time next year, PAX will make its first international foray, with an event in Australia — exact time and place to be determined.
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PAX Prime: An Extra Day In 2013, and Plans For Australia

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  • Never heard of it

    • by _KiTA_ ( 241027 ) on Sunday September 02, 2012 @01:49AM (#41203959) Homepage

      Never heard of it

      We're all getting old.

      Penny Arcade [] is a gamer webcomic, I believe the first gamer webcomic -- if not the first, then definitely the most successful.

      E3 was an expo for Electronic Entertainment (games), but a few years back they decided to throw out the dirty hippies (gamers), which understandably pissed a large number of people off. On the other hand, it was completely out of control and the focus (a press event) was lost.

      So, deciding that was quite absurd, the Penny Arcade guys decided to have their own Expo, and the timing was just right that all the people not allowed to go to E3, went to PAX. And it kind of exploded from there. PAX is now "the" place to get hype about your upcoming game / console / etc set up, especially among the actual consumers.

      It's also a great place to trade Pokemon and Dragon Quest 9 maps.

      • PvP launched 5 months before Penny Arcade according to Wikipedia. It might not make any sense now, but when Penny Arcade launched, they appeared to consider themselves the fresh young upstarts and PvP the entrenched old-guard of videogame web comics.

      • by Anonymous Coward
        E3 was never a public event. It was an industry and, to a lesser extent, media event, and they required identification to get your badge. They got lax on verification and gave out thousands of free passes every year and in the dotcom boom years there was a surge of non-industry people at the event, and after a few years of that they got tired of the enormous crowds and such and got strict.

        Realistically, PAX is just what the non-industry people wanted E3 to be. As someone who was in the industry and at
    • by Impeesa ( 763920 )
      There was a perma-link to it on the front page of Slashdot for years, I believe.
      • by Impeesa ( 763920 )
        Penny Arcade the comic, that is, not the conventions they do. If you've heard of the former but not the latter somehow, then my apologies.
    • Never heard of it

      Me neither. I thought it was some new leap-year thing ("adding a day").

  • "Toss attachment for body aside, realizing I am everywhere. One who is everywhere is joyous."


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  • Now that it's legal to sell good video games in Australlia, I guess this type of pan-pacific expansion is a good thing.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    In keeping with Australian video game practice, the PAX event there will cost twice as much as the American version. Because reasons.

    • by Bremic ( 2703997 )

      Also, all panels and discussions will be held with a 250-500ms latency, making the presenters actually being out of sync with the attendees.

      Any confusion caused by this will be put down to "problems with your ISP".

  • Awesome events. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by RyanFenton ( 230700 ) on Sunday September 02, 2012 @04:01AM (#41204261)

    I've been to E3 before PAX existed, and this year I'm at PAX Prime (And PAX Dev), and it's been a totally better experience all around.

    1. No booth babes - don't get me wrong, I love the female form, but there's a huge difference between PAX fans of all shapes dressed up in what they genuinely want to, with real life behind it, and the going-through-the-motions gals hired at E3. Don't get me wrong - companies still specifically hire marketing girls between 20-30 from agencies in a lot of cases, but the lowered sleaze factor helps in making for an environment where nerd-sexy can thrive - and I fully support that.

    2. Parties are way better. I remember the Rockstar events at E3, and so on - but just last night, I came from a creepy, but superb costume party held in a Mansion clone of the level they've been demoing, compete with a rather well-done ARG - it was certainly money wasted that really should have gone into the development, but as long as these companies waste the money, I did find the whole experience far more compelling than "here's some drinks and music and trailers, don't you think we're cool."

    3. The folks are really a functioning community. Any time there's a slack, of someone's having a hard time, you'll find a lot of humanity there. I left my laptop in a room on the first day, and a chain of people helped make sure it got to the lost-and-found - and that's just a tiny story. "Don't be a dick" is still in its functional golden era there, and it doesn't look like it's faltering soon.

    Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of healthy skepticism and differences in opinion, and hardships exist all over (mostly from 70,000 people), but it all works remarkably well. Enforcers (small army of volunteers) helps too.

    Final day is tomorrow - bittersweet and exhausting, but still awesome.

    Ryan Fenton

    • I don't think I've ever seen "don't get me wrong" used so many times in a single message before.

      • Yeah - It was quite late when I posted, and I was a little, well, loopy by then. 5 days of convention events and parties would frazzle anyone, I'd think.

        Ryan Fenton

  • As somebody who unfortunately missed the Scott Kurtz/Kris Straub-presented "Video Games Unplugged" in Melbourne last April due to being unable to get mid-week off work, I would blissfully welcome a local PAX convention in Melbourne or Sydney.

    There's definitely a critical mass of convention-starved gamers here in Australia and probably a fair lot in New Zealand too that would love a chance to experience some of what we only read about in the American cons.
    • It would really be nice to just see more cons in general. East, west, central, etc. Instead of forcing everyone to travel, travel to everyone. Obviously you need a certain mass before you can divide, however...

    • by Macgrrl ( 762836 )

      It was a really cool evening, made even neater by seeing so many familiar faces.

  • Acquisitions Incorporated

  • It was announced Friday morning during Gabe & Tycho's Q&A. Not Saturday. Friday.

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