|A picture I took of this year's program.|
|Keith, Rob, Karim and Jay pose for a picture.|
Since it inaugural kick-off in 2010, the event has grown in attendance every year. I know this must please the organizers, but I also think that the event may be losing some of its luster for gamers like my husband who have been there from the beginning. While the event has a lot of great workshops, panel discussions, concerts and other activities for attendees, the wait to get into these events or try out a new game are way too long. Two and three hour wait times remind me of being at Six Flags on a hot summer day on a weekend. Waiting in line all day blows. If people spend their time in lines waiting more than two hours, after three events most of the day is gone. You can suck it up if you have a three-day pass, but if you are just there for the day, you're getting the short end of the PAX East experience.
|Exhibition hall area|
I love that I was able to download the PAX event app to their smart phone through the Guidebook app and have all their information at the swipe of their finger. Very cool. There is also plenty of gaming swag given away. This year, my favorite swag items included a Pop Cap Planets v.s Zombies winter hat and the MOGA console gaming hand set that turns your Android smart phone into a gaming device. The MOGA console was given away for free if you showed your Android phone. MOGA just added a non-gamer to their market. Nintendo DS look out!
|Loving my Pop Cap hat.|
I also recommend the arcade and console game play areas at PAX East. One can play their "old school" favorites and get a history of how games have evolved over the last 40 years.
After a week, I'm finally recovered. It feels good to be back to a regular sleeping schedule, but I'm already wondering what PAX East will have in store for event attendees in 2014. The waiting has officially begun.