My first experience at PAX was better than expected. I walked into the convention center expecting it to be some booths with games from major studios, and some indie games with the board games in the back. Holy cow was I wrong!
The first thing I see is thousands of people lined up to get into the Expo Hall. That alone was a surprise. The amount of companies and developers there was absolutely amazing. I got a chance to preview some of the games I was thinking about purchasing later in the year (State of Decay, Battlefield) but sadly due to the massive four hour wait, I did not get a chance to preview the Overwatch game which everyone at PAX seemed to enjoy.
The panels were very informative and being able to meet some of the people behind some of my favorite games. My favorite panel of course was the Make-A-Strip panel with Gabe and Tyco. The guys from PA were hilarious and the comic strip gave all of us quite a laugh. Go to pennyarcade.com to check it out.
On a side note, I was able to pick up some discounted items from the Astro booth, which I will posting a review of later this week.
The Youtube and Twitch booths were probably my favorite booths to go to. It gave me a chance to meet and talk to some of my favorite Youtubers and Twitch streamers. It was nice to get to say hi to some of the people that have made gaming popular over the years and have shown influence in the types of gameplay we see on the internet now.
After leaving Boston I was left with one lasting impression, and that was that PAX was definitely about the gamer, and not the games.