PAX Prime 2012 officially came to an end yesterday, and the exhaustion is definitely setting in. I’ve never attended PAX before, much less flown to Seattle, so it was definitely an adventure!
There were a ton of things to see, people to meet and see again, dozens upon dozens of kiosks with amazing merchandise to purchase, but more importantly there were some fantastic video games. I could go and list every single game that was there, but I’ll spare you all and briefly talk about my overall experience. Unfortunately cell and Internet reception was horrible in the actual convention itself, and not so great elsewhere, so I profusely apologize for being unable to Tweet and post on Facebook as often as I wanted to. Then there was the issue of my photos coming out a bit wonky thanks to the flash on my iPhone and the darkness of the convention. Aside from those two setbacks, I had a fantastic time.
Like I mentioned last week, I did attend many industry events/parties that took place in the evening and had a fun time. During the day and on the show floor it’s a bit more difficult to engage with your peers and network, making the evening events much more crucial despite the fact that your feet are wanting to fall off and you feel like you could sleep for several millennia. In the actual convention I was slightly disappointed that there weren’t that many attendees in cosplay (dressing up like your favorite movie/comic/anime/video game/etc character), but I imagine that Dragon*Con in Atlanta taking place at the same time is the reason why.
Seattle is a beautiful city, especially the downtown area where the convention takes place. Everything is within walking distance, and I even got to see something special Sunday night that I’ll be sharing with you all later on this week (hint: it involves a very famous Egyptian Pharaoh).
If you’re a fan of comics, anime, or video games I highly suggest you try to attend PAX Prime in Seattle, or at the very least PAX East in Boston that takes place during the Spring. Not only will you get to see a ton of stuff, but you’ll be surrounded by tens of thousands of your peers!
Finally, I’ll leave you with this hilarious image where PAX provided dozens of beanbags for attendees to rest on. Only problem is the sign above instructing people to not plop down upon them. How can someone reasonably resist not plopping down on a comfy sea of beanbags?!