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#500 Thank You PAX East #Thankacreator

Boogie2988 recently created the #Thankacreator hashtag, and in his video he explained that the purpose of the Hashtag was to use the Internet to spread a little bit of positivity around the net by personally thanking your favorite entertainer and content creator. This will be my fifth year attending PAX East, and every time it has been able to one up itself in terms of content and entertainment. For my 500th blog post I would like to dedicate this post to the wonderful people who planned and execute the PAX East Expo each year.

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Thank you people behind PAX for organizing and supplying enough content and entertainment to last for a three day weekend.

For years the PAX Staff has constantly reached out to Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, the other major videogame companies, and gaming personalities to fill up the expo hall to the brim and still have enough panels constantly running in every theater from open to close. I have participated my fair share of event planning for my small college and I can only imagine the nightmare of negotiating with these Triple A game companies and major videogame celebrities living and working in different time zones around the world to make sure everyone shows up and are happy with the PAX East accommodations.

It does not go unnoticed

It does not go unnoticed

Thank you PAX East for making such a welcoming place.

I attended my first PAX East when I was well into college and at that time I overcame my insecurities about being a geek, by the time I first walked through the front door of the BECE. But I can see the importance of an event that is all about a celebrating and embracing everything it means to being a gamer, a nerd, or a geek to a middle or high school student who might might still get picked on or bullied in class for still playing Pokemon or Magic the Gathering

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And despite what the news might claim, PAX East has always been a safe environment for any and everyone, with enforcers stationed everywhere, offering help if needed and checking and evaluating every prop weapon to making sure that they could not harm anyone. I have seen harassers that have attended panels be dealt quickly and responsibly, even this past year, with the aftermath of the Boston Bombing, PAX had upped security but as an attendee, I never felt restricted while I was there.

But most importantly, I would like to thank Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins for giving East Coasters something, anything videogame related.

America’s East coast kinda gets shafted when it comes to videogame conventions, with all the major events; E3, Comic Con, GDC, BLIZZCON, and even the recently announced TwitchCon choosing to stay in California. So thank you Penny Arcade for all that you have done in regards to launching and continuously supporting an event that people from New England to Florida can look forward during the spring of every year. While I do not speak for them, I assume many Southerners and Australians gamers share the same sentiment.

I don't see the appeal in California. East coast has the best Pizza and Sea food.

I don’t see the appeal in California. East coast has the best Pizza and Seafood.


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#498 Tips for PAX East 2015 from 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen we are now a fortnight away from the people behind Penny Arcade’s PAX East opening their doors and starting the biggest videogame convention that the East Coast has the pleasure of hosting.

This year will be the fifth year attending the PAX East convention, and I was going to write a blog post giving out tips and advice on how to properly effectively capitalize on the most of everything that PAX or any other videogame/comic book convention has to offer you. Then I remembered that I already wrote blog post over at Sheep the Diamond last year. After re-reading the post I realized that I anything I write now would just be parroting that post. So I decided to take a leaf out of the triple A videogame industry by taking the original post, spicing it up a little by adding a bit of content at the beginning and end and re-released it as a “definite edition”.

So without further ado:

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This Friday kickstarts the 2014 Penny Arcade Expo, one of the biggest video game conventions on the East Coast and this year will mark my third year going down to Boston to experience all that is PAX with my family and friends. Over the years I have compiled my own list of must-haves to bring along if you do not want to miss a single moment of PAX or a similar videogame convention/expo.
A Good Backpack: This one is self explanatory, even if you take a glancing pass through the Expo hall you will end up having more loot that you can hold. Plus you will need it to hold everything else in this list. While the expo may supply you with a bag in the loot bag they do tend to rip and tear throughout a day of heavy use.

 

Phone Charger/Device Charger AND surge protector: Live tweeting takes a lot out of your phone or tablet’s battery and if you plan to play with a handheld while passing time in the lines you will be needing a charge and because electrical plugs are finite in the building, bringing a surge protector along so you can share the electricity with other people. Who knows you might even make a friend or two.

 

CA$H: While the use of mobile apps that performs credit card charges on the go are increasing, plastic is not the preferred choice for the expo booths, and trust me you do not want to miss your chance to get a T-shirt from your favorite booth just because they don’t accept debit cards.

 

An Autograph Book: There are going to be plenty of famous and internet-famous people attending and you do not want to be caught with your pants down when you run into one of your idols and you don’t have anything on hand for them to sign. * Note: this packing tip comes from personal experience of mine when I ran into the creator of Red vs Blue on the expo floor.

 

Travel sized deodorant: There is already the stereotype of the smelly geek attending gaming convention, please don’t feed into it. Deodorant also serves as a college-age makeshift shower after being crammed into a convention hall with thousands of other geeks for three days.

 

Trail Mix: The snack food halls tend to drain the most out of your wallet so trail mix serves as a great way to cheaply save a few bucks and keep you going long into the night. The advanced expo traveler might even try to pack some lunch meats sandwiches in the morning before going. True masters might even try to pack the recommended nutritional value worth of food for the three days, but this is optional.

 

Energy Drinks: Trail Mix and good food may provide great healthy energy, but that always pales in comparison to the high you get from good old fashioned carbonated sugary caffeinated soft drinks. To quote a classic 90’s videogame mascot: during this weekend, YOU GOT TO GO FAST.

And now I am going to save yourself some hassle, pack some Emergenc-C or any types of Vitamin C drops: Bring this along and be sure to eat plenty of Vitamin C for the Post PAX crash because it comes down to this – there is so much stuff to do over this single weekend, the only real benchmark on how well you participated in the event is how comprised your immune system is on the following Monday.

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To add some little more content to this post I also highly recommend spending quite a bit of prep time looking at all the panels and events available throughout the weekends and building a schedule around those activities. One of my mistake during my first year at PAX was that I ending up wandering around the Expo hall for too long and I only realized that I missed out on some interesting panels only after I looked at the schedule the next day.

If you are planning to attending a panel, especially if it is a panel about a popular topic or with popular people allow your  schedule to wait in line. These panels fills up incredibly fast and in some cases a half hour before the panel even starts. if you have a particular panel or content that you want to not only attend especially if you want good seats.

I hope this post helps any PAX East first timers, and if you are going to be attending PAX East this year leave a comment down below. We could try to do a makeshift meet up.

 


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#489 Another PAX East 2015 Post

We are now little more than a month away from Boston hosting the next Penny Arcade convention. Soon Boston will be runneth over from nerds and geeks from all walks of life  Card game geeks, board games, to videogames, lets players and streamers to cosplayers and all around general nerds will converge  for a 3 day extravaganza.

Having Boston host PAX East  is  a more prestigious honor than housing the Olympics. ...In my humble opinion

Having Boston host PAX East is a more prestigious honor than housing the Olympics. …In my humble opinion

Along with them, major AAA and indie development teams from around the world will converge to onto Boston to show off their newest and latest games on the expo floor and expo theater halls will be full of panels of discussion ranging from gameplay philosophy to entertainment and journalism.

but as I said before, “the Convention is only as good as the people there, and while the panels and flashy booths on the Expo floor are a major crowd pleasers, the best part is the people you meet and the activities you do after the expo hall shuts down.

Lately I have been asking the people who tune into my stream this question for a while and I traditionally dedicate a few blog posts to reach out to everyone on WordPress and beyond to ask the simple question, “Who’s going to PAX East this year?”

If you are reading this and are planning on going for either one or all three days, leave a comment down below with what you are most excited to see at PAX this year. And lets see if we can meet up on the expo hall, exchange 3DS streetpasses or play a few rounds at the arcades booths that they always have set up over there.


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#486 The Bravely Default Story

Since I first received my 3DS at the start of last year I have been able to collect quite a collection of games in my library, from physical games, digital games, and virtual consoles. From Pokemon to the staple First Party Nintendo titles like Kirby, Zelda & Mario titles, to some of the few third parties games.

Following the universal unspoken rules of being a big brother I have always offer my old 3DS games, that I have played through, to my younger brothers. Out of all of my collection, only one game in my possession it was only one game caught my brother’s eye and shown an avid interest in playing through, Bravely Default.

Bravely Default is a Square Enix game, published on the 3DS back in late 2012 and it received critical acclaim by reviewers and online personalities praising it as a GOOD Final Fantasy game in all but name. Out of all of my game titles in my handheld library,it has been the only game that my brother has been eyeing since day one, for the very same reasons I bought it.

 I have not played through a JRPG in years, and while I am still working my way through the first part of the plot, I can say the game knows on to capture the audience's attention.

I have not played through a JRPG in years, so I was also a bit hesitant getting back into the genre

While I will gladly let my younger brothers borrow any of my 3DS games that I have already played through and the funny thing is that one game has been placed on my perpetual backlog for various reasons that are only slightly outside of my control.

Just before I started thinking of cracking open Bravery Default, other more noticeable Nintendo and PC games grabbed my attention, then the most recent to the Pokemon games came out, then Smash for the Wii U and then the 3DS. Since my free gaming time is a limited in my schedule all those games took precedent over the Square Enix game and pushed back my play sessions with that totally-not Final Fantasy game back a bit each time. The funny thing is months later my younger brother he still asking if I have played the game yet. It has almost become a running gag, every few weeks or so he will go out of his way to ask me if I have even touched it yet and I point to the factory sealed game, give him my answer and he tries again in later.

I was not in any rush though, just between you and me, consider it punishment for my brother for not have good enough taste to enjoy/ lift a finger to play through any of the Mario, Zelda or Kirby that I highly recommended him to play.

I was not in any rush though, just between you and me, consider it punishment for my brother for not have good enough taste to enjoy/ lift a finger to play through any of the Mario, Zelda or Kirby that I highly recommended him to play.

The kicker is it was only this week when I finally removed Bravery Default from it’s seal to get access to the Club Nintendo code, In an attempt to redeem all the codes, earn platinum raking and cash out on free 3DS games once the customer rewards program closes later this year.

It actually worked out perfect for me, because last month finished my fix of Pokemon with Omega Ruby, and I have just recently unlocked all of the characters and stages in Super Smash Brothers for the 3DS in preparation for all the random kerfuffles I will be having with people at PAX East.  Right now and the re-release of the North American Majora’s Mask 3D  I have a sliver of time where I finally, finally sit down and started playing Bravery Default.

Now my brother finally knows how to get me to play through the games he wants to inherit through the big brother code, by trying to shut down another consumer service that I hold near and dear to me.

Don't worry guys, Steam has the family sharing program.

Don’t worry guys, Steam has the family sharing program.


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#456 Who’s going to PAX East? -2015 Edition-

Earlier this week the people at Penny Arcade started selling tickets to their 2015 PAX East event and I was able to secure my weekend passes for the fifth year running.

The best part of maintaining a blog for over a year is that I can shamelessly reuse topical post titles from this time last year. AGAIN

The best part of maintaining a blog for over a year is that I can shamelessly reuse topical post titles from this time last year. AGAIN

PAX East is one of the few things I look forward to every year. It is a three day experience that is chock full of panels from everything from psychology of gaming, to marketing, to actually building a game an interesting level designs and engaging stories. Beyond the panels and talks there is an expo hall packed to the brim with all the popular gaming companies, showing off their their next games they have still in the works. Lets not forget about all the free giveaways and 3DS passes you collect over those three days.

Its crazy how much 3DS has changed gaming/comic/geeky expos. I was able to grind through the first two runs of "Find Mii" on my first day, by just idly checking my 3DS while waiting in line

It’s crazy how much the 3DS has changed gaming/comic/geeky expos. I was able to grind through the first two runs of “Find Mii” on my first day, by just idly checking my 3DS while waiting in line

All the stuff I just mentioned are just half of the reasons why I look forward to this every year, the other half and the more important half is interacting with everyone there. There has always been something reassuring that everyone there is just as much of an avid gamer as you are, knowing that you could literally turn to anyone in the convention and start talking about your hobby with the same level of passion.

There is an added layer of fun making new friends and meeting up with friends and you have not seen in ages or meeting with people you have only interacted with online. This year I am lucky enough to PAX with year with my brothers and some of my best friends.

But I am curious on who else is going? If you are reading this and you already booked your tickets for this year’s PAX East, feel free to leave a comment down below on which days you are going maybe we could meet up for a Pokemon battle or just to hang out.

At time of writing there are still a few Friday and Sunday day tickets available, if you are reading this while still being on the fence on buying them or not, take it from me (if you can make to Boston for the first weekend of March) go out and snag both or at least one day if you can because the experiences you will have there is well worth the price.


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