PAX Impressions Trickle In

September 2, 2008 -

As PAX attendees return to the real world, their impressions of the show are beginning to drift in...

At his Reality Panic blog, Jason Della Rocca, executive director of the International Game Developers Association, writes:

Despite my earlier lamenting on not having the time to play all the awesome games (digital or otherwise) on show at the Penny-Arcade Expo, I cannot help but walk away super enthused and energized.

 

The level of energy and enthusiasm among the (rumored) 50k+ participants was palpable - and a joy to see vs. the often frenetic pace of more industry/business oriented events.

Dan Rosenthal of GamesLaw writes:

PAX 2008 was an amazing success, from the exhibit hall to the freeplay rooms.

 

Our panel on “Legal Issues in Contemporary Gaming” was a smash hit, the room was packed, and our panelists were a riot. The always entertaining Tom Buscaglia, wearing his Quake II team jersey, regaled the audience with stories about Jack Thompson, Microsoft, and Digipen. Ross Dannenberg, a.k.a. “A parasite of the industry”, told the story of how John Carmack gave him that nickname, talked to the crowd about Second Life and the Bragg v. Linden case and bantered with Tom.

The ECA's Hal Halpin did interviews seemingly nonstop at PAX. Skewed & Reviewed has posted theirs. Here's a sample:

GVK: What are some of the biggest challenges facing the ECA?

 

HH: Broad Stroke 1st Amendment issues, anti-gaming factions, net neutrality, Universal Broad Band and Fair Use doctrines. That and the negative image many gamers get especially Generations X and Y as they are portrayed as being lazy slackers... Keep the faith, as we feel your pain. Many [overseas] politicians are banning games based on false research and information that is being passed around by people like Jack Thompson who have a clear agenda against gaming. The best way to fight this is to partner up with overseas groups who defend the rights of gamers and consumers.

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Now I don't have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

Wait... I think that sounds like a good idea.

But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God's Sake... least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

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Don't feed overeducated trolls. Maybe they'll go back to /b/.

-I apologize-

-I apologize-

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I like how Jack posts his idle threat here instead of contacting Hal directly.  He's got all the menace of a toothless chihuahua.

"There is no sin except stupidity." - Oscar Wilde

"De minimus non curat lex"

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Please, don't demean the toothless chihuahuas, they are FAR More potent and threatening than Mr. Thompson.

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I have a feeling this will work in cycles. Soon, PAX will turn into E3 and we'll have a new guy to take it's place too.

 

-Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007) Just to name a few...

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

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It's been my opinion for a while that PAX will replace E3, especially as far as something gamers care about. The new E3 is just a fancy meeting for executives. The majority of gamers will quickly stop caring entirely about E3, I think. I think PAX will get bigger and bigger. Part of it is that PAX is all about nerd-dom in general, not just video games. You're got PC and console games, pen and paper RPGs, tabletop wargames, all things nerd.

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Seconded (or more accurately thirded).  Expect press coverage to increase for PAX (and to a lesser extent VGXpo) as E3 becomes increasingly irrelevant.  It's interesting how the comments made in the article are in direct opposite of the impressions from the last E3.  Very telling.

 

All I can say, then, is, "E3 is dead!  Long live PAX!"

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True.  I remember reading on PA's website when PAX initially started, Holkins and Krahulik jokingly called the convention "Fuck E3."  While the old E3 was quite a show, only industry insiders could attend while the rest of us could only see it from online, an rare blurb from CNBC or (shudder) G4.  When the two created PAX they had it from day one of planning that any Joe Blow, not just the producer of Braid, could get a ticket and enjoy the glitz and glamor.

 

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 Excellent post Dennis, lets see if this type of event can be used to teach politicians/goverments that not all games are ultraviolent!! Hope this post makes sense.

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It sounds like it keeps the energy of the former E3 - would it be fair to say that PAX is like an indy replacement?  

Can't wait 'til it hits the East Coast.  (PAX in the East - is this awesome, y/y?)

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It was good to finally meet you Dennis. I enjoyed your panel immensely.

 

-Dan Rosenthal

-- Dan Rosenthal

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Was the "Legal Issues in Contemporary Gaming" panel recorded and uploaded somewhere?. If so, can someone link us please? :)

 
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