Going to Pax East has become a yearly tradition for me. I don’t ever really plan on going. I just end up scalping a pass the day of (or the night before) and enjoying a single day wandering the exhibit hall.
Pax East is a yearly video game and board game convention in Boston. Game developers and publishers host booths and publicize their latest games; meanwhile, the convention organizers hold video game tournaments, seminars, and other entertainment.
I still remember the first time I went, a couple years ago. I didn’t know what to expect. Before I knew it, I was on an escalator down to the exhibit hall - and I was blown away by the size of the crowd, the colorful displays, the enthusiasm, and the energy. Everything about it is unapologetically nerdy and overwhelmingly fun.
The venue is a massive exhibition hall with two skywalks passing through the middle. Because of those skywalks, it’s impossible to get a single picture that effectively conveys the size of this massive event. Which is a shame, because you can certainly feel the size of it when you’re actually there. It just keeps going on and on.
It’s lots of fun. While there are many booths set up where you can demo new video games, most of them require waiting in a line. I only ended up actually playing two ‘indie’ games. I spent most of the time walking around and enjoying the atmosphere.
While moving yesterday, I gave my keys to Jess so she could open doors while I used a hand truck. She left them for me on the hook - but I forgot to grab them before leaving the apartment with Violet later that night. Jess had her own set of keys - but she was at dinner with friends about 45 minutes away.
End result, violet and I had to hang out in our lobby for a while. I had plans to do various moving and cleaning things, but I was essentially forced to just sit down and do nothing.
I ended up downloading and fiddling around with a new iPhone game by a clever developer named Michael Brough. He makes puzzle games that appear very simple at first, but are actually very deep with complicated mechanics and interactions. They require a lot of deep thinking and strategy. They’re perfect for airplanes and situations where you’re locked out of your apartment!
This game is called Cinco Paus. All of the in-game instructions are written in Portuguese, because a part of the game is figuring everything out. In each play-through you control a little wizard who has five randomly generated wands. You don’t know what each wand does - so you need to use them to figure it out as you move around a five-by-five grid and slay monsters. The game seems like nonsense at first, and learning how to play is the first puzzle. After you get a handle on that, the actual gameplay is quite a good puzzle too.
Mega Man coasters
2 years, 3 months ago
I saw these coasters on Reddit. It's funny because Casey and I were just recently talking about how we played Mega Man in Long Island.
This kid has the right idea!
Literally can't buy a Nintendo Switch
2 years, 9 months ago
So forget for a second that I'm turning 30 later this year. I've decided to buy the new Nintendo console named the "switch". However, this thing came out a only a few weeks ago and you literally can't buy it. Stores are out of stock, they don't let you reserve it, and they don't even tell you when they will get their next shipment. When shipments come in, they are usually only three or four consoles. Not to mention people with JOBS can't line up outside of Bestbuy every morning. Ain't nobody got time for that.
I am banking on getting one through Amazon somehow. It doesn't really matter, because even if I were to get my hands on a Switch, I'd have Jess hide it from me until after my exam.
Pax East 2017
2 years, 10 months ago
I stuck Jess with the dog and ducked out of the apartment on Sunday to visit Pax East, the annual videogame convention and exhibition in Boston. I only had a few hours, but it was enough time to soak in some of the intense nerdyness that I find so enjoyable. It was impossible to capture the size and energy of the exhibition hall in one photo. From this panorama, you can't tell that the booths and excitement extend much further on the other side of the skybridge on the left.
This guy gets me.
Factorio is my favorite game of the year. It's a factory building game - like a giant nerdy sandbox. It lets you be creative while also pushing you to optimize your creations. It's relaxing, stimulating, and wonderful.
Factorio even allows you to collaborate with other players online. It's a lot of fun for a group of strangers to assign you a part of their factory and to trust you to build it efficiently - and when you're done, people might stop by and admire (or critique) your work. It has a good and cooperative community.
I think I've made it clear that I like this game. Now if Violet would just settle down I'd be able to play it again :P
The Boston Major
3 years, 1 month ago
Last weekend Jess and I attended a nerdy dota (videogame) tournament in Boston. We had a good time watching an American team play, and then we watched the finals between two European teams. Even the uninitiated could appreciate the exciting moments and the enthusiasm of the crowd. Dota is not a game for the faint of heart, and the dedication and mastery of the professional players comes through very clearly. It was a fun experience for me, and a peculiar one for Jess - even though I think she enjoyed it too.
I send my thanks to Jess's mom, Judy, for dog-sitting for us and making our experience possible.
This is an old Donkey along arcade cabinet I saw in Salem. I like the art on this cabinet.
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