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.