What Is PAX East and Who Is Going?Posted on January 20th, 2010 No comments
The question “What Is PAX East?” can be summed up in a paragraph on the creators website:
PAX East is a three-day game festival for tabletop, videogame, and PC gamers. We call it a festival because in addition to dedicated tournaments and freeplay areas we’ve got nerdcore concerts, panel discussions, and an exhibitor hall filled with booths displaying the latest from top game publishers and developers. Even with all this amazing content the best part of PAX East is hanging out with other people who know their shit when it comes to games.
If that doesn’t give you a clear enough picture, then go here for a video overview. WARNING: That video is NSFW.
The weekend of March 26-28 twenty-ten, will have downtown Boston overrun with tens of thousands of gaming geeks. More than 22,000 60,000 tickets have already been sold with the entire event expected to sell sold out during February. So, if you will be in the Boston area the last weekend of March, and want to see what the fuss is all about, get over to www.paxsite.com now and buy some tickets (3-day passes are all gone, only single days for Friday and Sunday remain).
Who will be there is an interesting question. There will be some gaming famous people, some well known gaming competitive types, some game developers, gaming journalists, related musicians, and unknown enthusiasts like myself.
To give you a sense of people and events I have confirmed, I’ll post some people on Twitter and their relationship to the event. Some details are below, or you can follow my Twitter list (http://twitter.com/MyGGGo/paxeast) to get a more intimate view of who’s who in the PAX zoo.
@MyGGGo – That’s me! I run this blog, play lot’s of Rock Band (and a few other games), and mess with gadgets in my spare time. I’ll be at PAX East because it’s cheap, close to home, and a great way to blow off an entire weekend doing something that interests me.
@majornelson – Larry is the face of Xbox Live. You see him on Inside Xbox videos, he hosts the weekly Major Nelson podcast, and is a spokesman for all things Xbox. Yes, he is an employee of Microsoft.
@thevowel – e, or Eric, also a Microsoft employee, co-hosts the Major Nelson podcast. He works on the network behind Xbox Live. Based in WA, the Xbox team will be flying into MA for the weekend.
@Stepto – Again, another Microsofter from WA. Stephen is the Director of Policy Enforcement for Xbox Live. He is the guy who heads up the team that shuts down cheaters, and overall bad people on Xbox Live. He will be leading a talk at PAX East.
@XanderSliwinski – Alexander is a gaming journalist from the Boston area for www.joystiq.com. His focus is on Xbox 360 games and co-hosts The Xbox 360 Fancast (a weekly Joystiq podcast about Xbox 360 news and banter).
@HMXCasey – Casey a game designer at Harmonix, the company based in Cambridge, MA known for all the Rock Band goodness we write about here.
@RockBandAide – Tommy is the person behind the “unofficial” all things Rock Band web site and Twitter account. He’s traveling to MA for the event.
@RG_Studios – Rock Gamer Studios, is a team of Rock Band lovers that have started one of the Rock Band Network authoring companies. Much of the team will be traveling from NY and PA for the event. This team also hosts a weekly Rock Band event at a pub in NYC. Members of the team include @SaikoSakura, @S1ckH4nds, and @smeeguel.
@WCG_Prod1gy_X – Robert is a professional gamer, who landed in 2nd place on the reality TV show Ultimate Gamer. He will likely be participating in any gaming event in (and around) PAX East.
@ElectraFi – Tiffany is a gamer who leads up some online gaming clans in first person shooters, and does some design/development work too. She’s trekking up the East Coast for this.
NEW! @wilw – Famed actor and gaming geek. Leading the kick off session for PAX East, as he has done for previous events.
NEW! @lauralollipop – Developer on the Xbox Live team, also a co-host of Major Nelson radio.
NEW! @mc_frontalot – The epitope of white nerdcore hip-hop. Has a couple songs in Rock Band DLC, and will be playing live at PAX East.
Also, I’d expect CONFIRMED a much larger Harmonix presence at PAX East. I’d guess that CONFIRMED we will get to see (possibly play) Green Day Rock Band too. I don’t expect a Rock Band 3 announcement though.
As far as musicians, I wouldn’t be shocked to see CONFIRMED the likes of Johnathan Coulton, MC Frontalot, and some of the Harmonix bands show up to play the event. There is an orchestra known for some of the popular game scores too expected.
If you are not on this list (and want to be uberfamous), leave me a comment or a Tweet and I will update it.
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