Sunday, April 14, 2013

PAX East 2013


Descending into the madness that was PAX East 2013:


I had a great time at this year's PAX East. For those who don't know, PAX East is a growing yearly convention in Boston centered on gamer culture - mostly video games, but also board games, card games and podcasts/media. It's tens of thousands of people in the Boston Convention Center, geeking out and having a fun time. It really is great!

Riot's League of Legends was massive this year, which makes sense,
since it's currently the most popular game in the world.
PAX East is great affirmation that there are a ton of gamers, geeks and nerds out there, both male and female. The organizers of the expo, the folks who do Penny-Arcade.com, have put together a real celebration of gamer culture. I was thinking about this the other day: If you are a parent of a teen who's struggling due to popularity/bullying issues in middle or high school, this kind of convention is a great way for that person to both have fun and to realize that there's a lot of people like him/her, the issues they are struggling with now will not last forever, and when they get a bit older they can really have a community to call their own.