Ditto’s PAX East Roundup
PAX East, while an amazing and at times overwhelming show, definitely posed certain challenges to this intrepid Fabricated American blogger. For one it is HUGE and completely packed with people, and I have short furry legs, so getting around was a little tricky. Fortunately for me this was easily remedied by riding on Miss Narrator’s shoulders. That was going well until I jokingly said ‘Giddy-up’, of course, and then… Let’s just say that Miss Narrator has a line that should never be crossed.
Another challenge for me was the games represented there. I pride myself on being a family and kid friendly blogger who focuses on family friendly entertainment, and I feel that this is an important part of my website. The games shown at PAX East – I mean the big, showcase games that everyone was there to see – were absolutely mind blowing in their action and in their detail. Games like Gears of War 3, Duke Nukem Forever, Bioshock Infinite, Darkness 2… these were amazing, detailed, and utterly terrifying to behold – certainly not games I would consider adding to my blog. There are lots of other gaming sites that will talk about these games endlessly, I’m sure, so I don’t really need to.
Aside from Wizard 101, some Magic the Gathering games, Pokemon and (depending on your personal threshold) LOTRO, there weren’t many games there I would consider ‘family friendly’ – there were a few, sure, but they were certainly the exception at a show obviously geared more towards the hardcore gamer and less the furry orange monster.
I did manage to get an interview with Brad Borne, creator of the hilarious and family friendly (Rated ‘E’) ‘Fancypants Adventures‘, and I’ll post that video a little later – he was very nice and his game (with a new version/expansion coming soon on xBox Live) was a LOT of fun to play.
As part of my PAX East experience I also sat in on a wonderful panel about finding your dream job in writing or game marketing (a monster can dream, right?) and got up to ask the panel of experts a question. By the reaction of the panel and the crowd, you might think I was the only other Fabricated American there! They did answer my question very thoroughly (and took my business cards – yay!) but they seemed amused for some reason, I’m not sure why…
After the panel Miss Narrator and I explored the tabletop games area and found a game called Dragon Dice; we played through a demo game and it was really fun! It had elements of my beloved collectible card games, where you design an ‘army’ of dice soldiers, monsters, and even dragons to defend your realm, but then you have the randomness of the dice roll to add lots of excitement.
Cosplay. Do I need to say more? From the literal army of Zombie road cones to the cardboard swords and shields to the elaborate and exquisitely crafted character costumes and the legendary Magic Card dress, the cosplay crowd was probably one of the most unexpected things I found at PAX East. Being a furry orange monster I’m used to standing out in a crowd, but at PAX when you’re standing between a Lara Croft and some giant alien robot, a furry orange monster isn’t that big a deal. That’s an odd feeling, I have to admit.
Overall, PAX East was one of the most amazing experiences of this monster’s life. From my WONDERFUL interview with Fred Howard, to seeing the newest and shiniest the big gaming companies have to offer, to finding those fantastic little games that hide in the shadows between the huge booths, it was an experience I will long remember and an experience made a thousand times better because I was able to share it with all my fans and followers! I’m already planning on making it there next year and spending the whole weekend!