LFM: 75,000 nerds raiding Seattle, PST

Sooooooo, PAX. Though it’s probably just meant to be a cool-sounding acronym, it means ‘peace’ in Latin. But it’s not exactly peaceful.

Packed into all six floors of the Seattle Convention Centre is the biggest gaming culture expo on the planet, really rivalled only by E3. Hosted by the omnibenevolent ‘internet celebrities’ of Gabe and Tycho, creators of Penny Arcade, the three-day blowout is a sweaty mass of all things geek. And though people who know me might think I’m pretty geeky, honestly, I’m an amateur compared to a lot of people here.

This is going to have to be a relatively short post as I’m currently midway through a Left4Dead tournament with RandomEngy, Urquan and ILMTitan. After mutilating our first two opponents, we’re through to the third round which means things are starting to get serious. Tingly.

PAX is a lot of fun. It’s a huge hall filled with kiosks, swag giveaways, demos and such, and elsewhere there’s room for TGCs (not really my thing), tabletop games, handhelds, consoles, and just sundry computer use. Speeches and speakers are ongoing throughout the day; I myself attended Gabe and Tycho’s Q&A session, which was tremendously funny. Sadly the other two items I was interested in (homosexuality in gaming and ‘Designing for Failure: why winning sucks’) overlapped timings, but nonetheless I can’t complain.

I’ve actually been typing this in breaks and sadly, we were just knocked out three rounds to one by a pretty good team. We reached the last six, though! Tomorrow I’m in the TF2 tourny, so I’ll let you know how that goes as well.

Uh anyway, it’s all a bit of a blur so I’ll just leave it at this for now and go into more detail tomorrow. Game on.

1 Response to “LFM: 75,000 nerds raiding Seattle, PST”

  1. 1 Renée 06/09/2009 at 11:57 am

    Tournaments and acronyms that have other meanings are WIN.

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