Wednesday, September 14, 2011

PAX, Paste and Mad Scribblings

The piece about PAX that I wrote for Paste is now online! It ended up being about the connections that are formed and rejuvenated by the event, both between fellow gamers and between players and creators. It ended up being a bit more upbeat and feel-good that I was anticipating, but it felt like it couldn't help but end up that way. Maybe that means it accurate captures how the show feels. PAX is by no means perfect, but I find it really hard to deny the atmosphere conjured by the event.

On a meta-level, seeing PAX from the media angle was absolutely fascinating and it definitely increases my empathy for anyone who writes about games for a living (seriously, you all endure a lot). No question the experience altered how I'll interact with media going forward, hopefully to the benefit of everyone.

As I mentioned before, major thanks to Kirk Hamilton for setting this up and Garrett Martin for editing/running it.

I'm quite curious to hear your thoughts and if you like the piece, please share it with any like-minded individuals!


Blogger Jacob Clark said...

It really sucks that I can not make it out to the PAX Prime since I live in Virginia, I really want to meet up with you one of these days. I still cross my fingers someday that your company will come over to Boston and rock there socks off! It's great to see you on other sites now, and hope to read more from you.

On PAX itself I love it. I just hope that PAX will lead gamers to become more social. After I went to PAX last year it inspired me to connect and found my own meetup group for the DC area called Gaming In Public. I just think we get a bad rep a lot that we are not social and we are typing away all day long but gamers love to meet other gamers!

September 14, 2011 at 2:37 PM  

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