Posted by EpicSteve (6492 posts) -

Me (tan backpack) with tons of GiantBomb users.

Top 5 Things I Learned at PAX:

- If you choose to make-out with a girl while intoxicated, make sure she doesn’t have a boyfriend. Let alone one that’s there.

- John Drake is a mischievous motherfucker.

- I love women with French Canadian accents.

- The most interesting developers to talk to are the small guys.

- Dungeons & Dragons people don’t like it when you respond with “Monopoly” when they ask if you’ve played any board games.

Vinny and I set a tone early.

After a weekend of adventure, I’m sitting here at the airport exhausted thinking, “What the Hell happened?” My feet and legs feel like the aftermath of some sort of dismounted mission in the mountains of The Stan. The dehydration is palpable; odd after drinking what I felt like was plenty of water daily, not odd after a bunch of alcohol and an average of 4 hours of sleep per night. My head kind of hurts and I have an overall feeling of disorientation. I guess I got a case of the Post-PAX? Or maybe because my dumbass didn’t schedule a hotel for the last night and I slept across three armrests at the airport last night? My body is totally wrecked. Despite that, I had some of the best times I’ve had in recent memory. PAX, ya’ll!

If I had to sum up my PAX East experience I would have to examine the community itself. It wasn’t necessarily seeing Super Giant Games’ Transistor or watching Ryan Davis drink breast milk that made the event, it was that all of this was shared with other people. Every great moment was complemented and carried by the community experience.

I don’t hangout with a lot of folks that know what videogames are. In no situation in my life could I tell a joke involving a Sim City review or simply mention a company like Double Fine without giving an excessive amount of background to what the hell I was talking about.

It all began with Rock Band night near Harvard’s campus. It was also one of the crazier events of the weekend. Of course the local off-campus bar served fine wine instead of actual liquor. That was a massive bummer! Thankfully Harmonix was kind enough to provide a generous open bar. During the night I was able to successfully force Matt Kessler into an uncomfortable situation of singing a romantic duet with me to a huge Internet and in-person crowd. This is also a song that we’ve never heard before. It’s always nice to spend time with the Giant Bomb staff but this was my first opportunity to meet with folks like you from the community. I took advantage of that and walked out with a solid group of friends.

At the Transistor booth for example the line was over an hour long, but Matt Kessler and I picked the brains of the development team and learned a lot. I was even able to speak to someone at SuperGiant Games that credited himself with the Salute mechanic in Double Fine’s Trenched. Did you know that mechanic wasn’t well received at first? I got the 10-minute story of how they originally went with voice communication for a main avenue of interaction, but that eventually lead to just saluting. Because no one talks to strangers, right?

I also spoke with the man behind Soda Drinker Pro, Will Brierly. When I asked him about the specifics about the recorded audio of the soda-drinking act he replied, “it was recorded six years ago out of a Taco Bell cup.” Of course, this was followed with me asking about the specific soda used, he said it was Coke. I accepted that at first, but it dawned on me Taco Bell serves Pepsi products. The world may never know now… Brierly said his booth was $1,500 for the three days. Add that with the cost of buying/renting TVs, promo items, and travel, I’m sure Brierly spent a lot of cash to come out to PAX on his own dime. “Some people like to go on vacations, this is that for me.” he said.

PAX opened with a keynote from Cliffy B. It was between this and Blizzard’s announcement event. I used common sense and couldn’t imagine anything I would care about from Blizzard would be announced at PAX. Cliffy B ultimately gave us the cliff notes of his life (pun not intended). The keynote was very personal and delved into the man’s life of being bullied and boiled down to how ridiculous it is to think games make people violent. His point being, you’d probably see more than zero fistfights breakout at PAX if games lead to real-world violence. Agreed, Clifford!

DiveKick was the talk of the show. I even had two instances of speaking with developers about their game. The game started as a joke buy slowly became a thing. It's a fighting game where every attack (a DiveKick) does 1,000,000 damage and everyone has 1,000 health. Through magic, the game doesn't have a joystick but it never gets confused on how the player wants to move. Imagine almost getting a perfect KO in a fighting game match and how insanely stressful that is. Now imagine an entire game being those last 10 seconds of a match. It's a fighting game untalented people like me can play! DiveKick sounds simple on paper, yet I quickly discovered it's a deep game that is akin to Blizzard's design philosophy of: Easy to learn, difficult to master.

If you’re reading this I’m assuming you all know about the insanity that occurred during GiantBomb’s panel. So I’ll leave you all with an abridged version of my journey through the eyes of my iPhone.

If you went to PAX what were your highlights? If you didn't what are you curious about?

First night out
CAH gave out PAX-related cards. This one is the best and most true.
My group started the GB panel line.
Scoops and I enjoying the open bar.
After John Drake finished talking mad shit about Dave Lang, we got a picture.
Space Team tournament.
I got deep in the Lang Zone with Dive Kick.
CAH panel. A lot of people actually had good cards ideas.
Transistor was one of the biggest talks of the show.
Dude, I dunno?
I tried to buy a deck.
Ryan about 15 seconds after shooting the breast milk.
Final night in town. Me, moderators Matt, Marino and SparklyKiss got with other users for some Five Guys.
Got to meet Tim Schafer and hear about his life. Interesting duder.
Like I said, I got REAL deep in the Lang Zone.
I took a lot more CosPlay pics than I anticipated. This was the most awesome.
DiveKick "KickBoxes". Get on Twitter to show demand! As of now, they aren't going to retail.
I became a DiveKick super fan. Got this signed by the team. It mostly just represents PAX to me.
Got Schafer to sign this Broken Age art.

#1 Posted by Sweep (8922 posts) -

Fuckin' 5-Guys, man. That shit fucks you up.

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#2 Posted by SmasheControllers (2551 posts) -

It was great to meet you guys!

#3 Posted by Sparklykiss (1983 posts) -

I present this with no comment.

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#4 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3571 posts) -

@sparklykiss: Dude on left looks related to Will Smith from Tested.

#5 Edited by MarkWahlberg (4606 posts) -

Cool stuff! Man, one of these days I'm gonna go...

@sweep said:

Fuckin' 5 Guys, man. That shit fucks you up.

You know you're not actually supposed to eat the entire bag of fries yourself, right?

#6 Posted by EpicSteve (6492 posts) -

@sweep said:

Fuckin' 5 Guys, man. That shit fucks you up.

You know you're not actually supposed to eat the entire bag of fries yourself, right?

Fuck that! We all ate our own order of fries.

#7 Edited by MarkWahlberg (4606 posts) -
#8 Posted by Marino (4736 posts) -

Get some rest, Steve.

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#9 Posted by MattyFTM (14417 posts) -

One of these years I'm going to have to try and save up enough money to go to PAX. It looks amazing.

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#10 Edited by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

Ha! If you told me Tim Schafer was your uncle or equivalent close relative I would believe it! :D

Awesome pictures man. Good stuff all around.

#11 Edited by Matt (964 posts) -

@marino said:

Get some rest, Steve.

This is the best.

#12 Posted by Dalai (7040 posts) -

- Dungeons & Dragons people don’t like it when you respond with “Monopoly” when they ask if you’ve played any board games.

They also don't like it when you sneak away from them while they're trying to explain a Dungeons & Dragons board game. I'm glad to have shared that horrible experience with you.

#13 Posted by Sparklykiss (1983 posts) -

@dalai said:
@epicsteve said:

- Dungeons & Dragons people don’t like it when you respond with “Monopoly” when they ask if you’ve played any board games.

They also don't like it when you sneak away from them while they're trying to explain a Dungeons & Dragons board game. I'm glad to have shared that horrible experience with you.

Y'all are awful. Awful.

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#14 Posted by Red12b (9084 posts) -

@dalai said:
@epicsteve said:

- Dungeons & Dragons people don’t like it when you respond with “Monopoly” when they ask if you’ve played any board games.

They also don't like it when you sneak away from them while they're trying to explain a Dungeons & Dragons board game. I'm glad to have shared that horrible experience with you.

Y'all are awful. Awful.

You're either in deep with D&D or they left you there alone?

I'm going with the latter.......

#15 Posted by Red12b (9084 posts) -

@marino said:

Get some rest, Steve.

@matt: Is that you?

Dude, know that feeling, I had a massive throat infection missed my flight had to wait for standby flights to get home, ended up lying on the airport floor for 12 hours,


One day, one day I will be there to meet all you guys, would love tyo hang out with dudes just riffing about games,

Going to PAX Aus, excited but still, I have a feeling that it just wont be the same..

#16 Edited by Matt (964 posts) -

@red12b: That's me above sleepy Steve

#17 Edited by Ramone (2975 posts) -

That's it decided. I am saving money to go to PAX.

#18 Edited by Daveyo520 (6861 posts) -

Nate is tall.

#19 Edited by Rolyatkcinmai (2695 posts) -

God I smiled like a fucking pedo in that photo. Keepin the PAX status quo.

#20 Posted by big_jon (5743 posts) -

Cannot wait to go to PAX prime.

#21 Edited by Ghostiet (5289 posts) -

@sweep said:

Fuckin' 5-Guys, man. That shit fucks you up.

I want to go back to the US just to eat another Five Guys burger. That's all I fucking want.

Cool blog and really cool photos, man. I'd inquire about the girl story, because I admit - I snickered when I read that.

#22 Posted by Sgtpierceface (631 posts) -

Awesome! Great read Steve. I wish I could go one day!

#23 Posted by Getz (3098 posts) -

Matt seems so handsy in all the pictures of him.

#24 Posted by MachoFantastico (4790 posts) -

Awesome, love your pictures with Vinny. You and Vinny make such a lovely couple!

#25 Posted by emem (1968 posts) -

Very nice read.

#26 Edited by Soap (3610 posts) -

I actually fucking HAVE to go to this next year. It's now a mission.

#27 Posted by Matt (964 posts) -

@getz said:

Matt seems so handsy in all the pictures of him.

I'm all hands

#28 Edited by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

Next year at pax im getting like a 3 inch button with my forum avatar, so when people see me, they might not get the "Oh shit, this guy recognizes me, should i know him, i hope he doesn't talk to me" face. ( I imagine its the same reason why porn stars dye their hair bold colors )

Also, I never saw patrick, nor did I ever street pass him. I saw, Kessler, but never street passed him ether.

#29 Edited by EpicSteve (6492 posts) -

@dagbiker: I'm sure I passed up even more GiantBomb users than I ended up hanging out with. I hooked up with @natetodamax early on in the keynote line after chatting on Twitter. Then I ran into Kessler, I slept in the man's apartment for a few days so we were familiar. I ended up recognizing @marino at Rock Band night, then a couple of other users just recognized me or assumed I was me through my dumb military haircut I assume.

We joked around saying we should all wear name tags with out usernames.

#30 Posted by mrfluke (5271 posts) -

ill definitely make it to A pax one day, definitely

#31 Posted by Epidehl (306 posts) -

@marino said:

Get some rest, Steve.

Oh hey, look at me being barely cut off on the right there! I ran into you guys a couple of times over the weekend, and had a great time hanging for most of Sunday and playing 4-player Divekick. I'll definitely have to make sure my schedule works out better so I don't have to leave immediately after the con is over next year though.

#32 Edited by Stackboy (503 posts) -

Hey! Turns out I met you in line for the Giant Bomb panel, I was the Australian guy.

Hi!

#33 Edited by Marino (4736 posts) -
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#34 Edited by EpicSteve (6492 posts) -

@marino: Ok, great I remember that now! I should've wrote that down.

#35 Edited by nail1080 (1975 posts) -

Cool write-up, thanks for sharing