PAX East is basically my first video game convention ever, and apart from trying to see the GB duders and shake their hand, I'm not sure what to do. For people who have gone to PAX before, what would you recommend I do
First video game convention ever, what should I do?
I've never been to one either so my plan was to walk around and look at a ton of different booths. Check out some of the panels/concerts maybe even enter a classic tourney of some kind. High five random GB duders I see plus just overall enjoy the atmosphere. From what I've seen about it we won't have any issues finding something to do.
The show floor is great but PAX is so much more. There are freeplay areas to try out all different kinds of games from classic and current consoles, board games and the PC. When the panel schedule comes out the first thing you should do is realize that you will not see everything.
- Bring some hand sanitizer for meeting people and after controller use. No joke.
- Wear deodorant. Please.
- Go in knowing that there WILL be things you can't see because they conflict with other events. Plan accordingly. I recommend Guidebook, which is an app on iOS and Android that has a PAX guide you can use to plan your schedule for each day.
- Don't waste your time waiting in lines for big, AAA titles, unless they are titles that you know you need to see immediately. PAX is great for the indie and XBLA/PSN scene, and there are usually shorter waits to see and play those games.
- Get in line super early for the GB panel if you want a seat. Last year's line was around 2 hours.
@walreese55: Here's most of everything you need to know in the brand new revision to my PAX guide.
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