Pax East 2014 3 day passes sold out in less then a hour

#1 Posted by ChrisOVC (129 posts) -

Luckily got mine ordered in time, There still selling Single day passes so for anyone who wants to go... GET ON IT!!!

#2 Edited by flameraven (10 posts) -

AGHHHH what day do i pick? when is the giant bomb panel usually?

#3 Posted by ManMadeGod (1561 posts) -

AGHHHH what day do i pick? when is the giant bomb panel usually?

Two years ago it was on Saturday, last year it was on Friday.

#4 Posted by supergg2k (51 posts) -

I am strongly considering buying a Friday and a Saturday ticket to make sure I don't miss it. Yeah it's $5 more than the three day but I wouldn't be able to go Sunday anyway.

#5 Posted by flameraven (10 posts) -
#6 Posted by laserguy (444 posts) -

I'm no where near Boston so you guy's enjoy the show, I have to wait until Seattle and hope I have a job.

#7 Edited by ripelivejam (3960 posts) -

Dickwolves.

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#8 Posted by Elwoodan (830 posts) -

sitting in the queue for Friday/Saturday passes now, its insane how much crazier it is this year than it was last year.

#9 Posted by Hyuzen (451 posts) -

This is crazy. I was on the site at noon, refreshing and waiting for the option to buy tickets to show up. Finally the option does, but when i could it was like 12:45 and all the 3 day passes were already gone!

Apparently @official_pax sent out a tweet with a link for where to buy the tickets early after they went on sale. It would've been nice to get that on the pax east page....

Guess I'll have to buy 3 1-day passes. Unless there's a chance that they could let some extra 3 day passes go on sale, once people have cancelled?

#10 Posted by Aviar (435 posts) -

I was able to get 3 - 1 day passes as I was working when the passes became available and couldn't get to the website at noon. This will be my first PAX so the extra 45 bucks sucks, but I'm still gonna enjoy the hell out of it and I'm sure it will be worth it.

#11 Posted by mrfluke (5153 posts) -

any of you guys know if they sell tickets at the event itself?

this crazyniess to be the first one to get these tickets in under a hour is too much, id rather pay the premium for the 3 days and get the tickets there if possible.

#12 Posted by Aviar (435 posts) -

@mrfluke: From what I read about last years tickets, it sounds like the actual one day tickets sold out but it took much longer then it appears these are going to last.

#13 Posted by mrfluke (5153 posts) -

@aviar: but do they sell tickets at the pax site itself?

#14 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5491 posts) -

Whoah. Glad to know Pax is still going strong after the whole controversy.

#15 Posted by BisonHero (6524 posts) -

@mrfluke: The PAX site links to like, a dedicated ticket booking site that is far more capable of handling this stuff, which I believe is the only place where passes are sold. I don't think they save any passes to sell at the door because they're already kinda charging a premium to anyone who doesn't get a 3-day pass. If you don't buy some one-day passes online, you probably won't be able to attend the show.

#16 Posted by BisonHero (6524 posts) -

@themanwithnoplan: The thing with the controversy is that a very small (vocal) minority of gamers care enough about gender politics and whatever to even be aware of this "ongoing" controversy (which at this point is only ongoing in the sense that Mike Krahulik has conservative viewpoints on gender issues and has bad PR training).

#17 Posted by bemusedchunk (692 posts) -

@themanwithnoplan: The thing with the controversy is that a very small (vocal) minority of gamers care enough about gender politics and whatever to even be aware of this "ongoing" controversy (which at this point is only ongoing in the sense that Mike Krahulik has conservative viewpoints on gender issues and has bad PR training).

Gamers, sure - but what about presenters and other members of the industry? Just look at Max Tempkins response. From what he wrote, it's almost like he wants nothing more to do with PAX - and he's not the only one out there...

#18 Posted by mrfluke (5153 posts) -

@bisonhero: ah, ok,

any chance has it been known when they will start selling pax prime tickets? ill try my luck to get tickets then.

#19 Posted by bemusedchunk (692 posts) -

@mrfluke: probably 6 months from now. Both shows are (generally) 6 months apart and they (generally) sell tickets 6 months before the show.

#20 Posted by HistoryInRust (6315 posts) -

@mrfluke said:

@aviar: but do they sell tickets at the pax site itself?

No official ticket vendor sells tickets at the event, but you're sure to have a dozen or so scalpers outside the convention center trying to shill passes for an exorbitantly hiked price.

#21 Posted by l4wd0g (1952 posts) -

I imagine there are some really pissed off Polygon and GameSpot employees right now.

#22 Posted by TheUnsavedHero (1255 posts) -

My cousin and I just picked up Friday and Sunday tickets. I'm really hoping for the Giant Bomb panel to be on a Friday, but if it ain't, then I always have the archive to watch. This will be our first "videogame convention" experience and we were just happy that all the passes weren't sold out.

#23 Posted by BisonHero (6524 posts) -

@bemusedchunk said:

@bisonhero said:

@themanwithnoplan: The thing with the controversy is that a very small (vocal) minority of gamers care enough about gender politics and whatever to even be aware of this "ongoing" controversy (which at this point is only ongoing in the sense that Mike Krahulik has conservative viewpoints on gender issues and has bad PR training).

Gamers, sure - but what about presenters and other members of the industry? Just look at Max Tempkins response. From what he wrote, it's almost like he wants nothing more to do with PAX - and he's not the only one out there...

Yeah, a larger percentage of that group is aware of the controversy and it matters to them, but getting back to TheManWithNoPlan's original discussion of "PAX still going strong", my implication was that most attendees aren't super concerned about it, and WAY more devs and presenters would have to drop out for it to actually have a noticeable effect on attendance. The Fullbright Company (of Gone Home) and Rock, Paper, Shotgun are some of the major players who are explicitly not attending PAX because of the controversies, but the vast majority of devs and presenters seem like they would rather still go to PAX to interact with the gaming community.

I really think at this point PAX barely has anything to do with Penny Arcade and is just "big-ass gaming convention, focused on gamers instead of being press-oriented", and Penny Arcade's role is something like that of a boxing promoter. They aren't really the main attraction, they just facilitate the event happening. I don't think Krahulik's comments magically make the whole show floor this anti-trans, rape-endorsing space. If people don't like Mike and/or Jerry and their viewpoints, don't go to their panels, and I guarantee you have a remarkably low chance of ever seeing them the whole weekend. The only reason I ever saw Jerry at last PAX East was because I went to the panel about the development of the Penny Arcade game. I never even saw Mike once.

#24 Edited by Marino (4696 posts) -

@mrfluke: Prime is generally even more difficult to get a badge for. And they have not sold badges at the convention center since 2009. Ever since then, they sell out way before the show.

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#25 Posted by mrfluke (5153 posts) -

@marino: geez, i mean is pax east worth it for friday and sunday alone?

id rather take a shot at securing a 3 day pass for pax prime then, whether it is the 3 day pass itself or buying the 3 passes individually, cause with hotel and travel costs already, id prefer to go for all 3 days of a pax event.

#26 Posted by Marino (4696 posts) -

@mrfluke: Tough call. Depends on if you have people to go do stuff on the day you can't go to the show.

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#27 Posted by Hailinel (24783 posts) -

@l4wd0g said:

I imagine there are some really pissed off Polygon and GameSpot employees right now.

Why? They generally get press passes that are distributed separately from the standard convention badges.

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#28 Edited by Meepasaurus (214 posts) -

@mrfluke said:

@marino: geez, i mean is pax east worth it for friday and sunday alone?

id rather take a shot at securing a 3 day pass for pax prime then, whether it is the 3 day pass itself or buying the 3 passes individually, cause with hotel and travel costs already, id prefer to go for all 3 days of a pax event.

Prime is infinitely more difficult. Last year they sold out of 4-Days before I got through the queue, and I had clicked the link about a minute after it went out on Twitter.

Edit: Individual day passes are still doable, but you'll need to be ready to hop in the queue the second the link goes out. It's also going to be a 4-day event again in 2014 FYI. If they pre-announce the start time, then I'd expect it to go even quicker as it did with East today.

#29 Edited by Hailinel (24783 posts) -

@mrfluke said:

@marino: geez, i mean is pax east worth it for friday and sunday alone?

id rather take a shot at securing a 3 day pass for pax prime then, whether it is the 3 day pass itself or buying the 3 passes individually, cause with hotel and travel costs already, id prefer to go for all 3 days of a pax event.

Prime is infinitely more difficult. Last year they sold out before I got through the queue, and I had clicked the link about a minute after it went out on Twitter.

Yeah, getting a four-day pass for Prime is pure luck at this point.

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#30 Edited by mrfluke (5153 posts) -

@hailinel said:

@meepasaurus said:

@mrfluke said:

@marino: geez, i mean is pax east worth it for friday and sunday alone?

id rather take a shot at securing a 3 day pass for pax prime then, whether it is the 3 day pass itself or buying the 3 passes individually, cause with hotel and travel costs already, id prefer to go for all 3 days of a pax event.

Prime is infinitely more difficult. Last year they sold out before I got through the queue, and I had clicked the link about a minute after it went out on Twitter.

Yeah, getting a four-day pass for Prime is pure luck at this point.

i mean ill still give it a shot once pax prime tickets go live, cause to spend money on hotel and travel, imo might as well go for all days of a pax.

wonder if Pax Australia is as popular?

#31 Edited by BisonHero (6524 posts) -

@mrfluke said:

@marino: geez, i mean is pax east worth it for friday and sunday alone?

id rather take a shot at securing a 3 day pass for pax prime then, whether it is the 3 day pass itself or buying the 3 passes individually, cause with hotel and travel costs already, id prefer to go for all 3 days of a pax event.

If you have a bit of money, make Saturday your day to go do some tourist stuff around Boston? It's a cool city. Friday and Sunday is still a fair amount of time to go check out PAX East, and really you can still see most of what's on offer except for panels and concerts that are specifically happening on Saturday.

#32 Posted by mrfluke (5153 posts) -

@mrfluke said:

@marino: geez, i mean is pax east worth it for friday and sunday alone?

id rather take a shot at securing a 3 day pass for pax prime then, whether it is the 3 day pass itself or buying the 3 passes individually, cause with hotel and travel costs already, id prefer to go for all 3 days of a pax event.

If you have a bit of money, make Saturday your day to go do some tourist stuff around Boston? It's a cool city. Friday and Sunday is still a fair amount of time to go check out PAX East, and really you can still see most of what's on offer except for panels and concerts that are specifically happening on Saturday.

Pax east isn't the only convention i have the ambition of going to next year, so im being a bit strict on money, hence my hesitation on buying the tickets for 2 days only. but making that saturday a whatevs day with a couple buddies isnt a bad idea either....hmm

historically, has the GB and cards against humanity pax east panels been on the Saturday?

#33 Posted by Marino (4696 posts) -

@mrfluke said:

historically, has the GB and cards against humanity pax east panels been on the Saturday?

There is absolutely no way to predict that.

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#34 Posted by rentfn (1280 posts) -

@marino said:

@mrfluke said:

historically, has the GB and cards against humanity pax east panels been on the Saturday?

There is absolutely no way to predict that.

times a million!!!!

#35 Posted by mrfluke (5153 posts) -

@rentfn said:

@marino said:

@mrfluke said:

historically, has the GB and cards against humanity pax east panels been on the Saturday?

There is absolutely no way to predict that.

times a million!!!!

ah ok, didnt know,

#36 Edited by Brewmaster_Andy (521 posts) -

Yeah it's unfortunately part of the gamble. Last year was the first Friday Giant Bomb panel that I recall, but who knows what that means for this year.

#37 Posted by billymagnum (826 posts) -

well seeing as how saturday is sold out too...that really sucks the3 day and saturday went so fast. anyone have experience with whether most are actually bought by attendees or is it a bunch of re-sellers eating up the passes?

#38 Edited by Brewmaster_Andy (521 posts) -

Well there were definitely some resellers, but Khoo usually cracks down on that pretty hard.

#39 Edited by Jedted (2360 posts) -

@brewmaster_andy: Has there ever been PAX that sold out this quickly? Last year i remember there still being passes available in January(two months prior to the event). I remember cause i bought my Sat & Sun passes in October and then i bought a Friday pass later on.

2013 was my first PAX experience and i'll be really bummed if i can't come back.

#40 Posted by BisonHero (6524 posts) -

@jedted said:

@brewmaster_andy: Has there ever been PAX that sold out this quickly? Last year i remember there still being passes available in January(two months prior to the event). I remember cause i bought my Sat & Sun passes in October and then i bought a Friday pass later on.

2013 was my first PAX experience and i'll be really bummed if i can't come back.

I'm fairly certain that tickets for PAX Prime in Seattle sold out this quickly when they went on sale earlier this year.

But yes, this is by far the fastest that PAX East passes have sold out.

#41 Posted by FakeKisser (339 posts) -

I personally think step one to helping fix this issue is not allowing people to buy more than two 3-day passes. Right now, I'm pretty sure it is five, which is insane. So, scalpers get one, order 5 3-day passes...

Second, I heard that PAX East is going to be expanding soon with the expansion of the convention center that is planned...and maybe under construction...? Not sure if that's confirmed.

I was unable to get a 3-day pass, so I had to order two single-day passes, one for Friday and one for Saturday.

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