By Marino 9 Comments
That Addictive Green Light
First things first. I stole the word StreetPAXin' from Wafflestomp.
Before the 3DS came out, I was fairly outspoken against it. I decided to get one when the price dropped a couple weeks ago and was able to get it from Walmart before the official price drop hit. I knew I'd get a 3DS at some point, so I couldn't pass up on an $80 price cut and 20 free games. I'm still not super excited about it, but it definitely added to the PAX experience this year. There were times where you could have the maximum 10 Mii's and you would get 7 or 8 more while you were trying to clear out those 10.
Going into PAX Prime 2011, I had only StreetPassed with two friends of mine. By the second day of the show, I had already completed all of the puzzles and two runs through the Find Mii dungeon. From that point on, it was just about seeing how many people I could check into my Mii plaza. I didn't check as often as I could have on the third day since I was more focused on finishing up my photography. The majority of people that use Street Pass share where they are from, so on the flight home (no WiFi), I decided it would be interesting to run an audit and see how many different states and countries were represented. Here's a breakdown...
|Alaska||1||New Hampshire||2||British Columbia||29||Japan||1|
|California||52||New York||2||Quebec||1||Puerto Rico||1|
|District of Columbia||1||Ohio||2|
|Montana||1||US (no state given)||6|
|Total Americans||279||Total Canadians||70||Total Int'l||10|
Yep. That's 359 Street Passes. There were 4 more that did not list their location. I know there were a bunch that I got more than once as well, but this number represents unique Miis. Unfortunately, I didn't catch any Whiskey Media Mii's, but I did get Johnny V (presumably during the GB panel) and Shane Bettenhausen (during the Weekend Confirmed panel). It's worth noting that Johnny V's greeting is "Where all the ♀ at?"
Not surprisingly, the most represented state, province, fiefdom, zone, or empire was Washington. California also had a respectable showing. And it looks like a decent number of folks from the Vancouver area came across the border for the show. Then, on the far right, we've got the crazy awesome folks (i.e. Matt) who flew thousands of miles to come to the greatest show on Earth.
For those of you in Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, North Dakota, and Rhode Island... I am severely disappointed in your lack of participation in this event. I better see some of you at PAX East 2012, especially those in CT, ME, and RI. That might be the next time that I ever see that green light start flashing on my 3DS.