The Penny Arcade Expo is an event that was put together in 2004 by Penny Arcade to showcase and celebrate all things gaming with the general public which up until that time industry events rarely did. The first event dubbed Pax Prime took place in Seattle Washington and since then has spread around the country and abroad. Pax has become one of the largest gaming events in the world with each one selling out the previous event. Pax East was founded in 2010 and in 2012 it was announced that the Expo will stay in Boston Massachusetts until the year 2023.
This year Pax East was once again held in the heart of downtown Boston at the Boston Expo and Convention Center last week beginning Friday April 11th and ending on Sunday April 13th 2014. It was my first trip to Boston and I was accompanied by RGN Camera Person Lady Killzown to help cover the event.
We departed from Saint Louis Missouri on Wednesday April 10th and arrived in Boston around noon, checking into our hotel a day early to explore the city as well as learn how to navigate to and from the convention center. The following day the expo had begun and there were a wealth of companies in attendance for the 10th anniversary of the expo. There were many triple AAA studios such as Ubisoft, Bethesda, 2K, Square Enix, and Blizzard with even more independent game makers such as Devolver Digital, Tribute Games and others who were placed on the massive expo floor for eager gamers to explore.
There were other companies such as Wizard of The Coast, Hyperkin, Twitch, Cartoon Network, Skullcandy, Astro, Turtle Beach, and a plethora others who were showcasing their new games, products and merchandise to public as well as conducting tournaments out of their booths. There many panels that were conducted outside the show floor during event with the Penny Arcade Crew, Gaming Personalities, companies, websites and others representing their video game communities held during all three days of the expo. These panels offered new information on newly released and upcoming games such as Titanfall and Heroes of the Storm, fun crowd oriented panels and finally dealt with the social and technical issues that the gaming community faces today.
In rear of the convention center there was a arcade center where gamers can play basically any console that had been released if it was available and a table top center where gamers could play board games, trading card games, and more. There was also a PC stable made by the many pc hardware companies that were advertising on the floor allowing players to access their Steam libraries and play their games on the best hardware available.
Cosplayers were also in full effect coming from both near and far to showcase their creations on the show floor and the ones we saw had put in a lot of work and effort into their costumes. The Main Theater and Jam Space hosted concerts for NerdCore, Chiptune, Chip-Hop Artist as well as other video game music artist like MC FrontALot, Mega Ran, Metroid Metal and others took to the stage and performed in front a packed house.
There were many developers and new games at Pax East showcasing their new titles. The go to go to Triple A titles was Bethesda’s Wolfenstein and 2K’s Evolve with lines that were almost all the way out of the door and after a few hours had to be “Perma-capped” or cut off for safety reasons as well as to insure people can play the games. The Indie presence was huge and many of the games we’re fun to play and very polished. We got to check out Rumble Jungle, Chroma Squad, Secret Ponchos, Gods Will Be Watching, and so many other titles coming soon this year.
We’ve done a lot of networking with the developers on the show floor and we hope to work with to bring RGN fans more new and exciting content in the coming months. Pax East 2014 was all in all amazing, I recommend that anyone who is a gamer attend any of Penny Arcade’s upcoming events including this years Pax Prime and on behalf of RGN I would like to thank all that were involved in organizing the event for inviting RealGamerNewz to come out and to cover the event.