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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What to Look Forward to at PAX East Boston

So, the PAX East conference is this weekend and I'm headed there again. Last year's show was my first time there. This year's show sounds just as crazy. Not knowing what to expect last year, I didn't feel that prepared for the show. By the end of day one, I was so exhausted, I didn't attend Saturday or Sunday, even though I planned to. This year, I hope to be a little different. I'm still overrun by press releases before the show, but hoping to have a better plan of attack for the show. If you happen to be going yourself, here's what to look out for:


Nintendo Switch

The new gaming system was just released. While there aren't many games out just yet for the system, expect to see it around the conference heavily, especially at the Nintendo booth. Many booths like LucidSound will be running contests involving the platform. Don't lick the cartridges at the show. Too many germs to spread.

Virtual Reality

I've seen so many different pre-show announcements related to VR, it probably even tops Nintendo Switch. Oculus Rift and my personal favorite the HTC Vive will be around for sure, but look for many of the less expensive more consumer friendly systems, too, like the Samsung Gear VR, too. Plenty of game play here to be had.

Twitch Prime Lounge

I first joined Twitch to get the extra entries in some giveaways. I view it as a place to stream your gaming sessions where you can chat with others playing. It seems at the show their will be a lounge dedicated for Twitch Prime members where you can win cool prizes and relax. As best I can figure out, the lounge is open to all, which I'm assuming means you have to sign up for the 30 day free trial.

Giveaways Galore

I wasn't as prepared for this part last year as I should have been. I typically enter everything... All the bigger booths will be giving away something. You'll either have to register early at the booth for a timeslot to play a game and high score wins, or you'll have to be spotted wearing a tattoo, or you'll have to tweet/post a picture to social media, or just have random luck if you showup at the right time. I've been trying to figure out where I should stop from the press releases I've seen but most don't say enough to limit myself to just the few that do.

Indie Megabooth

One of the things I was impressed with the most last year was the shear number of independent developers presenting their wares. Try out as many games as you can. They typically don't have a marketing budget and this will be your only chance to see them, anywhere. If you happen to get into town early, try to get into PreGamers event, too.


Non-Profit Connections

Expect to see some non-profit connections with several of the vendors. For instance, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and American Red Cross have teamed up to host an “Assassin’s Creed” blood drive on Sunday, March 12th. An exclusive, limited edition commemorative Assassin’s Creed pin will be given to donors. Stack-Up will also be there, they focus on helping Active Duty service members and Veterans through the power of gaming. They run a push-up contest, too.

One last thing... wear comfortable shoes, oh, and I'd recommend carrying around a bottle of water, too.

See you at the show.
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