There’s really nothing quite like PAX East. Prime is great — many people prefer it — but it’s too spread out for my taste, too sprawling and diluted. East is smaller, more concentrated. At Prime you can get lost in the crowd, but at East you’re constantly running into people you know.
Which is as good a segue as any…
If you want to run into me at PAX East, you’ve got a couple of options.
If you’re a freelancer or an aspiring freelancer, I highly encourage you to attend the Freelancer Meetup described in the last post. Yeah, it’s early in the morning, but it’s a really great opportunity to meet fellow game writers in a no-pressure environment.
Other than that, I’ll be on two panels:
The Escapist Movie Night: Saturday, 9:00 PM, Merman Theatre — Come see the stars of the Escapist! Check out never-before-seen videos from the Escapist’s most talented content creators, plus a live Q&A from the likes of MovieBob, Loading Ready Run, No Right Answer, Susan Arendt, Shamus Young, Johnathan Grey Carter of Critical Miss, and of course myself! If you have any questions about Critical Intel — how I do it, where I conduct my research, or how I got started in game journalism — this is the place to ask.
Borders and Bullets: Global Game Controversies: Sunday, 10:00 AM, Naga Theatre — If you’re a political animal as well as a gamer, don’t miss out on this panel. It’s a roundtable discussion on a host of topics from violent media, to links between the game industry and the gun industry, and even whether games can be used as a diplomatic tool. My fellow panelists Steve Watts, Elisa Melendez, and James Portnow of Extra Credits fame will help bring the Borders trilogy to a close — it’ll be one for the record books.
And hey, aren’t coming to PAX but want to watch Borders and Bullets anyway? Not only will I be taping the panel as normal, but Twitch TV will be streaming it live!
See you out there in the big nowhere.