Is it me or does every single game company work over time in the summer? All the conventions blur into one as we start with E3 then finish with PAX. In the ten weeks that fill the gap between these two monster shows we have, San Diego Comicon, GenCon, GameCom, DragonCon, SyndCon, SOE FanFaire, Games Day, etc. etc. Geez it never ends.
As MMORPG’s Industry Relations guy I get to pick and choose which shows to go too. It is not easy. We skipped GamesCom this year for PAX. Although GamesCom is Europe’s largest show it can be a crazy trip and while we will miss our friends, it is just part of the choices you have to make.
So of all these shows which one is the best? Well, I have to give the Gold Medal to PAX. Rising up from nothing, this fan show has now become a premiere event. With dates on both coasts and PAX East looking to grow double by next year, the Penny Arcade guys have created a show for the fans. The Fans rule and that is something E3 has always missed. While E3 has its industry types walking around, celebrities, and top brass of the game industry, they do not allow fans, big mistake in my book. GamesCom also is open to the fans and when the show was in Leipzig I have never seen crowds so huge for video games. It was insane.
These types of fans shows are awesome and give us a chance to meet with you guys as well as developers to get all the info on the game biz. We’ll be going to PAX in a few weeks and I am very excited. Not only will all the MMOs be there, but also the tabel top and RPG games are there as well.
A trend we have seen lately in games is the return to Table Top, which is exciting for me because that is where I got my start. I hope to meet Richard Garfield and talk card games. I hope to see some of the old school gamers who will shed light on why the industry is turning back to its roots.
PAX is the show for me this year that I am most psyched about. If you are going we’ll definietly take time to chat! Oh and check out Star Wars of course….