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PAX Overview and Unofficial Awards

Posted Sep 11, 2008 by Jon Wood

PAX Overview and Unofficial Awards's Community Manager Richard Cox has finished up his final report on this year's Penny Arcade Expo. In this report, he touches on the good things about the show and even gives away a few of his own unofficial awards.

I love the Penny Arcade Expo. In my opinion it is everything a good video game convention should be. At the rate it is growing, in my opinion it is going to be, if it isn't already, the new E3, thanks to E3’s continued downward spiral. I feel that it is everything E3 should have been before it started its down that dark path to self destruction. This year was the first year that PAX hasn’t doubled in size, but it still grew a tremendous amount over last year. The best thing to compare it to is the E3 of old, but PAX handles it all so much better in my opinion. The booths are still grand and impressive without everyone trying to make their booth bigger and louder than everyone else’s. You can actually hold interviews IN the various booths (unless maybe if you’re trying to interview someone located next to the Rock Band or Guitar Hero booths.) And absolutely best of all, it’s all about the gamer, the consumer, the customer, all the regular everyday folks out there who want to know what’s going on in the industry, who want the chance to rub elbows with the developers and get first hand peeks on the big titles to come. The E3 of old was big and grand and a great experience, but it wasn't about the everyday gamer, the regular Joe, it was a media event and all the gamers out there were reliant on the press attending and hopefully asking the questions they want answers to.

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