PAX 2010 comes to an end
A somewhat late blog post (I blame exhaustion from a fun wknd and getting sick afterwards), but better late than never.
PAX never disappoints. In my 5 years of attending PAX I have always left with that wonderful feeling of happiness and satisfaction from a fantastic weekend (followed by a sad feeling that it has come to an end..) This year, was no exception. Another amazing weekend at PAX meeting friends, long sleepless nights and FUN (Lots of it).
I had an incredibly fun time at PAX Prime hangin’ out with old friends, attending various get-togethers and taking in as much as I could of the ‘PAX’ experience. By the end of it though, I was sick of 2 things: Tap House Grill, this place is just good for happy hour and other events, NOT for a sit down meal. I was disappointed with my Filet-O-Fish salmon burger. and 2)just sick in general (lack of sleep + very unhealthy eating and maybe some geek germs), at least it wasn’t swine. Circa PAX ’09.
1UP Meetup From Left to Right, Rez, cdngrrl, 1UP Community Manager, Tina, Kevin, Jen, Davin
I attended a couple of panels (Mega64, Aion panel and one of the PAX 10 panels), never did that last year, and also found some time to play in the hand-held lounge. Unfortunately, my Tetris DS Tourney results were mediocre. The person who beat me went on to win bronze. The top dog of the tournament, Chris, was a fierce opponent but he was extremely humble about his win. We kept seeing him around after the tourney and I joked that he was taunting us from afar.
Chris, Tetris DS Tourney Champion
The trip was not without a few hiccups though. For one, I printed the wrong page for the pax badge confirmation so that caused some delay picking up the badges. I also didn’t pack the right SD card for my camera so I had to keep deleting video/photos when it filled up.
My hunt for swag in the expo hall wasn’t a complete success either. I spied so many of those blue slime bags from Nintendo, but when I went over there and then later sent ppl to check the booth for me, I discovered that they ran out A few oversized Tees (that included a cool Tron shirt that glows in the dark), lanyards and buttons, made up my swag pile this year. Luckily those minor things didn’t decrease my overall enjoyment of the expo.
My favorite memories from the weekend, aside from taking pics jumping from the window sill to the bed include of course meeting new and old 1UP friends w/ quite a few cameos (like Davin and Wayne), definitely the road trip “To” (aside from the Border wait and being uber tired from waking up early for the drive) and “From” PAX (drivin’ in the pouring rain but we made it back safe and sound), and the Bumbershoot concerts I did end up seeing once I ‘escaped’ from PAX at the end of the day.
Random Shots from around the Expo
Rez and Wayne playing Kill Zone.
Yup, have to throw in a bean bag pic. I swear this is the same photo I take every year!
Waiting in line, I spotted a cute link bunny plush.
Awesome Ulala costume. Up, Down, Right, Left, Shoot Shoot Shoot. The only thing missing was a Morolian 🙂
Heard people say they wondered if Vega had a ‘pretty face’ under that mask. LOL
Long line up to try the multiplayer of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.
Assassin’s Creed brotherhood was pretty fun. I had to play on the PS3 side but the controls were easy enough.
I also talked to some Frag doll cadettes in line who told me to check out the Frag Dolls’ Website. Any girl with a passion for playing games is welcome to apply to be a cadette and get a chance to travel to different expos and learn about the industry.
This was the first year I also planned to check out Seattle’s music and art festival, Bumbershoot during PAX weekend. Edward Sharpe, Hole and Weezer were the only musical acts I was able to see. I’m actually surprised that I managed to escape PAX for a bit and make it to any shows. Also made sure to see the art on display there, like graffiti trash bins and a sculpture made out of popsicle sticks woven together.
Concerts under the Space needle 🙂
A visit to Twin Peaks
It started to rain and certain members of our party were feeling ill that day, but we still got a chance to visit twede’s cafe (Double R Diner) and The Great Northern and Twin Peaks Falls. The famous cherry pie, topped with a generous helping of soft serve ice cream, was delicious. Even if I was full from my meal I had to try it! Maybe I should have taken a pie home with me.
Twin Peaks falls!
Overall, the weekend was filled with loads of fun and good memories. Those who have yet to experience PAX should definitely make plans to check it out at least once in their lifetime! See you guys next year!
This photo can pretty much sum up my whole PAX experience ^_^