We are back from the inaugural PAX Aus and I have to say that we all had a great time. Other than some minor niggles with the size of the theatres at the venue everything else was well organised and well run.
The kids had a blast once they got over the fact that they were being told to touch and play with everything instead of the usual “don’t touch”. There were plenty of new and old games to play; video games, board games, card games, dice games, physical games … all types of games. A spontaneous game of “get the ball over the PAX sign” even broke out one morning while we were queued up waiting for opening time. Several thousand gamers cheering each other on to bounce a beach ball over an advertising banner was a fun experience.
We spent a bit of time in the console free play area and the board game area, trying out games (and making a shopping list as it turned out). Our video gaming popular spot seemed to be the Australian indie games area and it was great to see some of the fantastic stuff coming out from small local development groups. Lots of developers were on hand and happy to answer questions from the kids or just show off their new games.
It was also good to see that nearly 40,000 gamers could get on so well together in a venue that was probably just a tad too small. Everyone was friendly and well behaved. Nobody hogged any of the games. Everyone seemed happy to jump into a multiplayer game with complete strangers, even when some of them were kids (and young kids were definitely in the minority).
PAX Aus 2014 has been confirmed and I think Shannon has already started planning a road trip for us. I’m looking forward to it! 🙂
There are photos of our PAX trip over on our photo site. Check them out and feel free to leave comments.