Those, along with a visit to the Vancouver Lookout and tracking down the famed JAPADOG hot dog stand, led to a full couple days in Vancouver.
I made my way to Seattle, ready to go for PAX Prime. Each day, I roamed the convention centre, checking out the exhibitors and displays for anything that looked really cool. Or they had free swag. It's all about the swag.
On Friday I attended the keynote with Mikey Neumann, Chief Creative Champion of Gearbox Software, at the start of the first day. I ended it with seeing the panels with Hironobu Sakaguchi (creator of Final Fantasy) and Cards Against Humanity.
On Saturday, day two, I went to the Halo and League of Legends design panels. I also went to a live comedy show hosted by Cards Against Humanity and had a great time.
On Sunday, day three, I went to the Destiny and Tetris panels. I got to see Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris!
Lastly, on Friday, day four; I went to the Penny Arcade Q&A with Gabe and Tycho. They are still keeping up some PAX traditions at their panel:
- The communal knuckle-crack.
- The introduction of a new swear word.
That afternoon, I entered into the You Don't Know Jack console tournament, and was eliminated in the fourth round. However, that did give me time to catch the live stream of the Omegathon final round, of which the chosen game was Pac-Man.
I was wiped out at the end of this PAX, but in a good way, as I was also taking lots of pictures for my Extra Life guild's Instagram as their man on the scene.
But I think I finally caught the PAX Pox my last night in Seattle, as I woke up Tuesday morning in the hotel not feeling so hot. But my flight home wasn't until that night, so I spent my last day in Seattle catching a matinee of the 30th anniversary screening of Ghostbusters and taking a stroll through Pike Place Market. I wanted to try Piroshky-Piroshky.
I had a blast at my fifth PAX, and I'm looking forward to next time.
Pictures to come.