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#31 CtrlAltDft

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 02:56 PM

Damn shame the Saturday passes sold out. I ended up cancelling my hotel reservation and I'm not going to PAX Prime this year. At least I got to make it to PAX East.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:32 PM

I figured we'd stay Sunday night so we could spend Monday doing other stuff in Seattle. But, man, that is not very cheapassed!

Tell me about it >_< When we booked the hotel last night, we decided to go with the same one we stayed at last year, the Hilton. We wanted to get a room for Wednesday night as well, and spend Thursday sightseeing around Seattle, since we weren't able to do very much of that last time. Turns out the Hilton was one of the hotels that wasn't offering the convention rate for Wednesday-- instead, it's a full $70 more! What we ended up doing was booking our flight early on Thursday so that we'd get in by early afternoon. Not as much sightseeing time as we'd like, but better than the price for the extra night :-P

Oh, and as for public transit from the airport, yes, it's very easy to get on a train from there to the convention center area downtown. The fare is pretty cheap, too. Here's the info; I'll add it to the second post as well.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:00 PM

I think it's safe to say PAX has outgrown Seattle. It's time to move it.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 02:21 AM

I think it's safe to say PAX has outgrown Seattle. It's time to move it.


I hope that PAX East 2013 doesn't sell out this fast. I'm not sure about Seattle, but Penny Arcade has a ten year contract with Boston so if they outgrow Boston, they're there for a while. I think making a third PAX (South is recommended by a lot, as is Europe) will alleviate the over population of the other two PAXes. Or this could just be caused by scalpers buying all the tickets.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:47 AM

Just heard via metaly on Twitter that the show's completely sold out now.

PAX site update:

05-03-12 PAX Prime Badges are Gone

Every single badge has been sold, and there will be no extra allotments either online or on-site. We know many of you would still like to attend, but unfortunately, building firecode restricts us from selling any more badges.

Along those same lines, if you buy a badge from a third party, we have a series of measures in place to detect counterfeits on-site. Last year there were an extremely high number of fakes, so know that if you're purchasing from anyone that isn't us, you run the risk of having a fake badge and not being allowed into the show.

We think it's important to note that we care very little about the money in the "counterfeit badge" situation, but rather when a building is supposed to fit X, but we have X + 5,000 in it... there is a legitimate safety concern. That said, we absolutely cannot let people with fake badges into the show.

So please be smart. If you buy from a 3rd party, do so from a trusted source. Thank you.


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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:11 AM

I wonder how much people will mark up their passes if they decide to sell them

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 08:19 AM

So, uh, now that I've bought my passes and committed to this thing, can anyone tell me exactly what it is? I hear there is a lot of waiting in lines. And I detest waiting in lines, so I'm not too happy about that. I know there are panels and last year there was a lot of Halo stuff (which is why my son wants to go though he realized it probably won't be too Halo-heavy this year).

But what exactly have I gotten myself into? :lol:

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 08:32 AM

So, uh, now that I've bought my passes and committed to this thing, can anyone tell me exactly what it is? I hear there is a lot of waiting in lines. And I detest waiting in lines, so I'm not too happy about that. I know there are panels and last year there was a lot of Halo stuff (which is why my son wants to go though he realized it probably won't be too Halo-heavy this year).

But what exactly have I gotten myself into? :lol:


Seeing how Halo 4 is coming this year there should be a good number of Halo stuff.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:06 PM

Seeing how Halo 4 is coming this year there should be a good number of Halo stuff.


Well, yeah, but I don't think it will be the extravaganza (Halo Fest, etc) that it was last year with the 10 Year Anniversary. I ended up buying him some PAX-exclusive Mega Bloks packs off eBay that were apparently given out there. He would be thrilled if there was something like that this year but I'm telling him not to expect that sort of thing. I'm sure Halo 4 will be present (and playable) but that is no stretch as it comes out just a month or two after PAX. There will probably be a beta around that time so it might not even be that thrilling for him to see/play it there.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:10 PM

So, uh, now that I've bought my passes and committed to this thing, can anyone tell me exactly what it is? I hear there is a lot of waiting in lines. And I detest waiting in lines, so I'm not too happy about that. I know there are panels and last year there was a lot of Halo stuff (which is why my son wants to go though he realized it probably won't be too Halo-heavy this year).

But what exactly have I gotten myself into? :lol:


PAX has:
  • Panels - sit in line for an hour or so to see people talk about things like these
  • Exhibition Floor - all the companies have big booths where you can demo games and occasionally chat with devs. Most popular stuff requires hours in line, but there's enough other stuff to do that you generally don't have to do that
  • Console freeplay - borrow a game from the game library and sit and play for a while
  • Handheld Lounge - a room full of beanbag chairs to play DS / nap on
  • Tabletop - where people play D&D and Settlers of Catan etc. until 2am
  • Jamspace - chiptune & other bands play music
  • Concerts - see acts like Jonathan Coulton and the Video Game Orchestra
Not sure if Prime has this but at East there's always been a room with old arcade machines. I think that's about everything? It's good fun and the weekend goes by in a flash. There's also about a million people there and you will almost definitely come home sick.

I hope that PAX East 2013 doesn't sell out this fast. I'm not sure about Seattle, but Penny Arcade has a ten year contract with Boston so if they outgrow Boston, they're there for a while. I think making a third PAX (South is recommended by a lot, as is Europe) will alleviate the over population of the other two PAXes. Or this could just be caused by scalpers buying all the tickets.

I think they thought that East would alleviate overpopulation of Prime, but it sells out more quickly every year anyway.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:26 PM

Interesting - thanks, Pete. Looking at that PAX East schedule I'm going to have to say this doesn't appeal to me all that much. It seems to trend a little younger than me. But then I'm doing this mostly for my son, though of course I have some interest and wouldn't have signed up if I didn't also want to check it out. I guess I should experience this sort of thing at least once. The last sort of convention like this that I went to was the old MacWorlds in San Francisco back in the early 90's.

As for getting sick, I have 5 kids, 4 of whom go to different schools (and the 5th is 2 years old). So there isn't a cold/flu virus I haven't been exposed to. I should be OK in that respect.

And I guess I should definitely bring my 3DS. And maybe I'll have to play Mario Kart and some other games first (I've barely touched it). I may also have to get my son interested in either the 3DS or Vita (which I don't have yet) so he can take part in all the handheld tourneys and such. The problem is that he is a huge 360 fanboy and vehemently hates anything Nintendo or especially Sony now. But yeah, he's 12 ;). Hopefully they will have a Halo Reach tourney like at PAX East. He is pretty damn good at it.

As for the tickets selling out so quickly, here's what someone on the PAX forums posted about the 3-day passes: In 2009 it took 6 months for them to sell out, in 2010 it took 3 months, in 2011 it took 2 weeks, and now in 2012 it took about 6 hours. They then went on to predict that at that rate, the 2013 PAX is sold out already ;).

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:04 PM

Oops, forgot they do have tournaments for a few games too. And if you ever were interested in the StreetPass games, you could probably spend the entire weekend collecting tags.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:29 PM

Oops, forgot they do have tournaments for a few games too. And if you ever were interested in the StreetPass games, you could probably spend the entire weekend collecting tags.


Yeah, that's what I meant - I'll have to start up those games and then be there to collect StreetPass tags. I think right now all I'd get would be Miis. Which 3DS games are big with StreetPass? The only game I ever did the DS-to-DS connection thing with was DQ IX and of course that was a whole different animal since it required the game in the DS and running to collect tags.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 01:11 AM

I think it's safe to say PAX has outgrown Seattle. It's time to move it.

California here we come!!!!

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:41 AM

Yeah, that's what I meant - I'll have to start up those games and then be there to collect StreetPass tags. I think right now all I'd get would be Miis. Which 3DS games are big with StreetPass? The only game I ever did the DS-to-DS connection thing with was DQ IX and of course that was a whole different animal since it required the game in the DS and running to collect tags.

Off the top of my head, here's what you can get from StreetPass:
Mario 3D Land - mini rooms with more Star Coins
Kid Icarus - weapon gems that you can combine to make new weapons
Mario Kart - new kart parts
Resident Evil - bonus items, and something for Raid mode

As for DQIX, AFAIK there's been a meetup at every PAX since release, so that's the time to fill up your inn. Attendance might be getting pretty low by now, though.

California here we come!!!!

Kinda hoping they move it there for space purposes, but I've always wanted to check out Seattle.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:48 AM

I doubt they'll move it to Cali. Besides you guys have GDC, E3, and Comic Con. :)

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:54 AM

Mario Kart - new kart parts


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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:58 AM

Street Fighter IV also has a fun mini game with streetpass

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:04 AM

also Kid Icarus

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:06 AM

I doubt they'll move it to Cali.

Considering that Penny Arcade itself is headquartered in Seattle... yeaaaah, they aren't going to move Prime outside that metro area.

Speaking of which, here's what Gabe had to say about the pass situation.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:20 AM

Considering that Penny Arcade itself is headquartered in Seattle... yeaaaah, they aren't going to move Prime outside that metro area.

Speaking of which, here's what Gabe had to say about the pass situation.


But PAX is no longer targeting just the local market. They have to consider moving to Los Angles, San Francisco, or San Diego.

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#52 R. Kasahara

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:34 AM

They could also consider a third PAX, like CtrlAltDft said. (But then I'd feel obliged to go to any PAX Central, should that happen, to meet up with my Midwestern gamer friends...)
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#53 io

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:39 AM

Looks like I'll have to start Mario 3D and Mario Kart then ;). My younger son started both but got bored pretty quickly with them. I am, however, playing SMG 2 right now so I'm on a bit of a Mario kick. I might as well start those up soon.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:54 PM

Considering that Penny Arcade itself is headquartered in Seattle... yeaaaah, they aren't going to move Prime outside that metro area.

Sounds like it's not out of the question, from your link:

Have we talked about moving the show? Yes.

There aren't any bigger convention centers in the Seattle area, so it would only make sense to move it farther.

Now that I think about it, adding events probably does more harm then good. I didn't really know much about / consider going to the Seattle PAX until I'd been to PAX East.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:37 PM

Sounds like it's not out of the question, from your link:
I didn't really know much about / consider going to the Seattle PAX until I'd been to PAX East.


At this rate, PAX East is going to sell out in three hours...
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:48 PM

Sounds like it's not out of the question, from your link:

Yep, saw that too. I just don't see it happening, personally. It's ultimately up to them, of course :-P
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:05 PM

At this rate, PAX East is going to sell out in three hours...


PAX East has like half again as much room, from what I've been told from friends who work both.

I'd think the most reasonable solution is to move it from Seattle, as much as I don't like the idea. Having a third event would be a logistical nightmare because the people running it work their balls off just to get two done a year.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:50 AM

Through some miracle I have Friday and Sunday passes. Now to track down an elusive Saturday...

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:50 AM

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 01:02 PM

Tracked down a Saturday pass, I'll be there! We should be landing early Thursday afternoon, leaving Monday morning I guess.