Fun story, my roommate and I got a little lost on the way to the convention center, which was totally my fault. We ended up taking an Uber like 5 blocks (the Uber driver thought we were totally nuts) because we were already late to meet her friends, and as it turns out my map reading skills and distance gauging skills are not the best.
Once we finally got to the convention center and I got my badge from her friends. They took off to go to a panel (they had whole weekend passes). I was just standing there looking at the booklet and trying to plan my whole life out figure out which event I wanted to attend, when an enforcer (their security staff) came up and said hello. When I looked up from my booklet, I realized it was someone I had gone on a Tinder date with. At this point I was already a little overwhelmed, and blurted out slightly too loud “I don’t really know what I’m doing,” which I’m sure was obvious to him. He was really helpful and pointed me in the direction of a funny panel that he thought I might enjoy. Not the greatest start, and I was really hoping PAX wouldn’t be like walking through a graveyard of failed Tinder dates.
The panel was called 404ing It: Breaking (Down) the Internet, and it was a delight. The panelists all had video clips that were bizarre, weird, or funny-sometimes all three. Then they just chatted about the videos and such. It was funny, smart, and a good way to calm my nerves about being totally overwhelmed.
After that panel, I made my way to the main Expo hall to just look around. All I can really say is WOW! There was so much stuff. Basically any video game company I had ever heard of and then a thousand I hadn’t were there, as well as board game companies and virtual reality games. I really wanted to play at least one VR game, but the lines were 2+ hours long or you had to have an appointment, this was the only drawback to having a one day pass. Like I’ve said before video games are not really my jam, but they are hella cool, and I stopped at a few of the smaller booths and was able to talk to some developers about their games which was a ton of fun. I got to learn about some cool video games, even if I probably won’t play them.
Since I only had the one day the big draw for me was the panels. The next panel I went to was The Dark Art of Video Game Voice Acting Revealed! Where I got to hear the robot from Portal GLaDOS, which was insanely cool. They had a lot of good tips for aspiring voice actors and the panelists were hilarious.