PAX West for this 2017, was a joy to many. Though which kind of joy was left to the time spent in attending.
PAX West (formally known as the original Penny Arcade Expo, then PAX Prime) remains the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, catering to the video game and tabletop participant mindset. Still in downtown Seattle after many years, the event is host to hundreds of companies big and small, and its many ticket holders (at least 70,000). The feelings shared among us involved excitement, cheer, and anticipation of gaming.
For me, the event was about exploration into the ever-changing industry of interactive games and its culture. More competitive co-op games are the rage, showing off on the main Expo floor. All and everywhere are the clear money-making trends in the industry; and not just with the games, but the streaming and e-sports culture as well.
Below, are pictures with notes of the main PAX West Expo floor, a dark place lit by many screens and LEDs.
The entrance into the realm of digital wonders, guarded by a large dragon promoting Clash of Kings. It could have done without annoying social media marketing sign.
One of many booths boosting the e-sports aspect of the current game culture. Live competitive gameplay isn’t my jam, but I like the vibrant lights.
The Ultron Sigma statue at the Capcom booth didn’t get much love promoting the fourth installment of the Capcom vs. Marvel fighting game. I wanted to leave a big bowl of nachos on its lap.
The statue is not as big as it looks. Yet, it stands mighty for Adris PC gaming equipment…yay!
Service animals are welcome on the PAX floor. This one was comfortable with Nintendo’s famous plumber.
At a booth promoting some new Warframe game. Pose with the cool looking flying mech-thing above, and get a bandana. Then save it, maybe wear it, then pass it on to someone’s grandchildren.
The Dauntless game booth, to promote its game where monsters are hunted. Here you get a rare pin, by standing in line for over an hour, then grouped in a battle where all must defeat some “behemoth” that take forever to kill. A lot of sad faces walked away pinless.
The Monster Hunter World booth, where a mighty dragon scoffs at PAXers brave (or not) a three-hour line to play its demo and get another rare pin.
Just the Nintendo booth, promoting stuff I didn’t get a big chance to see because it was too small and crowded. Sigh..
Some cosplay pushed to promote products, I believe. This one promoted the Shadowverse game at the Twitch booth.
Speaking of Shadowverse, here is a scary carrot monster promoting the game. Someone nearby handed me an awesome Shadowverse carrot card when I asked about it.
Some cosplay, of something not sure. League of Legends?
More cosplay, of something not sure. League of Legends?
More cosplay between the booths. Go team Halo!!!
Those are some of the highlights of the Expo floor. I was drawn to far much more around here, and also outside, around the PAX West. I will share some of those highlighted moments with more pics and noted, in my next show write-up.