The Good, The Bad, and the PAX – Part 2

In our continued series of articles, Fred talks about the not so good parts of the convention this year.

If you missed part one of the article, you can read it here.

THE BAD – Places that need improvement, or things that left a bad taste in my mouth.

Media Exclusive Events – There were a few press only events this year. I believe PAX was founded with the goal of not being like E3 or GDC, in that it is for the consumer-level gamer. And while PAX cannot control people who rent out a hotel lounge, bar, or suite and hold private, press-only events, they can prevent that from happening in the exposition itself. It is our contention that anything held in the walls of the convention hall should be for all attendees, not VIPs.

Same Time as Anime Boston…and also Easter and Passover – This was an unfortunate scheduling issue which I am sure was out of the organizer’s control, but this con could not be held at a busier Spring weekend. I do wonder how many people had to make a choice to not do something this week? I wonder if Anime Boston suffered at all? These gatherings should not be competing with each other, let alone Zombie Jesus or Jewish Zombie Jesus.

The concerts – I loved just about every performer this year. I also loved them the past 2 years. It’s time to mix it up already, I don’t need to see the same exact show every year. Sure Jonathan Coulton and Mc Frontalot are show staples, but why limit the selection of music so harshly? Let’s get the Aquabats up there, or some party music like Andrew WK and Math the Band (who make 8bit style music) or MC Chris. Part of this may be that PAX has a fear of mosh pits, probably because they don’t have much in the way of actual, paid, insured security. If JoCo did not play one year I think we’d all live, after all, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

The Show Should be Four Days and Some Aspects Should be Twenty-Four Hours – There is so much to do at this point, that it’s hard for someone to leave the convention without some bit of regret over a missed panel or game. There should be more music and the concerts should be three nights so the artists can perform full sets. I attend Gencon, a four day event without concerts, and even there I miss things. The gaming floor for card, board, and table-top games should be open around the clock, so events can be run that people can play in without sacrificing panels.

Bad stuff is over with. Calling it bad is a bit of a misnomer though, case it is mostly things that can be improved for the betterment of the show, but the article would not have sounded as good titled “The Good, The Parts of the show that could use constructive criticism, and the Ugly”. Tomorrow we deal with the real underbelly of the show, brace yourselves for it and let us know in our comments what you would have changed this year at PAX.

Check out the final part of the article Here

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