The highly anticipated gaming convention PAX West 2019 has begun in Seattle today and will be continuing for four days until the 2nd of September.
If you’re unfamiliar with PAX as an event, it is one of the largest conventions solely devoted to video games happening today. Developers and publishers large and small come together in order to give the general public a taste of what’s to come in upcoming months and years in the gaming industry, Heavy hitters such as Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony will be there showing off, as well as countless talented indie developers and purveyors of nerd merch for participants to browse. It’s huge center for creative cosplay, a major event, and an outlet for the gaming community. It’s something that thousands of people look forward to every year.
For a more direct description of PAX West 2019, here is a description straight from their official website:
In 2004, the folks at Penny Arcade decided they wanted a show exclusively to celebrate gaming and game culture. Comics, anime, and other nerd hobbies were all cool, but those activities already had their own shows…where could gamers call home?… From our humble beginnings in the Meydenbauer, PAX has doubled in size each year until it hit venue capacities. At that point, we partnered with Reed Exhibitions and started bringing PAX to other cities around the world including Boston, San Antonio, and Melbourne, Australia. Over the years, PAX has evolved with the times: embracing the cutting edge of technology with VR Freeplay, reaching out across the full spectrum of gamers via our Diversity Lounge, and building up immense game libraries for every genre and platform… Freeplay, Tournaments, Enforcers, Expo Hall, Concerts, Panels, and the Omegathon…it was all there. Just, y’know, on a much different scale.
PAX West starts today at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
Greyson Ditzler is a freelance writer, aspiring author, and YouTuber. He loves games of all kinds and is always looking for something new and interesting to try. When he isn’t writing you can likely find him speedrunning Donut County or trying to convince his friends that Danganronpa is actually really cool. He can also beat the first world in Super Meat Boy without dying while wearing oven mitts.