No Right Explanation

No Right Explanation
Sexiest People at PAX

Firefilm | 10 Sep 2012 16:00
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Dan: I would take this rare opportunity to wax poetic about how much PAX blew my mind, but I already did that on Media Sandwich. I believe that episode will air this week, so look forward to that one because I guarantee it will make you spit milk out your nose even if you weren't previously drinking the beverage. Without repeating myself too much, my first PAX couldn't have gone any better. We got to meet our fans, make new ones, and I stood ten feet from Will Wheaton. Wasn't on my bucket list, but hey, it happened.

What I will do this week, is write a sort of P.S.A. for PAX, or really any expo that is close enough to where you live for a reasonable attendance. Hopefully there is a group of you that could go to an expo if you wanted to, but feel on the fence about it for one reason or another. This week's article is for you, to help make your decision. After all, that's what we do for a living; make decisions.

Attending PAX for the first time the way I did was a bit of a cheat, I admit. Not everyone gets to have lengthy conversations with Loading Ready Run, have Ash from HAWP do a personal message on their phone, and go to dinner with most of the Extra Credits crew. It was a charmed experience, I know, but I'd like to think that I've earned that experience after editing a video once a week for over a year now. I do want to stress one thing though; those aren't the things that made PAX great.

PAX was great, and will continue to be great because of validation. Not validation of work done, or achievements gotten, but of interests. If anyone ever told you that the videogames should've been shut off so you can play "Real Games" outside, you need validation. If you ever heard a politician make the highly flawed argument that violent games cause violence, you need validation. If you've ever seen any TV show where the players of a board game were looked down upon as less than normal, validation is due. Without validation, it's possible that one might feel that time spent on videogames, board games and the like might be wasted time. PAX is here to tell you it was not wasted.

When I was thirteen, I bought the Nintendo 64 with my own money. This was a big thing back then, because Nintendo didn't make as many systems as people were demanding, so getting one should have been an accomplishment. My parents didn't see it that way. I was very vocally told that the $200 that I just spent was gone, wasted, and in my life I would regret that expense when something more important came along that I now would go without. Flash forward later to PAX, and owning that glorious machine made me one of the gang. I played Goldeneye 64, so I was family. I had first-hand experience with the tri-fanged controller, and I was in the army. I didn't think that videogames were a waste of time and money, and so people asked for my autograph.

The third one might have been due to the show, but you get my drift. PAX is a very, very, very large group of people who have been making gaming into an industry that will very soon make Hollywood pee its pantsuit. I'm proud to be part of that family, and PAX is our family reunion.

If you've been on the fence about going or if you think it really isn't that important to attend even it. Your family misses you, they asked about you, and we can't wait to see you when you come. We'll even give you free swag when you come.

I'm Dan, and that's the...wait, that's Bob's line.

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