So ya boi’s been to PAX, and man, it was crowded.
But BOY what an experience. For those not in the know, PAX Aus is the main gaming convention that Australia receives each year. It was run from October 11th - 13th this year at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
My first impression of PAX was that it was HUGE. I mean massive. Even though it had taken place at the large Convention Centre in the heart of Melbourne CBD the line still sprawled all the way outside and onto the grass nearby. Nerds and geeks of all subcultures were in attendance, spouting cosplays of various video game characters and other pop culture idols. Luckily for me, as a media holder I was granted special entrance into the expo hall where the main events took place.
The main expo hall was loud and bright, with exhibits stacked in rows with paths for attendees to navigate through. Most notable exhibits always had a huge prop of some sort or an exhibitor screaming out that they’ve got free stuff at the top of their lungs. The most popular of exhibits included games such as the Final Fantasy 7 remake on PS4, and Pokemon Sword and Shield which were constantly being locked off as queues were too long. Lines at exhibits could span up to two hours long for a wait just to play an alpha or beta for a new game.