[PAX] The Team’s Adventures at Not-PAX
Over the weekend, we sent six of our finest writers to this year’s Penny Arcade Expo to see the sights, hear the sounds, and play the games. This is not their story- who needs them, anyway? Instead of chronicling their adventures, we will instead tell the stories that (probably for good reason) are left ignored, swept away by tales of valor and excitement in Seattle. Yes, this post holds the stories of those unsung heroes, recounting this glorious weekend during which they did not attend PAX.
Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead to what lies beyond the jump!
Like many of my fellow journalists, I awoke early in the morning on Friday, yet I was far from Seattle- instead, I had to attend to my education. It seems to be a theme for me: while the festivities of E3 were taking place, I was finishing exams. Two days before the onset of this year’s Expo, I found myself, after many glorious months of summer, back in classes. Despite the tragedy, I still remained with a three-day weekend to look forward to, so I chose to make the most of it.
On Friday, my plans to organize a D&D group tragically fell through, so a friend and I took upon ourselves the daunting task of playing Slender. Contrary to my expectations, the game was nowhere near as frightening as I had imagined it to be- it was much, much worse. Our first encounter with the faceless man left me in such a state that I was unable to continue playing, leaving the mission for my companion to carry out. After several minutes of running around without any power left in our flashlight, the second and final encounter sent my ally from a crouching position on the floor to standing on top of the couch directly behind him. After vowing to never return to the dark forest, we turned on all of the lights and watched Samurai Champloo after a healthy dose of screaming.
After an uneventful Saturday, I capped off my experience of not being at PAX by venturing with friends to our local theater to view The Avengers on Sunday, which was just as good during the second time as it was the first. Damn, do I love me some Joss Whedon. Anyway, it gives me the opportunity to post the above .gif, one that I adore with a passion.
One would think I’d be jealous staying home while many of my Twinfinite colleagues were living large in Seattle at PAX. Well, one would be right….sort of.
Sure, it’s a bummer to miss out on what clearly has been fun times for the gang but there will be other events. Instead of sleeping on the floor and sharing a single bathroom between six adults, I get to play games all weekend and hang around with my wife and kid.
I’m getting a lot of work done, too. I’ve got a bunch of games on the go because I can’t seem to say ‘no’ to reviews lately. So, it’s ‘play and write, play and write’, but at least I don’t have to spend my entire weekend in a smelly convention hall pretending that Tim Schafer is funny or whatever. See? I WIN! hahahaha
After spending an entire week working out some major server issues at work, I finally had time to spend with my family. More importantly, I also was able to get caught up on some of the things I’ve been slow on getting around to. I was able to get caught up on my shows this season, get a new series started about bargain comics and finally got a 3000 word article prepped and ready to go after over a month of putting it off.
While gazing upon all the pictures from PAX that Yami has been posting nearly every day, I’ve been here at home in Massachusetts, working at my boring day job, and doing what most of us here will probably have been doing; playing games! Since their departure I’ve started and finished Max Payne 3, and worked. That’s literally all I’ve done… besides sleeping and eating. That was a given though, right?
I’ve also been holding my inner most envy in from all the lucky Twinfiknights at PAX. That envy turns to pure happiness though, as they did an amazing job, and look like they had an amazing time while they were at it.
Welp, I did my weekly marathon training with my bro, and we expounded on both how hopelessly addicting internet activity can be and how liberating it is to play videogames for a change. Then we spent Friday and Saturday painting the entire driveway red, after which we made plans to move onto the town. I promptly said, “Fuck plans,” and decided to spend the rest of the day playing The Last Story, which so far is brilliant because you can trip people with your banana peel crossbow.