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I've been thinking about this all day, while wandering around, visiting with MC Chris, playing SCII, watching people play Magic:TG and Katamari Damacy, and I finally realized what it is that makes PAX such an incredibly epic and awesome event.
There is no fear in this place.
Nerds of all fetishes are accepted at PAX, and everybody is generally cool to everybody else (except for those guys who wouldn't rotate out the loser while playing Smash Bros. in the Free Play area, they were kinda dicks).
I played Tekken 5 for over an hour and a half with twelve people I'd never met before and we were all nice and pleasant whether winning or losing. We admired the better players and strived like madmen to defeat them. I played Katamari for half an hour against someone who was lightyears better than I was and at no point was there the slightest mockery in his voice as I said "again?" after my twelfth loss. B:L complimented my Ivy even as he raped it six ways from Sunday with his Mitsu.
I watched a fifty year-old man get destroyed by a fourteen year-old kid's Green/Red LD deck and do nothing afterward but shake the kid's hand and tell him how much fun it was to play against him. I saw people playing Guillotine in the tabletop room right next to guys on their fifth hour of Cities & Knights.
I spoke to BIZket, the guy who was running Console Free Play, after the thing ended, and apparently not a single item went missing. The only thing, to my knowledge, that was taken was the hang version of This Strip off the second floor wall, which I probably would've taken myself if I were the lawless sort.
I played Zelda, damnit. Then immediately afterward played the GC Fire Emblem, Mario Baseball, and that Incredible Hulk game.