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I was skeptical about attending this event. I had no idea what to expect. I came to the convention center with a group of my friends and the first thing i did was stand in the swag line to score some 3X shirts and hoodies before they were all gone.
When i joined them in the Queue room on Friday it was a 3 hour wait to the keynote speech. I put on my PAX East 2010 shirt and my PA hoodie and waited.
When we got seated for the keynote speech I was skeptical about Will Wheaton. I really had no idea who this guy was other than the kid from star trek, and that one episode of Big Bang Theory where he was kind of a douchebag.
He blew my mind with his speech
52 minutes later i felt like i was among 4,000 friends. My people, our people. No matter what race, creed, or religion we all belonged too we are gamers. a culture. we were family.
I was ear to ear grins the entire weekend. I soaked it all in.
This was my first convention and I didn't know where to start. I didn't play a SINGLE game while i was there. Well i did play 3D bioshock 2 and 3D Battlefield bad company 2. But i didn't wait in line for any of the newer titles.
I went to every booth. I stopped by every college booth and talked to their admissions reps. i talked to the MIT guys and gals demoing their games. I went to all the game vendors and demo tables. I stopped by all the rockband stations and mingled with people in the sumo chairs. I met all the musicians that were there. I got my book signed by Gabe & Tycho, Coulton, Wheaton, Paul&Storm, half the members of VGO. I met my internet funny guys Red vs Blue and Mega64. I also got to meet Tom fulp the creator of Newgrounds.com (fellow web developers are AWERSOME).
I just soaked it all in. It was a life changing experience. People like me exist and are not ashamed to admit it and embrace the awesome culture that is us gamers.
I can't wait till next year. It will be even better.
p.s. i had no idea Pokemon was such a big thing among adults. =)