So, I've been on board with both PAX and Pinny Arcade since Prime 13, and have been to each US based PAX ever since. Sadly, I didn't really get into the community until Prime 14 when I actually met people and started to get to know them. Since then it just gets better and better.
I'm a bit vocal on my stance about what this community should be "about", and how we should conduct ourselves, and for the most part with only slight variances, people seem to agree with me on major issues(Wheaton's Law, Be Excellent to Each Other, etc etc). There are of course, outliers in the community that don't really share this moral compass, but more importantly, there are those whose actions and deeds completely embody the spirit of what I feel our little dysfunctional family is all about here. Something I want to start doing is recognizing those people publicly so that not just those of us who attended the recent PAX know, but that the community knows how awesome these individuals are.
My Nominee for PAX East 15 Paragon of the Community is @Picmin
(known to many as " @maywest
's son)". As many of you know, the Overwatch booth was a rough one. If you could get in, the wait varied anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hour wait times, and as per usual for Blizzard lines, it was capped from expo hall open until close. Everyone who got in line and played the game got the regular Overwatch pin, but only those who got the "play of the game" in each of the two rounds you played in your 6v6 games was awarded the coveted Gold Overwatch pin. I've always been horrendous at shooters, so I accepted that I would have to trade for this pin(which I did thanks to some super cool guys @Juicesir
). Some people made trades for the pin, some people camped the exit and bought pins from people, other got lucky and just had the pin given to them, or had the skills to pay the bills and won it the hard way. Late Saturday and all of Sunday, as is par for the course, all the ebay talk began about perceived monetary value so people became much less likely to trade them for pins; in many cases, people just wanted to keep it as a souvenier of their achievement, which is the exact purpose of the pin and I fully support. As a 100% completion collector however, it got me pretty upset. Now that I've given you some backstory and hopefully painted the scene, lets move on to the topic.@Picmin
is a fan of the genre and the game specifically, and is apparently quite good at it. As such, he was able to, on demand, go through the line like everyone else, and in many cases, walk away with two Gold pins for himself. Did he keep all of these coveted pins? Did he list them on ebay? Did he make ridiculous trade requests, or even ask for a single pin trade from most people? Ladies and Gentlemen, he did not, he simply handed them out to pin pals that he knew didn't have them yet. I don't know the total count, but it was several. When I asked him about it, he simply said he liked to play the game and he liked helping out pin pals and immediately asked me if I needed one(I had already obtained mine and figured his talents would be better served to help others that still needed one).
Those types of acts of selflessness and kindness are what make this community so great. Sure, he got to play the game which he wanted to play anyway, but to just hand away so many coveted pins that he could have easily sold or traded for a huge profit for his own personal investment to me is the pinnacle of kindness within our community that should be applauded and emulated. Great job dude, and thank you for helping out so many people.
tl;dr The Gold overwatch pin was a pain in the ass and this guy helped a lot of people, mad props yo.