PAX Prime 2015 Paxlets: Share our adventures!
I’ve attended PAX Prime three years in a row. The first time I attended was a due to a mixture of luck and impulse; a friend tweeted that “PAX Passes are on sale GO GO GO!” and I went, went, went. I had no idea where I was going to stay or how I was going to get there; all I knew was that I had (barely) enough money in my bank account to buy the passes.
Before the fates aligned to send me to what I think of as the gamer’s version of Mecca for the first time, I truly believed that it was something that I’d never get to do. Passes are not easy to get, partly because they tend to sell out within hours of becoming available. If you manage to get those, you still have to figure out where to stay when every hotel for miles is charging double or triple their regular rates (and entirely booked up already anyway).
I consider having the opportunity to attend PAX an incredible privilege, and I’m grateful for it. I know how many people out there follow Twitter feeds and watch videos, wishing that they could be there, too.
I was thinking about that during the first day of PAX Prime 2015, and I started to wonder how we could best share the experience of PAX Prime with people who have never had the opportunity to attend but really want to know what it’s like.
We came up with the Paxlet. (The name was generously donated by our friend and contributor Ritzy!) These are short videos showing you things you might not see in videos from bigger outlets like IGN or Gamasutra.
We did short videos about these things. We introduced you to our friends, showed you what the outside of the convention center looks like when everything has shut down for the day and what it looks like when the party’s over, the exhibitors are tearing down, and the last few attendees are trickling out of the building.
We showed you more stuff than that, and I think that out of everything we did at PAX Prime, the Paxlet was our favorite.
We’re planning on doing more videos like these at cons we attend in the future, so if you like these let us know what you’d like to see, and we’ll try to make it happen.
Can’t Talk content creator Melissa contributed to this piece.