Feature: Checking in from PAX East: New Location, Same Love


“For anybody unable to afford the trek across country to PAX Prime every year, the announcement of a separate East Coast PAX was welcome. I can also imagine Boston business owners in the area near ground zero welcomed the news with excitement, expecting to cash in on the sudden crush of business. Some nearby establishments placed signs, like baited lures, welcoming attendees in clever ways. Others seemed genuinely puzzled over why their clientele suddenly made a rapid shift towards the geekier end of the spectrum. Whether it was ready or not, the city of Boston was host to a gamer influx of truly epic proportions.”

Check out the full rundown here at Ars Technica.

Feature: PAX East 2010 – Photo Essay


“After many successful years on the West Coast, the annual Penny Arcade Expo recently made its East Coast debut in Boston, unleashing a veritable Pandora’s box of gaming nerdery into the Hynes Convention Center that spilled out into the surrounding area for several days of revelry. PAX is the only gaming focused convention of its size that’s accessible to the general public, and PAX East’s clear focus on giving players and fans a means of accessing their wildest geek fantasies over the course of a jam packed weekend assured the approximate 60,000+ attendees would have plenty to do during their stay.”

Check out the full photo feature here at MSN’s Game On.

Off to PAX East!

Heading off to PAX East for the weekend for a serious explosion of geek awesome. Equal parts work trip, book research opportunity,  and chance to totally nerd out, my trek to Boston for the East Coast debut of PAX  should be a wild time. I’ll be covering the convention for various print and online outlets as well as likely posting some other stuff here about my time. Check back next week for links to my coverage and a rundown of how things went.

Feature: A Different Kind of Rock Revolution


“Rock and roll may never die, but it’s certainly a wildly different animal than it once was decades ago. With the music industry in a tailspin and the traditional record label model being increasingly thrown out the window, bands are forced to adapt with the changing times if they want to survive. To stay afloat and reach new fans, artists are tapping into the electric current of the gaming world and finding success in the process. No strangers to videogames, Boston-based metal heads Bang Camaro are one example of rockers making a go of it in the digital age.”

Check out the full article here at IGN and  here at MSN’s Game On.