PAX East has traditionally been a great time for social networking folks to meet up at an over-priced bar to shoot the shit, to dump inhibitions, and to meet other Internet folks in person. I'm pretty proud that we've been able to host it every year thus far, because I feel that even though we're really friendly online, nothing beats the pressing of the flesh in person. We've had local folks, and distant folks (like, from Ireland!) attend, and it's really and honestly the highlight of the convention for me.
But because people are jerks, it was really difficult for the average gamer to acquire a badge this year. A lot of them were snatched up by opportunistic assholes who are looking to sell the passes at a profit on eBay, which it more than a gamer should have to endure. A lot folks can't make it, and that's sad. PAX is an event that's transcended the operators, and for me, has become a comfortable cocoon of friendship and like-minded individuals. I really divide the event into two parts: the floor, and the Tweetup, with the Tweetup being the highlight.
It is really my ultimate dream for everyone to make it to PAX East one year -- or at least as many people as possible -- so we can meet. As much as I love my social networking friends, there's something primal about meeting them in person, to talk with them without the delay or filter of the Internet, and to spend time with them in a more personal setting. We often times berate the anonymity of the Internet, so meeting the people behind the persona is about as intimate as we can get, and shows how much we can trust one another with our real selves.
Unfortunately, we won't be holding the Tweetup this year for a few reasons. Mainly, I'm not sure that anyone within the sound of this call to arms is going. Secondly, I couldn't get on-site accommodations this year, so I'm at the mercy of the shuttle.
I am really saddened by this year's proceedings. Hopefully, PAX East 2015 will be managed better, and more folks will be able to attend.