After three days of gaming insanity in the city of Boston, I’m finally home. This was my first PAX, and definitely not my last. My feat hurt, my back aches, I’m tired all over, and it was absolutely worth it.
As it currently stands, I have a collection of about 20 or so odd games that I have yet to play or finish. Some aren’t even opened yet. For younger gamers, this tends to be a non-issue. Either they have the time to get to the games they have, or they don’t have enough games to create a backlog in the first place. As the gaming landscape changes generationally, those of us who started gaming in the 70s/80s have found our lives evolving into new routines. This can cause a buildup of the very media we use to thrive off of. Along with the expansive length of games today, this causes a monumental backlog of “to-do” games that can, if left uncurated or ignored, lead to piles upon piles of unplayed games that can drive our spouses and significant others up the wall.
In eight days, I’ll be boarding a plane to Boston in order to attend my first ever videogame con/expo – PAX East 2017! To say I’m excited is a serious understatement. I’ve been making a checklist of the things I need to bring with me. Clothes: check. Toiletries: check. Nintendo Switch (presuming Best Buy actually effing ships my pre-order): almost check. And those badges, those beautiful badges…
Above is a picture from Christmas, 1990. That was the year I got the NES Max, my second favorite console controller of all time, right behind the Wavebird. I was wearing my favorite pajamas: TMNT. Specifically, Raphael, my favorite turtle. Below is a photo I took with my iPhone, 5 minutes ago.