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PAX East: Always I Want To Be With You

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a group of Destructoid community members, new and old, take to each other. I would liken it to some kind of biological fusion, but that seems kind of gross. It takes the span of about two seconds to feel like you've known the group your whole life.

This PAX was a pleasant surprise for me. In fact, up until about a week before the event the thought hadn't even crossed my mind that I might be showing up. Luckily, due to the efforts of JohnnyViral, Necros, UmbrellaExile, and the other great people rooming with us, as well as Bunny for selling me a pass (at a five dollar discount, I might add) I was able to make it to this wonderful event. I honestly didn't care much for the convention itself. It was overcrowded and most of the panels didn't interest me. The show floor was really just a smorgasbord of crap with a few gems snuggled into hard to reach places.

No, I knew from the start this PAX would be all about the community. For those of you playing along at home, we've now reached the name dropping portion of the show.

DanlHaas It was awesome meeting you for the first time, and you've gotta get up in some skypes sometime.

Dyganth Thanks for sharing your room with me and talking about TMBG with me at like 4 in the morning.

Chewie You were my pillar of strength at the most traumatizing visit to a mall food court I've ever experienced.

Nelson ... Oh dear, Oh dear, Oh dear. Where to begin. Seriously though, you're a true bro. Good luck with your wannabe military career.

Power Glove You had a huge behind-the-scenes hand in making this PAX as awesome as it was. Thanks, man.

ScottyG You're just plain awesome, man. I don't even know where to go from there.

CasualWeaponry Thanks for drinking lots and lots of PBR with us at the risk of great bodily harm.

Tino I fucking love you, man. I'm super glad you made it out to Boston so we could hang out again. I wish you'd came out to karaoke with us, but I unnastand.

Val Get a damn account, bish! For reals though, you're awesome. I've never seen anyone more happy to see me turn up somewhere. Thanks for making me feel like I was cool for a bit. :3

UmbrellaExile You know man, when I first saw you, I couldn't believe my eyes... Welcome to the commurrrnities, yo.

Johnny meeting you was one of the biggest reasons I even came to PAX East. Even though you look nothing like how you sound, it was fucking amazing. See you on the podcast.

Necros Playing Geddan at like 3 in the morning? That's hardcore, yo. Great meeting you, Bob.

Greks I completely spaced on your name like 10 times during the trip. Sorry you couldn't get into karaoke, but thanks for accompanying me on the way there through the relatively seedy looking part of Boston.

Topher I think I might have come off poorly upon first meeting you. It was only because I've been a huge fan of yours since I began at this site. You should see how I reacted when I met Collette, Stella, and Dyson at PAX last year. Suffice it to say there were tears. Either way, I'm glad you were there.

Hamza I assume you haven't washed your cheek since Johnny licked it? Awesome meeting you, as briefly as it was.

Johnathan Holmes We only met briefly as well, but it was great. I love what you do on the site.

Bunny thanks for being awesome. Good luck with stalking Harmonix. :P

Bunny's roommate With your manly crooning and my high pitched warbling we could be a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. I'll have my people call your people. Ciao!

Mark Thanks for being awesomely drunk at karaoke and blowing my mind with some awesome Meatloaf.

Funktastic I hope you enjoyed my rendition of the Wild Arms 3 theme song as much as I will enjoy playing the original Wild Arms. Thanks, bro.

Petiepal I recently watched some video I took from karaoke, and you were the only one who knew to clap during that one part in Shake Senora. With the amount of alcohol we'd imbibed by that point, that is a truly impressive feat. You were awesome, bro!

Zerotolo Thanks for setting up Sunday's lunch thing and just being generally amazing. The next time I'm in town, maybe I'll show up with a guitar case and ask if you know where to score some pot.

Samit A pleasure, as always. This year, the same as last year, you were the most approachable, down to Earth, and just generally fun to talk to of all the editors. Thanks for that.

Adam I regret that I did not witness the spectacle of you throwing down on those chicken wings. I'm sure I would have swooned, though. Great to meet you.

Wexx It was great to finally meet you. If only I'd known you were so damn close the WHOLE FUCKING TIME I was in the navy... Oh well.


WalkYourPath Another of the big selling points for my trip was to meet you again. Your wit rivals my own, but my unflappable cheeriness gives me a distinct edge. I can't say enough nice things about you, Seanathon, so I'll just stop. Good luck in all your endeavors, Dtoid and otherwise.

Kauza You, my good sir are living the dream. One day, I hope to write for video games (that phrase carries just as much stigma for me now as it did for you) and it's people like you who fuel my aspiration. I'm getting slightly emotional now, possibly due to recounting all the people who made this event so wonderful, and I thought I had more nice things to say about you, but I'm sure you get the gist. Someday down the line I hope to meet up with you at one of these events and we can just laugh about the times that we weren't hotshot game JOURNALISTS.

I am now emotionally exhausted from writing this giant lovefest of a cblog, but suffice it to say that the tons of people I forgot to mention were just as awesome. I'll see you all around the site. Oh, and just to get it out of the way before I get a thousand of them in the comments: OOOHH NOOOOOOOOOOO!

Awesome count: 10
Amazing count: 3
PAX East 2010 review score: 4.0 out of 10

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