I have never been directly involved with the creation or publication of any videogame. However, I have backed the following gaming-related Kickstarter campaigns:
Double Fine Adventure
Dragged Away: A Night to Remember
Spaceteam Admiral's Club Relaunch
'Sup, Holmes? Season 3
And previously supported one gaming-related Patreon:
Phil and Spencer
I also follow and am followed by some indie game developers on Twitter, and am friends with a few on Facebook. And given that I am a videogame fan first and foremost, I've been known to sing the praises of the games and developers I like, but I will always endeavor to disclose any relationship (however insignificant) I may have with the people involved with the creation of said game in the event that I write about them. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask.
So you were one of the lucky few who managed to snag a pass to PAX this year. How exciting! You've got your flights booked, your hotel reserved, and your bags packed (boy, you're really on the ball this year), but there's still one thing missing:
Suddenly, you come to the overwhelming realization that some of your best Dtoid buds and budettes won't be able to make the trek to Seattle this year, and that makes you do a super duper sad! But what can you do about it? Here's an idea:
TAKE THEM WITH YOU!
That's right, folks. Thanks to the power of paper and ink technology, we Dtoiders are in the unique position to adopt the avatars of our less-fortunate brethren and brethrenettes to join us on our PAX journeys!
But how does that work, you ask? It's easy!
If you're going to PAX and want to bring a friend with you, just print out their avatar and put it in your suitcase! (Lamination is always a good idea as well, but certainly not required.) Hell, if you've got lots of friends, print out four or five! You can even get creative with your avatars like I did last year (see above) -- it's totally up to you!
If you're not going to PAX, just write a Cblog and beg someone to adopt you! (Here's a good example from a few years back by our own ChillyBilly.) Or, hit up someone personally. Whatever you do, DON'T BE SHY! This is a long-standing Dtoid tradition, so even if it's your first day here and you don't really know anyone yet, I assure you: someone WILL adopt you.
Then, once all you adopters are in Seattle, just take your adoptees' avatars with you wherever you go and snap a bunch of photos! How involved you are as an adoptive parent is totally up to you; the important thing is that you just have fun! Oh, and be sure to share your adventure with us when you get back. (Here's an example of what I did for T3HM0RR0W during my very first PAX adventure. And here's what Dtoid alum Sean Carey did for me when I couldn't go back in 2010.)
The only thing that matters here is that we grow stronger as a community -- after all, that's what PAX is all about :)
So what are you waiting for?! Go adopt some avatars!