My real name is Max and I'm a diehard Browncoat. I also have an encyclopedic knowledge of the Star Wars universe left over from a childhood obsession, as well as an actual Star Wars encyclopedia, but that's another matter.
I like to sleep, but keep odd hours, I like food A LOT, I like TV on occasion, I'm not a huge fan of any music except symphonic, and apparently I have bad music taste, even at 20 I can barely grow enough facial hair to justify shaving more than twice a week, I love to write, I kinda read, I hate a couple of the people in my J-school program, HBO is perfect, LOST is actually alright, I'm a total gearhead, Avatar was a terrible movie but an incredible experience, How to Train Your Dragon was very, VERY awesome, and all I want at this moment is a 1:1 stuffed Appa.
Guess what this last paragraph used to be for? My two cents on the games/art debate. Guess what's here now? NOTHING, and that's the way I likes it.
Tragically, Om Nom's usually bright, erudite demeanor has taken a beating today, a savage beating. Something very unfortunate thing happened, in fact, it was more like a series of unfortunate somethings.
First I checked the PAX site to find that 3 day passes sold out while I awaited the visa that would allow me to buy mine, that's the first and main bummer.
Second, I found out the media registration requirements had been made more strict, all but denying me the one I thought I could get.
Third I found out that not only are the three individual day passes I planned to replace the three-day pass with way more expensive, but passes for Saturday, surely to be the best day, were sold out as well. I hve no doubt that the other two days are sure to sell out quickly too
Now here's where you come in, if you could be so immensely kind.
I know this is a long shot, but if by some miracle anyone has a three day pass they're not using for PAX, or knows someone that does, I would massively appreciate the opportunity to buy it, and would be more than willing to pay above sticker price for it.
Alternatively, I happen to live in the Vancouver area, and could cover all of my own expenses should any of you with a gaming blog lack someone to cover the show, and want a freelancer. For this part, I don't expect anyone to just take me on faith, and would gladly produce writing samples to convince you of my expertise.
For those of you who don't want to hear the sob story behind this request, I will COMPLETELY understand if you stop reading now, because that's all that comes after the period at the end of this sentence
Now, I'm not one to milk, but I feel like if you guys are able to do me either of the favours I asked above, I owe you an explanation. The reason I'm writing this is because for the first time, I've kinda seen this whole vidja gaems journalism thang as a viable career. I'm also a massive penny arcade fan, but have been unable to attend the show for one reason or another ever since I was making enough money to afford the trip.
PAX 2011 was primarily supposed to be an opportunity to meet an inspiration of mine, Jerry Holkins, but also to do a significant amount of networking to help that journalism career. And if the show is scheduled with any sense of intelligence, it looks like that's probably not gonna be a possibility. I would go into more detail about how much this sucks, but I'm looking to pander as little as possible here.
I know it's pretty selfish to ask for this kind of thing when there are thousands of people that won't be able to attend at all, but if anyone can help me out at all, it would be hugely appreciated.