Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Destructoid community: We need to replace PAX

5:00 PM on 06.03.2014 // Darren Nakamura
  @Dexter345

Peace out

Last week, tickets for PAX Prime 2014 went on sale. The four-day passes were sold out within minutes. The rest were gone in less than two hours. This happens every year, but it seems like the speed becomes more and more unbelievable each time.

Like clockwork, this causes a general uproar among the many who were not fortunate enough to be watching Twitter at the exact moment that the opening was announced. It is especially pronounced within the Destructoid community, as PAX has been our unofficial meetup for years.

They say the system is broken. They say it is all the fault of the scalpers. They say the early access for Club PA members is unfair. These are not the problems. The problem is a simple matter of supply and demand, and there is only one solution. We need to find a new event to call our home.

The system for purchasing tickets has had plenty of issues in the past, but for the most part, it works as intended these days. Visitors hear that the passes are on sale, they visit the site, and they get put into a queue. It's first-come, first-served, like it should be. There are complaints that badge sales always seem to go live when people are at work and/or away from a viable computer, but given the worldwide audience, this will be the case no matter when tickets go up.

Another extensively discussed issue is that the tickets only move so quickly because scalpers take them all. While it is true that some passes went up on eBay for exorbitant amounts of money, and attendees will certainly see some dirtbombs standing in front of the convention center trying to hock passes, these are drops in the bucket. For an event that serves upwards of 70,000 people, even a few hundred tickets sold to scalpers is not making much of a dent.

In fact, scalpers are not making any dent. Think of it this way. Scalpers would not scalp if there were not the opportunity to make the sale. The scumbag scalpers are selling to genuine PAX enthusiasts, who are genuinely going to the show, adding to the attendance. Scalpers do not take tickets and make them disappear; they move tickets between parties and make a profit doing so. Note that I am not condoning the act; I just want to point out that this is not what causes so many people to miss out on the show.


Similarly, the early sale to Club PA members is not the reason that so many will miss out on the show this year. It might be why a handful of people who would have otherwise secured passes did not, but it does not change the outcome for everybody else too late to the queue.

The problem is one of economics. There is a limited supply of tickets that covers roughly 70,000 attendees, and an enormous demand for those tickets, probably somewhere in the hundreds of thousands. It is that simple. There is just not enough space to hold everybody who wants to go.

There is one way to solve the PAX attendance problem. We need to take PAX out of the equation.


This was not an easy conclusion to come to, personally. I first attended PAX in 2007, before PAX East, PAX Australia, and PAX South were official -- probably before they were even ideas. It was there that I met Niero and Hamza for the first time. I had such a wonderful experience that afterward I promised I'd go to every PAX afterward, as long as I could afford it.

PAX 2008 and PAX 2009 were better still. All of my best Internet friends were there. We ate, we drank, we played, and we laughed. I have some fantastic memories from those trips. Destructoid's presence at PAX grew to an impressive group of hundreds.

As the years went on, the show's popularity as a whole grew. It went from selling out in weeks to selling out in days. My one standout memory from PAX Prime 2011 was in a conversation with Tara Long. "Was this the best PAX ever?" she asked. After thinking about it for a few seconds, I admitted, partly to her but mostly to myself, "Well, no." Too many were missing from our ranks. The magic was gone.

I relate my PAX experience to illustrate just how emotionally invested I am with the spirit of PAX. Getting together with all you beautiful people in person is the reason past PAX trips have been so great. I am convinced that spirit still lives on. It just cannot exist at an event that is forced to turn away a huge percentage of its audience.


So where do we go in its place? South by Southwest could be nice, but its broad focus means less game-centric programming. RTX is another decent option, though some would argue that it is too strongly associated with its parent organization Rooster Teeth (not that that stopped people who do not care about Penny Arcade from attending PAX). MAGFest has been a secondary Destructoid meetup for a few years now, but it is in the northeast in the middle of winter (ugh).

It seems difficult to compare those to an end of summer trip to Seattle, where developers are more likely to reveal a new title or show off new hands-on gameplay for the first time. However, what all the other events have over PAX is that we all could actually go to the other events. In the end, that is what is most important. Once we decide where that will be, let me know. I'll be there.



Darren Nakamura, Associate Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure Dexter345 Tips
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strateg... more   |   staff directory





 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Jed Whitaker avatarJed Whitaker
I can't wait to mute Niero. #NoRules #ThePurge
Joe Parlock avatarJoe Parlock
I spent all last night playing Day of Defeat: Source. If only Valve gave it even half the attention it did to TF2 or CS:S...
BaronVonSnakPak avatarBaronVonSnakPak
Nearing Platinum status.
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
THIS IS THE BEST EMAIL I'VE EVER GOTTEN HOLY SHIT
Parismio avatarParismio
Sheesh i played metal gear rising before and Platinum ruined the franchise.
Fuzunga avatarFuzunga
Toonami is running a poll right now at [url]www.toonami.com/poll[/url] where one of the questions is which show you'd want un-cancelled. Oh, Teen Titans is included? That's curious...
SlyTAdvantage avatarSlyTAdvantage
"The Ravagers dropped the giant insects and waited for them to evolve ... it's clear. This is their plan from the start" -EDF 4.1 scientist So dragons are evolved forms of ants, spiders and/or wasps ....... what?
Ckarasu avatarCkarasu
Every time I hear "I don't understand why people like _____ game", I get annoyed. Of course you understand, if you've listened to what those people were saying. You just don't agree, and that's A-OK. I HATE Twilight, but I understand why people like it.
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
Just tried playing the first Bayonetta game... it was really bad. Honestly I don't understand why Platinum games are so well regarded. None of them are really worthwhile.
StriderHoang avatarStriderHoang
The first person I block is the person who talks shit about Platinum
Torchman avatarTorchman
Even though your waifus are shit
Darth Wachen avatarDarth Wachen
Finally, a blog that I can call my own, I feel accomplished somehow.
Nekrosys avatarNekrosys
Gonna be honest; this really made my day.
Rico the Penguin avatarRico the Penguin
I doubt I'll use it much but I'm totally fine with a block/ignore feature. Everyone has a right to speak, but I don't think anyone has a right to be heard. If this place played country music I'd want a mute button, basically :p.
Sir Shenanigans avatarSir Shenanigans
Mall haul today (plus I split a BEAUTIFUL Star Wars Slave I with my brother). Any thoughts on Haze? Wanted to play it back when it came out and I had no PS3. For a dollar you can't go wrong!
Dreamweaver avatarDreamweaver
I'm not gonna lie, I don't feel "good" about the upcoming "ignore" feature. Maybe it's just me, but I don't like the idea that people can mute other people because they don't agree with them. Spammers and trolls, sure, but not regular community members.
Gundy avatarGundy
Oh man. Those Next Gen transformations in Megadimension Neptunia are legit as fuck!
TysonOfTime avatarTysonOfTime
The first thing I do when I see clickbait is click on it and complain about clickbait.
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
Wow, uh, after having a lovely time with Kirby Air Ride, I decided to try playing some melee, for old times sake... I pretty much disliked my whole time with it. More details in a comment if I get around to it.
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Help me gather games for a new blog series - "Worst Sequels Ever"
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -