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PAX East 2014: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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PAX East 2014 will take place in Boston from April 11-13. We’ve got all the info you need about this exciting gaming conference.


1. PAX East Is Held in Boston

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Above, Nintendo fans congregate at last year’s PAX East festival.

This year’s PAX East conference will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, located on 415 Summer Street. Shuttle and hotel information can be found on the PAX site.

For the uninitiated, PAX stands for “Penny Arcade Expo.” This gaming festival was created by the guys behind the Penny Arcade webcomic, and has been going since 2004. There are multiple PAX festivals throughout the year. PAX Prime 2014 will take place in Seattle later this year (date TBA), while PAX Australia 2014 is already scheduled to take place from October 31 to November 2.


2. PAX East 2014 Has Notable Speakers

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Pictured above is PAX founder and noted webcomic creator Mike Krahulik.

Notable speakers at Pax East 2014 include the cast and crew of the film “Of Dice & Men,” a movie about gamer culture. Also speaking at PAX East are “the most evil game developers in the world,” a group of developers responsible for time-eating, annoying social games. This panel includes Josh Nilson from East Side Games and Henning Kosmack of MegaZebra.

Also, “Gabe” and “Tycho” (aka Penny Arcade founders Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins) will be signing autographs during multiple sessions at the con.


3. PAX East Isn’t Just For Gamers

PAX East is a gaming event, but it also caters to musicians and music fans. This year’s music-related events at PAX East include a “Chiptune Showcase” that features performances by Bright Primate and Professor Shyguy.

The Jamspace concert features scheduled performances from Shin Sekai Cover Project and The World is Square, as well as an open mic. There’s also an interesting panel discussion called “You’re a Gamer and a Musician. How Can Crowdfunding Work for You?” that is worth visiting if you are both a gamer and a composer.


4. PAX East Features Multiple Gaming Tournaments

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Pictured above are two attendees from last year’s PAX East gathering.

The full schedule for PAX East 2014 lists a ton of different gaming tournaments. Games being featured in tournament play include both tabletop titles and video games.

Selected tournaments at PAX East 2014 include Tetris DS, Goldeneye, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Halo, Blur, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Burnout Crash, Galaxy Trucker, and Warhammer 40,000.


5. PAX East Will Spotlight New Games From Square Enix & Other Developers

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PAX East 2014 will feature sneak peeks at new and upcoming games. One such title is Murdered: Soul Suspect, which is a detective thriller from Square Enix. It will be available on Playstation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and PC. This game is expected to launch in June, but PAX attendees can see a preview of the game at a Square Enix event on April 11. Square Enix will also feature Nosgoth, a PC game, and the mobile game Hitman Go.

IGN has a great list of games being featured at PAX East, broken down by device. Other games in the spotlight at PAX East this year include Watch Dogs, Treasurenauts, Kinect Sports Rivals, and World Zombination.

In addition, you can review PAX East’s list of indie game developers here.


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