Mirror Match: Is PAX Too Big? Is That Bad?

I'm arguing with myself over the insane size of the PAX cons. Do you think large PAX conventions make it better or worse for the attendees?

Today’s Mirror Match is on the size of the Penny Arcade Expo. The Penny Arcade Expo was started in 2004 by authors of the Penny Arcade comic, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. The show was meant to be an accessible convention for gamers, by gamers.

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The first PAX was held in Seattle, WA with around 3,300. Fast forward to 2010 where PAX spread to the East coast with it’s second annual convention happening in Boston, MA. The 2010 PAX East saw 52,290 attendees. Every year, the conventions have been steadily growing and are now happening in Boston, Seattle, Dallas, and Australia. The latest numbers on PAX is over 70,000, but with PAX East happening this weekend, I think there’s going to be an all time high.

With all of this growth, can PAX handle it? Are the big crowds hurting or helping the convention?

Mirror Match is the weekly battle of opinion on controversial topics in video games.


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