PAX South 2015: Off to a promising start

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PAX South, the latest show in the Penny Arcade Expo arsenal recently debuted in San Antonio, Texas, over the weekend.

The event was notably smaller than its other veteran shows such as PAX Prime and PAX East, but that didn’t deter newcomers and repeat attendees from checking it out. Thousands of convention goers packed into the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center over the course of the three-day show.

IMG_4773Various gaming companies and developers such as Gearbox, Bioware, Logitech, Nintendo, and many more were in attendance running panels or booths for fans. The Expo hall itself was indeed on the smaller side and largely dominated at the forefront by demo stations for games such as tactical strategy game Grey Goo, large-scale space battle simulator Dreadnought, and team-based 5v5 action game Gigantic.

IMG_4751That isn’t to say there wasn’t plenty to play at the convention, as there were slews of indie games and developers showcasing their titles to attendees all too eager to dive into them. The smaller expo hall size may have indeed encouraged convention goers to check out more of these booths when the few larger ones were capped for lines.

Aside from the main hall, the convention center boasted large rooms for PC, console, handheld, arcade and tabletop gaming. Multiple Youtubers and developers were available to sign autographs and tournaments were held throughout the weekend, if panels didn’t catch the attention of attendees. Even at its busiest, the venue never felt overloaded with people aside from the occasional line spillover or escalator jam.

IMG_4980The downtown San Antonio area itself appeared to be very receptive and fitting for the convention. After parties from the likes of ArenaNet, Loot Crate, Twitch.tv and more filled local bars and restaurants largely without issue. If any of the late night programming at the show didn’t appeal to convention goers, the local nightlife was easily accessed a block or two away.

While the smaller size was a bit of a sticking point for many attendees, PAX South appears to have gotten off to a good start in its new home. If this is to be the conventions’ starting point, then the future may see the event grow to rival its more experienced cohorts to the East and Northwest.

Check out more of our pictures from the event below.

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Christen Bejar

Christen Bejar is a freelance gaming writer who started the local blog The Pause Button while studying at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. For Nerdvana, Bejar reviews video games and also previews, recaps and photographs many local events from a gamer's perspective.