Gamers Make Pilgrimage to Seattle for PAX

As John pointed out, Bumbershoot isn’t the only thing happening this weekend. Well, add one more item to the list of reasons Seattle will become the center of the universe over the next few days. Gamers from across the continent will be flocking to the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) at the Convention and Trade Center, running Friday through Sunday.

Calling PAX a big deal is an understatement. The expo’s popularity has skyrocketed since its inception just four years ago. While the first PAX drew 3,000 attendees in 2004, it quickly outgrew its digs at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Last year, the crowd swelled to more than 35,000 attendees, and is expected to hit 50,000 this year — garnering the title of the biggest gathering of gamers in North America.

What’s the appeal? PAX has built a reputation as the event dedicated to the gamer community. Unlike the Electronic Entertainment Expo in L.A., which serves as a platform for game companies to announce new products to major news outlets, PAX keeps the focus on the game consumer. This year’s schedule includes panel discussions, game tournaments, late-night geek movies, concerts, and Rockband until 3 a.m.

On top of our thorough Bumbershoot coverage, we’ll post updates of PAX attendees getting their geek on throughout the weekend.

Photo by jvidhee.

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