The PAXocalypse, and My Efforts Towards a Media Badge

The tickets are sold
and the queues long died down
Craigslist and E-bay
Attract most of the crowd

Redditors swarm
For every last way in
I don't even know
Where I should begin! 

So have you been on the internet lately? Ick, sorry I'm so rude about it, but this whole PAX ordeal has me on the fritz. On Friday, Penny Arcade Expo's Seattle convention tickets went on sale and were gone in under a few hours. That said, I was out doing something besides F5-ing on the registration page, and so I completely missed the tickets. However, PAX is still a big deal to me, and it's important for the site that I go and cover what's going on there. (I'd also really like to play some D&D.)

So, what am I doing about my internal PAXocalypse? Well, definitely more than sitting here and whining.

I'm deciding not to troll Ebay and Craigslist this year. I've made a Reddit account recently, but I don't think I'll be looking for tickets via it. I won't be on Amazon or on shifty corners - in fact, I won't be using a PayPal account at all. It's a huge relief that I don't have to worry as much about getting tickets in this fashion. It was a huge stress last year finding a last ticket for the final member of my party and I know that I'm definitely through with it.

Luckily, an option came up for me this year that I think I'd like to take a stab at: Media registration. Media Passes occur when a content creator like me signs up at the Penny Arcade site and gets a pass to the convention because of I don't know, it's four in the morning and I should start revising my posts, anyways...

What does it take to be Media at PAX? The past years have required an ID photocopy, business cards, links, and a letter on a company letterhead. One Redditor said that a business license is extremely crucial to being considered, and then next few then said that they got by with neither the letter nor the license. And as a smaller, rising media outlet that will need all the help it can get to step through the doors of the WA State Convention Center this August, though, I know I'm going to need all the support for my cause I can get!

I'm going to apply this year. I'm rushing to get everything put together, which includes a business card re-vamp with my new link and a more conscious dedication to putting out my posts. It's super exciting to think that I could be put on the media mailing list and have interview opportunities over the convention weekend. I remember that last year, during my one day of attendance, I spent a ton of time with the indie games, and I know that I want to check as many as I can out this time around. (How cool were the attending devs? Answer: Very, very.)

What do my chances at getting a Media Pass look like? I don't know if I want to think about it. While I'm courageous, I'm also doubtful of my own efforts. With that said, though, I've been putting out content weekly for almost five years! What people have been saying is that PAX looks for continued quality content, and I think...well, I hate to sound big-headed, but I think I may have what it takes. Reddit seems to agree, too, saying that as long as I have everything I need in the application, I'm good as gold.

Hopefully, if I get the pass this year, I'll be covering multiple exhibitors and maybe even recap what I saw at a few panels! I can't wait to share my insights and adventures with all of you...there's lots I want to see, and I know there will be a lot more than what I'm excited for that will catch my attention!

With my new license signed
Business cards in hand
I'm hoping in the exhibition hall
I'll in August stand


  1. Oh I can't WAIT to see you sporting your new press pass. I will keep my fingers crossed for you. You are gonna have SUCH a blast, I just KNOW it :D


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