A few thoughts about PAXEast 2011

This past weekend has all really been a blur. Friday and Saturday were packed full of so many things to do this year on the show floor; I am not even sure where to begin! However there is one subject that kept crossing my mind while enjoying the show and her name is Angelina, my daughter.  Why would I stop to think about my daughter during such a geek fest? The answer is quite simple. I like many other gaming parents often times have no choice but to bring my child to the show. At times there is just no way around it and no babysitter is available for what you want to do.  But this was not a bad thing! On the contrary, this was a great experience that I would not have otherwise enjoyed.As the “gaming generation” is getting older we are, of course, having children. Many of those parents want their children to enjoy the things they also enjoyed while growing up. That is what I thought about all weekend long. All I basically did was follow my daughter to all the cool new little Indie games that she just loved at first sight. It was refreshing to see these games through the eyes of a child. To know what pure enjoyment is; to enjoy a game not for what high score you can get or what accomplishments you can get, but for the pure pleasure of playing that game.One of those games is called Swarm. As soon as Angelina saw that demo on the PS3 she was hooked. She stood at that booth all together over the weekend for about an hour. The best thing I can say about this game is that while it is not intended for children (the game is Rated “T” by the ESRB*) it is not so violent that both parent and child can enjoy it. Sure you get to see little blue goo things explode, but I think that was the appeal to my daughter at least. She got a great laugh out of attempting to kill them all by falling off a cliff or watching them explode. But again, for her it was not about making sure she got the best score or even survived the level. She just loved watching them as she attempted to play through. These types of games that can capture the attention of a child are truly good games that I believe everyone can enjoy.After her time at the Swarm booth, we headed straight across the walk way to visit the makers of Raskulls. The appeal to this game I believe for her was the adorable characters that you get to run around with. This particular game is already out and available to download from the XBox Live Arcade and is a really great investment for you and your children at only 800 Microsoft Points. There are several different ways you can play this game; from the Mega Quest to the Grand Prix where you get to race other players to get to the finish line first! As simple as it sounds, it really is great for all types of gamers! I know that we will be getting this game in our household!Other than these two games that really caught the attention of my 7 year old, there were many more that could have easily! The Convention this year was a good one. I believe better than last years! So much more to do and the venue was perfect for expanding in the future. All in all, even without hitting any one of the panels this year, I and my daughter had a great time! Next year is sure to be great if the people over at Penny Arcade continue with the way they are going!*As always please remember to practice safe gaming and only allow your child to play the games that you are comfortable with!


  1. I hardly leave remarks, however i did a few searching and wound up here A few thoughts about PAXEast 2011. And I do have 2 questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be simply me or does it appear like a few of the comments appear as if they are written by brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are writing at other social sites, I would like to keep up with everything new you have to post. Would you list of every one of your public pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

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