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The Rise and Return of PAX 2022 - What To Expect

Updated: Oct 12, 2023

 


I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favourite Gaming convention in the southern hemisphere


If you weren't already aware, PAX Melbourne is back for the first time since 2019! At the time of writing this article, we're just 10 days away!


After the pandemic hit in early 2020, video game conventions (and any social outings for that matter) weren't a thing for quite a while. Though understandably why - but now we can all finally rejoice, as Australia's biggest gaming convention is making it's grand return! Excitement is already brewing among players and developers alike eager to share, play and embrace the passion for the medium we love so much. So, what are the details for this years PAX? Have you got your tickets yet? Wondering what there is to see and what to play? Or still thinking about it? Well we've got you covered!



PAX. PAX. I'm in PAX. PAAAAAAAX!


Who and what will be there?

From panels, to freeplays, to tournaments- there's so much to do and see at PAX 2022! To make it easier for yourself, you can download the app right here and see every single thing that's happening and plan out your day(s). Below is a list of just some things to expect!


Panel highlights

Videogame 'Hot Takes' feat. a Variety of Chillies

Everyone's got an opinion about something, and in the world of video games Hot Takes are in every comment section. But - how much are people willing to back their opinion up? In this panel, people will put their opinion to the test by eating all things hot, sour and down right disgusting. Oh, I can't wait!


Pen is Mightier Than The Joystick: Writing For & About Games

Ever thought about writing for games? Whether you're interested in creating a narrative in a game or writing reviews, this panel has it all. With great professionals to share advice, tips and tricks for getting into the industry!


Accessibility at Xbox

Having accessibility options in video games means more people get to play, and that's a win. This panel, hosted by Alice Clarke, will show Xbox's journey in eliminating barriers and allowing more people to play their games that's suited to them. Featuring the process of incorporating inclusive design into Xbox Game Studios titles such as Forza Horizon 5, and in a wide range of products and programs.


A Deep dive into Late 90's and Early 2000's Gaming Nostalgia

Do you remember memory cards? Well, in this panel you'll be reminded, or perhaps learning for the first time. Take a deep dive into the history of late 1990's and early 2000's video games. From obscure titles to the popular games of the time. Share your childhood gaming memories! From a soundtrack that brings you right back to a particular era in time, to memorable characters.


How to Pitch Devolver

Devolver over the last 18 months have taken a few Aussie devs to work on their games - including Cult of the Lamb and Plucky Squire. Devolver are known for their unique plethora of games, and in this panel you'll get to hear about what it takes to join the cult - err, I mean team and be apart of one of the most innovative publishers in gaming.


Gender Diverse Games and Networking Power Hour

Make friends, network with professionals, talk everything video games and even play a casual board game or two.


Indie Showcase Showcase: Digital

Join Jini Maxwell as they host the Aus Indie Showcase digital winners!


The Last PAX Panel On The Left: All Things Horror Games (R18+)

Love horror? Can't get enough of it? This panel will be for you! Help solve Lemarchand's Puzzle Box, and discuss everything horror games! From the creepiest titles, scariest jump scares and what's on the horizon. Oh, and the panel will also feature a real, yes, a REAL professional psychologist who will help us understand why we enjoy horror so much.


Learn to Play Dungeons & Dragons

Never played DnD? Well, now is your chance! Come explore the dungeon (maybe you'll meet a dragon!) and dive into the wonderful world of Dungeons and Dragons.


Cosplay Craft and Chat: Create a Little Project with our Foam Clay

Got some questions about cosplay? Want to see the craft that goes into cosplaying? Check out this panel and craft your own small item with foam clay!


Game Writing Challenge!

In this interactive panel, you'll be tasked with timed writing assignments based on actual industry challenges. From authentic game writing prompts to expert advice that will give all attendees a peek into the realities of being a game writer.


Game Design Speed Run

Watch award winning game designer, Keith Franks, speed run while they design a board game/card game live on stage. The catch? they'll have just a few random craft supplies to do this! Yelling strange and weird suggestions to them is also encouraged.


Press Start Australia will also be there with their own panel!

This is just a fraction of what to expect! Make sure you check out the app to every single thing.


Freeplays

Need a gaming fix while you're waiting for a panel? Or want to try a game for the first time? PAX has got you covered! Play casually or competitively with titles including Overwatch 2, Metroid, Tekken 7, CS:Wingman, Splatoon 3, Halo MCC, Halo Infinite, Valorant, Splitgate, FIFA, Animal Crossing + so much more! You can also show off your Speedrunning skills and even challenge yourself to a Mario Kart 8 Time Trial!



Stay awhile and listen!; A brief History of PAX

  • PAX was originally first held in Seattle back in 2004 - around the time games such as Halo 2, Half-Life 2, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and the new IP Far Cry were first released!

  • Pax then expanded to Boston in 2010, and then again to San Antonio in 2015

  • In 2013, PAX made it's way to the land down under in Melbourne, marking the first international PAX!

  • Since then, PAX has become Australia's largest gaming festival!

So will we see you there? What are you most excited to see/play? Let us know, and be sure to follow PAX on socials!


Have the most excellent time. On behalf of Gaming Australia, I'll be there too so I will see you there! Be kind, play games and most of all; have fun. If this is your first time going to PAX; welcome home to the PAX family! If you're returning to PAX, welcome home.


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