I don’t think any of us ever thought when we first started reading those little JPEG’s on the Internet that Penny Arcade would grow to have multiple conventions and be arguably bigger than E3 is at the moment! It really is an absolute wonder as to how successful they are, and as fans themselves of the gaming industry, they sure do know how to throw a convention that all of us can enjoy!
This year’s convention was no exception, and was absolutely filled to the brim with wonderful things and big names. IGN had multiple representatives there, as did some of the biggest names in YouTube, and even the usual main stays from Sony and Microsoft themselves. Nintendo was also in attendance, and pretty much everyone you would want to be there certainly was!
This is the kind of place you want to go if you want to attend a panel were people argue about which games are the best of all time, and what criteria would specifically go into something like that. There was even a large VR presence this year from Sony’s part, trying to push the PlayStation brand to new realms that all of us still feel somewhat uncomfortable getting into. It definitely did not have the same draw as table top gaming, PC gaming, or of course console gaming, which is telling of the state of that technology right now!
We had an absolute blast this year, and enjoy the lovely Boston weather at the time. It is filled with fans just like us, and everywhere you go you see someone else with a large smile on their face. You don’t see that at too many other conventions, making things offered by Penny Arcade very unique in that way!
This event was absolutely wonderful, and had everything a gaming nerd could ever want in attendance. Some of the biggest names in gaming were there as they always are, and it was like one big giant party that still managed to fill somewhat intimate despite the mega crowds that these conventions are now driving. If you are a fan of gaming culture, and on the East Coast, this one was definitely for you, and you should be there next year too!