At least according to when I received my text message tweets from the PAX twitter account
Here I was, riding my Motorcycle down the road, heading to lunch with the wife. From my pocket, I can hear Moto Assist yell out from my Moto G that I received a new text from Twitter.
I only follow one account in Twitter and that’s the PAX feed. I didn’t think it would be the registration text since only last week we were told….
@Official_PAX: To assuage any heart attacks, just remember we won’t launch tix until later in May.
It’s only May 7th, which I wouldn’t consider “later in May”.
Once I get to the restaurant I check the message and see this…
@Official_PAX: PAX PRIME 2015 BADGES ARE ON SALE NOW!
WTF!! I am not prepared for this. I click the link and hope I’m not too late (it’s now 4 minutes after I received the alert). Luckily, I wasn’t. After a 20 minute wait, I got in and ordered two sets of tickets. I tried to order 2 more sets using my wife’s phone, but by the time I got though, Saturday was sold out. I guess I lucked out this time around.
Well, as reported by Polygon on April 24th, the PAX organizers reviewed their list of ticket purchases and cancelled those purchases for tickets in excess of the allowed limit. At the time, it was reported that those tickets would go back on sale at some point in the future.
Cut to last night at 7:03 PM PST, where I received the following Tweet-2-SMS message from PAX…
@Official_PAX: Reclaimed tix to Prime 2013 here http://t.co/X5pUDsD3Co Max of 2 sets per order, multiple orders per person or household will be cancelled.
Knowing that these wouldn’t last long, I immediately jumped online and was able to pick up 2 sets of single day passes (there didn’t appear to be any 4 day passes available). A few minutes later I received the following….
@Official_PAX: Well that was fast. All the reclaimed tickets are now sold out. (7:15 PM PST)
I don’t imagine there were many tickets available, so I thank my lucky stars that I was able to get tickets for my son and I. Hopefully, a few other folks who were originally upset that they wouldn’t be able to go were also able to secure a few tickets as well.
A big thank you to the PAX organizers for cracking down on excess ticket orders and giving a few other people a chance to attend. I also have to thank Twitter for getting the tweet out to me in time to take advantage of the offer.
So I go out of town for a few days for work and what happens?
PAX Prime sells out in 6 hours and I don’t even find out until today. WTF is that about!!!!
According to the countdown clock on the PAX Prime homepage, there are just over 100 days until PAX Prime 2012 begins.
If you haven’t already booked a hotel, you may want to get on it. There is not much left available in the area of the Convention Center. Unless you want to spend more than $250/night.
On a side note, my son mentioned that we should attend in costume. I don’t know if there is much chance of that happening, but you never know, stranger things have happened.
To the surprise of everyone, including I would assume the expo organizers, PAX Prime has sold every single pass in under 48 hrs.
I personally was completely taken off guard. I was on the road for work, but I made an effort to check the PAX Prime website at least once a day for the past week on my smartphone.
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So the plan for Sunday was to get there early and hit the booths that had eluded me so far (mostly because I wasn’t willing to wait several hours in line).
Booths that I wanted to see were Duke Nukem Forever, Portal 2 and perhaps Dragon Age 2. Duke Nukem had proven to be the worst of the bunch on previous days.
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Photo by Fabian Doehla (SEGA)
On the way to my car, after being turned away from the Will Wheaton panel, I passed by GameWorks.
There was a line forming outside and a bouncer type fellow was standing in front of the door. On the door was a sign stating that GameWorks was closed for a private event (left).
I asked someone in line what was up and was informed that SEGA was having an after-party. They then told me that they had pre-registered. 🙁
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Photo by Andrew Wong
Apparently I was short on sleep because I seriously slept in Saturday morning.
I originally planned on getting to the show early so that I could get to a few of the booths that were a little busy on Friday (namely Duke Nukem, Portal 2 & Dragon Age 2).
I ended up getting to the show at noon. The first thing I did was meet up with a girl who was buying my Sunday pass for her sister.
After that I headed into the expo expecting perhaps a few more people than the day before.
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Prior to going to PAX, it was suggested to me to try and get myself to some of the after parties that take place Friday and Saturday night.
During the day on the expo floor, I found out about a couple of after parties that looked pretty good. The most interesting one was the Aion: Assault on Balaurea Launch Party featuring the Wonder Girls. Although, honestly, I had never heard of the game or the Wonder Girls. I also had the option of several evening panels and the ever popular PC freeplay area.
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I didn’t end up sitting in on any panels during the day on Friday so I made an effort to catch one of the evening panels once the expo floor was closed.
Sucker Punch was scheduled to host a panel at 7 PM regarding inFAMOUS 2 called “inFAMOUS 2: An Inside Glimpse into Creating the Superpowered Franchise”. I really enjoyed the first inFAMOUS and the inFAMOUS 2 demo on the show floor was very cool, so I was all over it.
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