Washington State Convention & Trade Center Downtown
Aug 31–Sept 3
PAX West is an annual convention in Seattle devoted exclusively to gaming of all platforms and genres, and, since it was created in 2004 by Penny Arcade, it has become one of the two largest gaming events in North America, along with its Boston spinoff, PAX East. The convention features dozens of panels with special guests, an exhibit hall, new game demonstrations, and video game-inspired musical performances. Some highlights this year include a storytelling session with World of Warcraft director Ion Hazzikostas; panel discussions on representation and historical accuracy in games and the history of Japanese board gaming; a Mario Kart 64 tournament; and an autograph session with YouTube sensation Markiplier. If you don't have tickets, there are lots of PAX-related events and parties that don't require a badge—see them all here.