So… we’re calling it – PAX Aus 2016 was a triumph (it’s hard to overstate our satisfaction).
This year’s PAX Aus was bigger and better than ever – including a huuuge Tabletop Area, a speed running stage, a VR Freeplay Area, awesome speakers like Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb (Director of Programming for Xbox Live, Microsoft) and live performances by 7bit Hero and Axis of Awesome. But best of all was the massive Classic Gaming Area (of course!).
(Maps from the PAX Aus website)
We met heaps of cool people (look out for our upcoming article about that), saw masses of amazing cosplay, and basically spent three full days on our feet helping man (and woman) the Classic Gaming Area or wandering around, taking in all that PAX Aus had to offer (which was a lot!).
Let’s start by celebrating the Classic Gaming Area. Back for the fourth time, the CGA was bigger than ever. The CGA is a joint initiative between PAX and Melbourne-based retro gaming experts Ausretrogamer, Retro Domination, Weird and Retro (all providing retro consoles and computers), local barcade Bartronica (providing arcade machines), and pinball enthusiast Scott Kellett with Zax Amusements, Pinmem and Bayside Pinball Club (providing pinball tables). We also had an awesome museum of retro treasures and rarities this year.
The PAX Aus Classic Gaming Area – Stay a while… stay forever!
The arcades were as popular as ever
The consoles, computers and handhelds provided much nostalgic fun
Competition was fierce but friendly in the CGA tournaments
Pinball tables were a hit!
A new addition to the CGA – the retro museum
But PAX Aus 2016 had more to offer than just the Classic Gaming Area…
The Expo Hall
The Tabletop Area
PC and Console Freeplay
The Handheld Lounge
Queuing for merch
The six rules of PAX
Game over – until 2017
And just like that, PAX Aus is over for another year, but we had a blast – and we have so many great memories. We hope you do too. See you all again next year!
Photos: ausretrogamer.com and Alan Ly
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