PAX Australia 2017 Dates Announced

Woohoo, we finally have news of the PAX Australia 2017 dates!

PAX Australia will take place 27-29 October 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and tickets are scheduled to go on sale 14 March, 2017.

Early bird tickets will save you $5 AUD on the full ticket price. Friday Only, Saturday Only, and Sunday Only tickets will cost $65 AUD. Three Day Passes (including International Three Day passes) will cost $165 AUD. Attendees wishing to bring their own computer, can also purchase a BYOC pass for an additional $45 AUD.

“Australia’s gaming community has given PAX such an incredible home here,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of PAX and Penny Arcade.  “This year will see the fifth PAX Aus erupt in Melbourne, and there’s every indication it will be the best one yet.”

We can’t wait to get stuck into creating a bigger and better Classic Gaming Area at PAX Aus 2017. We hope to see you all there!

 

PAX Aus: It’s All About The People

featured3Sure, there’s always heaps to see and do at PAX Aus (more and more each year it seems!), but the best part is always the people – meeting new people and catching up with old friends. We had many laughs, hugs, handshakes and great conversations over the course of PAX Aus 2016 – here a just a few of the wonderful people we caught up with.

Many of the great people from Ausretrogamer, Retro Domination, Weird and RetroBartronica, Zax Amusements, Pinmem and the Bayside Pinball Club who worked with PAX to bring you the CGAcga-team

The CGA enforcer team was fantastic (again) this year – here are just a few
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A special thanks to the fabulous CGA Enforcer Team Leader – Zailee (thanks also to Spyder!)
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Look who stopped by the CGA to chat with Glenn – none other than Guy ‘Yug’ Blomberg, PAX Aus Content Manager
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… or is it Gabby Boreland?
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Glenn and Zailee
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The ausretrogamer team – Alex Boz, Kerith (ms ausretrogamer), Alan Ly and Brant Raven
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Alex with Weird and Retro‘s Serby
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Greg and Josh from Bartronica
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Retro Domination‘s Matt and Daz
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…and Mark and Peter
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‘We’re just making sure they work!’ Weird and Retro‘s Dr Curlytek with Scott Kellett and Pete
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Bayside Pinball Club President – Lucas Bardin
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Lucas with pinball wizards Nick Hamhougias and Wal Dickie
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Group shot with some of our interstate friends – Meezergal and Lord Panek from Sydney plus artist, DM,  retro game developer and top hat wearer Mr Ant Stiller from Brisbane
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Ant with bro Grant, or ‘Granthony’
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Nick with Melbourne Silverball League‘s Martin Robbinsmarto-nick

Paul and Hoa – Weird and Retro
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Aaron from Press Play on Tape Podcast and the adorable Phoebe
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Aaron and Phoebe with fellow Tasmanians Tehkella and Damian
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Chris Van Graas very kindly loaned some amazing items for the CGA retro museum, including Mel Croucher’s ZX Spectrum used to code ‘Deus Ex Machina’ and Chris Huelsbeck’s MIDI sampler used to create the famous music for ‘Turrican’
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Chris also introduced us to three metre pizzas!
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Alex with passionate classic gamer, Harmik
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Retrogamer and artist Sean Tagg with the awesome Henry
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Pinball prodigy Jordan ‘JTH’ Tredaway and family
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The talented costume and prop-makers from Combustible Props
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Bethesda ANZ Community Manager Noel Wheatley, CNET Editor Seamus Byrne and Stacey Borg (Dr Curlytek) with Alex pre-panel (‘Geek Trash or Treasure? Finding Collectibles with Real Value‘)
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Seamus also stopped by the CGA for quick game
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Some friendly faces in the ‘Geek Trash or Treasure’ audience – Serby, Skye, Alan, Aaron, Damian and Tehkella
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Selfie with Frank and Lauren from Mana Mojo
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Great pic of tech journalist Adam Turner and son
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Shane Rubans, Marcus Sezenov (Rosstown Retro Pinball Arcade) and Luke Marburg
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John and Ryan Sozanski
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Alex with Hal, Kale and Kevin Tilley (Reset magazine)
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Sairuk with Aaron
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Alex with Kelly (Weird and Retro) and Andrew Owen
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Tamagotchi!
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Alex with Adam Renardson, Content Services Manager PlayStation Australia
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Developer and YouTuber Rob Caporetto with programmer and CGA enforcer Rajesh Singh
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Raj, Rob, Kevin and Chris
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Rob in super-cool mode!
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The most triumphant moment of PAX Aus 2016 – collecting our ‘PAX XP’ PAX Aus towels (thanks to Alan for doing most of the legwork):
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PAX Aus 2016 was a blast – and spending time with awesome people was really what made it. We’re already looking forward to 2017, can’t wait to see you there!

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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Get Ready For Some Classic Gaming At PAX Aus 2016

paxaus2016_primer_titleGet your nostalgic senses ready, as the PAX Aus Classic Gaming area is back, bigger and better for 2016! We say this every year, but this year is no exception – there will be games that will take you back to your younger years, and you never know, you may discover golden oldies that you may have not known or had forgotten about.

With systems like the Commodore 64, Sega Master System, Sega Dreamcast and the NEC PC-Engine (to name just a few) to tickle your retro gaming fancy, your only problem will be, what to to play first!

If you want a trip down memory lane while at PAX Aus 2016, then make sure you come on over to the Classic Gaming area!

One fire button is all you need to play on the Commodore 64!
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Anyone up for some Alex Kidd action?
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Shoot’em up action on the Engine that could!
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Let’s go make some crazy money!
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The PAX Aus Classic Gaming area is proudly brought to you by: ausretrogamer, Bartronica, Bayside Pinball Club, PinballScore, Pinmem, Retro Domination, Weird and Retro and Zax Amusements.

 

Good Game Pocket Visits PAX Aus Classic Gaming Area

So PAX Aus is over for another year, the event was a huge success and the Classic Gaming Area was more popular than ever!

We had a ball and were especially excited when the super-friendly guys from ABC TV’s ‘Good Game: Pocket Edition’ stopped by to enjoy the nostalgic vibes.

pax2Nich Richardson with Alex ‘ausretrogamer’ Boz, Retro Domination’s Daz Retro, Pinball Wizard Scott Kellett, and Kerith ‘ms ausretrogamer’

It’s great to see retrogaming getting some serious air time – now watch ‘Pocket Edition’ presenter Nich Richardson (@NichBoy) explore PAX Aus, and most of all – skip to 3:23 for an interview with our very own Mr Alex ‘austretrogamer’ Boz!


Video source: Good Game on YouTube

Behind the scenes:

IMG_1428Lights, camera, action ausretrogamer!

IMG_1426Interviewing Alex Kidd aficionado Braden

IMG_1444Interviewing pinball prodigy Jordan Tredaway

IMG_1425Interviewing Donkey Kong maestro Ryan

Stay tuned to ausretrogamer.com for more stories about our adventures at PAX Aus 2015 over the coming days.

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

Follow Ms. ausretrogamer on Twitter