PAX '08 already bigger than PAX '07

Preregistrations have already topped total attendance from last year's show; more details on PAX East Coast revealed.

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The 2008 Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) doesn't even kick off for a few more weeks, and it already qualifies as the biggest show yet. Penny Arcade president of operations and business development Robert Khoo confirmed to GameSpot that the fifth annual open-to-the-public gaming convention has already had more preregistration ticket sales than the total attendance of the 2007 show.

Last year, more than 39,000 gamers flocked to the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in downtown Seattle for a three-day celebration of all things gaming, complete with industry panels, tournaments, concerts, and a show floor with playable demos of upcoming games. This year's event will boast double the exhibition hall space to accommodate a larger crowd.

At this rate, PAX could produce a show to rival that of the biggest Electronic Entertainment Expos. Before the annual event was dramatically downsized, E3 2006 packed more than 60,000 into the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year's E3 Media & Business Summit attracted just over 4,000 invited attendees; neither show was open to the general public.

Khoo also filled in a few details about the East Coast PAX announced last week. The two shows will be staggered, with "PAX Prime" continuing in the fall, and PAX EC taking place in the spring. There's no set location for the show yet, but organizers have narrowed it down to about four locations. The inaugural PAX EC had originally been planned to take place this year, but Khoo said it was logistically impossible to organize it while still managing the growth of the main show.

PAX 2008 is set for August 29-31. For more on the show, check out the official Web site.

Discussion

39 comments
SentientGames
SentientGames

I second the call for Orlando! I could actually go then!

thepyrethatburn
thepyrethatburn

Every time I read stories like this, it makes me laugh a little inside because, during the second year, PAX invited members of the press (including Gamespot) to come and all refused because it was thought that PAX was a show that would go nowhere.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

PAX is picking up the pieces from a gimper and gimper E3. Might as well Cancel E3 since it's pretty much on par with CES anyways.

pokeyg23
pokeyg23

Narrowed it down to four? What are they? Let's hear it for Orlando! (America's 2nd largest convention center!)

PieCrusher
PieCrusher

Well good thing PAX is doing good. I don't know what i would do if it wasn't considering that E3 is pretty much a lost cause.

hunter8man
hunter8man

Thank god Penny Arcade is giving the type of expo that used to make E3 highly sought after. I won't make it this year, but I hope to be there next time when I move to Seattle. PAX is doing what E3 should have continued to do.

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

Is Nintendo showing anything? They need a big show to make up for E3.

sieg6529
sieg6529

PEPSI OR CHOKE!!!!!!!!!!

okassar
okassar

Last year,PAX showcased many big games,some notable ones being Assassin's Creed,Mass Effect,and Zelda:Phantom Hourglass.It was really informative and did its job,so I expect to see more of that this upcoming PAX...I hope they show more Gears of War 2 and Fable 2,and since they showed Rock Band last year,they should show Rock Band 2 this time around.

Beamish1990
Beamish1990

Has anyone got a list of what games are being shown this year?

xthejag10x
xthejag10x

When's Leipzig supposed to happen?

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

Also in news, 10 is a bigger number than 9! Seriously, this is cool stuff. PAX was great a couple years back and I would love to go this year, but alas I cannot. Next year I will return for more DS PictoChat madness.

thestickman
thestickman

I'm so excited. This year will be my first time ever attending PAX (or ANY video game-related expo, period) XD

-Nintendude-
-Nintendude-

Hmm, if (or more like when) I visit US I think date around the time of PAX wouldn't be that bad idea. I'm totally fine with the GameSpot's feed for now but need to think about this again after couple years and see if I can manage my things for a few week trip. TGS is another one, maybe I'll eventually get to visit both countries at a right time.

Echo13791
Echo13791

That would be so exciting if this ever came to the east coast. I live in DC and I think I'd have to go

jedikevin2
jedikevin2

PAX has become the E3 of yesteryear w00t.

OmegaHunter9
OmegaHunter9

Bungie could use this as their special event......just a thought.

Mystoksor
Mystoksor

I can't wait till they come to the east coast. New York hopefully, hell I'll even take DC

Mcortijo01
Mcortijo01

Sounds good. I hope they come to NY!

xTheExploited
xTheExploited

I just hope it is better than E3, cos I was pretty disapointed...

lamprey263
lamprey263

I better get go get my tickets soon to avoid standing in line.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

This is cool, twice the size and open for all 2 c.....NICE!!

mrbass208
mrbass208

Got to hand it to PAX. Kind of a hybrid between ComiCon and E3.

aygol
aygol

PAX is awesome!

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

E3 dropped the ball and PAX is gonna pick it right up.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Here's hoping this is the E3 we use to have. If so I'm definitately watching.

joey2683
joey2683

Looking forward to it. Rich Galup is going to be there too. Awesome.

kos1085
kos1085

Can't wait to see what games come out of the Pax at the end of the month. I am hoping to see the release of release dates for some of those titles that still say Fall 08.

pete40oz
pete40oz

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pungent231
pungent231

Hoorah for PAX! It will make up for E3, methinks.

MFDABADKID
MFDABADKID

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