Since high school I always wished to one day attend PAX East, but I always found an excuse not to go. My school's March break never lined up with PAX weekend and university essays made March the busiest time of the school year. This year I didn't care about my school schedule or whatever assignments I needed to write, I just bought my PAX Easy 2015 tickets in November and dealt with the problems as they came.
I didn't know what to expect from my first PAX or my first trip in Boston; the Toronto Fan Expo convention didn't prepare me at all. After three days in the Boston Convention Centre wandering the show floor, I learned what to avoid and how to best manage time during the show.
These PAX East tips may not help veteran PAX goers, but they really improved my weekend in Boston.
Don't stand in line to play games, it's not worth it
After waiting an hour to play the Oculus Rift only to move a few feet forward in the enormous line, I knew I only wasted my time. My advice, avoid playing anything.
Crazy, right? At a video game convention it feels like an obligation to play the games you came to see. In reality, the lineups (outside of some indie game booths) can take hours to get through. Don't waste your time; you can participate in so many activities instead of waiting in line for three hours. I know I'm going to buy Halo 5: Guardians and Splatoon. I don't need to line up for hours to validate my purchase or satisfy my curiosity - there's just not enough time to stand around waiting.