Monday, April 5, 2010

Gaming Grows Up, Wears Badge

Are comic books and video games kids' stuff?*

Some might say yes — but they are also big (convention) business.

The PAX East gaming conference, held the weekend before last in Boston, at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, welcomed "tens of thousands" of "gamers" — as those devoted to video, board, and other similar games call themselves — who were there to socialize with fellow gaming enthusiasts and check out new products from about 70 different hardware and software companies, according to this article in The Boston Globe.

The Globe reported that the convention was too large for its current home, with a PAX East spokesperson quoted as saying that he was looking forward to next year, when the show will move to the much larger Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Now that's a problem — not having enough space for hordes of devoted attendees — that any self-respecting convention planner would be thrilled to have, kids' stuff or no.

* This photo, of long lines at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center during PAX East, is courtesy Kristina Drzaic. Click here for more of Ms. Drzaic's photos of the gaming convention.

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