After an excellent weekend at PAX East and experiencing a series of events these past few days, I have learned a great deal about the gaming community.
I will be completely honest in saying that I do not know many people in the gaming industry. I know OF many people, but I do not know them on a personal level. Nonetheless, I try to keep myself “in tune” with much of what goes on in the community. Becoming a Frag Doll Cadette has greatly heightened that.
First and foremost, I must say that PAX East was incredible. I had a great time working with Ubisoft at the Assassin’s Creed III booth. In a way, the booth felt like Disney World. Attendees stood in line for 45 minutes to wait to see the exclusive footage of ACIII gameplay. Ubisoft set up everything so well. There were monitors, pictures with descriptions on display for guests to view, and us Frag Dolls/Cadettes to entertain them (wink, wink? Haha, no. We just moved the lines along). I enjoyed seeing the excited looks on the faces of fans after viewing the 10-minute long preview of the game. Afterward, the crowd cheered in the theater in excitement over what they just saw. Oh, and then I handed them a blow-up tomahawk for their diligence and devotion toward their fandom. That was a small glimpse of my job at PAX East this past weekend.
My fellow FDC sisters had many similar thoughts about this convention. “PAX East is like one big family reunion for people in the gaming industry.” I could not agree more. Many, including myself, were reunited with familiar faces. There were nothing but smiles and laughs during the weekend (and maybe some foot pain and lost voices by Sunday night).
I met many of the Frag Dolls and Cadettes for the first time this weekend, but I instantly clicked with all of them. I also was able to meet many figures in the gaming industry that I look up to, such as Cliffy B and his fiancé Lauren (aka L337Lauren), the lead artists for Dragon Age, and the guys of Mega64. Everyone was so awesome. Overall, the experience at my first PAX was great. I look forward to growing more in the gaming industry as a Frag Doll Cadette.
What I also witnessed within the past few days was the outpouring of support toward my friend and fellow Frag Doll Cadette, Katy akabunnyXablaze. Not even one day had passed after her return from PAX East and she experienced a great tragedy. Her house, along with all possessions, burnt to the ground on April 10th. I cannot even imagine what she is going through at this very moment; however, the gaming community has not failed to show their compassion toward a wonderful lady in their industry. A donation stream is being held for her on Saturday, April 14th in order to raise money for her cause. I am still amazed at how much the community is doing -- it is proof that they have each other's backs. That alone is an incredible thing to think about.
And that, my friends, is my recent experience with the gaming industry. They all are an awesome group of people that share a similar passion and use that passion for good.