Pax! A great time was had by all.
I was a little wary, to be honest - wary that somehow GamerGoats would turn PAX into their plaything, but I came into this conference frustrated with games and walked out more energised than ever before. I saw great games, played them with some great people, and in general had an awesome time.
But that's not why you're here! (I thi3nk). Over the weekend I took part in a few different panels. One on religion, another on working in the games industry and another on freelancing.
The first one, Religion and Spirituality in Video Games, is a panel I organised with Mark Serrels, Nathan Cocks and Jason Imms. All great guys are we had a fantastic discussion - the audience asked really wonderful questions and seemed interested the whole time.
A quick clarification: I say at the beginning of the panel that we're focusing on Judeo-Christian history with regard to religion. Although this is my comfort zone, so to speak, it's also pretty exclusionary. Additionally, we don't have a huge range of voices on the panel with regard to other religions.
This is a hard thing to fix, because panels are usually created by people with the intent of inviting on their friends and close pals. Given I was new to this whole thing, that's what I've done here. I still think we have a great, inclusive discussion, but next time we do this sort of thing opening up to more voices is something I'll definitely remain conscious of.
Forgive my intro - I kind of repeat myself a little bit. But the discussion was great! I promise! Hope you enjoy it.