With PAX under way some of the years best industry events are set to wrap up for 2012. With the last big event for the gaming industry coming in at the fifth spot on the list. We take a look at what exactly makes these events so breath taking. The gaming industry has all sorts of events however the ones that are listed are made for the entire gaming industry. In which every major developer is in attendance as well as some of gamings AAA titles. Just don’t expect events like Blizzcon, Quakecon, or even COD XP to be on the list. As stated earlier these events are for every game not just a company creating a con for their title. Lets start off the list with a notable mention.
Notable Mention – Gamescom
Gamescom seems to be picking up steam across the pond as the big event in Europe. Seeing as some of todays best publishers also come from fortress Europe such as: Ubisoft and Eidos before Square Enix acquired them and more! The event is open to the public and see’s more than over 275,000 visitors go through its halls. The venue Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. This event might fare higher on the list however seeing as it has only seen 3 incarnations you soon realize no big announcements for the industry have been named at Gamescom. Did we mention that Microsoft didn’t attend?
5. Tokyo Game Show
The Game Developers Conference is one of the most unusual events in the industry. It see’s all of the developers come together and boast about what they are making. Well isn’t that every conference? Yes it is, until you realize that GDC is about developers talking to developers about the kinds of technology and techniques that they use to one another. Epic games is known for show casing the Unreal Engine at the event. Which also happens to be one of the most common engines that developers use! Once the developers are finished copying notes they are now able to apply a new technique or tech to the game they are developing. It is a rub my back and I will rub your feet kind of thing. This event helps the gaming industry strive to become better every year!
PAX or the Penny Arcade Expo is a celebration of all game culture. The show brings attention to console games, computer games as well as table top games. The show has been slowly building steam since 2004 and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Which is why 2 versions of PAX are held every year starting in 2010. PAX East which is the new show for the Penny Arcade will be making Boston its home until 2023. PAX Prime which is the title of original expo is located on the west coast in Seattle, Washington. Another Smaller incarnation called PAX Dev is held before PAX Prime where developers meet up and speak about their exclusive trade before the event. That is a lot of PAX!