Back in April of this year I took a trip to Boston to attend PAX East 2010. The decision to go was relatively whimsical; I was speaking with Reid Young of Fangamer fame, and we realized in the absence of Steve Campos (Plo, for those of you are hip) and his video camera, we thought it’d be fun if I came with them to do some video work instead. So I went, documented as much as I could, and enjoyed myself walking around the city of Boston, as well as the convention itself.
I was going to be late to the convention, because I just happened to have school the day it starts. However, I managed to schedule my flight just hours after my biology final, so I was on my way as fast as possible.
I had no idea what to expect in terms of how I’d be interacting with people, because I don’t believe myself to be a representative of Fangamer. So I felt out of place for the most part during the beginning of the trip. So much happened, I’ll try to give you a general idea of my favorite events that transpired:
I got to finally meet a lot of people who I’ve only spoken with online. This includes (though certainly not limited to) DJKaton & Ozwalled of Radio PSI fame!
I was standing at the Fangamer booth, which at this moment was fairly unattended by the employees, and a young man came up to me. Since I have little to no knowledge about Fangamer products, I began to scrambling trying to look busy, attempting to avoid him inquiring about knowledge I don’t possess. However, he didn’t ask about Fangamer or any products, and instead asked if I was Jeff Benson. This was weird, because he said it in such a way as if he had known me for years. He introduced himself and told me that he actually found Fangamer/Starmen.net as a result of finding EarthBound Saga on Youtube. Though this was just a small meeting between me and this other man, It certainly felt empowering. The planets had aligned in such a way, by him watching something I created, he was able to find Fangamer, and eventually compelled him to attend PAX East where I got to meet him. What a weird series of events!
I felt so honored to be in the presence of someone who appreciated such a special situation as much as I did. I had to get a picture with him. His name is Will.
Fangamer did a podcast while I was there, in which my voice was audible.
I got many cool pictures, here’s one I like.
I got some good footage, speaking of which, here is a video Steve edited together using the footage I shot.
All and all, it was a fun experience and I hope I get to go back again next year. Thank you Reid and Fangamer friends! I wish I could go to these things all the time.