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PAX East 2012: 5 Things To Look Forward To

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There comes a time in every geek’s life where he or she should take a pilgrimage to Boston, Massachusetts in April for PAX East. For some of us at Dyn, that time is now. Brian McCall, AJ Garron, Kyle Welch and I will be conquering every nerd’s dreams of patrolling the PAX East floor and after some thorough investigation, I’ve put together a list of five things to look forward to at PAX East 2012.

Brian McCall

Becoming legends in the ACAM Arcade Room

Besides having most of our conference rooms named after our favorite classic arcade games, Dyn’s had several tournaments showing off our employees’ joystick skills.  Brian, who holds high office scores in Frogger, Tempest and all varieties of Pac Man, is hoping to play a few rounds on the 100 foot projector that is rumored to be set up.

That’s right chump with the high scores… Brian McCall is coming for you!

Earning some sweet gamer indie cred!

Here’s an old joke I first heard from our team lead Ed Bender:

Q: “How many hipsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?”

A: “Never mind…it’s some obscure number you’ve never heard of.”

The coolest part about working at Dyn is finding out about cool companies before everyone else does. Conveniently, one of the coolest parts about going to PAX East is getting to know about a whole slew of independent game developers, companies and startups before they blow up in popularity. (Editor’s note: Ryan loves the word ‘cool’.)

Some of our current gaming bros include:

  • OMGPOP! – The brains behind Draw Something, recently acquired by Zygna.
  • Vostu – If you live in South America and claim you’ve never played one of their flash games, you’re probably lying.
  • Spil Games – Pretty much the largest casual gaming company in the world.
  • Rovio – They make this game called Angry Birds, you ever hear of it?
  • EA – They’re a really tiny startup <insert sarcasm here> best known for owning and running some of the world’s most well-known video game franchises.
  • Bioware – Who hasn’t played Mass Effect, Dragon Age or something from the Baldur’s Gates series? Oh yeah, they also are owned by EA.

By the end of the show, we’ll hopefully know all the indie developers and name drop them to get some indie cred.  The big ones worth keeping an eye on from the PAX East site: Kumobius, Popcannibal, Lunar Enigma, Bad Pilcrow, stfj and Vlambeer.

Seeing things that wouldn’t make sense anywhere else

Pax East - Dyn

Picture these guys in front of a library. How about in a café? Does it make sense? I didn’t think so.

Jamming to some sweet 8-bit tunes

Every year there seems to be some sweet 8-bit bands using old sound cards from the old NES and Sega Master Systems to provide the evening’s  entertainment with electronic goodness. Friday’s line up includes Supercommuter, Minibosses, Metroid Metal and the Mega Man soundtrack inspired band, Protomen. Warning! This song will motivate you to do great things.

Wearing yellow pants

AJ, Brian, and I have been dying for an excuse to all wear yellow pants in public for years and Dyn’s finally giving us a chance to rock the look. If you’re attending PAX East, look for the guys wearing yellow pants, Get Some IaaS t-shirts and let’s talk!

Ryan O'Hara is in Marketing and Promotions for Dyn, the world leader in Internet Performance Solutions that delivers traffic management, message management, and performance assurance. Follow him on Twitter: @ryohara and @Dyn.

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