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PAX South


It’s a stereotype video game enthusiasts have been trying to quash for decades — the image of an unemployed, single, 35-year-old slob sitting in his parents’ basement, wearing a Doritos-stained Atari shirt and headset, virtually killing aliens or zombies or terrorists with his Xbox controller in hand and yelling upstairs at his mom to ask when dinner will be ready.
Truth be told, 42 percent of the U.S. population plays video games regularly (at least three hours per week) and chances are not all of them like Doritos. According to statistics released by the Entertainment Software Association, these 155 million Americans pay into a gaming industry that racked up $22.4 billion in 2014.
Finding a comfortable nook in this ever-growing money-making industry is Penny Arcade, a webcomic that debuted online in 1998 and has since developed into a company that includes a podcast, episodic video games, an online reality show and a charity. In 2004, Penny Arcade founders Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik launched a series of gaming conventions known as PAX (Penny Arcade Expo). Since the inaugural event took place in Bellevue, Washington, PAX has splintered into five different annual expos (PAX Prime and PAX Dev in Seattle, PAX East in Boston, PAX Aus in Melbourne and its newest, PAX South in San Antonio).
PAX South debuted in January 2015 and, according to IGN, a games and entertainment media company, broke the attendance record for a first-year PAX convention. A spokesperson for PAX South told the San Antonio Current that although they “don’t release specific numbers” on turnout, attendees last year were “well into the tens of thousands.”
PAX South 2016 will take place in San Antonio from January 29-31 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The expo caters to all types of gamers, from those who enjoy MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) to sports-themed games to vintage throwbacks and everything in between. PAX South will also feature video game panels, tournaments, concerts, a game industry expo hall for video game producers and retail companies, autograph sessions, cosplay and meet-up areas where gamers interested in specific platforms like handheld games, PC games and board/card games can convene. $35-$75, 10am-midnight Fri-Sat
10am-6pm Sun, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E. Market St., (210) 207-8500
— Kiko Martínez

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