Although it was almost entirely in passing, Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, the brain trust behind Penny Arcade, announced that their long-sought international PAX, or Penny Arcade Expo, would take place in Australia. No host city or date was dropped, but as much as the fellows of Perth love their town, I imagine (relatively wealthy) gamers as well as native Australians will flock to Sydney in droves come 2014. Or maybe Melbourne. Or Adelaide.
But I imagine the goal of a PAX AUS is far more to get Aussies to come and play the latest games, including indies, and enjoy the community of like-minded gamers, than it is for us frothy Americans to spend fifteen hours (and two Gs) on a flight from LAX, SFO, or SEA to visit the Kangaroo Kingdom. I’ve never been to a PAX before, despite planning to go to one for years, and the idea of sailing over international waters to get there makes me tingly all over. The question, of course, would be timing. 2013 is obviously out, 2014 might even be out, too, but it’s the season that matters most. PAX Prime comes at the end of a long stream of conventions while all of the industry’s biggest titles release during the peak of Australia’s summer.
Still, I’m excited. Be sure to dream about it every night until then.