PAX West has come and gone, but we’re still riding the hype train. We got to meet so many Ambassadors at the Xbox Ambassadors Experience, played some games, listened in on panels, and just be present at PAX West in Seattle as fans. Let’s relive some of the memorable moments together!
ID@Xbox Open House
The doors opened at 5pm and the crowd dispersed into all corners of the Open House. You could feel the excitement in the air as people got in line to play the latest indie games and chat with friends about PAX West. With over 50 ID@Xbox titles, fans were able to play them and meet the developers behind some of the games. They were able to voice their opinions to the Xbox Feedback crew, join a panel moderated by Major Nelson, and had the chance to win some awesome prizes.
Xbox Ambassadors Experience
Enter the Sonora Room where fans were able to join in on the Xbox Ambassadors Experience! Hundreds of people swung by to spin our prize wheel and check out what the Xbox Ambassadors were all about. We had stations for information and swag, G4E, games, the lounge, and interviews.
We asked you to write what gaming for everyone means to you and here are some of the responses back:
Diversity | Less fighting, more kindness | A choice to play as a character that looks like me | Being able to enjoy games regardless of skill level | Ensuring that everyone feels like they belong on Xbox Live | Acceptance of others | A welcoming community | Empathy
The best part about the Ambassadors Experience was being able to meet people in person to talk about the program and spread awareness of the gaming for everyone mission. From younger to older attendees, people were excited to share their thoughts!
The team was ready to be out and about on Sunday at PAX West. Some of our favorite things about PAX included the Overcooked 2 and Rocket League competitions, trying out new indie games, learning about how to build a healthy community, meeting different groups in the Diversity Lounge, and just seeing people standing in capped lines to play games they’ve been looking forward to. We even ran into our handy dandy Mister Sconnie who was waiting for almost two hours to see and play Borderlands 3. This was after already waiting 2 hours for the Gearbox panel that was on Friday. Now that’s dedication to his favorite game series of all time!
How to Build a Healthy Community Without Toxicity
We attended a one-hour panel that included 6 panelists from the gaming industry who all works in the community engagement field. We loved hearing from other people that also were passionate about their communities. Here are some points on how to build a healthy community:
Tools for Channel Management
Other Quick Tips
We spent some time at the Diversity Lounge, a space dedicated to amplifying voices from underrepresented communities and a place where organizations can provide support and resources for those attending PAX. We visited and spoke to the booths to learn more about their organization and community. Here were some in attendance this year:
For some great information, resources or just a safe space to relax, visit the Diversity Lounge, every PAX has one!
For those of you who went to the ID@Xbox Open House or PAX, we hope you had a wonderful time. And for those who didn’t, thanks for joining along with us on the ride from back home. Share your favorite PAX West moments below!