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My Weekend At A Gaming Convention As Told By Snapchat

Down the PAX Warp Pipe.

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I'm Bryant and on my left is my nemesis, Ahmed. We were tasked with the quest to cover PAX Prime, the biggest gaming convention in America. My subquest was to Snapchat the weekend.

We arrived at the Washington State Convention Center around 8 a.m. Ahmed spilled coffee on himself during the cab ride over, so I already knew we were going to have a blast.

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The best way to start any con experience almost always involves some kind of monster hand. People go crazy for Magic: The Gathering.

We had quite a journey finding the media entrance after getting lost within the convention center due to bad directions given by one of the PAX Enforcers. I made sure to give him my best side-eye when we passed him on our way back.

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Media badge holders were given an extra hour before attendees to demo games, but we still had to wait until 9 a.m. to get inside.

Look at this happiness. Ahmed beelined for the Street Fighter V booth as soon as we were let into the expo hall. His boner for Ryu led him to write a post on how he was sexually awakened by a video game character.

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TBH, no amount of button mashing could have saved my life. I lost all three rounds we played. Going up against someone who plays fighting games competitively is a huge disadvantage.

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Now look at this sadness. After walking around the floor, we decided to check out Gunsport, which is a lot like volleyball, but with...guns. It was a pretty close game, but there could be only one winner. In this case, it was me.

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During our time at the conference, we would revisit this game to take a break from our work. The mix of easy gameplay and fast-paced shit-talking was really enjoyable.

When I saw this Pikachu display in the air, my happiness meter broke. Ahmed tried to take a couple of pictures of me with it, but apparently not everyone can adequately use a camera.

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Do you see Pikachu's smile? I had the same one on my face. We were #blessed that this glorious deity watched over us.

I spent roughly 20 minutes posing next to Pikachu. Passersby were low-key judging me, but I'm the real winner here. I sacrificed line-free video game demonstrations for this picture.

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The first game I ever played was Pokémon Blue. I also collected the cards when I was younger, so I freaked out when I saw this booth. Also peep the Pikachu on my shirt. There's no denying my love. You don't understand how ecstatic I was to find Pikachu.

I play Borderlands with my cousins, so seeing Gearbox Software's Battleborn on display made me wish my family was with me. Not Ahmed.

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Talk about #SquadGoals. Gearbox easily had one of the best displays on the floor. This booth quickly became busy around 10 a.m., and the game demo had one of the longest lines at PAX Prime. I majorly regretted not playing it.

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Aside from the poor lighting and a faulty tripod, Ahmed and I had a fun time interviewing Saturday Night Live's Taran Killam, who was there to enjoy PAX and was all about having fun. Check out our interview about classic video games here.

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Although I was kinda upset that Taran chose Charizard over Pikachu, I still think he's a pretty chill guy.

Ahmed was mad at me because I wanted to explore this hallway display. We were in a hurry to get to one of our appointments, but because I'm a sicko this enticed me to stay a bit longer.

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I believe there's a justifiable curiosity when it comes to anything related to Cards Against Humanity.

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Only to have my disappointment exacerbated when I was met with Ahmed at the end.

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Unfortunately we were a little too early to the exhibit, and the kittens had not arrived yet. Sorry — no cute animals. But if you look closely, you can almost feel the annoyance seeping out of Ahmed because I forced him through this exhibit. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

On our way to one of our appointments, I made us stop to get a picture of the coolest Megaman cosplayer at PAX Prime. Look at that fierceness.

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This guy immediately struck his pose after I asked his dad for permission to take his picture. I wish I were this cool.

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This cosplay of an Ocarina of Time boss was one of our favorites. It blew our mind how intricate and complex her outfit was.

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We also had an A+ convo with her about how to design women in video games.

We stumbled upon a group of cheering fans who went crazy when the Dalek started moving. At this point I couldn't tell which was more dangerous...the fans, or the Dalek itself.

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Everyone wanted a picture with the Dalek, but nobody wanted to approach it. Where's the Doctor when you need him?

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We visited the Klei Entertainment booth mainly because I wanted to check out the sequel to the Don't Starve franchise. Meanwhile Ahmed was selfishly taking over the only station demoing Klei's new game, Invisible, Inc.

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I spent some time at this booth talking to the developers and excitedly playing Don't Starve: Shipwrecked. You get to wear a pirate hat in the new game. How gnarly is that?

I regrettably allowed myself to be talked into watching Ahmed butcher the "Message in a Bottle" guitar solo in Rock Band 4. He kept bragging about his skills but I didn't see any receipts.

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He actually did pretty above average for the one song he said he knew how to play. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

While Ahmed was partaking in a Super Smash Bros. competition, I witnessed a great exchange of arcade history between father and sons. I enjoyed watching this dad introduce his sons to the classics such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, etc.

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I love that there was family bonding happening at PAX Prime. It was heartwarming to see kids just as interested in the old-school joystick and buttons.

I spent some time reminiscing by playing some arcade classics myself. I hadn't seen a The Simpsons Arcade Game cabinet in commission in years, so I happily shared a game with three other strangers.

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Ahmed and I were invited to test out a bunch of virtual reality games throughout the duration of PAX Prime. Despite running into walls, and tangling our feet with wires, we survived with no injuries. We also discovered Ahmed's hidden dance talent.

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If you have the opportunity, I would definitely check these games out. Tilt Brush by Skillman & Hackett was my favorite demo released by the HTC Vive. A virtual reality world where the room is your canvas, and your hands are your paintbrushes. 10/10.

We thought it was fitting to conclude our PAX Prime with a selfie highlighting the advancement of gaming technology. Ahmed had no idea I was taking a picture with him.

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The power of a strong selfie game to bridge the gap between two worlds.

PAX Prime was full of awesome sauce, and I will definitely be back. I had a great time covering the event with Ahmed, and truly appreciated having him there to hold my camera when I had to tie my shoe.