Thousands of gamers flocked to South Boston for the 2013 PAX East convention held at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center. The convention is the second largest in the country right behind PAX Prime which is held in Seattle. Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/METRO
Tens of thousands of gamers are descending on Boston this weekend for one of country's largest gaming conferences - the annual Penny Arcade Expo.
The weekend-long PAX East conference, which focuses on tabletop, videogame and PC gamers, kicks off Friday at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston. Last year it attracted about 70,000 people.
For Jamie York, the owner of Game Underground, having a booth at PAX East goes without question.
"It's the most important weekend of the entire year for our business," York said of his Framingham store, which sells games and retro video games. "Basically we do two months worth of sales for our store in three days at the convention."
Some of the other features at the weekend event include a discussion on encouraging a healthy relationship with gaming titled "How Much is Too Much? Finding Balance in Gaming, Pursuits, and Obligations," a talk on teaching using video games and a session where attendees can pitch their card ideas to the popular game Cards Against Humanity.
York said that the convention has also benefitted the state's video game industry. He said it's given developers here the opportunity to more easily connect and have face-to-face meetings with big companies.