PAX East is over, and I walk away, as usual, remembering all the good things that I liked when I was much more actively involved in games and games journalism. Largely, it's about the people. The passion of the developers. The enthusiasm of the gamer community. The patient and almost always friendly enforcers. My good friends from all corners, and new friends met on both of the panels I was on. And, of course, the Gamers With Jobs community who I simply could not say enough nice things about. If I met you this weekend (for the first, second or possibly third time) thank you honestly so very much for coming to say hello to me and being a part of making this place what it's become.
My favorite moment of the convention didn't happen in the show floor, on a panel or in some conference room meeting with developers. It happened in the AFK room, sponsored by TakeThis.org, and was a wonderful coincidence of random happenstance that would have been likely in only a few other places in the world. Two people, who otherwise would probably never be in the same room, happened to meet and the result was wonderful to watch. I may write about it at some point, but seeing a person with talent connect with exactly the right person who needed exactly that talent made me happy for days.
In this post-PAX week, there are several games worth giving a nod. The PC sees the release of Paradox's War of the Vikings, building off the success of the bloody multiplayer action of War of the Roses, and the stand alone expansion of the highly under-rated but poorly named Wargame AirLand Battle (no, I didn't forget a space between Air and Land) from Focus Interactive comes as a must buy for me. The expansion, titled much more simply Wargame: Red Dragon, really the first game in a long time that harkens back for me to one of my old favorites, Close Combat.
Additionally, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, hits the PS4, and I'm willing to bet that Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars for the Vita is one of those things that some of you people will insist is the best thing on the list and I should be shamed for never having heard of it. You know who you are!
I, however, am giving the nod for game of the week to Trials Fusion. One of the few game series that revel in difficult, "trial" and error gameplay that I still adore. It hits this week on the PS4, Xbox One and 360.