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The Story of PAX: Part 1

What is up Gym N Japan? This weekend, both Jake and Haydon are away in Melbourne for a gaming convention called PAX. At the time of writing this it is a Thursday afternoon and we both realised, oh shit, we are both going to be in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon when the blog needs to be posted…RIP. Normally one of us is home and can post the finished blog up on the website. Also, because we are dumbasses, we didn’t prepare it sooner and have it scheduled for Sunday. So, I (Jake) had to bring my laptop with me to Melbourne to make sure we get you this week’s juicy blog post.


Earlier this year I (Haydon) saw Jake post a story on Instagram about going to PAX. My exact words to him were “mad invite” and his reply being “well come then” so I instantly bought tickets to it. At this point I still had no idea what PAX actually was, just in my head a “gaming convention”.

With a little bit of research you will find that PAX has been held for a number of years until Covid-19 stopped it back in 2019. Jake went back in 2019 and it was such a great couple of days looking at all the new games, anime, trying new consoles and seeing tournaments be held.

So, what is this week’s blog about? Well, we wanted to give you some background information about what PAX is, what we should expect and how the entire trip came about.

PAX is essentially the largest video game convention in Australia and is held once per year. All the unreleased or soon to be released games are here for people to try, test and enjoy over 3 days (Friday-Sunday).

We expect to see some footage of the new God of War game, Call of Duty and so much more. This event is particularly special because it hasn’t been held in 3 years due to fkn covid.

It’s also funny because back in the day when Haydon lived in Melbourne and we were both doing university, I never visited him once – I was a poor broke ass uni student. But now we are both flying there together for this event. He’s a little salty about it, but oh well shit happens. Haydon - not a valid excuse in my book ;)

We actually planned this trip almost as soon as PAX was announced. I (Jake) was originally going with mates who I play Digimon TCG with in Adelaide and Haydon just invited himself :P And, of course, you can’t say no to a cheeky trip to Melbourne with the boys ;)

The first day we got to Melbourne, we had a few too many drinks in the hotel while playing UNO cards and Poker with everyone, to which we then started the actual PAX event on the Friday the next day…But that's for next week's post to be about… #afterdarkgymnjapan


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