PAX Aus: Decade Strong

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Melbourne, Oct 7: The 10th anniversary of PAX Aus has brought together thousands of passionate gamers, cosplayers, and pop culture enthusiasts at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This milestone event, themed around stories and memories, has resonated with attendees, quickly becoming the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter.
While limited badges remain available for Sunday, it’s evident that PAX Aus continues to captivate and excite the Australian audience.
Renowned voice actor Erika Ishii, the Storytime Keynote speaker for PAX Aus 2023, shared in her keynote, “You need to live life to the fullest and experience everything, as all those experiences make you a better storyteller.”
PAX Aus 2023 has indeed delivered a plethora of new experiences, ensuring visitors have plenty of stories to share.
From mastering the art of being a One Shot Dungeon Master to participating in Live Action Roleplay (LARP), enjoying early access to titles like Super Mario Bros. Wonder or Star Wars™: Unlimited, and exploring the latest local games at the PAX Indie Showcase, PAX Rising, and PAX Collaboratory, the event is abuzz with fresh experiences and shared tales.
Featuring hundreds of panels, an awe-inspiring Expo Floor, the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe AU/NZ Championship live final, and the Cosplay Central Crown Championship Finals, Sunday at PAX Aus promises to be a must-attend event in Melbourne.
Attendees also have the chance to catch well-known streamers, The TOS Girls, at a panel and Meet and Greet, partake in a Fireside chat with Tenchu creator and President of Acquire Games, Takuma Endo, and get a sneak peek of Plucky Squire, a game in development by All Possible Futures (a part Aussie team) and published by Devolver Digital.
PAX Aus 2023 showcases extensive interactive installations from industry giants like Nintendo, Aftershock, and SEGA. Additionally, it boasts a more significant representation of Australian game developers and their creations compared to the 2013 edition, illustrating the ongoing growth of the Australian gaming industry.
This legendary gaming convention has come a long way since its inception at Melbourne Showgrounds. However, one constant remains – the sense of community and belonging that attendees and panelists experience at PAX.
For many, PAX is where their passion for games is ignited, new friendships are formed, and they truly feel like they’ve found their place.
As Erika Ishii eloquently put it, “We have a deep need to be with each other, share stories, and partake in something bigger than ourselves.”

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