East has come and gone. With panels, PC and Console freeplay stations,
tabletop tournaments and over 100 show floor exhibits all
happening simultaneously, the biggest challenge of my one day at PAX (Sunday) was figuring out
what darned thing to do. I chose to stick to the main exhibition hall and get
as many game demos under my belt as possible.
My second day at PAX East began in the expo hall with an intense, emotional video. The Gambit Game Lab of MIT gathered some data about hate speech in gaming communities, and then they recorded actors performing the collected comments out loud. The video doesn't analyze the data collected or attempt to argue with the hate speech in any way, and the presenters at the booth told me they considered it to be more of an art project to increase awareness rather than an official study.
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