If you’re a gamer and you live in the United States, you most likely know about PAX East. Hell, you might actually be there right now, as I’m writing this article, so go ahead and have fun. But if you don’t know what PAX East is, let me bring you up to speed.
Pax East is one of the biggest gaming conventions in the country, with thousands and thousands of people roaming the halls of the even for four days every year. Taking place in Boston, the convention is arguably as big as E3, and not any less important. And people from all over the country are eager to see what is revealed during PAX.
But with thousands of people roaming the halls of the convention for four days, you most likely know what the means if you’ve ever been to a convention before… or if you read the title of the article – it sometimes gets kind of stinky. And by ‘sometimes’ I mean always. And by ‘kind of’ I mean very.
So what can you do about it? I mean, you can’t really go to every person that smells bad and ask them to take a shower. Nor can you make a public announcement. Plus, some of the attendants could simply have gotten there straight from the airport, without time to get cleaned up.
Or you could just be vaguely insulting to all the gamers in attendance and do what Twitch did. What did Twitch do, you ask? Well, by partnering up with the company, Twitch handed our free Old Spice deodorant at PAX East. It may have been in somewhat poor taste, but it didn’t really work out all that well.
It turns out that if you give people free stuff, they will readily take it, not use it, and then complain about your intentions. Yeah, according to some of our sources that are still present at the conference, few actually used the free deodorant handed out to them. But they definitely did happily accept it.
The smells there are apparently still as bad as always, and sadly that’s only to be expected. People sweat. People sweat a lot more if there are thousands of them crammed in a relatively tight space. They sweat even more if there is cosplay involved, and seeing as it’s a gaming convention, you know it is.
So what can you do to keep bad odors away when going to a convention? Just follow the rules of common sense. Wash up and wear deodorant. Wear temperature-appropriate clothing (unless you’re cosplaying, in which case go wild!). And last but not least, stay clean.
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