A few weeks ago I attended my eighth consecutive PAX Prime. While there are many things to love about PAX, one of my personal favorites has become the PAX medals. All weekend long there are various tournaments and contests you can participate in to win a medal.
I have won a PAX medal at each of the last three PAX Prime events that I have had the pleasure of attending. In 2011 I got one for placing second in a Pac-Man Championship Edition DX tournament. In 2012 I won one for having the second-best pitch at the Pitch Your Game Idea panel. This year I won a high score contest for the Super Nintendo game Tin Star, using the SuperScope.
As I was enjoying my PAX medals, I noticed something odd. Each year, the PAX medals are getting slightly smaller.
Time to break out some measuring tools.
PAX Medals: Ribbon Length
First up, length of the ribbons:
That’s 4cm of ribbon loss in just two years. At this rate, PAX medals will be a 15cm choker by 2020.
PAX Medals: Medal Height
Let’s check the height.
The shrinkage of the medals is even more dramatic than the ribbon shrinkage. If it keeps up at the same rate they’ll disappear completely by 2020.
PAX Medals: Mass
Finally, let’s weigh these suckers on my kitchen scale.
The loss of mass is the most extreme, with an average loss of 3.5g per year putting the medals on a path to vanish entirely by 2018. Also, apparently PAX medals are not very nutritious.
PAX Medals: Shrinkage Summary
Here’s a summary of my findings:
There is one category in which PAX medals are getting measurably better: back-side engraving. The 2011 medal just had a generic number. The 2012 medal still had the number, but they added a bit about what the medal was for. In 2013 the number was dropped entirely and the font got a sweet upgrade.
Anyway, this is all apparently interesting enough for me to write a 333-word blog post, but despite the shrinkage, I still enjoy my PAX medals.