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A Big Traffic Weekend In Seattle, And We Send A N00b To PAX

Ed Ronco
PAX attendees from Silverdale and Marysville, in costume as characters from the Borderlands franchise of video games.

Expect heavy traffic in Seattle this weekend. 

The enormous Bumbershoot festival happens at Seattle Center. The University of Washington Huskies football team opens its season at home this weekend. The Mariners are playing. And the giant gaming convention PAX West is going on at the Washington State Convention Center.

All of the events bring tens of thousands of people to the city -- in jerseys, in team sweatshirts and, in the case of PAX, in costume.

PAX features video game stars, first looks at new releases, and tabletop games, to name just a few of its attractions. When it comes to the gaming world, knkx All Things Considered host Ed Ronco is what you might call a "n00b." That's slang for "newbie," and yes, it's spelled correctly: n-zero-zero-b.

He went for a walk at lunchtime to slake his curiosity:

Oh, and all of this got us thinking about an earlier story, from 88.5's Ashley Gross. She introduced us a while back to some people who are definitely not n00bs: Seattle Husband And Wife Find Fame Doing Voices For Video Games.

Ed Ronco is a former KNKX producer and reporter and hosted All Things Considered for seven years.