Wil Wheaton was a hero. Online porn was primitive. His parents got him a computer when he was a kid that had 8K of RAM. Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island co-creator Ron Gilbert is on stage at PAX reminiscing.
Choice quotes from the keynote:
-"I remember when 16 colours were more than enough and I remember when 16 colours were not nearly enough."
-"Monkey Island's budget was $US135,000, and that was a AAA game back then."
-"I have the job our parents tell us does not exist."
-"We should always live in a state of discomfort of fear about what we are creating. It means you are making something different and special. It means you are making something unique."
-"This is what excites me about [today's]indie games: they have the freedom to fail... they have the freedom to be better."
-"People ask me to prove that games are art. I ask them to prove me them they're not."
When he mentions that he created SCUMM a thousand gamers in attendance cheer. That's PAX.