What are Game Conferences like GDC and PAX like?

I’m thinking of traveling to some game conferences this year with hopes of getting some exposure to the game dev community. Perhaps get some insight into the industry, get some inspiration, and some networking.

These trips aren’t exactly cheap but I look at them as an investment if they are what I think they are. I live in FL and thinking of hitting up GDC and maybe one or more of the PAX. Can anyone share their experience from a game dev/ aspiring game dev perspective? Please and thank you.

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