PAX East 2013

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In about 12 hours or so my arsehole will be sitting on an airplane stuck between two random strangers for the entire duration of the five hour flight to Boston. LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED, BIZNATCHEEEES!!! =____=. (That’s what I get for booking my flight so late!) Anyway, I know a lot of you mofos are going to be attending PAX East as well, so consider this my obligatory “I’M GOING TO PAX EAST AND SO ARE YOU SO LIKE, LET’S MEET UP AND STUFF!” blog post.

Admittedly I haven’t gone through the entire PAX East panel schedule yet, which is something I probably should do, but for sure I know I reaaally want to try and attend the following:

Do JRPGs Really Still Matter?

Naga Theatre Saturday 3/23 10:00AM – 11:00AM

From Final Fantasy to Chrono Trigger, Japanese role-playing games have played an integral role in many of our lives. But some say they’re obsolete. Stagnant. Even dead. It’s 2013: do JRPGs really still matter, or are fans just clinging to a stale genre that reminds them of their childhood? Join Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, Destructoid’s Dale North, and Polygon’s Alexa Corriea and Phil Kollar for a conversation about the past, present, and future of Japanese RPGs.

Panelists: Jason Schreier [Writer, Kotaku], Alexa Corriea [Writer, Polygon], Adam Rippon [Creative Director, Muteki ], Dale North [Editor-in-Chief, Destructoid]

Recreating an Icon: The Talent Behind the New Lara Croft in TOMB RAIDER

Naga Theatre Friday 3/22 11:30AM – 12:30PM

Crystal Dynamics brings together some of the talented development team members from various backgrounds who worked on TOMB RAIDER. The discussion will dive deep into their roles, responsibilities, and perspectives on recreating Lara Croft. Moderated by Susan Arendt from the Escapist, an audience Q&A will follow the panel.

Final Fantasy PAX East Panel

Naga Theatre Friday 3/22 1:00PM – 2:00PM

2013 is an exciting year for FINAL FANTASY fans, with an upcoming release of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn. Join the SQUARE ENIX team as they give an inside scoop on new details for FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Mass Effect Trilogy – A Retrospective

Main Theatre Saturday 3/23 2:00PM – 3:00PM

In 2004, BioWare set out not only to create a new science fiction universe, but also a new way for their fans to experience interactive storytelling across an entire trilogy of games. Nine years and three games later, the Mass Effect trilogy has ended. Relive some of the most memorable public and private moments in the creation of the trilogy with the development team, including Casey Hudson, Executive Producer and Project Director, Preston Watamaniuk, Lead Designer, Parrish Ley, Lead Cinematics Director, John Dumbrow, Writer and Dusty Everman, Level Designer, in a panel moderated by SpikeTV’s Geoff Keighley.

From Shodan to Big Daddies to Elizabeth:The Evolution of an AI Companion with Irrational Games & IGN

Phoenix Theatre Saturday 3/23 12:00PM – 1:00PM

On the cusp of the BioShock Infinite release, Irrational Games teams up with IGN to discuss how they were able to bring the complex AI character Elizabeth to life.

Casey Lynch will sit down with Irrational’s Ken Levine (creative director), Drew Holmes (writer), John Abercrombie (lead programmer), Amanda Jeffrey (designer), and Heather Gordon (motion capture actress) to discuss Irrational’s past AI characters and how the team used what they learned from System Shock 2 and the original BioShock to create Elizabeth. Panel attendees can expect unique insights into Irrational’s creative process and discover how Irrational Games is able to create a truly life-like AI. 

GN Presents: GameScoop! The Top 25 Games of the Generation

Wyvern Theatre Sunday 3/24 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Argue, debate and help us decide what the Top 25 games of this generation were, and win prizes along the way!

Panelists: Casey Lynch [Editor-in-Chief, IGN], Greg Miller [Executive Editor, IGN], Daemon Hatfield [Senior Video Host and Editor, IGN], Mitch Dyer [Editor, IGN]

Party-wise, I think Friday is the only day I don’t have a heckuva lot going on (I’ve pleaded with Turbine to allow me into theirs, but I think I waited a little too late and I’m afraid that ship has sailed!) so it may be prime time for some bar hopping! Saturday night I’ll likely be at “Curse’s Wildstar PAX East 2013 After Party” or at the “Sanshee Block Party“. Of course, IGN is having their meet and greet that night too, but those get-togethers are usually INSANELY packed.

I CAN’T WAIT! I wasn’t able to make it last year so I’m loooong overdue for PAX Eastery shenanigans.

For shits, here are some prior PAX East posts I’ve written:

Recap: PAX East 2011

While I’m uploading pictures of PAX East…

I’m a Zombie at PAX East

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