A wild PAX East has appeared!

PAX hits Boston on Friday March the 11th, and I hit Boston on Thursday March the 10th. I recently checked out the Offical PAX website to find out the Map for pax has been posted! Just looking at the map is exciting, but I decided to take a peek at the scheduled events, they are amazing. I will try and write about PAX as I am there, but who knows how effectively I can do that. I want to be in every theater, at every moment, but saddly I can’t. So here is a list of the Panels I plan on attending, and of course I plan on visiting some free play areas in between… if there is an in between.

State of the Industry: What Are Your Career Options?
IGDA Dev Center
Friday, 10:00am – 10:50am
This panel will focus on the current state of the game industry and the many career paths available to those interested in breaking in. Topics include the growth and development of the industry; new roles, platforms, and genres; the distinction between developers and publishers; and how companies, teams, and projects are structured. 

PAX East 2011 Keynote: Jane McGonigal
Main Theatre
Friday, 10:30am – 11:30am
You may know her work from the I Love Bees ARG that launched with a little game called Halo 2. You may also have seen her TED speech or read her book (“Reality is Broken”) where she describes gamers as being uniquely equipped to save the world. She’s super smart and has a lot of really interesting things to say about how gaming can change our world for the better. 

Winning the PAX East Game
Naga Theatre
Friday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Don’t let the abundance of different games exhibited at PAX East 2011 distract you from the truth: PAX East is a game itself, and without the proper strategies, you’re experience could fall short. Join Joe O’Brien, Brian McDermott, and Tom Gisondi (the hosts of the Metagame Theory podcast) and special guest John King for a detailed walkthrough of PAX East. What time do you need to show up at a given panel to get in? How many people are entered into a given tournament, and when do those entries open and close? What are the best times to swing by a free play? From opening patterns, to time traps…when to hustle, and when to relax…and, of course, the shortest escape route to the local bars, the MGT guys will reveal how to beat PAX East 2011 

Portfolios & Demos that Rock
IGDA Dev Center
Friday, 5:00pm – 6:45pm
This is your chance to get a clear view of what works, and what doesn’t, for portfolios and demos. A team of industry experts will expose you to the anatomy of several demos and portfolios- with every element explained and dissected. If you’d like your own portfolio or demo to be “put on the table,” be sure to bring it to this session! 

Pitch Your Game Idea
Manticore Theatre
Saturday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
You’ve got 45 seconds to deliver your idea to our panel of experts. The top three pitches will be picked for prizes and swag! (Please note that this is an open forum — there’s nothing keeping anyone, judges and attendees alike, from stealing your ideas! If you’re not comfortable with this, please don’t pitch your idea!) 

Here Be Danger: Turn Back Now Before the Game Industry Eats You Alive
Merman Theatre
Saturday, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Please, step just a little closer so we can eat your brains! Mwuahahahaha! This session will not be a cheery “breaking into the game industry” type presentation, instead it’ll go in the reverse direction. Meaning, we’ll cover all the problems and crap and sore spots, and how best to avoid them, and work around them. More like the dirty secrets no one tells you about before you get into the industry, which make you sorry you ever did. 

This List is getting to big, and there are so many other interesting presentations at PAX! Visit the website and just look around, you will buy tickets for next year.


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About Tony Rivera

An avid gaymer with a soft spot for anything steam punk or robotic. Firmly believes that video games are more than just entertainment, but something to think critically about.

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