If you were lucky enough to get your paws on badges for this year’s PAX East, it’s time to start planning! The PAX East 2014 schedule was posted today, detailing the who-what-when-and-where of panels, gaming tournaments, and lectures.
The schedule is jam-packed with amazing events – so much so that trying to plan what to see and do will be no easy task. So before you dive in, I’ve highlight some key panels worth checking out – including two sponsored by our very own GameSkinny & Guild Launch!
Land My Job! Inside Advice on Getting into the Game Industry
(Sponsored by GameSkinny)
Friday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Want to get your foot in the door at a gaming company? Join industry employees as they share experiences, stories, and advice about landing their jobs. Game careers aren’t all just programming and design – marketers,event coordinators, community managers, mixologists and many others make up the gaming industry. There are tons of career options, and even more ways to wind up in the industry, but one thing’s for sure: if you want to know what it takes then you don’t want to miss this panel!
It’s The Story Stupid
Friday 7:00 pm – 8:00pm
With open world, player-driven games like DayZ, Minecraft and Rust dominating gamer consciousness, what’s the future for storytelling in games? While plenty of “big story” games made waves in the last generation, from Bioshock Infinite to Last of Us, is their era coming to an end, or headed for a new golden age? Are new technologies like Kinect, the Oculus Rift going to provide new opportunities to tell stories, or simply serve as distractions? Join the cast of weekly podcast The Gamers With Jobs Conference Call and Irrational Games Ken Levine as they probe the changing face of game narratives.
Maestros of Video Games
Saturday 1:30 pm -2:30p pm
What does it take to write music for video games? Hear from six of the industry’s most accomplished composers with diverse musical backgrounds as they share their experiences and discuss the craft of scoring music for some of the most popular franchises in interactive entertainment.
Featuring award-winning composers Garry Schyman (BioShock Infinite, BioShock 1&2), Peter McConnell (Broken Age, Sly Cooper, Psychonauts, Grim Fandango), Cris Velasco (Company of Heroes 2, Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 1&2, God of War Trilogy), Tom Salta (Halo: Spartan Assault, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Ghost Recon, Red Steel), Mark Morgan (Wasteland 2, Fallout 1&2), Billy Martin (Rayman Legends, Rayman Origins).”
Next Generation MMO Games: What’s Next for Multiplayer Trends & Tech
(Sponsored by Guild Launch)
Saturday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Don’t miss this rare gathering of directors, designers, and developers from top game companies as they share what players can expect from the next generation of massive online games. Born in 1974, massively multiplayer games have come a long way… But what’s next? What do MMO games have in store for the future that’s never been done before? The next generation of massive multiplayer games is just getting started, and you won’t want to miss what this panel of genre leaders say you can expect in 2014 and beyond!
Inside Gearbox Software
Sunday 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Gearbox Software is back at PAX East! This year’s panel is going to be a crazy one! Come spend an hour with us and our special guests as we chat more about Borderlands and Homeworld! Oh, and don’t forget about all the great surprises that we have for our community! After the panel, make sure to head to the Queue Room for a meet and greet. Start your Sunday morning off right and hang out with the Gearbox team – be sure to show up early!
The Mythology In and Of Games:
Why the Legend of Zelda is just as important as the Legend of Beowulf
Sunday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mythology at large is the very essence and timeless story of humanity. The advent of the modern video game has undoubtedly reinvigorated the phenomenon of the myth, granting new life and form to well-known legends of old as well as enabling the interactive telling of new digital myths. In this panel, we will discuss how myths and legends live in the digital tapestry of games, discuss some well-known examples of how classical mythology has been reinterpreted as interactive digital games, and we even boldly and happily claim what gamers at large have intrinsically known all along—that games may very well be the future shape of myth in the digital age.
This is just a sampling of some of the awesomeness happening at PAX East this year and the full schedule can be found here.
PAX East 2014 will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center April 11th through 13th. GameSkinny will be in attendance – see you guys there!