The official timetable for PAX Australia has been revealed, and my goodness is it going to be a busy weekend in Melbourne. The three days (October 31-November 2) are packed with tournaments, panels and all sorts of other good stuff – so if you’re heading to the event, you should maybe start planning your schedule right now!
There are, at my count, about a million panels on across the weekend, covering just about every topic you can think of. We’re not going to tell you what to watch, but Player Attack is appearing on three of them!
Geek as a Cultural Identity: Do Fake Geeks exist?
(Saturday November 1, 3:30pm in the Fruitbat Theatre)
Jessica Citizen and Jimmy the Geek are joined by Gatesy from Tripod and indie developer/PR Felicia McEntire to discuss the culture geeks create for themselves vs the one they have crafted for them.
Hey there, good lookin’!
(Saturday November 1, 5pm in the Wombat theatre)
“Are video games art?” Who cares? This is not just another panel asking the unanswerable question. Instead, Jessica Citizen has asked the panellists – including developers who’ve worked on Child of Light, Tearaway, Journey and Monument Valley – to name the game they feel is most beautiful – and then defend their decisions. Is it just about visual appeal, or is there more to it than that?
The importance of diverse skillsets when making games
(Sunday November 2, 2pm in the Fruitbat Theatre)
Randy Pitchford from Gearbox Software, Ken Wong from UsTwo, John Nesky from thatgamecompany, Michael Hampden from Ubisoft Singapore and Lucas Davis from BattleCry Studios chat about how important it can be to gain work (and life!) experience from outside the games industry. Moderated by Jessica Citizen.
The full schedule is here. Of course, there are inevitable clashes, and all the panels you want to see are probably all on at the same time. But! Try to prioritise and see at least some of them – and keep an eye out for others that might be filmed (or streamed if you can’t get to Melbourne).
Remember as well that if you had trouble getting into the panels at last year’s event, this year’s PAX Australia is in an all-new, much bigger venue, so there’s a whole lot more space. That means you can all come and see me! Hooray!