Sunday: PAX East 2018: Panels of Interest

It’s a bittersweet day, we know… PAX is almost over. But never fear! There’s a full day ahead, and today we get to celebrate something truly exciting—the first birthday of the Nintendo Switch! Who would have seen that coming, eh?

Check out the party today (details below), or enjoy your final day here at PAX by taking in one of the other panels we’ve suggested. Don’t forget there are plenty of console and handheld tournaments still happening today as well. Get out there, live your best life! Happy PAX-ing!


  • The Nintendo Switch’s Surprise First Birthday Party @ 12:00pm-1:00pm (Condor Theatre)

Shhh – we’re trying to keep this a secret from everyone. The Nintendo Switch turned 1 year old in March and we want to slyly celebrate our little one’s first year. We’ve already had so many great memories – Zelda, Mario, all those Nindies! – and we want to rank those games in a Top 5 list. We’ll also have games that you and other guests can participate in, like Pin the Joy-Con on the Switch. Join crew at Nintendo World Report for a Switch party for the ages.


Neal Ronaghan [Owner, Nintendo World Report], Alex Culafi [Associate Editor, Nintendo World Report], Imran Khan [Game Informer], Casey Gibson [Associate Editor, Nintendo World Report]


  • The Psychology of The Legend of Zelda Franchise @ 2:00pm-3:00pm (Albatross Theatre)

Link is thrust into his destiny of having to defeat evil by collecting items and tools throughout Hyrule, proving himself a hero and eventually leading to a showdown with a villain. However, his journey is not just as simple as defeating evil and saving the princess. There are multiple and significant psychological concepts at play throughout different variations of this video game. This panel will Link the psychological concepts found with each game for discussion and questions.


Dr. Joe Atanasio [Owner / Psychologist, Joe Atanasio, PsyD], Dr. Anthony Bean [Owner / Psychologist, Bean Professional Psychological Services], Dr. Kelli Dunlap, PsyD [Mental Health and Games Specialist, iThrive Games], Dr. Stephen Daniel [Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University], Boontarika Sripom [Educational Advocate of Video Games, Educational Advocate of Video Games]


  • Why Stardew Valley Picks UP Where Harvest Moon Left Off @ 4:30pm-5:30pm (Dragonfly Theatre)

Let’s face it, when it comes to farming, Harvest Moon was a huge cornerstone to this genre. However a single developer and several years of hard work is breaking the mold by releasing Stardew Valley. One year later, and one massive patch in there is a lot to say about this title that makes it stand above the rest. Let’s discuss what it is and where could we go from here.


Coldguy [QA Analyst, Smartbutton]


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