PAX East 2019: Panels of Interest (Thursday)

Nintendo is attending PAX events in full force these days, and the crowds are going wild! Er, so to speak. Either way, there are definitely more Nintendo-themed panels to look forward to, so each morning we’ll be highlighting some Nintendo-themed panels on the schedule that we think will be of specific interest to our readership.

We may choose to mention them here based on these criteria: Content, presenters, or general thematic ties with Nintendo as a brand.

Please remember that all panels highlighted in these daily posts are entirely subjective, and we encourage you to flip through the program on your own! However, maybe us pointing certain things out here will help to narrow down your choices or highlight panels and events that you might otherwise not have noticed.


From the Trenches of the Console Wars (2013-2019) – 1:30pm-2:30pm (Condor Theatre)

My, how things have changed. In early 2013, Microsoft was king of the hill, Sony was quietly plotting its next move, and Nintendo was about to change course and recapture fans that had long since walked away. In the short six years since then, the video game world has gone through enormous upheaval.

We’ll take a look back at where we’ve been, what we can learn from this generation’s mistakes and successes, and where we might be headed when the next console cycle is announced.

Panelists Include: Michael Futter [Author, The GameDev Business Handbook], Chelsea Stark [Managing Editor, Polygon], Adam Rosenberg [Senior Reporter and Weekend Editor, Mashable], Amanda Farough [Managing Editor, GameDaily], Reed Albers [Social Marketing Consultant, -], Jason Wilson [Managing Editor, GamesBeat]


JRPGs are Bad and Why You Should Play Them Anyway – 2:00pm-3:00pm (Cuttlefish Theatre)

Ah, the Japanese Role-Playing Game, one of the oldest and most prolific genres in the medium, as well as the genre that has perhaps evolved the least – or has it? Join a band of JRPG nuts as we talk about what makes a JRPG a JRPG, where the genre came from, where it’s going and how it’s impacting other genres in the thrilling return of one of the best panels of all time.

Panelists Include: Breeze Grigas [Director, Zephyr Workshop], Rejon Taylor-Foster [Mad Scientist, Maximum Crash], Joey Pagano [Art Director, White Clover Worlds], Andrew Linde [Founder, Juncture Media], Ethan Wolfe [Engineer in Test, WeWork], Gage Conklin [Audio Specialist, AudioGage


Zelda Universe Presents: Ocarina of Time, 20 Years Later – 3:30pm-4:30pm (Albatross Theatre)

2018 marked the 20th anniversary of Ocarina of Time, a game that not only influenced the Legend of Zelda series for decades but also quite literally changed the video game landscape. We return to the polygons of the past and discuss how it shaped the industry, whether the game still deserves its accolades, whether it’s still relevant today, and if it’s been surpassed by more recent titles. There will be trivia with prizes for correct answers, so brush up on your knowledge of the game.

Panelists Include: Alex Rosenberg [Media Director, Zelda Universe], Andrew Fick [Guide Director, Zelda Universe], Jirard Khalil [The Completionist, That One Video Gamer/Super Beard Bros.], Masae Anela [Content Creator, Masae Anela], Shesez [Content Creator, BoundaryBreak], Alex Trevino [Dub Director, Video Editor, Zelda Universe]


The Psychology of the Final Fantasy Series – 5:00pm-6:00pm (Albatross Theatre)

Anyone who has played Final Fantasy understands that the plots are full of twists and turns. The complex characters, gut-wrenching narrative, and the personal struggle of the characters make it a game to relate to. This panel will focus on unpacking these concepts and why this series continues to draw so many people to playing it’s immersive experiences. Topics include mental health representation, theoretical concepts, and why we love this game so much.

Panelists Include: Dr. Anthony Bean [Executive Director/Clinical Psychologist, The Telos Project], Dr. Rachel Kowert [Research Psychologist, KITSUNE ANALYTICS], Dr. Shane Tilton [Assistant Professor, Ohio Northern University], Dr. Stephen Daniel [Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University], Dr. Steph Orme [Adjunct Professor, Emerson College


Controller Throwers Live! Back to our Retro Roots! – 7:30pm-8:30pm (Condor Theatre)

Join Aaron, Becca, Jon & Tous for an evening you’ll never forget! Play through some of gaming history’s most famously frustrating moments for prizes and glory! Audience members will be invited up to the stage to play through some of retro gaming’s “nightmare moments”. Everyone who plays gets a prize, those who play with the most moxie get a large prize. We’ve given away NES consoles, $100 gift cards to gaming stores & much more! We love to share our love of gaming and we love giving away prizes!

Panelists Include: “The Second Child” [Founder, Controller Throwers], “BexxiQuinnDoll” [Member, Controller Throwers], “FanboyTous” [Member, Controller Throwers/Silver Paladin Gaming], “Dearborn” [Member, Controller Throwers], “TheRealPoisonIvy” [Artist, Controller Throwers]


Pokemon Feud: Team Pikachu vs Team Meowth – 9:00pm-10:00pm (Condor Theatre)

We asked the gaming community to answer questions about one of the most popular video game, card game, comic book, and cartoon series of all time: Pokemon. Join the audience in trying to guess the top answer, or maybe you’ll be chosen to battle it out on stage for Team Pikachu or Team Meowth. Brought to you by your favorite hosts from Switch & Play NYC, StreetPass Long Island & Boston. Prize for best cosplay!

Panelists Include: Miz Sylver [Chief Event Organizer, StreetPass Boston], Sean Sullivan [Admin, StreetPass Long Island], Debbie Gluzband [Co-Founder, StreetPass Long Island], Geoffery Kappenburg [Admin, Switch & Play NYC], Mel [Designer, Formlabs], The Wolf Doctor [Co-Host, Poképroblems Podcast]


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