PAX East 2019: Panels of Interest (Saturday)

More Nintendo themed panels, more, more more!! Plus the North American Open of Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!

Let’s face it, your feet hurt and it’ll be nice to sit down. So, why not take in one of these panels or Opens we’ve highlighted for your entertainment? As before, we’ve plucked these out due to content, the list of panelists, or just general thematic ties, but as always remember that our suggestions are entirely subjective. Check out the program on your own for more!


Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019 – 11:00am-1:00pm (PAX Arena)

Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019: Over 500 teams from across North America competed to ink their ticket to PAX East for the finals of the Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019. Come watch live as the best splat squads from across the continent battle it out to see who will reign supreme!


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019 –1:00pm-6:00pm (PAX Arena)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019: Over 25,000 players from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. registered to see who would go the distance and meet up at PAX East in this Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Squad Strike tournament. Come watch the remaining 12 players as they form 4 regional superteams to see who will smash their way to victory!


Remaking or Reinventing Games? The Science Behind Nostalgia – 1:30pm-2:30pm (Condor Theatre)

We hear the term “nostalgia” and “remakes” quite a bit in gaming and the entertainment industry. But why are we so attached to the psychology of past positive emotions? And why do remakes tend to violate our expectations of those previous memories? Our panel and panelists will discuss the importance of nostalgia, how it can be used negatively and positively, and how we can use nostalgia and push games forward.

Panelists Include: @FusRoDoc [Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University], @VideoGameDoc [Executive Director, The Telos Project], @XsarahdactylX [Co-Owner/Lead Clinician, Save Point Behavioral Health], @silnan [Assistant Professor, Ohio Northern University], @DrRKelly [Clinical Psychologist, Southeastern Psych], @drkowert [Chief Scientific Officer, Kitsune Analytics]


Speedrunning: Proving Once Again That Corners Aren’t Real – 6:00pm-7:00pm (Condor Theatre)

We like to go fast in video games, or at least at a firmly brisk pace. Join us as we talk about our accelerated obsession and the unique community we’ve formed around it. From spending hours trying to break out of bounds in every single level in every single game, to performing speedruns for a hindered thousand viewers at a Games Done Quick Event. We’ll even be showing some Cool Speedrun Tricks, so stop by!

Panelists Include: Christopher Grant [Indie Games, Speedrunner], AuthorBlues [Bad Video Games, Speedrunner], CavemanDCJ [PlayStation Games, Speedrunner], CovertMuffin [RTS Games, Speedrunner], Sent [Prize Man, Games Done Quick]


Unraveled LIVE: Performing the Perfect PokeRap – 6:00pm-7:00pm (Arachnid Theatre)

Polygon’s Brian David Gilbert explains the process of updating the original PokeRap to include all 809 Pokemon, and then he performs the new version in its entirety. But this isn’t a random listing of Pokemon. This PokeRap transcends genre, is emotionally moving, and might just include some interpretive dance. Brian isn’t content with making the perfect PokeRap… he wants to make the perfect song.

Panelists Include: Brian David Gilbert [Video Producer, Polygon]


Who Wants To Be a Nintendoaire? – 9:00pm-10:00pm (Condor Theatre)

If you want to be the best, like no one ever was, to answer questions is the real test, to get a million coins is the cause. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel across the land, you can join us for Who Wants To Be A Nintendoaire – a rousing game show where you can win prizes by answering Nintendo-centric trivia in front of a crowd of your peers. Catch all the answers and maybe you can be the first to reach the end! Seriously we’ve been doing this for years and no one’s gotten to a million.

Panelists Include: Neal Ronaghan [Host, Nintendo World Report], Billy Brown [PowerPointer, Nintendo World Report], Patrick Barnett [Wheels of Steel, Nintendo World Report], David Egolf [Fastest Finger Coordinator, Nintendo World Report], Julia Moses [Tech Assistant, Nintendo World Report], Becky Kisling [Ticket Dispersal Associate, Nintendo World Report]


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Dave will tell you that he likes to play video games, this is in fact a lie. What he really likes to do is buy games, and leaving them sitting unopened on his shelf. He is a monster.

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