PAX West 2019: Panels of Interest (Sunday)

Another day, another selection of Nintendo-themed panels that will give you a chance to get off your feet, relax, and recharge whilst being entertained by the people at the front of the room.

Today we have several music-themed panels, top game openings, and a Nintendo-themed game show.

Remember that all our suggestions are subjective, so do flip through the program / scroll the app on your own for more information or to see what else is on offer.

At the very least, we hope our suggestions may help to narrow down your choices for the day ahead, or perhaps spark an interest in something else you might not have otherwise noticed.


Video Game Composers Share Their Secrets – 2:00pm-3:00pm (Sasquatch Theatre)

A panel featuring four of the industry’s top video game composers. This one-hour panel will lift the hood behind some of the iconic work you hear in video game music, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the process of the work of four different composers. Each composers will share their process and workflow for making some of the most iconic themes in video game music today.

PANELISTS: Richard Ludlow [Audio Director, Hexany Audio], Matthew Carl Earl [Lead Composer, Hexany Audio], Austin Wintory [Composer, Independent], Garry Schyman [Composer, Independent], Lena Raine [Composer, Independent]


Beats to Play Games to: The Art of Game Music Remixes – 3:30pm-4:30pm (Cat Theatre)

Have you seen that YouTube video, Zelda and Chill? The lo-fi hip-hop beats-to-play-Zelda-to game music remix album? No? Well, 5.8 million people have. Over the last decade, professionals, internet record labels, and amateurs have run full speed into this form of music that allows us to give an extra kick of love to our favorite tracks. But how did video game remixes get so big, and why are they so important for the industry today? Are they feeding back into mainstream game music composition? And how can YOU get started with remixing your favorite tracks and get them heard? Come watch a bunch of composers banter about what makes a killer remix, how to equip yourself to write your own tracks, and share some of their covers as they unlock the secrets of taking music to the next level.

PANELISTS: Kyle Martin [Composer & Sound Designer, Kylydian Music], John “Slide20XX” Smith [Composer, Sound Designer, & Creative Director, Slide20XX & Really Decent Media], Patrick Allred [Audio Programmer & Composer, Independent], Mitchel Wong [Composer, Mitchel Wong Audio]


Starting Off Strong: The Top Ten Openings to a Video Game – 6:30pm-7:30pm (Cat Theatre)

Between the The Last of Us’ heartbreaking beginning, the intelligent tutorialization of Super Mario Bros., or BioShock’s haunting descent into Rapture, we can all agree that nothing is more important than a first impression. So which video game opening is the best?

Presented by OK Beast, listen in on a panel of media and industry experts – from outlets such as GameXplain, Spawn On Me, and Ubisoft – as they discuss, explore, and ultimately rank the video game openings that are worth remembering.

PANELISTS: Blessing Adeoye [Executive Editor, OK Beast], Alex Van Aken [Managing Editor, OK Beast], Kahlief Adams [Owner/CEO, Spawn On Me], Steve Bowling [Reviews Coordinator, GameXplain], Youssef Maguid [Host and Editor, Ubisoft]


Double NintenDare! A 90’s-Fueled Nintendo Gameshow – 9:30pm-11:00pm (Cat Theatre)

On your mark… get set… GO! Double NintenDare is back for a second round at PAX West! It’s a Nintendo-themed throwback to the classic kids game show of a similar name. Put your knowledge and skill of classic and current Nintendo games to the test by answering tricky trivia questions and taking on our special “Digital Challenges”. Each player will receive fabulous prizes, and we’ll play some classic 90s commercials in between rounds.

PANELISTS: Curtis Bonds [Host, CurtDogg Games], Arsene Pereria [Tech, CurtDogg Games], Cammiluna [Tech, CurtDogg Games], Jennifer Gage [Tech, CurtDogg Games], Cory Sprague [Tech, CurtDogg Games]



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Micah has been playing games since his first pong machine, and has been writing for as long as he could grip a pencil and not drool on the paper. So, for about a week.

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