Like a fleet of Viking long ships descending on a harbor ripe for plunder, the Joystiq crew is sailing into Boston for PAX East this weekend hungry for games and hanging out with the people who love games. Not only will we be wandering the PAX East show floor and hanging with developers so as to populate Joystiq.com with quality coverage, the staff will also be moderating and/or appearing in 12 separate panels between Friday and Sunday.
Included in that line up is Game Show Night, orchestrated by our own Susan Arendt, Joystiq's Managing Editor. It will not only be funny-both ha ha and weird-it will also include sweet prizes from the likes of Square-Enix, 80sTees.com, and BioWare. Do not salivate over these prizes in your brain. Come and claim them for yourself.
After the jump is a complete Joystiq panel schedule, listed by time EST. Additional information can be found at the PAX East website.
Friday, April 11th
Take This - "But I'm Not Crazy"
Arachnid Theater 12:30PM - 1:30PM
Take This founders Susan Arendt and Russ Pitts host a panel alongside other industry professionals, discussing the challenges of managing, overcoming, and confronting mental illness. Other panelists include Dr. Mark Kline, a clinical psychologist, Sean Baptiste of Fire Hose Games, and Mitch Dyer of IGN.
Six Months Into the New Console War
Arachnid Theater 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Industry experts talk about the successes - and the shortcomings - of this next, err, the PRESENT generation of gaming consoles. Panelists include Alexander Sliwinski, Joystiq's News Content Director, Paul Goodman of The Escapist, Chris Kohler of Wired, and Mike Futter of Game Informer.
The Couple That Games Together...
Badger Theater 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Panelists discuss being a couple that games together and solving gamer couple problems. Featuring Susan Arendt, Joystiq Managing Editor, Russ Pitts of Polygon, Michael Robles of Microsoft, Tifa Robles of Lady Planeswalker Society, Marc Watson of Mojang and Cherisse Watson of Queer Geek! MagicNight.
How can we stay positive in the games industry?
Bumblebee Theater 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Industry veterans talk about how they get past rampant negativity and continue working in games. Panelists include Alexander Sliwinski, Joystiq's News Content Director, Les Nelken of WorldTribe Media, Elliott Mitchell of Vermont Digital Arts, and Alex Engel of Disruptor Beam.
Game Show Night: Blankety Blank
Dragonfly Theater 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Join a hilarious collection of writers, pundits, and comedians for Blankety Blank, the live version of classic TV game show Match Game. Members of the audience try to predict how the panelists will answer excessively silly questions. Panelists include Susan Arendt, Joystiq's Managing Editor, and Richard Mitchell, Joystiq's Reviews Content Director. Also appearing: Russ Pitts of Polygon, Dan Amrich of Ubisoft, Chris Kohler of Wired, Dale North of Destructoid, and Mike Laidlaw of BioWare.
Saturday, April 12th
Why it's AWESOME to Be a Female in the Gaming Industry
Condor Theater 11:00AM - 12:00PM
A panel of renowned women in the gaming industry discuss how they got into a assumed male-dominant industry and answer questions about how you can follow their footsteps. Panelists include Susan Arendt, Joystiq's Managing Editor, Tatjana Vejnovic of Ask Tatjana, Sarah LeBoeuf of The Escapist, Dianna Lora of Dualshockers, Maylene Garcia of Nickelodeon, and Karen Rivera of Pixelitis.
How to Pitch a Great Gaming Story
Bumblebee Theater 3:00PM - 4:00PM
How to master the delicate art of pitching a video game story according to editors, freelancers, and game studios. Panelists include Susan Arendt, Joystiq's Managing Editor, Greg Tito of The Escapist, freelance writer Julian Murdoch, Rob Daviau of Ironwall Games, and Nick Chester of Harmonix Games.
Games That Are So Bad, They're Good
Bumblebee Theater 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Aliens: Colonial Marines. Deadly Premonition. Gaming is rife with these sorts of cheesy, campy delights that aren't technically good but achieve greatness through badness. These panelists break those games down: Ludwig Kietzmann, Joystiq's Editor-in-Chief, Paul Goodman of The Escapist, Dale North of Destructoid, Bob Chipman of The Escapist, and Ron Whitaker of Game Front.
We didn't Start the DLC Fire, But We Fed the Monster. Now what?
Badger Theater, 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Panelists discuss gaming in the age of DLC and updates when most games are never technically complete. How do we improve it? What is too far? Can DLC culture be changed? Panelists include Alexander Sliwinski, Joystiq's News Content Director, Michael Futter of Game Informer, Pete Hines of Bethesda Softworks, and John Drake of Harmonix.
Was I Wrong? Revisiting Controversial Reviews
Condor Theater 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Every game critic has That One Review that haunts them - too low, too high, or just plain unpopular in the eyes of the public. Panelists revisit their most infamous reviews to talk about the critical process and how to handle criticism of criticism. Featuring Susan Arendt, Joystiq's Managing Editor, Dan Amrich of Ubisoft, and Chris Kohler of Wired.
Sunday, April 13th
Sex, Sexy & Sexism: Fixing Gender Inequality in Gaming
Dragonfly Theater 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Today's leading media critics examine what's working in our games in terms of gender equality, what needs to change, and why. Panelists include Susan Arendt, Joystiq's Managing Editor, Ken Gagne of Gamebits, Brianna Wu of Giant Spacekat, Tifa Robles of Lady Planeswalkers Society, and Duane de Four of HowManly.com.
Keep Your Opinion to Yourself: The Myth of the "Objective" Game Review
Condor Theater 2PM - 3PM
Joystiq's Richard Mitchell, Polygon's Arthur Gies and IGN's Marty Sliva as they discuss the myth of the objective review and their own personal philosophy on game reviews.