PAX East 2012 Recap - Saturday
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 09:52AM
Cat in Conferences

As I mentioned before, I found it helpful to have my PAX Notes from last year, so I'm doing the same thing again! This time I've decided to break it up by day since we went to so many panels. 

 

Expo - 

 

Indie Game Development: A Day in the Life - Part II

We had gone to some of Part I of this panel, but the tone of it ended up being geared more towards folks who had never made a game before, so we left early. Part II of the panel ended up being a lot more interesting. Panelists were: James Silva (Ska Studios), Erik Johnson (Arcen Games) and Ichiro Lambe (Dejobaan Games). Some notes!:

 

Nerdcore Hip-Hop

MegaRan, MC Frontalot and  K-Murdock talked a bit about the history of hip-hop, Nerdcore, and how they all got involved in it. Nerdcore is basically the MC & DJ side of hip-hop with 'nerdy' subject matter (games). I wonder if there's such thing as Nerdcore graffitti, or breadancing. :) I hadn't really been planning on going to Frontalot's concert Saturday night until I saw this panel, so I'm really glad I checked it out. 

Tabletop gaming section 

Healthy Games: Lose Weight, Live Longer and Level Up

A bunch of panelists that were making fitness games, apps or games which were being used for fitness talked about what they were doing.

 

Let's Play Money Making Games

We've seen the GeekNights guys speak a number of times now, so usually whenever they're at a convention we try to check them out. This talk was all about monitzation, and how now matter what, it needs to work with the design of a game.

 

Boston Indie Showcase

Everyone that was in the Boston Indie Showcase answered some questions about game development. 

 

Road to the Independent Games Festival

Douglas Wilson (Johann Sebastian Joust), Rami Ismail (Ridiculous Fishing), Zach Gage (SpellTower), Chris Bell (Way), Alexander Bruce (Antichamber) all talked about their career paths and the IGF. I didn't really take any specific notes. Our key takeaway was that it was awesome how Alexander Bruce entered every single contest he could - so we'ld like to do the same. :)

 

Game Library: Demon's Souls

I would normally do a Game Journal about this one, but we only played for about 20min, and switched off the controller halfway. 

Things I Didn't Like:

Things I Liked:

 

Demo Scene: The Art of Algorithms (Film Screening)

Issam was totally shocked that I hadn't heard of the demo scene, and in retrospect, I'm also shocked that I hadn't. It's like, this whole underground art movement that I didn't know existed! Basically these guys create 3-4min programs (they come out looking like music videos) designed to push hardware as far as possible. Sometimes they restrict themselves to creating the entire program in 64K, or 4K (mind blown), or work on old hardware like the Commodore 64. It's really, really cool. 

This is one that came up in the documentary - Chaos Theory by Conspiracy

And here is the documentary itself. I definitely recommend it!

Concert - MC Frontalot

Like I said above, I wasn't really planning on checking out MC Frontalot until I went to the Nerdcore panel and listened to him talk for awhile. He was interesting, so I decided it would be worth sticking around for him to go on at 12:30am. Overall, I didn't undertstand most of what he was saying (Issam understood even less...) but the bits I caught were funny, and so I plan to giving his stuff a real listen. ...although that yellow lasers song seemed pretty weird, I don't know what was going on there... Also I didn't get the grue song. ;) 

Also, I am apparently not coordinated enough to do the "First World Problems" hand gestures. Try doing these in time to the refrain - it's hard!

       

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