PAX East 2016 - The Panels (Part Two)

Following up on yesterday's post about the first three panels I attended at PAX East, here's the rest of them.

IGN Presents: 16 Big Anniversaries Happening in 2016

The crew from IGN came to PAX East to discuss a series of big gaming anniversaries that are hitting in 2016. Led by Daemon Hatfield, the panel also featured, Max Scoville, Ryan McCaffrey, Andrew Goldfarb, Alanah Pearce, and Marty Sliva.

The group spoke to these milestones in chunks tackling each group of anniversaries as they came:

  • 5-Year Anniversaries
    • Nintendo 3DS (and those sweet sweet Street Pass puzzle pieces)
    • Portal 2
  • 10-Year Anniversaries
    • PlayStation 3 launch ($599?!?!?!)
    • Wii
    • Gears of War
    • Saints Row
    • Okami
    • Game Scoop!
  • 15-Year Anniversaries
    • Game Boy Advance
    • Gamecube
    • Pikmin
    • Animal Crossing
    • Conker's Bad Fur Day
    • Grand Theft Auto III
    • Xbox
    • Final Fantasy X (a favorite of Nathan Swisher)
    • Max Payne
  • 20-Year Anniversaries
    • Super Mario RPG (one of the all-time greats).
    • Nintendo 64
    • Pokemon
    • Resident Evil
    • Crash Bandicoot
    • Lara Croft/Tomb Raider
    • Diablo
    • Persona
  • 25-Year Anniversaries
    • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • Street Fighter II
    • A Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (the best Zelda game)
    • Civilization (I was one of the only people in the panel who played the original)
  • 30-Year Anniversaries
    • The Legend of Zelda
    • Metroid
    • Castlevania
    • Dragon Warrior/Quest
  • 35-Year Anniversary
    • Donkey Kong
  • 40-Year Anniversary
    • Breakout

So when all was said and done, they touched on 35 gaming anniversaries, more than twice the promised content). They also wrapped up the panel with Video Game Who Am I? Marty was designated as Kirby and had to ask the crowd yes or no questions to identify his character. One of his questions was where or not he was a character featured in sexual images through DeviantArt, to which I screamed out "how does that narrow it down?!" so I kind of made my IGN debut. Then the gang went into some audience questions before a whole bunch of us went out and got drunk together.

PAXAMANIA II: Yes, Even More Video Game Wrestling!

Infamously at PAX Prime, the PAX Rumble had a fog machine running backstage that caused the entire convention hall to be evacuated. But when the fire marshal signed off to let people back in the convention hall, they let the panel continue and anytime something went wrong from there, Greg Miller screamed out "Turn on the fog machine!!!"

The reward for temporarily shutting down the convention: a bigger venue with even better production values. As seen above, the panel kicked off with America the Beautiful sung in front of a wall of lights setup to mimic the American flag. Not bad for a bunch of self-proclaimed idiots who just like video games and wrestling.

Not shown in the video below, Pat Baer came out and gave a bit of a pre-show, talking about a musical act that apparently bailed on the show. And he also gave a bit of a peek behind the curtain about how ridiculous it all was that they were in there.

As I mentioned Sunday, I won't go into the specifics of the panel because it's just more fun to watch. So here's the video, instead.

How Toys-To-Life Became Mainstream in 2015

I came late to this panel, but since Greg basically got me addicted to all of the LEGO Dimensions toys, I wanted to check it out. By the time I arrived they were already in the Q&A section with people asking about Skylanders, amiibo, and LEGO Dimensions.

I did get to see the panel give Greg his own custom amiibo as a thank you for the support.

So that wraps up the panels I got to attend at PAX East. I had a great time across the board. I wonder what PAX West will have in store.