Fanatical Five | Top 5 Panels for Gamers at SXSW 2014

The Game Fanatics will have our strongest presence at South by Southwest, aka SXSW, this year. For those of you who may not know SXSW is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences held in Austin, Texas. With the addition of a gaming expo, this 10 day long day long ordeal can be very overwhelming; so we are here to help you out and let you know the panels every gamer should make a priority.

“Gaming’s Next Gen: Will AAA or Indie Games Win?”

Next generation gaming is a reality and we all want to know who is going to take all the glory. Will it be traditional publishers or mobile and indie creators? Hear from Gamespot as they tell you what challenges are being faced by small and large companies.

Gaming's Next Gen: Will AAA or Indie Games Win?

Why should you check out this panel?

You’ll want to know who is going to be putting out amazing games for your consoles. Did I mention that it’s free? We all like free 🙂

“We Are Player 1: Diversity in Gaming”

Gaming is a culture that is appreciated by many people of different races, creeds, colors and genders. We appreciate fun, that’s what we all have in common as humans. South by Southwest is recognizing that current game production marginalizes certain groups of society in the making of games.

Diversity in Gaming SXSW

Why should you check out this panel?

Get your face on a video game. Be able to voice your concerns of having characters and story lines that are more fitting to what you would like. Fight the system and show them we aren’t created equal. If that’s not enough to make you want to go, the event is FREE.

“How Game Development Is Like Breaking Bad”

The developers who brought you Max Payne, Death Rally, and Alan Wake will sit down and give you knowledge on how game development is similar to the dope game…yes, we’re talking drugs. With all of the changes in technology and the needs of consumers game developers have to continue to be creative and interesting to retain their customer base. Matias Myllyrinne,CEO of Remedy Entertainment, will inform us on how they have adapted to the shifts of the industry.

How Game Development Is Like Breaking Bad

Why should you check out this panel?

Myllyrinne will be able to give us some inside information on how Remedy is applying its knowledge to Quantum Break. Quantum Break is the next game out of the Remedy camp, it is a third-person shooter game that blends gameplay with live-action videos.

“MySpace’s Chris DeWolfe Jumps from Social to Games”

For the first time Chris DeWolfe will explain his transition from social media to the world of gaming. DeWolfe went from MySpace to SGN.

MySpace's Chris DeWolfe Jumps from Social to Games

Why should you check out this panel?

Because, it is always easier learning from someone else’s mistakes. I’m pretty sure he will bless us with a lot of knowledge. The event is free and open to the public. Come to hear this fireside chat Saturday, March 8th at the Long Center at 9:30 AM.

“Turning Your Gaming Passion into Profits”

As the title states you will have savvy gamers explain to you how they were able to transform their love of games to green. Gaming is not just a one dimensional industry, there are many parts needed to make this community awesome.

Turning Your Gaming Passion into Profits

Why should you check out this panel?

For starters, our very own CEO/Founder Charles Adiukwu, Jr. will be on the panel. He will be joined by Anthony Frasier, CJ Peters, and James Lopez. All of these men are entrepreneurs that allowed their passion to flourish. Also, this is a free event and we know you love games and The Game Fanatics. Come out and support us at the Long Center Friday, March 7th at 2:00 PM.

Honorable Mentions:

“Music for Video Game Marketing”

This panel will touch on how music is used to raise awareness of games. With the experience of two music producers and the marketing agent from SimCity, The Sims, James Bond, Battlefield, Warhammer, Dishonored, Fallout and The Elder Scrolls we are in for a complete tour of the music to game process. Why do you want to stop by? Elder Scrolls is going to be awesome! If you ever want to produce music or have ideas for your favorite games you’ll be able to ask questions to these experts for FREE!

“The Growing Impact of Games on Entertainment”

Jade Raymond from Ubisoft Toronto, co-creator of Assassin’s Creed is going to tell us how amazing games influence the rest of the media market. Recently, games such as Defiance spur to create TV shows, books, comics and movies. Why you should go? We can all be hopeful that Assassin’s Creed will soon become an extremely anticipated film. Similar to all of the other gaming content of SXSW’s Interactive Panels this session is FREE and open to the public.

Hope to see you there!

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