Saturday, September 1, 2012

24 Hour Panel People

So things have been very busy lately partly because of the above and partly because of some things I've been working on on the quiet that I should be able to provide less vague news on very soon, but the Escapist Expo is just weeks away (specifically 2 of the buggers at time of writing) and there's still time to register, North American peeps! Also there's a facebook page you can join now, and I've been provided with a list of panels I'll be taking part in over the weekend of 14-16 September. Presumably there will be other panels that don't have me in them, but this is my blog so they're not my responsibility. Let's have a look-see:

Time: Saturday, 12:00 P.M.
Location: King’s Landing
Panel: Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw (Zero Punctuation), Bob “MovieBob” Chipman (Escape to the Movies), Jim Sterling (Jimquisition), Mark Kline, PsyD (Clinical Director, HRS, Inc, Columnist at The Escapist), Paul Saunders (Writer & Producer at LoadingReadyRun)
Description: Fanboys. We all know one, and some of us may even be one. Like it or not, “fanboyism” is a massive force in nearly all social circles, either online or as part of your local gaming group. But what’s the impact the phenomenon really has on our culture? Escape to the Movies host Bob Chipman and Jimquistion star Jim Sterling tackle the issues alongside Dr. Mark Kline, and Paul Saunders from LRR.

Hour of Love
Time: Sunday, 12:00 P.M.
Location: King’s Landing
Panel: Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw (Zero Punctuation), Bob “MovieBob” Chipman (Escape to the Movies), Chris Pranger (No Right Answer, Media Sandwich), Jim Sterling (Jimquisition), Mark Kline, PsyD (Clinical Director, HRS, Inc, Ask Dr. Mark)
Description: Hour of Love sets out to answer one important question: what if some of your favorite gaming critics were all put in one room and only allowed to say nice things for an entire hour? Dr. Mark Kline moderates as The Escapist contributors must all swallow their bile and think about nothing but rainbows instead.

How to Review Games
Time: Saturday, 1:30 P.M.
Location: King’s Landing
Panel: Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw (Zero Punctuation), Bob “MovieBob” Chipman (Escape to the Movies), Susan Arendt (Managing Editor at The Escapist), Jim Sterling (Jimquisition), Graham Stark (Director & Producer at LoadingReadyRun)
Description: Reviewing videogames looks easy, but it takes more than just playing something and writing about it – especially if you want to keep an audience entertained. Learn the art behind the entertainment as the minds behind Zero Punctuation, Game OverThinker, and Unskippable discuss the tools they use to take games apart.

My Favorite Game
Time: Friday, 12:00 P.M.
Location: King’s Landing
Panel: Janelle Bonanno (Business Developer at The Escapist), Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw (Zero Punctuation), Cory Rydell (Critical Miss), Gavin Dunne (Miracle of Sound), Graham Stark (Director & Producer at LoadingReadyRun), Jim Sterling (Jimquisition)
Description: Everyone has that one game that they put on a pedestal. The one game that you measure all other games against.  The Escapist contributors talk about their favorite games and why they will always compare new titles to the one game that provided the perfect mix of character, story, and skill challenge.

Q&A with The Escapists
Time: Friday and Saturday, 4:30P.M.
Location: Kings’s Landing
Panel: Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw (Zero Punctuation), Bob “MovieBob” Chipman (Escape to the Movies), Susan Arendt (Managing Editor at The Escapist), Jim Sterling (Jimquisition), Graham Stark (Director & Producer at LoadingReadyRun), Cory Rydell (Critical Miss), Gavin Dunne (Miracle of Sound), Chris Pranger (No Right Answer), Mark Kline, PsyD (Clinical Director, HRS, Inc, Ask Dr. Mark), Paul Saunders (Writer & Producer at LoadingReadyRun)
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. If you’ve ever wondered how Yahtzee learned to talk so fast, why MovieBob hates Michael Bay, why Jim is banned from Konami events or if Gavin really is that bad at Call of Duty, now’s your chance to ask. Escapist staff will be pulling questions directly from the audience, so be ready to be curious.

Return of the Sequel 2
Time: Friday, 3:00 P.M.
Location: King’s Landing
Panel: Susan Arendt (Managing Editor at The Escapist), Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw, Bob “MovieBob” Chipman (Escape to the Movies), Chris Pranger (No Right Answer), Graham Stark (Director & Producer at LoadingReadyRun)
Description: Every year, it seems like there’s more and more sequels out there. We’re told that merely putting a “2” at the end of a game’s title increases the chance for monetary success, but the cost is a shortage of original concepts, settings and ideas. Yahtzee, Movie Bob, Chris Pranger and Graham Stark headline this all-star panel discussing the preponderance of sequels and their influence on movies, games and culture.

That's your lot, so make notes in your diaries, attendees. I'm quite looking forward to all this, the topics sound like I can get a decent gush on, and that second one in particular should be quite the spectacle, I think. Mighty good fun this convention season lark, right readers?


  1. All of that sounds awesome! I've even more saddened that I can't afford to go. Have a safe trip & good luck with the mobs of fans!

  2. Those will be literally thee most depressing days of my year. I'll have to hold onto my copy of Mogworld and my sincere thanks for a future convention. I was going to ask him to sign a piece of clear scotch tape so I could stick it on my future copy of Jam and be the first kid on the block to have both the Yahtzee novels signed :)

    Well encase you're reading this Yahtzee, thanks for everything, I know what I want to do with my life. I want to write novels and short stories, discuss this industry on the internet, and design and write video games. Thee most fulfilling challenge I've experienced, thanks for it all.

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  3. This shit better be recorded and put up on the site.

  4. Grrrd! I wanna go there! F-ing America, being the center of the world and everything... Why don't you come to Britain, damn you!

  5. Hour of Love sounds brilliant, I hope some of that will be recorded at least ~

  6. Glad to finally see an update! I'll be there, but unfortunately I won't be able to make it to any of your panels as I'll be running my table. . .so can you, like, come by and sign my copy of Mogworld for me? That would be awesome. Thanks.

  7. i hope the escapist is planning on recording this and posting at least a highlight reel.
    maybe yahzee should put a gopro in his trilbee... actually sod the expo lets have a 24/7 live stream, it'll be like 'being john malcovich' xD

  8. I do hope this is recorded in a video or podcast, i just know i really want to know what will they say.

  9. Why did you list it by alphabetical title rather than date? MY ENTIRE YAHTZEE TIMELINE HAS BEEN THROWN INTO DISARRAY

  10. Why am I getting the sinking feeling that someone's gonna go to the second panel just to ask what he thought about kane and lynch dog days 2?

    I think his head might burst into flames or something of the like which would suck (I really hope that doesn't happen)

    Also wish I could make it but I'm broke, starting school and I have to go to a funeral next week, joy.

  11. oh. btw..... i was waiting to see if you'd review The Witcher 2, because it looked promising. havent played it yet, but supposed to be quite good and have a bit of longevity to it. was curious to your angle, but havent seen you review it. ill have to double check your reviews and see if i missed it..... but i dont think so. if you havent, i hope you do, because i think youre both hysterical and brilliant.

  12. i apologise, i just saw that review, have no clue how the hell i missed it. i keep up pretty well on your reviews because you're a bloody scream! but somehow i obviously missed that one.

  13. Will there be professional recordings of the panels by any chance? There are a lot of us out there that its simply not possible to get to the Expo. Being in poor and in Ireland as we are.

  14. Just saw the hour of love video. Loved the cat ears by the way, reminded me of when you did the kitten webcam for Desert Bus 5

  15. Was watching/listening to videos of some of these with my husband and that reason you gave for why you like Silent Hill 2 so much? ..We didn't think you could get any more awesome but finding out you have the same anxiety issues just solidified you as our hero. ♥

  16. anyone have a link to the 'return of the sequel 2' video?

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