- Courtesy of PAX South
- PAX Attendees wait patiently for the fun to start.
Pax South will invade the Henry B. Gonzalez (900 E. Market St.) on Friday, January 29 through Sunday, January 31 with a plethora of games, bands and panels. To help organize the busy weekend, we picked five panels that shouldn't be missed.
Storytime with Cliff Bleszinski
When: Friday, January 29 at 10:30 a.m., Main Theatre
What’s it about: CEO of Boss Key Productions, Cliff Bleszinski, talks about his upcoming project with his new studio.
Why you should go: Cliff Bleszinski, known to many gamers by the nickname “Cliffy B.,” has been an integral part of the video game industry since 1999 when he helped developed the hit game, Unreal. After the success of Unreal, Bleszinski and the studio he worked for at the time, Epic, became a force in the industry with their Unreal Engine, which is the tool of choice when developing games. He’s also the designer of the Xbox-platform hit, Gears of War. At his new studio, Boss Key Productions, he plans on tapping into the free-to-play FPS subgenre with Lawbreakers. With a resume like that, you can expect a lot of stories from Cliffy.
Penny Arcade Q&A #1
When: Friday, January 29 at 11:30 a.m., Main Theatre
Why you should go: For a couple of guys known best for their webcomic, “Penny Arcade,” Holkins and
XCOM 2 - Firaxis Megapanel: Character Customization, Modding and Exclusive Live Gameplay!
When: Saturday, January 29 at 12:30 p.m., Falcon Theatre
the game, modding for the game and show some new gameplay video.
Why you should go: XCOM became a critically-acclaimed strategy series once again after its revitalization in 2012. It was June 1,
Gamedev in SA: Can We Attract Business to the Alamo City?
When: Sunday, January 31 at 4 p.m., Bobcat Theatre
What’s it about:
A roundtable of local video game developers
Why you should go:
San Antonio has a tiny video game developer scene that wants to grow. Use this panel as a good opportunity to meet the SA locals who may make the next indie hit or leave to work on a future big budget title. Those who have great hopes of becoming a figurehead within the industry, but don’t know where to go in town to find like-minded individuals can possibly meet some future developers at the panel, too.
Omegathon Final Round
When: Sunday, January 31 at 5:30 p.m., Main Theatre
What’s it about: The final two players in the Omegathon meet for the last time to see who will be crowned champion.
Why you should go: Over the course of the three days of PAX, selected individuals compete in a variety of games that span from retro classic to current hits. On occasion, the games go analogue with table top
games like Jenga. It’s an exciting sight to see when two competitors who are fatigued from the pressure and competition to finally have their heart stomped on when the mystery game is revealed. It’s hard not to be part of the frenzy as you stand in the crowd cheering on the finalists.