The EB Games Expo is just about to hit its third year and with news that Titanfall will be playable to the public, it looks set to be quite the event. In the face of the games (and the momentous combination of noise, cosplay, colours and packed human flesh) it's all too easy to forget that the EB Expo also has a stacked card of panels that are shaping up quite nicely.
You can find a comprehensive list of all the panels on the site, but here are a couple that caught my eye...
Video Games are Good For You
A Lesson in Distractive Therapy from the Starlight Children’s Foundation
Friday 6pm – 7pm Stage 2 Lovesac Lounge EB has been a big supporter of the Starlight Foundation, running fund raising events and such like, and this panel is an extension of this. It seems super interesting and focuses on how Starlight is actually attempting to use video games to achieve a bit of normalcy and alleviate the stress of kids going though some serious health issues.
Panelists Jono Brand – Facilitator Luke Buckler – Livewire Program Coordinator Sam – Starlight Child
Ask Us (Almost) Anything
Saturday 5pm – 5:30pm Stage 2 Lovesac Lounge Being a Community Manager must be pretty hard. I guess this is something I have a bit of insight into myself, but you guys and girls are normally so awesome. I don't have to do anything really. These four panelists? They might have it a little harder than me. I'm quite keen to hear about their experiences.
Panelists Kelsey Gamble (EB Games Australia) Jess Hodgson (EA Games Australia) Owen Hughes (Ubisoft Australia) Lucy O'Brien (IGN)
Why We (and our kids) Rock
Sunday 9am – 9:30am Stage 2 Lovesac Lounge I was supposed to be on this panel, but had to pull out at the last minute. Argh. I won't be able to make this one, but it sounds great. Let me know how it all goes!
Panelists Giselle Rosman (IGDA, Game Developer) Rae Johnston (Gaming, Tech & Pop Culture Journalist/Presenter)
What it’s Like to Be An Aussie Indie
Saturday 9:30am – 10:30am Stage 2 Lovesac Lounge This is about as stacked as a panel can get. I will be there for sure.
Panelists Dan Graf - Halfbrick Studios Morgan Lean - Epiphany Games Leigh Harris - Flat Earth Games Ashley Ringrose - Soap Creative Nic Watt - Nnooo Chair: Derek Proud - Ambitious Software
There are plenty more panels to choose from — head to EB's website for more info.