Heading to PAX Australia? Looking to plan your weekend? You can start now — the schedule is up.
Both myself and Alex are featuring in a few panels, so you should come and cheer us along!
I'll be on...
Aiming for Equality: Why Games Should Be For and By Everyone
1:30pm-2:30pm (Friday, 30 October) Games are played by all kinds of people, but who makes them? Why is that? Is this a problem? What can we do about it? This panel will investigate some practical approaches to supporting, retaining and encouraging women in games development and delve into why game development needs diversity.
Panelists: Giselle Rosman [Business Administrator, Hipster Whale], Kim Allom [Associate Producer, Defiant Development], Anna Irwin-Schutze [Co-Director, Sound Librarian], Mark Serrels [Editor, Kotaku Australia], Clara Reeves [Manager, Games, Digital Content and Animation, Film Victoria], Morgan Jaffit [Director, Defiant Development]
The 1st Annual PAX Food Fight
5:00pm-6:00pm (Friday, 30 October) Who said you shouldn't play with your food! Join Stephanie 'Hex' Bendixsen (Good Game), Scott Edgar (Tripod), Mark Serrels (Kotaku Australia) and Eve Beauregard as they prepare their favourite gaming snacks LIVE ON STAGE in our first ever PAX cooking demonstration. Moderated by GeekPlate's Tristan Lutze.
Panelists: Tristan Lutze [Creator, GeekPlate], Stephanie 'Hex' Bendixsen [Co-Host, Good Game], Scott Edgar [Guitar Guy (Usually), Tripod], Eve Beauregard [Boss, Eve Beauregard], Mark Serrels [Editor, Kotaku]
What Do You Do When the Internet Turns on You
7:30pm-8.30pm (Friday, 30 October) What do you do when you say something on Twitter and it gets retweeted to thousands of people who disagree with you? When the game you've developed hits front page of Reddit for less than amazing reasons? This panel hopes to address some situations where people and brands have suffered at the hands of the "internet mobs" (whether rightly or wrongly), and the effects that it has had. A team of experts will give advice on both how to cope and how to handle the situation if it ever happens to you.
Panelists: Kelsey Gamble [Social Media Manager, Zomato], Jennifer Hazel [Doctor/Psychiatrist], Mark Serrels [Editor, Kotaku]
And Alex Walker will be on...
Secrets of Free to Play. How F2P is Driving the Future
9:30pm-10:30pm (Fridat, 30 October) Free to Play is quickly becoming one of the major drivers in the present and future of the video game industry.
Much maligned for abusive bait and hook practices, is it evil, or saviour of the game? F2P is now a very broadly defined category, with no one model.
Meet developers responsible for some of the best known F2P games and explore if this is exploitation, or the perfect balance of play and option to pay.
Panelists: Adam Mierzejewski [eSports Producer, Hi-Rez Studios], Matt Hall [Director, Founder, Hipster Whale], Alex Walker [Journalist, Kotaku]
Come and watch us talk about stuff!