PAX East (Week) Schedule of Events

PAX East starts this Friday, and with it comes almost a full week of exciting things; a veritable Rock Band blitz of information descending upon us. Whether you are on the ground in Boston, or channeling the news through the internet at home, below is a list of all the events that Rock Band fans should know about.

While not directly related to PAX East, Harmonix will be making an announcement debuting a NEW TITLE on tomorrow night’s episode of X-Play. Be sure to catch the 6:30 PM (Eastern) episode for a very special announcement that you will not want to miss. And in typical PAX East fashion, we will publish our story asking for people to submit questions, but we figured we would wait until AFTER the big reveal for you to submit your queries for Harmonix.

Then we move on to the Wednesday before PAX East, where Harmonix will be showing off gameplay previews from the NEW TITLE on their PAX East Preview Livestream from the Harmonix offices. Exact time TBD.

On Thursday, PAX East eve, if you will, the night is being kicked off with the Pre-PAX East Game Swap. Starting at 5:30 PM at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, you can exchange or purchase some hidden treasures from people’s video game libraries, while networking (and drinking) with other friends throughout the gaming and Rock Band community.

The night also includes a double feature, of sorts, at the Brattle Theatre with a 6:00 PM showing of Scott Pilgrim vs The World, followed by Rock Band Night (featuring appearances/judging from the fine folks at Giantbomb) at 9:00 PM. Tickets for Scott Pilgrim are $6.75 to $9.75, tickets to Rock Band Night are $7, and combo tickets to both are $13.

The following day kicks off the official start of PAX East, and if you want/need a map of the event, we’ve got that (in PDF form)!

See the full list of all the Harmonix-related PAX East events after the jump!

Talkin’ ’bout My (Content) Generation
Naga Theatre - Friday 10:00am – 11:00am

It’s not just Doom and Halo maps anymore. The Rock Band Network, and the many other user-generated content platforms out there, have built up a whole world of dedicated gamers producing and selling high-quality content right inside games. Not only does user-generated content keep games alive even longer, it can make rock stars out of diehard fans. And while it’s not easy being (or working with) rock stars, the crazy idea and crazy people behind the Network have changed what user-generated content can be, and not just for rhythm gaming. Join Rock Band Network authors and some Harmonix staff as they look back at over two years of content and discuss the lessons they’ve learned, the hurdles they’ve faced, and what it all means for bringing more user-generated content to even more games.

Panelists include: Rob Witko [Owner, Fairwood Studios], Carolyn VanEseltine [Associate Producer, Harmonix], Owen Douglass [Owner, Ozone Entertainment], Jeff Webster [Musician/Author, independent], Erich Sherman [Author/Podcaster, Rhythm Authors]

Finding the Soul of your Game
Manticore Theatre - Friday 10:30am – 11:30am

After 3+ years in development, Shoot Many Robots is finally done. Stick a fork in it. But man, if you saw the game when it was a gawky preteen you might not even recognize it (we might not either). Come listen to Demiurge’s designers talk about key decision points, our biggest influences, and how a certain fruit-loving robot got way too intimate with your melon. Somewhere along the way in those three years, we found the soul of our game. This is how it happened.

Panelists include: Matt Boch [Project Director, Harmonix], Dan Chretien [Game Designer, Demiurge Studios], Josh Glavine [Game Designer, Demiurge Studios], Andrew Ziegler [Game Designer, ImaginEngine], Tom Lin [Creative Director, Demiurge Studios]

Fitocracy Presents: Gaming and Fitness – A Surprisingly Awesome Marriage
Wyvern Theatre - Friday 12:00pm – 1:00pm

“Oh, he’s a gamer. He must be a fat slob who hasn’t seen his feet in years.” Do you know anyone who thinks that? Of course you do – everyone thinks that! Unfortunately, gamers often think that fitness and gaming are mutually exclusive. We’ll show you that not only can you achieve both, but people with the gamer mentality can actually be the fittest, sexiest people out there. Our panel consists of two WoW-nerds-turned-ripped, a Guinness Book of World Record gamer who deadlifts over 300 lbs, and Dance Central’s superfit representative. Come learn about the newest revolution in fitness from this Fitocracy-sponsored panel!

Panelists include: Richard Talens [Co-Founder, Fitocracy], Roger Lawson [Founder, RogLaw Fitness], Matt Siegfried [Founder, mattblitzgaming.com], Annette Gonzalez [Fitness Community Manager, Harmonix Music]

Harmonix and the Evolution of Beatmatch Gameplay
Manticore Theatre - Saturday 10:30am – 11:30am

Join Harmonix developers as they discuss and dissect ten years of beatmatch gameplay creation, tracking their long and glorious tradition of designing music rhythm games like Frequency and Amplitude right up to the first public reveal of a brand new title! [Editor's note: We HIGHLY recommend going to this panel!] The panel will include gameplay examples from internal prototypes, honest discussion of our design process successes and failures, insight into how we create and test our games in development, and a synopsis of the design history of a title on public display for the very first time at the Harmonix booth. Q & A to follow.

Panelists include: Matthew Nordhaus [Project Director, Harmonix], Chris Foster [Design Director, Harmonix], Brian Chan [Senior Designer, Harmonix], Jyllian Thibodeau [User Experience Specialist, Harmonix]

Healthy Games: Lose Weight, Live Longer, and Level Up
Wyvern Theatre - Saturday 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Are you a gamer who wants to get healthier? Or a game dev who wants to access a massive new market? This panel will highlight the work of companies that are making going to the gym as exciting as a trip to the World of Warcraft. Learn about new products, services, and communities dedicated to making fitness more fun. There are hundreds of apps and tools for gamers to use and hundreds of billions of dollars in opportunity for developers, this panel will help you learn more about both.

Panelists include: Joseph Flaherty [Sr. Manager, Strategic Marketing, AgaMatrix], Matt Boch [Lead Design/Director, Dance Central, Harmonix], Michael Sheeley [COO/Founder, RunKeeper], Nina Walia [Experience Producer, Nike Fuel Band, Nike], Alex Gourley [CEO/Founder, Bit Gym]

The Harmonix Podcast – LIVE!
Arachnid Theatre - Sunday 11:30am – 12:30pm

The Good Time Charlies at Harmonix have been producing a regular podcast for years now, bringing you the latest in Rock Band and Dance Central news, mixed with a healthy dose of irreverent banter. For the first time ever, we’re bringing you the Harmonix Podcast LIVE at PAX East! That’s right, now you can see all the stupid hand motions Eric Pope (Harmonix Community Manager) makes when describing things! You’ll also be able to feel like you’re part of the show, sharing knowing glances with John Drake (Director of Brand Management) when Aaron Trites (HMXHenry, Manager of Community Development) talks about pogs and M*A*S*H. We’ll be bringing special guests and maybe even SOME SECRETS?

Panelists include: Eric Pope [Community Manager, Harmonix], Aaron Trites [Manager of Community Development, Harmonix], John Drake [Director of Communications and Brand Management, Harmonix], Annette Gonzalez [Community Manager, Harmonix], Nick Chester [Publicist, Harmonix]

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23 Responses to “PAX East (Week) Schedule of Events”

  • VolTRH says:

    >X-Play

    You mean I have to listen to Morgan Webb for an hour? :|

    Oh well, for Rock Band, it’s worth it.

    lilchro2010 Reply:

    30mins lol

  • QB8Young says:

    Let me get this right… So they are revealing one new title on X-Play AND one new title at PAX East? Meaning TWO new games coming out?

    RockBandAide Reply:

    No. Just one new game reveal. The original reveal was originally planned to be PAX East, but they weren’t sure what day the panel would be (hoping for the first slot on Friday, obviously), but that didn’t happen. Now they’re going to do the very first look tomorrow.

    (Which sucks because I don’t have G4 on my TV at home.)

    RickC Reply:

    I didn’t know X-Play was on G4. I am more of a music geek than a gaming geek. I assumed X-Play was some streaming web thing. I think I get G4, so I may be able to check this out.

    Croq Reply:

    I have it on Dish, and have already set it to DVR. Can’t wait!!!

    WoahGuy Reply:

    I dont get it either T.T. But im sure itll be all over the internet instantly anyways.

    Nick Reply:

    That would be insane, and I’d be dead by the end of the week. So, no — just one game that you’ll learn about very soon, with even more info on the same title at PAX. :)

  • samjjones says:

    Really hoping that the new title reveal will be accompanied by some killer new track/DLC news, too.

    RickC Reply:

    I have a funny feeling there will be Muse involved. I have no connections to Harmonix whatsoever and no insider information. Just a weird hunch, and I don’t even like Muse.

    samjjones Reply:

    If we’re talking about “hard to license” bands, I guess Muse would be near tops of the list for the community. Personally, I’d welcome some Journey news, or in the realm of “would be very cool but utterly unexpected”, Metallica, Aerosmith, or Beatles.

    lilchro2010 Reply:

    i’m expecting more news on A7X, their just loyal to their fanbase and are the 2nd most requested band on Rock Band, and we saw what that did to Green Day

  • Cian says:

    I have class Friday morning so of course I can’t go to the Talkin’ ’bout My (Content) Generation panel that I really wanted to see (although that would’ve been a toss up with Jordan Mechner’s Keynote Speech anyways but I digress). But I will definitely be going to both the Harmonix Podcast panel and the panel about the new game.

    On this subject matter, who else is going to PAX East!?

  • Gam30ver says:

    I am pumped for this announcement! I probably wouldn’t be if I was still buying on the wii though. I have a feeling wii hearts will be broken

  • BobQuentok says:

    Sex Bob-Omb (Scott Pilgrim’s band) DLC would be awesome :o

    Plainclothes Man Reply:

    I would buy!

    WoahGuy Reply:

    Ya I think I would too.

  • LoAlexandria says:

    any news allready?

    LoAlexandria Reply:

    damn wrong date -.-”

  • Andre says:

    This may sound pretty dumb but… is there anyway to watch this online today? I mean live?

  • Neil says:

    Really interesting first sentence of this post considering that “leaked title” post. Hmm…

    RockBandAide Reply:

    Oh wow… look at that! What a koinky-dink!

  • osteofight says:

    So Scott Pilgrim screening + official HMX Rock Band even = Metric/Clash at Demonhead DLC? As others have said, I can hope!