Meet GameSpot at PAX: Free Breakfast, Panels, and Parties

Pancakes and waffles!

Hopefully you've already made time in your busy PAX schedule to watch the GameSpot panels and live shows. But just in case you had no idea what we were up, here's a quick outline of all the GameSpot-related stuff we're hosting at the show!

We'll be hanging out at the Sector G Lounge and we will be open to the public on Saturday from 9:30AM-7PM and Sunday from 9:30AM-5PM. The lounge is located at 820 Pike Street at 9th Ave (about a block and a half away from the convention center). It's also the home of the Metropole Restaurant. What can you do there?

  • Food and non-alcoholic drinks available all day
  • Trivia with limited-edition giveaway prizes (t-shirts, buttons, bottle openers, and koozies)
  • Charging kiosks and free Wi-Fi

We'll also have gaming kiosks where you can check out some great indie titles including:

Pancake Breakfast

  • WHAT: We will provide all of the breakfast foods guaranteed to be there (until they're all eaten -- breakfast foods are limited to: waffles, pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee, juice). You just have to provide a mouth. You'll be able to meet with GameSpot staff and producers who will also be stuffing their faces with breakfast meats.
  • WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, 10:00-12PM
  • WHERE: Sector G Lounge, 820 Pike Street at 9th Ave (about a block and a half away from the convention center). Home of the Metropole Restaurant.

The GameSpot Live Show

  • WHAT: We're recording live segments for two-hours each day during the weekend, and you can come sit in our live studio audience.
  • When: Saturday and Sunday 12:00-2:00 PM
  • Where: Sector G Lounge

Sector G Happy Hour (21+)

  • WHAT: Sponsored by Sunset Overdrive, we'll be serving wine and beer, as well as two custom cocktails, the "Bloody Mutant" and the "Over Charge + Vodka"
  • When: Saturday, 5-7PM
  • Where: Sector G Lounge

Panels

Women Surviving and Thriving in Games Media

  • WHAT: As the gap between the number of male and female gamers slowly thins, so does gender disparity in games media. Hear from several women currently working in games journalism about their struggles and successes within the industry.
  • WHEN: Friday 8/29, 11AM-Noon
  • WHERE: Wyvern Theatre
  • PANELISTS: Mary Kish [Producer, GameSpot], Neha Tiwari [Executive Producer, GameSpot], Megan Farokhmanesh [Editor, Polygon], Naomi Kyle [Host, IGN], Jessica Chobot [Host, Nerdist]

Games Journalism Hunger Games MMXIV

  • WHAT: Welcome to the Games Journalism Hunger Games MMXIV. The Capitol demands that each games website submit tributes to compete in the annual tournament. Through a variety of tests of skill and dexterity, tributes will fall so that games journalism can live on for another year. But who will be victorious?
  • WHEN: Friday 8/29, 12:30PM-1:30PM
  • WHERE: Sasquatch Theatre
  • PANELISTS: Danny O'Dwyer [Host, GameSpot], Evan Lahti [Editor, PC Gamer], Greg Miller [Host, IGN], Jeff Gerstmann [Editor in Chief, Giant Bomb], Jon Carnage [Producer, TwitchTV]

Retrogame Roadshow: What Are Your Old Games Worth?

  • WHAT: Game collecting is taking off in a big way, and all sorts of classic games and related memorabilia can bring in big bucks. What's your gaming treasure worth? Bring something you found in your parents' attic or a rarity from your own collection, and you'll have a chance to come up on stage and have your stuff evaluated, discussed and appraised (amateurishly, for fun!) by our panel of experts.
  • WHEN: Saturday 8/30, 9-10PM
  • WHERE: Hedgehog Theatre
  • PANELISTS: Chris Kohler [Editor, WIRED], Mike Mika [GameSpot], Peter Brown [GameSpot]

Firaxis Mega Panel -- Civilization: Beyond Earth

  • WHAT: Come see the developers from Firaxis Games Studio as they provide an inside look at their new and upcoming title, Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, before it ships this October 24, 2014! We’ll be showing new gameplay, talking about some of the newer and late-game features, as well as discussing the challenges and opportunities that arose throughout the development process.
  • WHEN: Saturday 8/30, 12:30-1:30PM
  • WHERE: Sasquatch Theatre
  • MODERATOR: Chris Watters [GameSpot]

Collecting Games WITHOUT Going Broke or Getting Scammed!

  • WHAT: Building a collection of classics can be tons of fun, but the risk that you'll spend too much for something (or worse, be the victim of the ever-more-elaborate scams that are going around) is increasing by the day. How can you enjoy buying old games while still protecting yourself? Our panel of collecting experts run down some common money sinks, scams, and tips for getting bargains!
  • WHEN: Sunday 8/31, 9-10PM
  • WHERE: Hedgehog Theatre
  • PANELISTS: Chris Kohler [Editor, WIRED], Peter Brown [GameSpot]

Video Game Memories: What Makes a Game Special?

  • WHAT: A group of (hardened) games journalists get together to talk about what made their early game experiences so special. The discussion continues on to explore what type of new video game could possibly harness and recreate that magic.
  • WHEN: Monday 9/1, 12:30-1:30PM
  • WHERE: Sasquatch Theatre
  • PANELISTS: Carlos Rodela [Producer/Host, Video Game Break and Big Fish], Tadhg Kelly [Game Designer, Consultant, Columnist, Creator, What Games Are], Jason Lindsey [Producer and Host of the Metal Jesus Rocks YouTube channel], Anthony Gallegos [Host, (Formerly of 1UP, EGM, Computer Gaming World) Rebel FM], Danny O'Dwyer [Editor/Host, GameSpot], Holly Green [Polygon, Dtoid, Gameranx]

Additional panel details can be found on the official PAX site.

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Discussion

46 comments
waffleiron88
waffleiron88

"Food and non-alcoholic drinks available all day"


I feel discriminated against as per my family tradition i have beer with my waffles.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Too bad I'm not going to PAX.  I'd like to meet the Microspot crew.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Wish I was closer to Seattle. : ( Breakfast sounds so good.

warriors30
warriors30

Is Eddie going to be there? I want to give him a bro hug. 

Unfortunately, I'd have to cross an ocean for that...meh...the breakfast can't be THAT good. :P

AxelSoR
AxelSoR

I would say Danny would be the main draw for me here, and pancakes.

Mraou
Mraou

Not interested; they recently fired most of the staff I actually cared about, and It feels hard to trust GameSpot staff these days.

indzman
indzman

mmm the word breakfast mmm bought me here mmm

hystavito
hystavito

Lots of interesting and cool stuff here, especially the breakfast and happy hour things :).

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Can we ask you why you suppressed the Zoe Quinn story, or will that make you feel uncomfortable?


That women in games panel will be awkward.

Darkangel2154
Darkangel2154

I would love to be there and shake your hands and what not but I can not. So here

Darkangel2154/ "Shakes hands" with <GameSpot crew>

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

i read the free breakfast thing and instantly thought "hmm... waffles. now i'm hungry"


THANKS, GAMESPOT.

Acillatem1993
Acillatem1993

Thanks for hanging out with us at Gamescom... :(

keithy21
keithy21

free breakfast?!? why that's me favorite kind!

Tauu
Tauu

I came here for strawberry waffles and ended up with pancakes. Oh well, those are good too.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Looking at the Pancakes makes we wanna go to iHop. Yummy. 

je29836
je29836

lol danny is hilarious

saturatedbutter
saturatedbutter

Will these all be streamed or on video archive, Haywald?

xisiuizado
xisiuizado

@daikkenaurora12

Well, duh. Microsoft has more money. If they worked for Brokestation, they'd have to wait on their paychecks.


#SystemWarsAreFunButDon'tBeAnIdiot

eddienoteddy
eddienoteddy moderator

@warriors30 No, I won't be there. I will accept the bro hug at a later date, though. 

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@Mraou Except that's incorrect. Layoff =/= Fired. 

justinhaywald
justinhaywald moderator staff

@Mraou Those of us who are left are still pretty cool. Though there's no way to replace the awesome writers and other staffers we lost. 

justinhaywald
justinhaywald moderator staff

@Thanatos2k We didn't suppress anything. We write about games and related things that are interesting. We don't typically report on people who write about games (unless it's something crazy like Pewdiepie making millions of dollars).

justinhaywald
justinhaywald moderator staff

@Acillatem1993 That's because nobody provided pancakes. We got people at PAX to give us pancakes, and we want to share them with the people. 

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

@freedomzealot yeah, because being pretty is totally the only reason they achieved it. now who's being sexist?

justinhaywald
justinhaywald moderator staff

@saturatedbutter No streaming for the non-live show content, but we will upload versions of most of the panels after the show!

Mraou
Mraou

@DigitalDame @Mraou 10+ year GameSpot OG Jeff Gerstmann was FIRED; 18+ year GameSpot OG Ryan Mac Donald was laid off, DO I HAVE IT RIGHT?


Geez, annoying and patronising responses like that, from the Staff no less, are why people DON'T want to have breakfast with you.


Why do you post so many clickbait for ad revenue articles about the sh*t happening on doorsteps elsewhere, but not your own? Where's the article celebrating Ryan MacDonald contributions to GameSpot. It's messed up, and that's why I don't trust you guys.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@justinhaywald @Thanatos2k Don't lie to me.  You published stories about a guy arrested for child pornography.  That had nothing to do with games.


Quinn is a game developer, not someone who writes about games.

hystavito
hystavito

@BrunoBRS @freedomzealot I'm not saying that's how, but you can't blame people for thinking it.  It's not like that notion is something new in media, of all kinds, it's something that's been around for ages, and I think it's reasonable for anyone to at least suspect it from time to time.

btbrotherton
btbrotherton

And while I have nothing but disdain for Quinn's manipulative behavior and her crew of self-righteous, misguided, indy bully-nerds, I understand not wanting to risk the PR nightmare and army of feminazis that would emerge after just an honest reporting of the situation by such a big website. Also pedophilia is way worse.

btbrotherton
btbrotherton

At least they weren't deleting comments about it like every other gaming news site.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

@hystavito @BrunoBRS @freedomzealot just the fact that you're suspicious of it diminishes their achievements. why must you assume they didn't deserve? why are they guilty until proven innocent?

them being successful professionals and them being pretty women are two completely different things. gender equality starts with not wondering every time if a successful pretty lady got there because of gender bias.