Prime Panels of 2006

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The following is a list of panels for PAX Prime 2006.


Keynote: The Prehistory of Xbox with Alex St. John
Theater: Main Theatre
Date/Time: 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Description: Join Alex St. John, one of the original leaders behind the Manhattan Project and of course, DirectX, as he tells the tale of how the Xbox came to be (and the dirt that comes with it!)

Girls? Games? Hah! The Growing Role of Women in the Game Industry
Theater: Satellite Theatre
Date/Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Description: Even after setting aside casual games and The Sims, the trend is apparent; the ladies are into games too. Look at the milestones, the big players and the hurdles to come. Panelists include Morgan Romine/Rhoulette (Ubisoft).

Penny Arcade Panel I
Theater: Main Theatre
Date/Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Description: The first of two sessions, see Gabe and Tycho, live on stage in an open Q&A format.

The Domination of Online Games
Theater: Satellite Theatre
Date/Time: 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Description: With online PC games well into their maturity and all next-gen consoles being equipped for online gaming, it seems the age of community gameplay is finally here. What's been done? What's next? How will the industry move next? Panelists include Larry Hryb/Major Nelson (Microsoft)

The Wizard!!
Theater: Main Theatre
Date/Time: 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Description: Movie Night - The Wizard

Friday Night Concerts
Theater: Main Theatre
Date/Time: 9:30pm - 12:30am
Description: The VideoGame Pianist, Optimus Rhyme, The NESkimos

PAX 2005 DVD Screening
Theater: Satellite Theatre
Date/Time: 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Description: A Screening of the PAX 2005 DVD


Speed Run Showcase
Theater: Satellite Theatre
Date/Time: 9:30am - 10:30am
Description: Speed runs from various games shown.

Game Trivia with Chatterbox
Theater: Satellite Theatre
Date/Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Description: Hosted by Alon Waisman, the Game Trivia panel will follow the success of Alon's showing of the same event in the lounge in 2005. Get picked and win prizes and swag on stage!

Ubisoft's SCDA and Dark Messiah of Might & Magic Developer Demo!
Theater: Satellite Theatre
Date/Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Description: Watch a live demo of each game with their respective developers and have an open Q&A session immediately afterwards!

Breaking into the Game Industry
Theater: Main Theatre
Date/Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Description: Learn from industry insiders on how they got to where they were and what you can do to get the edge on working in games. Panelists include John Williamson (President of Zombie Studios), Greg Hjertager/Porkfry (Test Engineer at Microsoft), Wing Cho (Game Designer, Nintendo).

Pitch Your Game Idea!
Theater: Satellite Theatre
Date/Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Description: You've got 45 seconds to deliver your pitch to a panel of industry evaluators. The top three pitches will be picked for prizes and swag! (Please note that this is an open forum! There's nothing keeping anyone, judges and attendees alike, from stealing your ideas and making them your own! If you're not comfortable with this, please don't pitch your idea!) Panelists include: Jeff Kalles (Games Business Development, Mobliss), and Chris Erhardt (Digipen).

PA Strip Panel!
Theater: Main Theatre
Date/Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Description: Spend and hour and a half with Gabe and Tycho as they take you through the process of creating Monday's strip, live on stage! Open Q&A throughout.

Changes in The Industry
Theater: Satellite Theatre
Date/Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Description: No description available

Red vs. Blue Panel
Theater: Main Theatre
Date/Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Description: They never really tell us what they're going to do, but we suppose it can't get any worse.

Make a Game For Under 10 Grand: Indy Games in the Hardcore Space
Theater: Satellite Theatre
Date/Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Description: Zuma? Bookworm? Geometry Wars? They're certainly not hardcore games, but you know deep down inside you love to play'em. See how these games are being developed and how the low barriers to entry are redefining the way people "break into the industry." Panelists include include Jaime Cheng (President, Klei Entertainment), Jay Moore (Evangelist, Garage Games)

Forums, Blogs and Fanbois: The Role of Community and PR in the Game Industry
Theater: Satellite Theatre
Date/Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Description: The hardcore community (yes, our community) is cranky and unpredictable yet is still the most sought after audience by publishers. We're early adopters, market influencers and in many ways determine the success of most titles out there. Listen how PR and industry insiders view the community and how they work with it on a day to day basis. Panelists include: Frank O'Conner aka Frankie (Bungie/Microsoft), Chris Charla (Executive Producer, Foundation 9 Entertainment)

Omegathon Round 4
Theater: Main Theatre
Date/Time: 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Description: The fourth round of the Omegathon

The Video Game Revolution Movie
Theater: Satellite Theatre
Date/Time: 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Description: Movie Night - The Video Game Revolution

Saturday Night Concerts
Theater: Main Theatre
Date/Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
Description: MC Frontalot, The Minibosses


I'm Getting Old: When Life Cuts Into Gaming
Theater: Satellite Theatre
Date/Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Description: The original NES first appeared on shelves in 1985, making those of us that bought it on launch day able to drink a few beers today in 2006. But can school, work, a family, and life in general co-exist with the pastime of our subculture? Panelists include Andrew Bub (Gamerdad), Chris Ernhardt (Digipen) and Mike Mika (Studio Head, Backbone Entertainment)

Beat the Pros!
Theater: Main Theatre
Date/Time: 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Description: No description available

Blogphotopodcasting: New Media in the Game Industry
Theater: Satellite Theatre
Date/Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Description: Join pioneers in the new media industry as they discuss how they're blazing the trail for mainstream news and how the mediums of the past are shaking in their boots. Panelists include Brian Crecente (Editor, Kotaku), Ashley Jenkins (, MC Wilson (Broadcast Gamer) and Julianne Greer (Editor, The Escapist) Moderated by Larry Hyrb (Microsoft).

Penny Arcade Panel II
Theater: Main Theatre
Date/Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Description: The second of two sessions, see Gabe and Tycho, live on stage in an open Q&A format.

Rolling the Saving Throw: Why the Tabletop Genre Isn't Dead
Theater: Satellite Theatre
Date/Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Description: Listen as industry pros talk about the transformation of the genre that started it all and what's to come as the electronic medium seems to be taking over the world. Panelists include David Freeman (Lead Game Designer, Sabertooth Games), Jonathan Tweet (Senior Game Designer, Wizards of the Coast) Moderated by Mark Jessup (Director of Marketing, Wizards of the Coast).

Omegathon Final Round and Closing Ceremonies
Theater: Main Theatre
Date/Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Description: The final round of the Omegathon and closing ceremonies with Gabe and Tycho.