PAX Prime 2014: Our top picks for the best panels and parties

PAX is now upon us and with over 70,000 dedicated gamers about to descend upon Seattle, this is going to be one epic holiday weekend.  It took only an hour for the show to sell out back in May, and for good reason.  PAX is a 24/7 bacchanal of gaming, panels, parties, plushies, cosplay, chiptunes, karaoke, streetpassing, and donuts.

The Expo Hall is open daily, Friday, August 29 – Monday, September 1, 10am – 6pm, but there’s so much more to experience beyond the show floor.  Below is just a snapshot of what’s happening, from autograph signings with industry legends to afterhours dating advice (seriously), live 70s game shows and dancing til dawn with Twitch, Wargaming, Squeenix, Destructoid, Harmonix, Bethesda, you name it.

Follow me @contentnow for all the madness, and if you’re at the show, stop by my panel, Tinder Tales and Other Wicked Ways To Get Work as a Game Writer for a chance to win awesome game swag as I interview an all-star panel from Forbes, Game Informer, Polygon, Save/Continue, Deep Silver (Metro Redux, Dead Island 2), and ArenaNet (Guild Wars 2) on how to break into the industry, build your audience, and find work that pays.   

What are your top picks for PAX?  Share them in the comments! After the jump you’ll see our picks for the top panels and parties for PAX Prime 2014.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 28
What:  XBOX OPEN HOUSE
When:
  Thursday, August 28, 6-8:30pm
Where:  Microsoft Building 92, 15010 NE 36th Street, Redmond WA 98052
How:  http://majornelson.com/2014/08/21/youre-invited-microsoft-play-idxbox-games/
Cost:  FREE
More Info:  Twas the night before PAX, everyone is milling about Gameworks, what to do, what to do.  Hey, why not hop on the Sunset Overdrive bus to tour the Xbox campus!  Star devs await you in a wonderland of gaming.  Play over 25 ID@ Xbox titles.  Supercool way to kickoff the festivities!  Bus picks up at Convention Center from 4:30-6:30pm.

What:  MMOREPORTER & TEN TON HAMMER MEETUP
When:
  Thursday, August 28, 7pm – LATE
Where:  Elephant & Castle, 1415 5th Avenue, 98101
How:  http://www.tentonhammer.com/promotions/ten-ton-hammer-pax-prime-2014
Cost:  FREE
More Info:  MMO fans unite!

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29

What:  QUIZ SHOW with VOLITION & DEEP SILVER
When:
  Friday, August 29, 10-11am
Where:  Sandworm Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/quiz-show-hour-with-volition-project-reveal-prizes
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  Join Deep Silver’s Brand Director Aubrey Norris and the Volition developers to test your knowledge of the Saints Row franchise for prizes and an exclusive game reveal. Special guest: Natalie Lander, the voice of Kinzie!

What:  STORYTIME with BORDERLAND’s MIKEY NEUMANN
When:
  Friday, August 29, 10:30-11:30am
Where:  Main Theatre, Convention Center, Pike/8th, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/storytime-with-mikey-neumann
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  Legendary Gearbox developer delivers the opening keynote address on his life and times in the game industry that has spanned Half-Life: Decay, Brothers in Arms, Counterstrike: Condtiion Zero, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and the Borderlands franchise.

What:  WOMEN IN GAMES MEDIA
When:
  Friday, August 29, 11-12pm
Where:  Wyvern Theatre, Convention Center, Level 6, Pike/8th, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/women-surviving-and-thriving-in-games-media
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  IGN’s Naomi Kyle and Nerdist’s Jessica Chobot share insights with Polygon and Gamespot peers on gender disparity in games journalism, and why it’s still an issue.

What:  ROOSTER TEETH COMEDY STRETCH HOUR
When:
  Friday, August 29, 12:00-1pm
Where:  Main Theatre, Convention Center, Pike/8th, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/rooster-teeth
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  You never know what those crazy cats from Rooster Teeth are going to present. Prepare to be surprised!

What:  GAMES JOURNALISM HUNGER GAMES
When:
  Friday, August 29, 12:30-1:30pm
Where:  Sasquatch Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/games-journalism-hunger-games-mmxiv
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  Prepare to fight!   IGN’s Greg Miller, Twitch’s Jon Carnage, Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann, PC Gamer’s Evan Lahti and GameSpot’s Danny O’Dwyer duke it out for glory in this riotous onstage performance.

What:  AMA – GAMES MEDIA
When:
  Friday, August 29, 1-2pm
Where:  Hedgehog Theatre, Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine,1st Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/gametrailers-gamefront-and-the-escapist-the-massive-qa
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  GameTrailers EIC and Senior Editor Brandon Jones & Kyle Bosman, Escapist’s EIC and Managing Editor Greg Tito & Joshua Vanderwall, and GameFront’s EIC Janelle Bonanno answer audience questions on how to get featured, what games they’re currently playing, and what PAX parties they’re hitting up. Ask them anything!

What:  GAMING YOUR CAREER
When:
  Friday, August 29, 1-2pm
Where:  Sandworm Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/gaming-your-career-manage-your-career-in-the-game-industry
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  Industry vets from Sony Entertainment Online, The Pokemon Company and others give advice on how to level up in your gaming career once you get your foot in the door.

What:  NERDCORE HIPHOP
When:
  Friday, August 29, 2:30-3:30pm
Where:  Sandworm Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/nerdcore-hip-hop-yep-nerds-are-still-rapping
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  Death*Star, MC Frontalot, Random aka MegaRan, Klopfenpop and Shubzilla rap about Nerdcore.

What:  POPCAP – HOW WE MAKE GAMES
When:
  Friday, August 29, 3-4pm
Where:  Sphinx Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 3rd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/popcap-how-we-make-games
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  Learn how fans are getting closer to the development of PvZ, Peggle and other PopCap hits.

What:  TAKE THIS:  HOW TO BE A FRIEND
When:
  Friday, August 29, 3-4pm
Where:  Sphinx Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 3rd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/take-this-how-to-be-a-friend
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  Joystiq’s Susan Arendt and Russ Pitts, founders of TakeThis.org, speak out on how to help distressed friends with feelings of alienation, isolation and depression, and highlight resources available at the show including an AFK chillout room and PAX volunteers on the lookout for those in need.

What:  AUTOGRAPH SESSION: CAPTAINSPARKLEZ
When:
  Friday, August 29, 3-5pm
Where:  Paramount
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/autograph-session-captainsparklez-friends
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  Minecraft YouTuber CaptainSparklez is in the house to meet, greet and sign.

What:  IGN GAME SCOOP! LIVE
When:
  Friday, August 29, 3:30-4:30pm
Where:  Sasquatch Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/ign-game-scoop-live
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  IGN’s Greg Miller, Daemon Hatfield and Marty Sliva discuss breaking news.

What:  TWITCH TOWN HALL
When:
  Friday, August 29, 4-5pm
Where:  Hedgehog Theatre, Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine,1st Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/ign-game-scoop-live
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  AMAZON + TWITCH!!!  What does this mean to broadcasters?  Share your ideas for new features and tools, and vote on the next global emoticon with Twitch’s djWHEAT, SomaJT and Chase Chase.

What:  TINDER TALES & OTHER WICKED WAYS TO GET WORK AS A GAME WRITER
When:
  Friday, August 29, 5-6pm
Where:  Sasquatch Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/tinder-tales-other-wicked-ways-to-get-work-as-a-game-writer
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  Stop by to say hi and win some awesome game swag as I interview this all-star panel from Forbes, Game Informer, Polygon, Save/Continue, Deep Silver (Metro Redux, Dead Island 2), and ArenaNet (Guild Wars 2) on how to break into the industry, build your audience, get on press lists, and find work that pays.

What:  MMORPG.com FUTURE OF ONLINE GAMES
When:
  Friday, August 29, 6-7pm
Where:  Sphinx Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 3rd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/the-future-of-online-games-mmorpg.com
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  MMORPG’s Bill Murphy talks with Guild Wars 2, Wildstar, Warhammer 40K, EverQuest Next and others about the state of the industry.

What:  GAME SHOW NIGHT:  PYRAMID!
When:
  Friday, August 29, 7-8pm
Where:  Sphinx Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 3rd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/game-show-night-pyramid
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  Wired’s Chris Kohler hosts this super fun all ages after-hours event where audience members play the classic TV game show, the $10,000 Pyramid, in front of a live audience.

What:   HARMONIX HANGOUT DONUTS!!!
When: 
Friday, August 29, 7-9pm
Where:  Top Pot Doughnuts, 2124 5th Avenue @ Lenora/Blanchard, 98121
How:  http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/165863/prime-harmonix-invites-you-out-for-donuts-game-shows-and-grade-a-hang-outs
Cost:  FREE
More Info:  Donuts, drinks and a chance to sign up for Harmonix’s Saturday 9-10pm Game Show Extravaganza panel (Kraken Theater, Grand Hyatt, 1st Floor) where fans compete against celebrity guests on music gaming history to win game codes and swag.

What:  UNWINNABLE PAX PARTY
When: 
Friday, August 29, 7pm – LATE
Where:  Pine Box, 1600 Melrose Ave, 98122
How:  https://www.facebook.com/events/287571004761001/
Cost:  FREE
More Info:  Team Unwinnable, champions of the indie underground kickoff PAX as only they can with drinks, games, and their special brand of mayhem – don’t miss it! 21y+

What:  TRION COMMUNITY PARTY
When:
  Friday, August 29, 7-11pm
Where:  W Hotel, 1112 4th Avenue, 98101
How:  http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/comment/30566823/#Comment_30566823
Cost:  FREE
More Info:  Always a plush affair!  Food, drinks, meet and greet with the members of the ArcheAge, Trove, RIFT and Defiance teams.

What:  BIOWARE SHADOW REALMS MEETUP
When:
  Friday, August 29, 7-11pm
Where:  Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine Street, Princessa I & II Ballrooms
How:  http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/comment/30578181/#Comment_30578181

What:  WILDSTAR COMMUNITY MEETUP
When: 
Friday, August 29, 7-11pm
Where:  The Parlor Live Seattle, 1522 6th Avenue, 98101
How:  https://forums.wildstar-online.com/forums/index.php?/topic/104673-pax-prime-community-meetup-and-cosplay-contest/
More Info:  Cosplayers Unite! $500 grand prize cosplay competition!  Plus swag galore – Tee shirts! Plushies! Signed copies of the game plus meet and greet the devs!  Be there!

What:  MOTIGA PRESENTS GIGANTIC PAX EVENT
When:
  Friday, August 29, 7pm-12:35am
Where:  LoFi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave E #B, 98109
How:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1453944604875387
Cost:  FREE with PAX badge, $8 general admission
More Info:  Geek out with Motiga’s newest game Gigantic, win prizes from Dreaming Comics, and enjoy Nerdcore HipHop by Random aka Mega Ran, Kirby Krackle, Death*Star, Shubzilla and Mark Dago. Plus drink specials all night long. 21y+

What:  GAME SHOW NIGHT:  JEOPARDY!
When:
  Friday, August 29, 8-9pm
Where:  Hedgehog Theatre, Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine,1st Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/game-show-night-jeopardy
More Info:  Ubisoft’s Dan Amrich and Author of Critical Path: How To Review Videogames for a Living quizzes PAX attendees on their knowledge of gaming and geek culture in this riotous session of Jeopardy! 13y+

What:  HITMAN:  SNIPER PAX PRIME 2014 PARTY
When: 
Friday, August 29, 8pm-2am
Where:  Hard Rock Seattle, Cavern Club, 116 Pike Street, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  https://www.facebook.com/events/613135718801735
More Info:  Destructoid, Square Enix Montreal and Unity will be bringing down the house with the sounds of RAY VS, Grimecraft and Saberpulse.  The drinks will be flowing at a special POUTINE BAR and you’ll have a chance to compete in a high-score contest on the soon-to-be released Hitman: Sniper for killer prizes including getting your face and name on an in-game villain for Agent 47 to eliminate in the most gruesome way.  Rare collectibles and Razer gear given away too!  Party all night long!  21y+

What:  PAX FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERTS
When:
  Friday, August 29, 8:30pm-Midnight
Where:  Main Theatre, Convention Center, Pike/8th, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/friday-night-concerts
More Info:  All ages, all night long with Triforce Quartet, The Doubleclicks and Paul & Storm.

What:  GAME SHOW NIGHT:  BLANKETY BLANK
When:
  Friday, August 29, 9-10pm
Where:  Sphinx Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 3rd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/game-show-night-blankety-blank
More Info:  Closing out the third classic TV game show of the night, join this wild collection of game writers onstage for a session of Match Game.  Starring Joystiq’s Susan Arendt, False Gravity’s Russ Pitts, LoadingReadyRun’s Graham Stark and Kathleen de Vere, Wired’s Chris Kohler and Ubisoft’s Dan Amrich. 13y+.

What:  REBEL FM VIDEO GAME/RELATIONSHIP ADVICE HOUR
When:
  Friday, August 29, 9-10pm
Where:  Wombat Theatre, Convention Center, Level 3, Pike/8th, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/the-rebel-fm-video-game-relationship-advice-hour
More Info:  IGN & Zombie alum, Anthony Gallegos, is joined by Polygon’s Arthur Gies, IGN’s Mitch Dyer and Area5′s Matt Chondronait to answer your questions about love, lust and gaming. 13y+.

What:  WARGAMING presents TWITCH PAX PARTY powered by INTEL
When:
  Friday, August 29, 9-1:30am
Where:  Garage Billiards, 1130 Broadway, 98122
How:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wargaming-presents-twitch-pax-party-powered-by-intel-tickets-12743842175
Cost:  FREE
More Info:  Billiards, bowling, shuffle board, and karaoke!  Play World of Tanks on Intel gaming stations. You just know that this is destined to be PARTY OF SHOW!  First 500 before 9pm get 2 drink tickets!

What:  CONSENTING ADULTS: SEX IN VIDEO GAMES
When:
  Friday, August 29, 10-11pm
Where:  Sandworm Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/consenting-adults-sex-in-video-games
More Info:  Insomniac’s Stephanie Bayer and Polygon’s Alexa Ray Corriea talk sex and how games should be portraying healthier relationships. 13y+.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

What:  HOW MEDIA MOLECULE MADE TEARAWAY
When:
  Saturday, August 30, 10-11pm
Where:  Sandworm Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/how-media-molecule-made-the-fourth-wall-breaking-papery-world-of-tearaway
More Info:  Media Molecule’s Community Manager James Spafford takes the audience on a journey through the world of Tearaway, a game about a little messenger in a papery world held together in the players hands.

What:  MAKING FIREWATCH
When:
  Saturday, August 30, 10-11pm
Where:  Sandworm Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/making-firewatch-trailer-and-a-first-look-from-campo-santo
More Info:  San Francisco’s newest indie studio, Campo Santo, will be showcasing Firewatch, a first-person wilderness mystery, set for release in 2015. Meet the dev team and check out the debut game trailer and first gameplay reveal.

What:  HALO and the JOURNEY OF THE MASTER CHIEF
When:
  Saturday, August 30, 11-12pm
Where:  Main Theatre, Convention Center, Pike/8th, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/halo-and-the-journey-of-the-master-chief
More Info:  343 provides an in-depth look into Halo: The Master Chief Collection and answer questions on the future of the franchise.

What:  GET ALL UP INSIDE GAMING
When:
  Saturday, August 30, 11:30-12:30pm
Where:  Sphinx Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 3rd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/get-all-up-inside-gaming
More Info:  Machinima’s Bad Boys Adam Kovic, Bruce Greene, James Willems, Joel Rubin, and Lawrence Sontag are planning some sort of wicked surprise, along with live Q&A.  13y+.

What:  TOP WOMEN GAME CHARACTERS OF ALL TIME
When:
  Saturday, August 30, 1-2pm
Where:  Sandworm Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/top-women-game-characters-of-all-time
More Info:  Facebook’s AJ Glasser, WB’s Avery Alix, Action Button’s Tim Rogers and friends give their picks for Best Princess, Best Woman in a Fridge, and Best Woman in an FPS in the audience choice PAX Faux-wards.

What:  MARIO KART 7 TOURNEY
When:
  Saturday, August 30, 1:30-3pm
Where:  Handheld Lounge, Convention Center, Pike/8th, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/mario-kart-7
More Info:  Definitely tempted to try this ^.^

What:  SO YOU WANT TO BE A YOUTUBER?
When:
  Saturday, August 30, 2-3pm
Where:  Sasquatch Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/so-you-want-to-be-a-youtuber
More Info:  ScrewAttack moderates a panel of top-viewed YouTubers.

What:  HELP DESIGN GAME JOURNALISM SIMULATOR
When:
  Saturday, August 30, 2:30-3:30pm
Where:  Sphinx Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 3rd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/help-design-game-journalism-story
More Info:  Kotaku’s Evan Narcisse, Polygon’s Alexa Ray Corriea, IGN’s Mitch Dyer, Ubisoft’s Dan Amrich, Hit Detection’s Jeff Green and Joystiq’s Xav de Matos lead the audience in the faux-design of the recently announced Game Journalism Simulator.

What:  THE RUNAWAY GUYS
When: 
Saturday, August 30, 2:30-3:30pm
Where:  Paramount
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/autograph-session-the-runaway-guys
More Info:  Eeeeee!!! Everyone’s favorite gaming YouTubers Chuggaconroy, NintendoCapriSun, and ProtonJon will be on hand for this special autograph session. Get stuff signed!

What:  AAA COMBAT:  BEHIND THE SCENES
When:
  Saturday, August 30, 4:30-5:30pm
Where:  Hedgehog Theatre, Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine,1st Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/aaa-combat-behind-the-scenes
More Info:  Game designers from Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch, and Respawn show how their most memorable and intense moments of game combat were created.

What:  AUTOGRAPH SESSION:  KEIJI INAFUNE
When:
  Saturday, August 30, 4:30-5:30pm
Where:  Paramount
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/autograph-session-keiji-inafune
More Info:  Meet the creator of Mega Man, an industry legend, who will sign stuff for you!

What:  AWESOME VIDEO GAME DATA
When:
  Saturday, August 30, 5:30-6:30pm
Where:  Sandworm Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/awesome-video-game-data
More Info:  EEDAR’s Geoff Zatkin tells it like it is…with numbers.

What:  NINTENDO’s HYRULE WARRIORS EVENT
When: 
Saturday, August 30, 7-10pm
Where:  Renaissance Seattle, 515 Madison, 98104
How:   http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/YnL_BIVlm5OAPKrbcF1TaCJr72vc0fO6
Cost:  FREE
More Info:  Boogie with Zelda after-hours.   Show up in cosplay and jump the line to play the upcoming Hyrule Warriors for Wii U.  Prizes for wearing the Hyrule tee shirts as well.

What:  IGN MEET & GREET
When: 
Saturday, August 30, 7-11pm
Where:  Amber Lounge Seattle, 2214 1st Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98121
How:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pax-prime-meet-drink-tickets-12747180159
Cost:  FREE
More Info:  Party will rage on in the main bar once 2nd floor reaches capacity.

What:  BETHESDA’s THE EVIL WITHIN EXPERIENCE
When: 
Saturday, August 30, 8-Midnight
Where:  Seattle Underground White Room, 608 1st Avenue, 98104
How:  http://www.bethblog.com/2014/08/25/saturday-night-at-pax-prime-the-evil-within-experience
Cost:  FREE
More Info:  Prepare for epic chills and thrills as iam8bit joins forces with Bethesda for a night of spine-tingling gaming.  Enjoy food, drinks and a wicked red eyeball tee shirt commemorating The Evil Within for the first 700 through the door.  Three lucky winners will win a stunning red-skinned The Evil Within Xbox One console. 18y+

What:  MMORPG ARENANET MEET N GREET
When: 
Saturday, August 30, 8-11pm
Where:  Gordon Biersch, 600 Pine, 4th Floor, Pacific Place, 98101
How:  http://www.mmorpg.com/newsroom.cfm/loadNews/32257
Cost:  FREE
More Info:  Mix it up with your favorite Guild Wars 2 devs and the editors of MMORPG.com at this annual favorite.  They’ll be a lavish spread of food, 2 drink tickets per guests, and a raffling off Guild Wars 2 Scarlet t-shirts.  Come early!  21y+

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31

What:  ARE TWITCH, YOUTUBE & PODCASTS KILLING GAMES JOURNALISM?
When:
  Sunday, August 31, 10-11am
Where:  Sphinx Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 3rd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/are-twitch-youtube-and-podcasts-killing-traditional-games-journalism
More Info:  Dave Oshry, Alex Rubens, Max Scoville and DJ Skee take to the stage to debate the future of games journalism – look out!

What:  VIDEO GAMES & The INHERENT SILLINESS OF THE MEDIUM
When:
  Sunday, August 31, 11-12pm
Where:  Sasquatch Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/video-games-are-stupid-the-inherent-silliness-of-the-medium
More Info:  Join Destructoid’s Bill Zoeker, Max Scoville & Anthony Carboni, Machinima’s Adam Kovic and IGN alum Jack DeVries as they debate the absurd side of gaming.  13y+.

What:  STORYTIME WITH KOTAKU
When:
  Sunday, August 31, 2:30-3:30pm
Where:  Sphinx Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 3rd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/story-time-with-kotaku
More Info:  Meet the very funny Kotaku editors, Kirk Hamilton, Evan Narcisse, Jason Schreier, and Tina Amini.

What:  A CONVERSATION WITH ABBIE HEPPE
When:
  Sunday, August 31, 2:30-3:30pm
Where:  Sasquatch Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/the-intersection-of-game-design-and-community-a-conversation-with-abbie-hep
More Info: Stepto Toulouse, Director of Community Engagement for Black Tusk Studios and Gears of War interviews Abbie Heppe, Respawn’s Community Manager and voice of Sarah in Titanfall on how fan feedback informs game design and the related pitfalls.

What:  AUTOGRAPH SESSION:  ROD FERGUSSON
When:
  Sunday, August 31, 5-7pm
Where:  Paramount
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/autograph-session-rod-fergusson
Cost:  FREE
More Info:  Gears of War studio head meet and greet.  Get something signed!

What:  CAMPO SANTO DEVS & BEVS PARTY
When:
  Sunday, August 31, 6-10pm
Where:  Hard Rock Seattle, 116 Pike Street, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://blog.camposanto.com/post/95382964369/devsnbevs
Cost:  FREE
More Info:  DoubleFine, Harmonix, Capy, Choice Provisions, Boneloaf and Campo Santo are hosting bar night to meet and greet devs and show off their amazing lineup of games: 6pm Fantasia, 6:30pm Firewatch, 7pm Tharsis, 7:30pm Below, 8pm Massive Chalice, 8:30pm Costume Quest, 9pm Gang Beasts, and more!  21y+.

What:  PAX SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERTS
When:
  Sunday, August 31, 8:30pm-Midnight
Where:  Main Theatre, Convention Center, Pike/8th, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/sunday-night-concerts
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  All ages, all night long party with Super Guitar Bros, Bit Brigade, and MC Frontalot.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

What:  SEATTLE INDIES EXPO (SIX)
When:
  Monday, September 1, 10-6pm
Where:  Melrose Market Studios, 1501-1535 Melrose, 98122
How:  http://www.seattleindies.org, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seattle-indies-expo-2014-tickets-12548770711
Cost:  FREE
More Info:  Play games, meet devs, have fun… Seattle style!

What:  VIDEO GAME MEMORIES: WHAT MAKES A GAME SPECIAL?
When:
  Monday, September 1, 12:30-1:30pm
Where:  Sasquatch Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/video-game-memories-what-makes-a-game-special
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  Game journos Anthony Gallegos, Holly Green, Danny O’Dwyer and friends recollect favorite game memories and the features that made them so magical.

What:  #HYPE: DOs, DON’Ts & WTFs of SOCIAL MEDIA
When:
  Monday, September 1, 12:30-1:30pm
Where:  Sphinx Theatre, Sheraton, 1400 6th Avenue, 3rd Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/return-to-hype-the-dos-donts-wtfs-of-social-media
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  Deep Silver’s Aubrey Norris, Gunnar’s Dave Oshry, Xbox’s Jeff Rubenstein, El Gato’s Stan Press, PlayStation’s John Drake lead a lesson in best practices of branding games online.

What:  ROD FERGUSSON FIRESIDE CHAT
When:
  Monday, September 1, 1:30-2:30pm
Where:  Main Theatre, Convention Center, Pike/8th, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/rod-fergusson-fireside-chat
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info: Kevin Dent interviews industry icon Rod Fergusson on his illustrious career in the game industry, his work on the next installment of Gears of War, and how he managed to maintain an MC average of 93.

What:  SECRET SAUCE – WHAT MAKES A GAME GREAT?
When:
  Monday, September 1, 3-4pm
Where:  Hedgehog Theatre, Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine,1st Floor, 98101
How:  http://prime.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/secret-sauce-what-makes-a-game-great
Cost:  PAX badge
More Info:  Telltale Games Kevin Bruner, Midnight City’s Casey Lynch, The Escapist’s Greg Tito and friends will reveal the Siracha of game design that makes a game taste delicious.