Game On at the SXSW Geek Stage – March 8-10

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The Geek team is heading to Austin, Texas, next weekend to SXSW to host the official Geek Stage.  It will be the place to be as we offer up a who's who of gaming greats, including the people behind Gears of War: Judgment, Minecraft, Tomb Raider, Borderlands, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and more!  But we've also got more than just gaming on our schedule.  Marvel Entertainment will show us what they have planned for 2013 and beyond; FUNimation will give us a peek at the anime titles they'll be bringing us soon; And Trion Worlds and Syfy will show us what it takes to make Defiance, a Living Transmedia World! Plus we've got panels from NASA, ComiXology, Xi3, and table top gaming with Geek & Sundry. Then we finish off the weekend with a live rock show featuring the Descendants of Erdrick, known for their covers of video game classics including The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, Dragon Warrior, and Final Fantasy.

We hope to see you *clapclapclapclap* deep in the heart of Texas at SXSW March 8th through the 10th at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704.

It’s FREE and open to the public!
Friday, March 8 | 3:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, March 9 | 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Sunday, March 10 | 12:00pm to 8:00pm

Catch the latest updates on Twitter with hashtag #geeksxsw.



3:00pm – “Star Wars: The Old Republic
Jeff Hickman, Dallas Dickinson, Blaine Christine, Damion Schubert (Bioware)
Star Wars: The Old Republic will be releasing its first major story update – “The Rise of the Hutt Cartel” – this spring. Come talk with the lead producers and lead designer of the game, to get your questions answered and to get a sneak peek at what’s next for SWTOR.

4:00pm“Why You Should NOT Start Your Own Gaming Website”
Craig Skistimas (
Have you ever wanted to start your own gaming website? Think about all the fame, money and fans you can have! Join “Stuttering” Craig Skistimas, owner of, as he tells you why that’s not the case at all and you should just give up before you start.

5:00pm“Machinima & Rooster Teeth Present “Blood, Sweat, and Online Videos: How to Achieve the Digital Dream”
Jeremy Azevedo, Khail Anonymous (Machinima) Burnie Burns (Rooster Teeth) Tony Valenzuela (Black Box TV)
So you want to create awesome YouTube video content, build out a massive channel with a huge following, and live happily ever after? Well, we can’t really make those kinds of promises, but we sure as hell can talk with you about the ups, downs, ins, and outs of the wild world of YouTube content creation. Join the Machinima Network, one of the largest online video entertainment networks in the world, Rooster Teeth, the production company that brought you Red VS Blue, the most popular machinima animated web series of all time, and Black Box TV, the extremely popular YouTube destination with over 21 million views, as they answer the age old question: How does one achieve the digital dream (or die trying)?

6:00pm“Virtual Reality: The Holy Grail of Gaming”
Palmer Luckey, Nate Mitchell (Oculus VR Inc), Paul Bettner (Unannounced), Chris Roberts (Cloud Imperium) Cliff Bleszinski (Video Game Industry Veteran)
Virtual reality has the potential to change the way we change games forever. We’ll chat with Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, Paul Bettner, creator of Words with Friends, Chris Roberts, creator Wing Commander and Star Citizen, and Cliff Blezinski, Design Director of Gears of War, about what VR means for the game industry. Topics will include whether VR is finally here, why developers should be excited, and what gamers should look forward to VR gaming.
Questions from the audience are welcome!

7:00pm“The Past, Present and Future of Borderlands” – SXSW GEEK Stage Featured Slot
Matt Armstrong, Jonathan Hemingway (Gearbox Software)
Go behind the scenes of Gearbox Software’s critically-acclaimed Borderlands series with Matt Armstrong, Borderlands Franchise Director, and Jonathan Hemingway, Lead Character Designer, as they explore the genesis of the original Borderlands, the goals and philosophies that inspired Borderlands 2, and a few hints at what may be next. Featuring never-before-heard details and insights in the past, present and future of Borderlands.

8:00pm – Descendants of Erdrick with a special announcement from Richard Garriott
Richard Garriott (Portalarium)
Richard Garriott made history in October 2008 by becoming the first second-generation astronaut to fly to space when he traveled to the International Space Station. Today he’s one of the world’s leading experts on private/commercial space travel. Richard earned legendary status in the video game industry early in his career with his design of the Ultima role-playing games, one of the most successful computer game series ever. Today he is co-founder of Austin-based social and mobile game developer and publisher, Portalarium.


12:00pm“NASA’s Got Game”
Dr. Jeff Norris, Victor Luo, Alex Menzies (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
NASA has landed at SXSW with video games, Martian mega-rovers, and giant spider robots. Packed with live demos and cool gear, this talk will challenge the way you think about the future of space exploration. Come meet the NASA team that uses gaming technology to drive real robots and plan space missions.

1:00pm“Crafting a Success: The Story of Minecraft”
Lydia Winters (Mojang)
Get the an inside look at all things Minecraft. It has been used to change many different things, from education to public space building projects in third world countries. The community has taken YouTube by storm creating everything imaginable within the game. Not to mention and entire economy of people making a living with the game. Join Mojang’s Director of Fun, Lydia Winters, for an interactive session all about the game you know and love, Minecraft.

2:00pm“Corridor Digital – Explode Into The Future”
Sam Gorski, Niko Pueringer (Corridor Digital), Adam Lyons (Presenter)
The future of television of film is uncertain. That’s where Sam and Niko step in.
Their YouTube channel, CorridorDigital, gets millions of views releasing videogame inspired videos. Unlike other channels, they run a professional workflow rivaling those of feature films while maintaining ultra-fast turnarounds needed for the online format. They’ll discuss VFX, YouTube, the future of the long-form narrative, and the philosophy behind making popular videos.

3:00pm“Gears of War: Judgment – It’s Time For Battle”
Pete Knepley, Chris Wynn (Epic Games)
Join Epic Games producer Chris Wynn and designer Peter Knepley to get the inside scoop on the most intense Gears experience to join the storied franchise. Epic will discuss key game modes, talk tips & tricks, answer questions from the audience…and then World Premiere a trailer that will only be shown at SXSW! Fans attending the panel can also win a very limited edition, custom Gears of War: Judgment Xbox 360 console that will never be available at retail.

4:00pm“Tomb Raider – Rebirth of an Icon”
Karl Stewart (Crystal Dynamics), Camilla Luddington (Actress)
Live demonstration with Global Brand Director Karl Stewart along with an appearance from Camilla Luddington, AKA “Laura Croft”

5:00pm“The comiXology Revolution”
David Steinberger, John D. Roberts (comiXology) & special guest
Experience the future of digital comics as iTune’s #3 top grossing iPad app of 2012 and revolutionary digital comics platform comiXology electrifies the SXSW GEEK Stage in this not-to-be-missed event! David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), John D. Roberts(co-founder) and an exciting special guest unveil spectacular new enhancements and initiatives sure to spark a worldwide digital comics revolution!

6:00pm“Interactive Drama: Tales of What’s Ahead” – SXSW GEEK Stage Featured Slot
Dan Connors(Telltale Games), Gary Whitta (Writer), Anthony Burch (Gearbox Software),  Sean Mackiewicz (Skybound Entertainment), Jamin Warren (Kill Screen)
Telltale Games, developers of multiple critically-acclaimed episodic game series including 2012 Game of the Year winner,‘The Walking Dead,’ will sit down with creators from the world of comics, film and video games to discuss the convergence of entertainment and interactive storytelling across multiple forms of media and where it will be taken next.

7:00pm“Xi3, Modular Computing & the PISTON Gaming System”
David Politis (Xi3 Corporation)
See the first public demonstrations of Xi3 Corporation’s PISTON® gaming system at the 2013 SXSW Gaming Expo, March 8—10 in Austin, TX. Unveiled earlier this year, PISTON is a grapefruit-sized development stage computer optimized for gameplay on large high-definition televisions. Look for Xi3 to also unveil at the Gaming Expo new info about its plans for gamers everywhere.


12:00pm“Inside TableTop”
Boyan Radokovich (Geek & Sundry)
Geek & Sundry producer Boyan Radakovich gives you an inside look at your favorite gaming show, TableTop. Share your passion for board games, get the inside scoop on season 2, and learn about a very special event we know you’re going to love – International TableTop Day, a worldwide celebration of tabletop gaming goodness!

1:00pm“Marvel: House of Ideas” – SXSW GEEK Stage Featured Slot
Peter Phillips, Axel Alonso, Joshua Shimkin, Arune Singh (Marvel Entertainment)
Marvel Entertainment- home to the Avengers, Spider-Man, Wolverine & more- returns to SXSW with the super powered panel no attendee can miss! Marvel unveils cutting edge plans to revolutionize the world of comics, bringing print and digital media together like never before for the ultimate experience! What does have planned in 2013? A new era for your favorite Marvel Super Heroes starts NOW!

2:00pm“From YouTube to Global Sensation: The Ap”peel” of Annoying Orange”
Dane Boedigheimer, Spencer Grove, Aaron Massey, Bob Jennings, Kevin Brueck (Annoying Orange Inc.) Dan Weinstein (Collective Digital Studio)
Dane Boedigheimer, creator of the Annoying Orange, and his team including Dan Weinstein, Chief Content Officer at Collective Digital Studio/Executive Producer of the Annoying Orange television series, share secrets of turning the most- watched web series of all-time into a new television series on Cartoon Network. Find out what’s next, and what goes into building a web wonder into a global giant.

3:00pm“The Art of Brand Integration: FreddieW and Its Position as Video Game/Entertainment Marketers Secret Weapon”
Freddie Wong, Brandon Laatsch (YT Channel: FreddieW)
Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch (FreddieW) produce special effects laden videos turning the FreddieW channel into a #1 YouTube destination with over 4 million subscribers and 750 million video views. Their original branded videos commissioned by such entertainment power players as 20th Century Fox, Universal, and EA have garnered millions of views and maximized their impact with millennials.

4:00pm“The Making of Defiance, a Living Transmedia World”
Rob Hill, Nick Beliaeff (Trion Worlds), Mark Stern (Syfy), Kevin Murphy (Syfy), Mike Snider (USA TODAY)
In April of 2013, the largest, most ambitious transmedia project in history comes to life when Defiance debuts on television and launches its online game component. In Defiance, what happens in the online game affects the show on Syfy channel, and vice versa on a future-Earth where once-recognizable iconic American cities have been drastically transformed after a long alien and human war. Humans and aliens are now desperately trying to co-exist and rebuild a civilization together as the show and game depict dramatic events in both St. Louis and San Francisco. Five years in the making, this will be one of television and interactive gaming’s greatest events.

5:00pmWhat’s Your Loadout?”
Ty Root, Mark Nau, Ian Villamin, Mike Panoff (Edge of Reality)
Want something new and fresh in a PC shooter? Want the ability to full customize your arsenal and create your own class? Or do you just want to have fun online, blowing up your friends in fast, team-objective based combat? Your answer is Loadout:  A new free-2-play shooter from Austin-based game developer, Edge of Reality. We’ve taken the best parts of weapon & character customization, online play, comedy & violence, and wrapped it up as a truly unique AAA gaming experience. All for free. With our unique modular weapon crafting system, players can create over 300 billion different weapon combinations to truly set themselves apart from their opponents.  Our Open Beta begins soon, and we are here to answer your questions. Let’s play!

6:00pm – FUNimation
Justin Rojas (FUNimation)
FUNimation, the industry leader in North American anime, will highlight some of the amazing titles headed your way in 2013. In addition, there will be a very special announcement for all the gaming fans out there. Don’t miss it!

7:00pm – Descendants of Erdrick
Rock Band Dedicated to Video Game Classics
Descendants of Erdrick is a rock band dedicated to re-imagining the soundtracks of classic video games, specializing in covers of the “epic” role-playing/adventure genre of games. The band’s repertoire covers games ranging from The Legend of Zelda and Mega Man, to Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy. Each instrumental “medley” of songs is aimed at engaging the listener and telling a story, often using sound effects and visuals alongside the music to establish a mood.

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