GeekNights PAX Prime Schedule

Tuesday August 18, 2015

GeekNights will be live at PAX Prime 2015! These constitute our 33rd and 34th consecutive panels or lectures at PAXes since 2008. Both are brand new never-before-seen experiences for senses.

The Far Future of Gaming
Sunday Aug 30 @ 1:00pm
Sphinx Theatre

Few industries, even on the bleeding edge, are able to make accurate projections even ten years into the future. At thirty years out, all bets are off. Games are no exception. Accelerating technology, evolving design, even entirely new mediums, spring suddenly into being. You probably have some sense of what the next few years hold for games. But what about the next 30? The next 100? Could gaming in 2015 have been predicted from gaming in 1985? What drives it? What will hold it back?

Rym DeCoster [Producer, GeekNights]
Scott Rubin [Host, GeekNights]
Luke Crane [Community Manager for Games, Kickstarter]
Catt Small [UX and Game Designer, Brooklyn Gamery]
Josephine Fu [Lead Game Producer, Date Nighto]
Emily Compton [3D Animator, What Pumpkin]

Sports are Games
Monday Aug 31 @ 4:00pm
Sphinx Theatre

Gaming live streams are some of the most popular television programs in the US. There are entire TV networks covering gaming that have existed for decades. Yet, many self-described gamers will eschew "Football" and "Ice Hockey" as being somehow distinct from "DOTA 2" and "CounterStrike." We even like to use the term "esport" to separate them from "sports." Sports and "esports" are fundamentally the same. American Football is frighteningly like a distributed turn-based strategy game. Esports, regular sports: it's all just sports.

Rym DeCoster [Producer, GeekNights]
Scott Rubin [Host, GeekNights]

Online Story-Driven Games
Wednesday Sep 2 @ 7:00pm

After PAX, don't forget that Rym will be lecturing at CHIFOO in Portland! Games don't just have UX: games are UX.

GeekNights Live at PAX Prime 2015

Sunday July 19, 2015

GeekNights will be live at PAX Prime 2015! These constitute our 33rd and 34th consecutive panels or lectures at PAXes since 2008. Both are brand new never-before-seen experiences for senses.

The Far Future of Gaming
Sunday Aug 30 @ 1:00pm
Sphinx Theatre

Few industries, even on the bleeding edge, are able to make accurate projections even ten years into the future. At thirty years out, all bets are off. Games are no exception. Accelerating technology, evolving design, even entirely new mediums, spring suddenly into being. You probably have some sense of what the next few years hold for games. But what about the next 30? The next 100? Could gaming in 2015 have been predicted from gaming in 1985? What drives it? What will hold it back?

Rym DeCoster [Producer, GeekNights]
Scott Rubin [Host, GeekNights]
Luke Crane [Community Manager for Games, Kickstarter]
Catt Small [UX and Game Designer, Brooklyn Gamery]
Josephine Fu [Lead Game Producer, Date Nighto]
Emily Compton [3D Animator, What Pumpkin]

Sports are Games
Monday Aug 31 @ 4:00pm
Sphinx Theatre

Gaming live streams are some of the most popular television programs in the US. There are entire TV networks covering gaming that have existed for decades. Yet, many self-described gamers will eschew "Football" and "Ice Hockey" as being somehow distinct from "DOTA 2" and "CounterStrike." We even like to use the term "esport" to separate them from "sports." Sports and "esports" are fundamentally the same. American Football is frighteningly like a distributed turn-based strategy game. Esports, regular sports: it's all just sports.

Rym DeCoster [Producer, GeekNights]
Scott Rubin [Host, GeekNights]

Online Story-Driven Games
Wednesday Sep 2 @ 7:00pm

After PAX, don't forget that Rym will be lecturing at CHIFOO in Portland! Games don't just have UX: games are UX.

Thank you ConnectiCon 2015

Thursday July 16, 2015

Thank you ConnectiCon! We performed for the seventh year in a row, with great crowds and great people. ConnectiCon is one of the best cons on the east coast, and easily among the best of pan-geek conventions in the world. We will return for 2016!

Thursday

Why No One Will Game with You
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Special Events 2 (Marriott - no badge needed)
See the original on youtube

Saturday

Analyzing Anime: Utena
9:20am - 10:20am
Dragon (CTCC MR 15-17)
See the youtube series

The History of Losing
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Kraken (CTCC MR 11-13)
See the original on youtube

Five Nights at Freddy’s Live
9:00pm - 9:40pm
Phoenix (CTCC MR 24-25)

Why Five Nights at Freddy’s is Scary
9:40pm - 10:40pm
Phoenix (CTCC MR 24-25)
See the original on youtube

Sunday

Foreign Anime Openers
10:20am - 11:40am
Dragon (CTCC MR 15-17)

Live at ConnectiCon 2015

Tuesday June 30, 2015

GeekNights is performing live at ConnectiCon 2015!

Thursday

Why No One Will Game with You
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Special Events 2 (Marriott - no badge needed)

Saturday

Analyzing Anime: Utena
9:20am - 10:20am
Dragon (CTCC MR 15-17)

The History of Losing
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Kraken (CTCC MR 11-13)

Five Nights at Freddy’s Live
9:00pm - 9:40pm
Phoenix (CTCC MR 24-25)

Why Five Nights at Freddy’s is Scary
9:40pm - 10:40pm
Phoenix (CTCC MR 24-25)

Sunday

Foreign Anime Openers
10:20am - 11:40am
Dragon (CTCC MR 15-17)

There are tons of other panels! Also great screenings and ridiculous gaming.

Live at Anime Boston 2015

Tuesday March 31, 2015

GeekNights is performing live at Anime Boston 2015!

Friday

Judge Anime by its Cover
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Hynes Panel 206

Short Form Anime
11:00pm - midnight
room 107

Saturday

Analyzing Anime: Utena
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hynes Panel A

Foreign Anime Openers
12:30am - 2:00am
Hynes Panel 202

Yes, Foreign Anime Openers is late Saturday night (technically Sunday early morning)! No, we won't be around at the con on Sunday otherwise. Be sure to check Guidebook or the con schedule, as things may change!

Live at Zenkaikon 2015!

Sunday March 22, 2015

This coming weekend - March 27-29 - we will be performing live at Zenkaikon 2015 in Lancaster, PA. Come say hi! We'll be spending most of the time we're not presenting eating doughnuts and playing board games!

Saturday

Short Form Anime
11:45am @ Live 2

How to Win Every Game
2:15pm @ Live 2

Sunday

Why no one will Game with you
11:00am @ Live 1

Anime Openers Around the World
2:00pm @ Live 6

Also stay tuned for our Anime Boston 2015 schedule! We'll likely be doing four shows there.

See our panel at PAX East!

Tuesday March 3, 2015

Come see us at PAX East 2015! We've got an awesome panel called What is Losing?!

What is Losing
Friday, March 6th
4:30pm
Bumblebee Theatre

The point of a game is to win. Or is it? Can you "win" Gone Home or The Stanley Parable? Is losing a game of Dwarf Fortress the same as losing a game of chess? Why is Super Meat Boy's difficulty exciting, while Silver Surfer's is painful? Does one lose Monopoly due to player skill, or because you flipped the table? What if we played games that focused not on the "narrative of victory," but instead on the "narrative of failure?" Do games need to have a way to "lose" in the first place?

Afterward, we will be able to answer some questions in the hall and hang out with you guys before we head back to Tabletop Freeplay!

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