PAX Prime 2012: When the Game Plays the Player

PAX Prime 2012: When the Game Plays the Player

At PAX Prime 2012, we presented three mini lectures as part of Short Subjects in Gaming on Friday in the Wolfman Theater. This is the first of them

"When the Game Plays the Player" explores rhythm games, such as Dance Dance Revolution, both from a historical and game design perspective. Dive deep into the sometimes surprising mechanics of these games, a genre often ignored by theorists, and see how their concepts can be applied in places you would never imagine.

For more GeekNights lectures, see our Convention Lecture Youtube Playlist!

PAX Prime 2012

PAX Prime 2012 Highlights

We're back from PAX Prime 2012! I don't always make video montages of conventions I've attended, but when I do, I use OC Remixes and PAX!

PAX East 2012 Highlights

PAX East 2012 was the third PAX East in history. We were there lecturing, hanging out, and most importantly: gaming! PAX East (and PAX Prime) are the highlights of our year every year. They're like no other cons! Be sure to check out the PAX East 2011 highlights too!

The song is a Chuck Dodgers OverClocked Remix ( LaserDance (

Let's Play Money Making Game: PAX East 2012

Games can make their money many ways, but how do these models affect, intentionally or not, the design choices of the game makers themselves? What about the players? Do you play a game differently depending on how you paid for it? Free to play, pay once, subscription, or silly hats, what do these different models mean to games at their core? Only ten rupees; hopefully you won't have to pay the door repair charge.

We presented this first at PAX East 2012.

MAGFest X Highlights

As you know, GeekNights ( was in force at MAGFest X with two panels, a lecture, copious amounts of alcohol, and four days of 24/7 gaming! We present for your consideration some highlights.

Our coverage of MAGFest X:

Beyond Dungeons & Dragons:

Money Making Games:

All footage taken by us with two very important exceptions! Special thanks to PAX Community DVD! (

Nobou Colossus Roaring:

One Ups Concert footage:

Makoto Shinkai at NYCC 2011

Makoto Shinkai (新海 誠) appeared at the last "New York Anime Festival" (within the New York Comic Con) in 2011 for a screening of his new movie "Children Who Chase Lost Voices" (星を追う子ども), as well as an interview and Q&A.

Here is the directed portion of the interview conducted by NYAF/NYCC. Translation not directed at the audience was cut.

As an interesting side note, we (GeekNights) had not intended to video this event. While press, we assumed that plenty of other people would have their equipment on-hand. Upon arrival, however, we discovered that there was almost no press presence. I couldn't let this wonderful interview exist solely in the form of fan cameras from the audience, so I turned up maximum image stabilization and stood for the full event at the side of the room holding the camera as steady as possible.

The room was noisy, and there was a great deal of background noise from outside the room. I removed as much as possible.

The moral? If you're a journalist at a convention, carry your tripod and shotgun mic even if you expect any video to be redundant. ;^)

PAX East Survival Guide

Rym and Scott, the hosts of GeekNights, bring to you the short list of tips and tricks to enjoy your first PAX East (or even your first PAX). PAX isn't like most other geek/nerd conventions, so the conventional wisdom doesn't necessarily apply.

If you're looking for a more thorough preview, checkout our:

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