Austin Game Conference - What's up so far
Sep 08, 2006 00:04:09

Tuesday

10PM: Hello Austin, TX!

11PM: Checked into the hotel, exhausted from travel.

Midnight: Ryan, Gary and Todd from Massively Online Gamer ring my phone and threaten to raid the instance known as my hotel room unless I join them for beer at a nearby bar. I agree. Beer drinking ensues, stories are told, and a good time is had by all. Fat Tire Beer is on tap. I rejoice.

Wednesday

2:30 AM - Finally a little sleep.

6AM: Breakfast

8AM: Registration. The Austin Game Conference gods recognize me as a press member and hand me a bag full of stuff. Press members around the globe are in shock. CNN interviews me.

9AM: Rob Pardo from Blizzard delivers a riveting keynote presentation. Stay tuned for details. I recorded the entire thing succesfully, but am unsure if I am allowed to release this material to you at this point. No new material is revealed, but he gives us an insight into Blizzard's design process.

11:30AM: Beta community round table, hosted by Rich Vogel from BioWare, is found to be somewhat dry so I jump into a seminar abut writing for games. It is a interesting, and arty.

1:30PM: Gary and Todd from MOGArmy run into Jon Wood from MMORPG who pretends to not know of their podcast.

2PM: I attend a seminar about virtual worlds such as Multiverse and Second Life. I'll discuss this in the upcoming podcast. Many predictions and concerns are stated. I lay eyes and ears on Raph Koster for the first time.

3:30: The MMOG Rant features Scott Jennings among others. Standing room only. Hilarious. Ryan from MOGArmy publicly calls SOE on the carpet for SWG. Former SWG designers cower and hide under the table. I taped this too. Perhaps I'll be allowed to share it with you, but if not, I'll paraphrase in the podcast. Just before the ranting begins Jayson from Computer Games Magazine slips me an advance copy of MASSIVE magazine containing a Gods and Heroes Beta key!

7PM: Exhausted, I collapse.

Thursday

2AM: I'm up!

2:01AM: I'm sleeping again!

6AM: I'm up! That was way too much sleep.

10AM: The show floor opens and my press badge gains me some attention from the Vivox booth where the VOIP technology soon to be added to Eve Online is demonstrated for me. It is well integrated and sounds great. Fallen Earth is being demonstrated here as well and I am literally the first person to lay eyes on a live demo of this game. I'll talk about this at length. I was impressed, it looks fun. Meanwhile, I spot Jon Wood from MMORPG standing nearby. Shortly afterwards I meet Grimwell who pretends to know who I am.

12:30PM: I check the time and realize I was sucked into the show floor for some time. The cinematic for Hellgate London knocked my socks off. The Hero Engine is amazing. The MOGArmy guys are lugging a video camera around and interviewing everyone in sight. Two booth babes in the WarRock booth attract much attention.

2PM: I attend a seminar on community management and 3rd party sites. The panel is hosted by Grimwell. 800 members of the F13 staff are present. I meet Trina from GamingAngels. Heated discussions take place between community managers, PR demons, and third-party site owners. Aftewards I meet Ryan 'Blackguard' Shwayder from EQ2.

3:30PM: I return to the show floor where I meet Brian 'Psychochild' Green from Near Death Studios. Blackguard records a VirginWorlds promo for me. The MOGArmy interviews... me? I set a meeting with the fellows from Multiverse. I meet Nicole from Ten Ton Hammer and Dana Massey from MMORPG.com. I try to get Gordon Walton, co-Studio Director of BioWare, to tell me what MMO they're making. He doesn't crack under the pressure. I see some Gods and Heroes dance sequences. More Hero Engine magic is demonstrated. Michael Dell's speech puts me to sleep. Free beer starts flowing and saves us all.

7PM: I meet Sue Bohle from The Bohle Company and learn a bit about how PR works in the game industry. K2 Networks hold a (sausage) party in downtown Austin. Free beer flows some more. I get bored and decide to come back to the hotel to tell you what has been going on the past few days.

More to come...

Submitted by Brent on Sep 08, 2006 00:04:09 CST (comments: 0)


Comments:



To post comments, please login.

More Blog Entries from Brent

NEWS FEEDS

RSS - Blog/Articles
RSS - News Feed
RSS - The Collective
Add MMO news to your site.


About VirginWorlds.com

VirginWorlds.com aims to condense everything about MMORPG / MMOG gaming within a single source via news links, blogging, and podcasting. By extending the link directory to the community, everyone will get the news, credit and exposure that is desired and deserved.

- virginworlds.com



Free 14 Day Eve Online
Trial from Virgin Worlds


PODCAST COLLECTIVE
VirginWorlds MMORPG News
Shut Up. We're Talking.
Massively Speaking
No Prisoners, No Mercy
Through the Aftermath
Brent's Other Podcast

MMORPG PODCASTS
1UP Yours
20 Minute Surrender
A Casual Stroll to Modor Podcast
A Life Well Wasted
Beneath Your Feet
Channel Massive
ChaosCast
CITIZEN AZEROTH
CoMutiny
DDOcast
Fly Reckless
FYG Podcast
Games for Windows Radio
GWJ Conference Call
How I WoW
In a Perfect World Podcast
Killed in a Smiling Accident
Lagwar
Legendary Thread
Low Elo
Massively Online Gamer
Part Time Gamers
PC Gamer Podcast
SOE Official Podcast
SWG with Yivvits & MrBubble
The Big Freaks
The Instance
The RIFT
VirginWorlds MMO Podcast Collective
WAAAGH
World of Warcast
WoWCast
Sites Updated Today
A Casual Stroll to Modor
A Green Mushroom
Bio Break
Blue Kae
Game Truth
Gamers with Jobs
Joystiq MMO
Lineage II
Massively
Raph Koster
Reign of Gaming
The Ancient Gaming Noob
Tobold
Welshtroll
Zen of Design
Sites Updated this Week
Bethesda Blog
Elder game
Heartless Gamer
mmocam!
Mystic Worlds
Wondrous Inventions
Write the Game
Sites Updated this Month
MMORPG.COM News
Moorgard.com
Morphisat's Blog
No Prisoners, No Mercy
Ogrebear's Thoughts
Split and Defiled
Star Wars: The Blog Republic