WOTS at SxSW Interactive 2015!

South by Southwest Interactive is taking place next weekend in downtown Austin. As we’re an Austin area gaming focused blog, we’ve got our press access lined up. We’re planning on heading down and checking out the Gaming Expo and the Geek Stage March 14th through the 16th. I’ve been doing my customary pre-convention research, so let’s see what we’re excited about!

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Panel Highlights

There are a few panels that I’ve earmarked and would like to see, if possible:

  • The Casual VR Scene – We met Alex and Neal at Game On Austin last year. The VR demos there were quite compelling! With all the talk around VR from Valve, Oculus, and Google Cardboard, this is definitely a hot-button topic.
  • Star Citizen: Making Space Sims Cool AgainEB and I both have fond memories of previous Chris Roberts games. Star Citizen is still under development but hopefully it reignites gamer interest in this genre again. It would be cool to see the panel, but I think Star Citizen also has a booth, so if we miss the panel we may still get a chance to play…
  • Linear vs Nonlinear Narrative in Video Games – Lord British himself will be on hand to discuss the role of story in video games. Ultima is a legendary series in the course of the Western RPG, so hearing Richard Garriott speak would certainly be interesting.
  • Telltale Games: Interactive Storytelling in 2015 – Telltale has been rocking the house lately – Both Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead were killer story-driven games that grabbed me and refused to let go. These guys are at the forefront of video game storytelling and this panel ought to be worth checking out.

We’ll have to see how the panels work out – at PAX it was an hour long wait to get into practically any panel, and we have a lot of other stuff to do while we’re at SxSW. Speaking of…

Gaming Expo Booths

I’ve compiled a list of the video game-related booths that are on the SxSW site:

Alientrap GamesApelawBehold StudiosBlank Media Games
c3skConsalaDead MageDevolver
Down to the WireDreadbitEchostone GamesElevator Entertainment
Funktronic LabsGambitiousGolden Ruby GamesHeart Machine
Honor CodeHouse Houseim8bitInk Stories
KabamMade With Monster LoveMedia Indie ExchangeNewmark Software
Nod LabsNumimous GamesOne Degree GamesOn the Level Game Studios
Osome StudiosPop SandboxQ-GamesQuickfire Games
Radial Games CorpRagesquidRip StudiosRobot Loves Kitty
Self Made MiracleShield Break StudiosSka StudiosSongArc
Sound SelfSpacetime GamesStar CitizenSteel Crate Games
Team 17The Good Mood CreatorsThe Mollasses FloodtinyBuild
Tipping GoatToca BocaPencil Test StudiosVooFoo Studios
Zanrai InteractiveZombie Night Terror

Wow, 54 booths! Apologies to anyone I missed – we’re probably going to be walking the entire expo floor, so we’ll probably see most everyone’s demos as long as we don’t run out of time.

There are a bunch of these studios that look like they’ve got some interesting games to show, and a few of these booths are going to be people we met at PAX or at Game On Austin. I never can predict what’s going to blow me away and grab my attention until after the con is over, though.

Getting in Touch

During the expo, we’ll probably be around on Twitter, so follow @agent86ix and @EBongo to stay in touch. Afterwards, we’ll be posting to our SxSW category on WOTS, and probably to Indie HYPE over on Kotaku.

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