Good news, fans of viewing me in my corporal form! I’m going to be attending PAX West in Seattle this year, which runs Friday, August 31st to Monday, September 3rd. Even better, I’m going to be on two panels along with some super awesome people, some of whom you may have heard on my podcast.
If you’re going to be at PAX, please come by my panels and/or say hello any other time you spot me wandering about. Just scream “UNEXPECTED HOT POCKET!” or something. It’ll be our signal.
(And a shout out to everyone who supports me on Patreon, because your support is helping offset the costs of flights, hotel, and food. Thanks so much! Anybody else who wants to help out can go to https://www.patreon.com/pog)
On Friday, August 31st at 1:30 PM in the Sphinx Theater I’ll be on a panel called Villains Versus Heroes: The Moral High-Ground along with Anthony Bean, Stephen Daniel, Raffael Boccamazzo, and Sarah Hays. Here’s the description:
Moral choice and moral player development have been discussed frequently by game developers, critics, and players alike. However, little has been discussed on how these moral dilemmas make us feel when we make a choice. Shadow of the Colossus, Undertale, and Spec Ops: The Line are all exceptional examples of this choice making system. The premise of this panel is to discuss moral development in games and how it affects our thinking patterns based on playing ruthlessly or compassionately.
Then, on Sunday, September 2nd at 3:30 pm in the Cat Theatre I’ll join Anthony Bean, Rachel Kowert, Ryan Kelly, Chelsea Hughes, and Raffael Boccamazzo for WHO Said What?!: Let’s Talk Facts About Gaming Disorder. The description:
In June 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) decided to include an official diagnosis for gaming addiction in their upcoming manual of diagnoses. The decision sent shockwaves throughout the world. What does this diagnosis mean, exactly? What counts as “addiction”? Why are people so keen on making it a diagnosis? Join Take This and our panel of mental health experts and researchers as we discuss this controversial diagnosis.
This is going to be my first PAX ever, so if anyone has any tips for surviving and/or getting more out of it, let me know!