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SXSW Gaming Announces Dates and Headliners
The festival hype train leaves the station
DAILY Screens  September 14, 2017, by Bailey Shelden
"...South by Southwest lingers far off in the distance, but the hype builds regardless. Case in point: SXSW Gaming just announced its 2018 dates and details..."

SXSW Announces Gaming Award Nominees and Hosts
WWE star Xavier Woods to co-host ceremony in March
DAILY Screens  January 25, 2017, by James Renovitch
"...Don’t forget the geeks though. SXSW hasn’t, and they proved it this morning when they announced the SXSW Gaming Awards nominees and hosts...."

SXSW Gaming Awards Finalists Announced
Mix of blockbusters and indie faves top the list of noms
DAILY Screens  January 26, 2016, by Tucker Whatley
"...Now in its third year, the SXSW Gaming Awards returns with its trademark mix of big-budget titles and independent projects. The event, scheduled to take place Saturday, March 19, brings the gaming masses to its new home in the Hilton Austin Downtown right across the street from the SXSW Gaming showfloor at the Convention Center...."

Gaming, SXSW, and Women
No official response yet from SXSW about rescheduling panels
DAILY News  October 28, 2015, by Nina Hernandez
"...Being a woman and belonging to a men’s club like the gaming world is no easy task. By definition, you’re like a guest in someone else’s home...."

SXSW Gaming Expo Introduces Awards
In case you were worried SXSW wasn't growing enough
DAILY Screens  September 12, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...SXSW has announced 2014 will be the inaugural year for Gaming Awards. The best interactive art will be feted at the Long Center's Dell Hall, Saturday, March 8, in case you’re planning your SXSW already..."

Ouya: The People's Gaming Console
Could Julie Uhrman's Kickstarted project be the innovation the gaming industry was waiting for?
Screens Story  March 8, 2013, by Sean Carey
"...While books, music, and film have nearly completed their metamorphosis in response to a post-indie reality, the traditional wardens and watchmen of the gaming industry's gates have yet to fully embrace the brave new world that has been thrust upon them. Trends like crowdfunding, digital distribution, and social media have made it possible for anyone with a seductive idea and technical know-how to enter the ring..."

SXSW Gaming Changes Dates and Location
The Expo moves back to the Convention Center
DAILY Screens  July 14, 2015, by James Renovitch
"...SXSW Gaming continues its strange position as the stepchild of the festival at large. Historically it’s been a subset of the ever-growing Interactive fest, but was free and open to the public and took place on the wrong side of the river at the Palmer Events Center...."

Gaming News
Starring Captivate, Horizon, South by No Quarter, and more
DAILY Screens  May 31, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...Can't tell your local gaming news from gaming news birthed in other, less important locales? Here's a few things that have happened or will happen...."

Upcoming Gaming Events
Not counting that SXSW thing
DAILY Screens  March 5, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...It's common knowledge: The SXSW Gaming Expo is going to be great. It's free..."

SXSW Gaming Finalists Announced
Local noms include The Banner Saga, Talos Principle, & Rooster Teeth
DAILY Screens  January 23, 2015, by James Renovitch
"...The SXSW Gaming Awards return this year as the event moves to Downtown's Moody Theater. The co-hosts of the free show are YouTube stars Janet Varney and Markiplier..."

SXSW Gaming Expo Opens Today
Free gaming extravaganza continues through weekend
DAILY Screens  March 7, 2014, by James Renovitch
"...The SXSW Gaming Expo returns to the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Rd.) with three days of sensory overload that will beckon all local gamers like a dinner bell. Copious screens and controllers keep kids wide-eyed and veterans busy..."

UT's Gaming Academy: Facts & Inferences
What is this post-baccalaureate program all about?
DAILY Screens  May 16, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...This past Monday the University of Texas sent out a press release announcing the creation of the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy. At the helm of the venture is local gaming luminary Warren Spector, whose résumé includes Ultima, Deus Ex, and more recently Epic Mickey..."

Local Gaming Kickstarters
What. You're too busy to support the scene?
DAILY Screens  March 8, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...Two local gaming folks have begun raising funds for their projects, albeit on two completely different scales...."

Gaming Studio Junction Point Closes
Maker of 'Epic Mickey' shuts its doors
DAILY Screens  January 29, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...It's been a rollercoaster of a week already for the Austin gaming scene. Following Vigil's closure last week and yesterday's announcement of Crytek opening a new studio comes the news that Junction Point – the studio behind Epic Mickey 1 and 2 and spearheaded by gaming legend Warren Spector – will close its doors...."

Local Gaming News
New Releases, LeetUps, networking, and more
DAILY Screens  August 10, 2012, by James Renovitch
"...No mass layoffs from local gaming studios! That's not really news, but it is nice to hear. Read on for links to local AAA trailers, news on the hibernating Game On Austin event, a primer on the tech-industry love connection, and Kevin Pereira's LeetUp event coming to the Paramount...."

SXSW Announces Gaming Awards Nominees
In its debut, the awards honor big and small games alike
DAILY Screens  February 11, 2014, by James Renovitch
"...The inaugural SXSW Gaming Awards are set to take place at the Long Center right next door to the gaming expo on Saturday, March 8. The event is free and open to the public with dibs on the best seats going to badge holders..."

The Week in Gaming Events
You will have to leave the house
DAILY Screens  June 15, 2012, by James Renovitch
"...If you don't like your gaming culture mixed with other branches of the arts tree then this might not be the week to venture into the oppressive Austin sun. But, if you like a little classical music, visual arts, or even some dance jams with your video games then here are a couple of upcoming goings-on to keep you entertained...."

Crytek to Open Local Gaming Studio
Ex-Vigil general manager to take the reins
DAILY Screens  January 28, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...After an unpleasant week for the local gaming industry (e.g., Vigil's closure), this week is looking up with the announcement that Crytek opened its first American office today here in Austin. They've tapped former Vigil co-owner David Adams to be the CEO of Crytek USA Corp., which kinda sounds like a supervillain organization, but we're cool with that...."

Local Gaming News-Bites
With Austin Wintory, Replay Games, Gl33k, and other notable game folks
DAILY Screens  December 13, 2012, by James Renovitch
"...Looking at our print issue this week you’d think the Austin gaming scene is all Adam Saltsman all the time. Yes, Saltsman is a badass, but just because there’s limited space on paper doesn’t mean other locals aren’t making waves..."

Gaming Stuff Overheard Online
I've always wanted to have a gossip column, so …
DAILY Screens  December 15, 2011, by James Renovitch
"...Word on the virtual street is that gaming celebrity (one of a handful to makes that phrase not an oxymoron) and space traveler Richard Garriott is in talks with EA about making a sequel to Ultima Online. Honestly, Garriott's skills are wasted with his new social game development firm, Portaltarium..."

Where the Video Gaming's Hot and the Guv Is Cold
DAILY Screens  July 17, 2008, by James Renovitch
"...Resident Evil 5, Gears of War 2, etc., etc. all met expectations, although I would have enjoyed them just as much during my usual clicks around IGN.com. So, why bother wasting your precious blog-reading time? Because in case you didn't feel the shift in the Dark Side of the Force toward the west, Rick Perry was in LA for E3 to remind everybody that Texas is handing out money to gaming firms who are willing to brave the unrelenting heat..."

New Austin Gaming Studio Announced
Battlecry Studios to be lead by ex-BioWare head
DAILY Screens  October 3, 2012, by James Renovitch
"...Some good news for the Austin gaming industry. After layoffs from Vigil, BioWare, and a few small studio closures a new company opens its doors..."

Local Gaming News
Do you want the bad news or the bad news first?
DAILY Screens  July 20, 2012, by James Renovitch
"...Lots of bad news in Austin's gaming world this week in the form of layoffs, restructuring, and departures. I think those all mean the same thing in press-release parlance, but I'll try to mind my noun usage as best I can..."

Gaming's Big Boys Bully Austin
EA and SouthPeak sink their vampiritic teeth into Austin
DAILY Screens  October 15, 2008, by James Renovitch
"...Not to draw an undue parallel between the national economic crisis and the local gaming industry but haven't we learned anything about the rabid dogs of capitalism during the Bush years of unbridled deregulation? Just as folks go transferring their funds from banks to safer investments like their mattresses, Austin gets a double dose of corporate behemoths snatching local office space and businesses. First comes the news that local indie stalwart Gamecock Media (see our cover story "Betting the Farm" for some prescient journalism on that game publisher, if I do say so myself) is acquired by SouthPeak Games. There is a proper press release that tells you everything on the record..."

SXSW Gaming Events
The little brother of the Fest grows up
Screens Story  March 16, 2017, by Tucker Whatley
"...The nerdy little brother to SXSW Interactive strikes out on its own a bit this year. SXSW Gaming celebrates video and board gaming as well as wider geek culture, with no shortage of game demos, panel discussions with industry insiders and personalities, and hordes of fanboys and fangirls in intricate, handmade costumes...."

SXSW Gaming at a Glance
From the Expo to the Awards, it's time to play
Screens Story  March 14, 2018, by Milo Webb
"...It may not be free anymore, but SXSW Gaming has stepped its game up every year to make a players' paradise. Three days of video game and tabletop culture with arcade setups, indie booths, panels with gaming personalities, a handful of tournaments, and finally an awards show to wrap up the whole shindig will keep your eyes and ears busy...."

The Year in Gaming
Screens Story  January 9, 1998, by Allen Varney
"...Asked to summarize the year in adventure gaming, I thought what you're thinking: Who cares? I make my living writing for trade magazines about games like Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, but the hobby of card, board, and paper role-playing games raises barely a blip on the pop-culture radar. In North America we have maybe 200,000 dedicated gamers, tops; in Austin, only a few hundred..."

SXSW Gaming Awards Winners
In its first year, the awards show hit the mark
DAILY SXSW  March 8, 2014, by James Renovitch
"...SXSW Interactive Producer Shawn O'Keefe opened the show with a heartfelt tribute to Matthew Crump who died suddenly the weekend before the awards. Crump had already made a name for himself in the gaming industry before taking the position as the Gaming Expo and Awards coordinator..."

Summer Gaming Preview
Screens Story  April 28, 2000, by Sarah Hepola
"...A year ago, you couldn't have a conversation about gaming without mentioning the word "Columbine." The effect it would have on gaming; the effect gaming may have had on it. Debates erupted, titles were temporarily shelved, and parents everywhere started to raise an eyebrow or two at the games their children brought home...."

Inside Austin's Recent Gaming Shake-ups
Lots of layoffs, but a Nation of Indies rises from the ashes
Screens Story  February 8, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...Adams' move seemed wildly convenient, considering Vigil staff couldn't have known the fate of the company until after the auction, and yet Adams had already set up shop elsewhere a mere five days later. But honestly, the gaming biz is a mysterious and beautiful creature that we can only feign to comprehend..."

Game Over for Mac Gaming?
Screens Story  November 5, 1999, by Brendan Sinclair
"...He is tired of defending his chosen platform, having run out of defenses long ago. He is tired of settling for a second-rate gaming scene..."

A Big Crowd for Little Wars: Millennium Gaming Convention
Screens Story  November 21, 1997
"...The author of War of the Worlds played with toy soldiers, and his books Floor Games (1911) and Little Wars (1913) describe, for the first time, simple rules for staging miniature battles. Miniatures gaming spawned board war games, role-playing games, and today's entire adventure gaming hobby...."

SXSW Gaming to Host Halo Championship Series Invitational
Various tournaments cater to pros, fans, and attendees
DAILY Screens  January 22, 2019, by James Renovitch
"...SXSW announced today that it will host the Halo Championship Series Invitational over the gaming expo’s three days. The top six teams from the recent Halo Classic will compete in a double-elimination tournament with the prize totals coming to a whopping $100,000..."

What’s Good at the SXSW Gaming Expo
Real life Mario Karts and virtual reality lead the way
DAILY Screens  March 8, 2014, by James Renovitch
"...There are loads of great independent games that might take a little time to truly understand, but in most cases it's worth it. Try not to hog any one gaming station, but a lot of the developers are on hand and are more than happy to talk to you about their creation and help you get a feel for the controls...."

Gaming's Nine to Five
What brought our joystick the most joy this year
Screens Story  January 1, 2010, by James Renovitch
"...It could be that I have a weekly blog column covering the world of games readily playable with a working Internet browser and an updated version of Flash. However, 2009 was not kind to the major players in the gaming world despite what you might infer from the Call of Duty sales figures..."

What's on the Gaming Boards
Gearing up for 1998 Titles
Screens Story  March 6, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"...What's up for some of Austin's gaming companies in 1998? Kayte VanScoy took an informal poll of titles you can watch for over the next few months. Wargames, fantasy, simulations....."

Vigilante Gaming Bar Welcomes Both Novices and Experts
New tabletop haven might be your next favorite watering hole
Screens Story  March 30, 2017, by Robert M. Reyes
"...Gaming bars have taken the social setting of your favorite watering hole, reduced the noise by a few decibels and given an opportunity for the uninitiated to dip their toes into the expanding culture, while providing a home away from home for more seasoned gamers eager to switch up their typical surroundings...."

SXSW Panel Recap: Gaming Goes Academic
Drew Davidson on analyzing and valuing video games
DAILY SXSW  March 14, 2015, by Andy Campbell
"...Throughout Well Played: On Video Games, Value, and Meaning Davidson played live two indie games (either free or inexpensive), the Escher-esque Monument Valley (ustwo) and Crossy Road (Hipster Whale), the latter being the Minecraft-y kissin’-cousin of Frogger. [An aside: Monument Valley was nominated for mobile game of the year at the SXSW Gaming Awards]..."

A Non-SXSW Gaming Blog
Where we catch up on some local news
DAILY Screens  March 9, 2012, by James Renovitch
"...The big brains at Tiger Style Games offer another cerebral play experience with just enough action to keep things interesting. The portable gaming world is dominated by quick arcade experiences and word games, and there's nothing wrong with that, but the pacing of Waking Mars is what makes it stand out..."

Top 5 Gaming Trends
A quick science lesson before the best of 2008
Screens Story  January 2, 2009, by James Renovitch
"...Despite the gaming industry's continued good sales overall, local and national game publishers and developers couldn't help but jump on America's layoff bandwagon...."

Conduit Digital Film and Gaming Festival
Screens Story  March 4, 1999
"...It's two days and nights of digital film, shorts, animation, computer game cinematics, and an exhibition of retro arcade games celebrating the convergence of digital technology and cinematography through code. The festival runs from Mar 14-15 in the middle of the SXSW Interactive Conference, so leave a little time between Convention Center panels and parties at GSD&M to see just a little bit of the future of cinema and gaming..."

SXSW Announces Gaming Awards Winners
From Nintendo blockbusters to local faves
DAILY SXSW  March 17, 2018, by James Renovitch
"...In a great year for video games, the SXSW Gaming Awards ceremony honored everything from the year's most-talked-about creations to Gamer's Voice Awards winners chosen by expo attendees...."

Holiday Gift Guide: Gaming
Make sure the gamer on your list has something to open
Screens Story  December 7, 2017, by Richard Whittaker, James Renovitch, Tucker Whatley and Nguyen Le
"...Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues$40, www.shroudoftheavatar.com Lord British is back! Austin's own online gaming pioneer Richard Garriott did not invent MMORPGs, but he coined the term and revolutionized the genre time and again with the Ultima series. Now he's broken the open-world concept wide apart with the first installment in his new fantasy franchise, and his latest realm is only getting bigger and more beautiful. – Richard Whittaker..."

Alternate Reality Gaming Gets Scary
Darren Lynn Bousman's immersive horror project the Tension Experience
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Next, he threw himself into the modern midnight musical with neo-Goth cult favorite Repo! The Genetic Opera, followed by his touring, singing, cinematic cycle The Devil’s Carnival. Now he's embraced alternate reality gaming with his massive, immersive horror project the Tension Experience..."

Crowdsourcing Medical Data Through Gaming
UT’s Simulation and Game Applications Lab helps researchers reach further
Screens Story  January 12, 2017, by felix morgan
"...The idea of using crowdsourcing for data collection is relatively new, but using gaming for research is something that has been well established. Last year at SXSW, Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari, made a statement that video games were the key to understanding and treating dementia and related issues, which certainly seems possible based on the preliminary results from Sea Hero Quest..."

SXSW Gaming Expo: Cosplay Competition
PHOTO GALLERY  March 16, 2015
"...The costumed masses came out in force to the SXSW Gaming Expo and showcased their impressive, fantastical threads...."

SXSW Interactive: Gaming Expo
March 7, 2014. 39 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  March 8, 2014
"...The SXSW Gaming Expo is a free and open-to-the-public series of events that runs through Sunday at the Palmer Event Center...."

Gaming Calendar
or, whatcha gonna do this week
DAILY Screens  August 8, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...After a hiatus, the Best of Austin winning Hargrave Arcade returns to fulfill your dream of playing retro games, seeing live music, and supporting a good cause all at the same time. Organizer Trey Parker busts out his arsenal of vintage gaming systems, plays movies in his backyard, and supplies drinks and vegan eats for a measly $10, all of which goes to charity..."

SXSW Gaming: Nerdist/comiXology Closing Night Party
March 10, 2013. 33 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  March 11, 2013
"...The SXSW Gaming Expo closing night party at the Palmer Events Center, presented by Nerdist Industries and comiXology..."

Local Gaming News-Bites
Supporting the scene has never been so easy
DAILY Screens  June 29, 2012, by James Renovitch
"...If you love 70s sci-fi fantasy, but wished you could take it with you on you iPhone, iPad, or laptop, your sword-and-sandal fantasies are about to come true as White Whale Games prepares to launch God of Blades very soon. If you can't wait for the App Store's approval to come through then come out to this Sunday's indie gaming meetup at the HighBall..."

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