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"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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 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..."
"...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 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...."
"...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...."
"...It's common knowledge: The SXSW Gaming Expo is going to be great. It's free..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Two local gaming folks have begun raising funds for their projects, albeit on two completely different scales...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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 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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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 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..."
"...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...."
"...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 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....."
"...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...."
"...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]..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...The costumed masses came out in force to the SXSW Gaming Expo and showcased their impressive, fantastical threads...."
"...The SXSW Gaming Expo is a free and open-to-the-public series of events that runs through Sunday at the Palmer Event Center...."
"...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..."
"...The SXSW Gaming Expo closing night party at the Palmer Events Center, presented by Nerdist Industries and comiXology..."
"...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..."