Last year we posted the “Top Five ScrewAttack Gaming Convention Experiences” in anticipation of the sprawling DFW area gaming show. This year we’re treating you to some scheduling tips once more. Here re the slightly hidden gems amongst the broad panel schedule for 2014’s SGC.
Roll 2 Play’s Tiffany Franzoni floats an interesting query to her panel… Is electronic gaming is better than tabletop gaming? The Retro Gamers Society has fans of both sides of the debate – but will this be the discussion that converts some to one side or the other? Probably not. But will it be probably the most intellectually stimulating conversation of the weekend? I’m betting on it. Drop into Panel Room 3 Friday at 6:30PM to be a part of it.
4. ProJared’s Box of Mystery
I’m not sure what it is ProJared keeps in his box – but what I do know is this guy is passionate about gaming culture and shows it both in his online coverage and his interactions with his adoring fans. The dude is a stand-up guy, we loved having him at SUPER! BitCon and we definitely love his panels. While ProJared’s candor alone should be enough of a draw to this panel, which takes place at 2PM in Panel Room 2 Friday afternoon, we have to wonder… what’s in the box?
3. Youtube Hell
There’s that old balding guy in your office who smells like beets and insists you watch the latest video about the chemtrails commercial airplanes are leaving behind – spraying us like big crop-dusters full GMO gluten dust to keep us subservient to the federal government. Well take that video, slow it down by 60%, set it to Eurotrash death metal and sandwich it between a Middle Eastern parody of the Mickey Mouse Club and a video of a guy drinking three liters of olive oil and you have what SGC calls “Youtube Hell”. Starting at 11:30 Saturday night in Panel Room 3, this evening romp through the depths of subversive viral video will not disappoint your most curious of tendencies.
2. Q&A with Smooth McGroove
The current description for this panel on the SGC schedule simply says “Video game talk. BE THERE!” And that’s a startling disservice. Smooth McGroove may be new to the YouTube personality scene, but his a cappella game theme covers are not only bafflingly impressive insofar as production quality and rhythmic precision – he has a cat co-star too! The internet loves cats. Check out this phenomenal Q&A opportunity at 6PM Saturday on the Main Stage.
1. Powerfest – The Champ Looks Back At The Nintendo World Championships
Very similar in nature and tone to the “Nintendo World Champion” panel we facilitated at SUPER! BitCon in March, this extraordinary experience brings together two of RGS’s favorite people – video game journalist Patrick Scott Patterson and winner of Nintendo World Championships and Tetris world master Thor Aackerlund. Thor and PSP will revisit the glory days of the 8-bit uber competition mirrored only in length and depth by 1990’s Fred Savage cult-classic The Wizard. Check it out Saturday night at 10pm in Panel Room 2.
Checkout the show schedule on the SGC site for more fun and festivities – and keep a look out for fellow RGS members roaming the convention halls. An RGS meet-up can happen pretty much anywhere at these cons – and last year it certainly did. I’ll see you guys there. ♦