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WonderCon 2014: so many panels, so little time

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WonderCon 2014: so many panels, so little time

WonderCon 2014 is only one week away! This is my second year attending, and I’m hoping to actually make it to a few panels this year. The problem is figuring out which ones to hit, while still making time for interviews for the website, snagging photos for the cosplay gallery, shopping for geek trinkets, and maybe remembering to eat something.

The full jam-packed schedule of panels, games, anime, and signings is here. The ones I’m most interested in are below. (In the case of scheduling conflicts between two panels I’ll either have to pick one, or run back and forth really fast between them. Note to self: pack my running shoes…)

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[GDC 2014] Most Interesting Indy Titles

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[GDC 2014] Most Interesting Indy Titles

It was my first time at the Game Developers’ Conference this year. Of course, the hardware was nice, but the most interesting sights for me were showcases of the continuing creativity of the Indy developer scene. I came away quite interested in several major titles either currently available or soon to be released, and here they are.

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[GDC 2014] Occulus Rift DevKit 2 Impressions

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[GDC 2014] Occulus Rift DevKit 2 Impressions

It was a fairly quiet year for new hardware at the Game Developers’ Convention – except for one little piece of gear. That platform is, of course, the Oculus Rift, a virtual-reality headpiece that makes you look like you belong in a Daft Punk act and shoves you face-first into the game.

My colleague Andrew and I got a little bit of time to do some hands-on gaming with the Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2, and although we only got a few minutes of play time, it was undoubtedly one of the most memorable pieces of tech on the floor. Oculus VR’s latest debut looks almost identical to prior models, and neither of us have ever experienced gaming through VR, so we came at it unbaptized and unspoilt.

Want to know what we thought? Well, just look below.

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For Star Wars Fans, Is No News Good News? Why a little less info could be great for the franchise and its followers

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For Star Wars Fans, Is No News Good News?  Why a little less info could be great for the franchise and its followers

When Walt Disney executives refused to release new Star Wars: Episode VII details during last weekend’s D23 conference, millions of (fan) voices suddenly cried out in terror.

In the audience, there were boos and moans of disappointment; on social sites like Twitter, there was an outpouring of indignant rage.

“How are they not even announcing the title of Episode VII? Why isn’t JJ on stage right now? So lame,” one tweeter huffed. Another quipped that “Disney proves they understand the modern Star Wars fan by disappointing them and taking their money.”

Now hold on a minute. Is this just pent-up anticipation, or has the D23 reaction from Star Wars fans crossed a line into something more like “entitlement”? The most outraged complaints seem to assume not only that Disney has an obligation to release new Episode VII details whenever we expect them, but that failing to do so somehow bodes poorly for the quality of the final film.

The past several decades of geek/fan cultural ascendancy (spurred in no small part by Star Wars fandom) have surely contributed to this response. Expectations for constant streams of pre-release news are at all time highs — thanks not just to Hollywood but the gaming and tech industries, too.

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[SDCC 2013] The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Hall H

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[SDCC 2013] The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Hall H

In the mix of huge comic book and sci-fi blockbusters was the highly anticipated Lionsgate panel. As the audience got ready for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, many slept outside for this panel and they were ready. They started the panel with the new trailer. As the cheers kept going the panel started and the stars walked on stage.

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[SDCC 2013] The Marvel Studios in Hall H

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[SDCC 2013] The Marvel Studios in Hall H

As Saturday drew to a close at Comic Con in Hall H the moment and the panel everyone wanted and had waited hours for was about to begin. The Marvel Studios panel was about to commence. People slept over night just for a glimpse of what was to come in this, the most anticipated panel for the whole weekend. Marvels Panels in the past have had more surprise than anyone could count. And this year was going to be no different. As the lights came up and Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige took the stage with moderator, The Nerdist, Chris Hardwick all seemed normal, until the light went out, lighting stuck the stage and villainous Loki appeared to start what was to be the panel to ends all panels at comic con.

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[SDCC 2013] Cosplay Gallery Part 6

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[SDCC 2013] Cosplay Gallery Part 6

Every year the cosplay community continues to step up their game with better and better costumes.  We love their dedication to their craft and their confidence to wear their geek on more than their sleeve.  That’s why every convention we give them praise and support by showcasing their talents and love for the icons of geek culture.

Don’t miss Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 of our gallery! Welcome to Part 6!!

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