July 14th 2011 6:00 am PT

Xbox 360 Comic Con 2011 Schedule

Next week, we’ll be at the 41st annual Comic-Con International in San Diego with a full slate of activities. If you are at the Con, stop by the Microsoft booth (#5252) where  we will have one of the first hands-on experience with the new Gears of War 3 Horde mode. You can also visit the Xbox Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, to get an early taste of eagerly awaited Kinect and Xbox 360 titles.

The full list of Xbox 360 Comic-Con International 2011 activities include:

Xbox 360 Booth
Booth #5252, San Diego Convention Center

Preview: Wednesday, July 20, 5:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Show Hours:
Thursday, July 21 – Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get your first-hands on with Horde mode in the most anticipated juggernaut of the year, “Gears of War 3.” With groundbreaking innovations like boss battles, upgradeable fortifications, more diverse waves and enemies, and a deeper player progression system, Horde in “Gears of War 3” is poised to set a new standard for cooperative multiplayer action. So gather your brothers-in-arms and get ready to take the fight to the Locust Horde!

Xbox Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel
207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Edge Room – Hard Rock Hotel
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Gamers looking for the hottest action off the show floor can get early hands-on experiences with an array of the hottest upcoming titles for Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE Arcade and Games for Windows, including “Kinect Sports: Season Two,” “Dance Central 2,” “Batman: Arkham City,” “Rise of Nightmares,” “The Gunstringer,” “Age of Empires” and more.

“Kinect Star Wars” Panel
Room 32AB, San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 21, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Enter the Galaxy with studio head Jorg Neumann (Kinect Publishing) and lead producer Craig Derrick (LucasArts) as they discuss the eagerly awaited title with USA Today’s Mike Snider, sharing new gameplay from the iconic Star Wars universe, revealing an all-new mode and unveiling an exciting announcement. All attendees will receive a limited-edition poster.

Kinect Star Wars in the LucasArts Booth
Booth # 2913-L in the Star Wars Pavilion
Preview: Wednesday, July 20, 5:00 p.m. – 9 p.m
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Don’t miss the opportunity to get your first hands-on with Kinect Star Wars. Fans will have a chance to live out the ultimate Star Wars fantasy and check out an all-new mode.

“Gears of War 3” Panel
Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski, executive producer Rod Fergusson, and special guest contributors to the “Gears” universe offer a look ahead at the most anticipated game of 2011. Moderated by X-Play (G4) co-host, Adam Sessler, the discussion will feature key announcements and a live game demo.

Xbox 360 at NERD HQ and “Gears of War 3” Panel & Signing
Jolt’n Joes, 379 4th Ave San Diego, CA 92101
Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m.
Xbox 360 is the official console at NERD HQ, a four day offsite Comic Con experience backed by Zac Levi’s Nerd Machine. Be sure to join the Epic team on for a special panel and signing event at NERD HQ .
More than 20 Xbox titles will be playable throughout Comic-con at NERD HQ, including Gears of War 3, Dance Central 2 and Gunstringer. Also, be sure to join the team from Epic Games for a special “Conversation for a Cause” and signing event on Saturday, July 23 at 1 p.m. The Nerd Machine and the gang from Gears of War have collaborated on a limited edition t-shirt, available ONLY at NERD HQ for $25 during the weekend, then afterward at www.thenerdmachine.com, while supplies last.
Nerd HQ panel tickets are available for a minimum donation of $20 to Operation Smile.

Writing in Video Games: In-Game, Novels, Comics, and Other Franchise-Building Offshoots
Room 32AB, San Diego Convention Center
Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m
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The biggest names in sci-fi/fantasy publishing and the video game industry area of in-game writing will get together to discuss their separate projects and unique experiences working in both worlds. Get your game face on with Greg Bear (“Halo”), Karen Traviss (“Gears of War”), David Gaider (“Dragon Age”), John Shirley (“Bioshock: Rapture”), Tony Gonzales (“Eve Online”), Frank O’Connor (“Halo” franchise development director at 343 Industries), Kevin Grace (managing editor of 343 Industries, “Halo: Evolutions”), and moderator Matt Staggs of Suvudu.com.

“Halo” Universe Panel
Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Friday, July 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Frank O’Connor, Kevin Grace, and others from 343 Industries, as well as special “Halo” guests Greg Bear and Karen Traviss, will discuss the first 10 years of “Halo” and offer a sneak peek into what’s next for the exciting sci-fi universe.

There and Play Again: Video Games to Comics
Room 23ABC, San Diego Convention Center
Friday, July 22, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
We all know that comic books have been fertile ground from which video game developers can harvest great characters and games. These days the tech has caught up with the art and we’re seeing that road run both ways. This panel includes video game and comic book industry luminaries intimately familiar with bringing a comics sensibility to games and transporting virtual, interactive worlds to the printed page. Join them to discuss what it takes to be successful in multiple dimensions.

UPDATE: Plus Stop by booth 4201 to see The Guild! Complete appearance and signing schedule here.

See you next week!

Events By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

 
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