August 20th 2012, 9:22 am PT
PAX Prime is next week here in Seattle, and in addition to our live show, we’re also hosting a Community Meet up on Saturday September 1st at Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub. This event is open to everyone (no PAX passes required to attend) and is open to all ages.
Plus, the first 360 people thought the door will receive an Xbox 360 lanyard and a special Xbox LIVE rewards item. Stop down and join us!
||Saturday, September 1st, 2012 from 9am – 10:30am
||Xbox Meet up brought to you by Xbox LIVE Rewards
||Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub
1916 Post Alley, Pike Place Market
Seattle, WA 98101
Look for the signs
Note: Approximately 7 blocks from the Convention Center. Look for signs near the entrance in Post Alley between Stewart and Virginia.
||Come meet me, e, lauralollipop, DMZilla and other members of the Xbox team
Free breakfast – while supplies last.
Plus we’ll also have some prizes to give away
FYI: The Pub was featured on Ghost Adventures.
August 22nd 2011, 2:43 pm PT
With way more content than could possibly fit in one booth, Xbox 360 can be found in five different places at PAX this year, including four booths on the main show floor and over Halo Fest.
Celebrate everything Halo at Halo Fest, the largest Halo experience ever (located on the 3rd floor of the Annex in the Convention Center.) Information on Halo Fest including panels, schedule & programming can be found either on IGN [our event media partner] or by checking into Halo Waypoint. You can also follow Waypoint on twitter for up-to-the-minute information! Remember: your PAX pass gets you free admission to Halo Fest, so drop by and check it out!
Update: This must read post has all the details about Halo Fest.
Outside of Halo Fest, here is the full list of the Xbox 360 / PAX Prim activities this year.
Xbox 360 Booth #412
Come on by to get your hands on Gears of War 3 Horde mode, the first US consumer hands-on for Forza 4, and the recently released Age of Empires Online, PLUS Electronic Arts’ upcoming sports releases Madden 12 and FIFA 12.
Xbox 360 Booth #432
Mass Effect 3 has landed… in the Xbox 360 booth! Come on by to check it out, along with a slew of Xbox LIVE Arcade titles: Trials Evolution, Skulls of the Shogun, Crimson Alliance, Splatters, Orcs Must Die, Ms. Splosion Man, Retro City Rampage, Sonic CD, War of the Worlds and Trine 2.
When you’re done giving those a shot, sharpen your blade and take on the Attack of the Fruit Ninja Challenge. You’ll have the chance to win a custom Xbox 360 console and Windows Phone, a Kinect sensor, Fruit Ninja Kinect and fruit for a year!
Xbox 360 Booth #232
Our Kinect-dedicated booth continues to deliver the most anticipated Kinect titles of 2011 utilizing our incredible controller-free technology. Come by to try Kinect Sports: Season 2, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Kinect Star Wars, The Gunstringer and Xbox LIVE Arcade titles Hole in the Wall.
We’ll also be showing Sega’s Rise of Nightmares and kicking off a zombie-spotting promotion that could award you exclusive prizes including a copy of the game. Keep your eyes peeled for Rise of Nightmares’ zombies straight from the game wandering around PAX, then snap and tweet their photo along with the hashtag #RiseatPAX for your chance to win!
Xbox 360 Booth #145
Dream. Build.Play 2011 Challenge
Dream.Build.Play is Microsoft’s global competition that challenges independent game developers to create new and innovative games using XNA Game Studio. Stop by the booth to play the 21 amazing Semi-Finalist games, and find out who will take home the top prizes on Sunday. Winners of the Dream.Build.Play competition receive a share of $75,000 in cash prizes and the opportunity to receive an Xbox LIVE Arcade publishing contract.
We have four fantastic panels at PAX Prime this year designed to unravel some of our mysteries as well as have a lot of fun. See you there!
@XboxSupport: Customer Support in 140 Characters or Less
Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm
What is the Elite Tweet Fleet? Come meet and chat with members of Microsoft’s @XboxSupport Twitter handle about the joys and challenges of providing support for Xbox and Xbox LIVE in less than 140 characters. Members of the Tweet Fleet and Forums Support team will be on hand to answer questions and discuss helping customers through social media.
Major Nelson Radio: Live!
Friday 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Join me, e, lollipop and Stepto as they record the podcast with you, the studio audience. Fun WILL be had.
We Make Xbox and Xbox LIVE. Ask Us Anything
Saturday 5:00pm – 6:00pm
What does it take to work on Xbox? How do we determine what cool features to add? What was it like in the early days of creating Kinect? Who has the highest Gamerscore? Ask us anything. We mean it! Join an expert panel moderated by Xbox LIVE’s own Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb as the people who work on creating the Xbox itself, as well as Xbox LIVE, take your questions.
Running Xbox LIVE
Sunday 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Ever wonder what it takes to run a world-wide entertainment service? Join members of the Xbox LIVE operations team as we walk you through the history and present of Xbox LIVE. Learn about the early days of the service, see what it’s like to prepare for a major game launch, get a look inside how teams making the hardware and software have to take into account how it all comes together on Xbox LIVE, and how we take into account safety and enforcement. Hear some great stories over the past 9 years of the service. We promise we won’t get too technical on you too! (PLEASE NOTE: This presentation will not include Q&A as we encourage you to join us for our separate open Q&A session)
General PAX Info
EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
Friday, August 26th, 2011 – 8:30am to 6pm (press only until 10am)
Saturday, August 27th, 2011 – 9:30am to 6pm
Sunday, August 28th, 2011 – 9:30am to 6pm
See the PAX website for extended event hours and other evening activities.
March 11th 2011, 3:30 am PT
If you are attending PAX East this weekend, keep an eye out for me, Eric Neustadter (Xbox Operations) Laura Massey (Xbox development) Stephen Toulouse (Xbox Enforcement) and Eric Doty (Xbox Community Manager) and ask one of us for your special PAX East only Avatar Prop. This year, it’s a special Gears of War 3 Thrashball Cole plushie. This is a limited edition item that you can only get from one of us here at PAX East. You can catch us Friday morning at the Tweet-up or at many of the scheduled events throughout the weekend.
March 9th 2011, 2:00 pm PT
Many of us are getting ready to head out to Boston for PAX East this weekend, and I wanted to share with you the full schedule of Xbox activities so you can budget your time accordingly.
Before the show kicks off join me, e, Stepto, Laura ‘lollip0p’ Massey and Eric ‘DMZilla’ for the Xbox Tweet-up Friday morning. Then head over to the convention center to get your PAX started. The schedule of Xbox activities include:
Xbox booth #836
- Gears of War 3 – First public hands-on with content from the upcoming multiplayer beta, featuring 20 stations of Versus Multiplayer
- Fable III – PC version highlighting newly announced features like Hardcore mode and 3-D functionality
Xbox Kinect booth #736
- Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do – First public hands-on with 20 new family-friendly, full-body games, only on Kinect for Xbox 360
- Michael Jackson: The Experience – First public hands-on experience on Kinect for Xbox 360
- Kinect Sports
- Dance Central
Xbox LIVE Arcade and Homefront booth #850
- Homefront – Get an early hands-on with the gripping action before it hits stores on March 15
- Fire Pro Wrestling – Bring your Avatar into the ring like a real wrestler! Perform special moves and team up with your friends
- Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet – Blending exploration, intense shooter action, and puzzle-solving with gorgeous visuals, rich storytelling and Hollywood quality presentation, “Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet” draws you into an epic journey full of surprises, danger and wonder
- Section 8: Prejudice – A sci-fi first person shooter with dynamic combat, where every decision drastically impacts the battlefield
- The Gunstringer –Take control of an undead marionette in an epic Wild West stage production that requires your puppeteering and quick draw shooting skills to exact revenge on the Gunstringer’s enemies – all controller-free on Kinect
- Toy Soldiers: Cold War – The Cold War is decided when ’80s era action toys come alive and wage war! “Toy Soldiers: Cold War” blends intense first person combat with addictive action strategy, whether you’re scrapping solo or jumping into the fray with friends
- Trenched – Join The Mobile Trench Brigade and protect humanity from the evil Monovision menace in this Tower Defense Shooter from Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Productions
Cliff Bleszinski signing Saturday, March 12, 2 – 3 PM ET, Xbox core booth #836
Meet the “Gears of War” design director during this exclusive signing appearance
Carnival Games cotton candy giveaway and Barker photo opportunities, Friday and Saturday from 1 – 3 PM ET, Xbox Kinect booth #736
Xbox LIVE Enforcement hosted by Stephen "Stepto" Toulouse
Friday, March 11, 6:30 – 7:30 PM ET
Xbox LIVE Community Panel: Some Assembly Required and Batteries Definitely Not Included
hosted by Eric “DMZilla” Doty, Saturday, March 12, 2 – 3 PM ET, Naga Theatre
Major Nelson Live Podcast
Join the entire cast for an unforgettable hour of dysfunction. Plus, Cliff Bleszinski will stop by and update us on the Gears news.
Saturday, March 12, 5 – 6 PM ET
Plus, don’t miss the Halo: Reach Tournament featuring the Defiant Map Pack, Sunday, March 13, 1 – 5 PM ET
Boston Convention Center – Console Tourney, Level 1, Room 102
Sign up at the tournament desk (same location) starting Friday, March 11 at 10 AM ET
One more things: Daylight savings kicks in Sunday morning. Adjust accordingly.
See you at the show
September 2nd 2010, 4:05 pm PT
As we head into PAX Prime this weekend in Seattle, I’d like to point out some things to add to your long TO DO list. We’ve got a whole team of people headed to to the event and we have so much stuff for you to see, we needed four booths show it all off:
Booth 412 (in the same area as the Xbox booth from last year) we’ll have Halo: Reach, Fable III and Gears of War 3.
Booth 670 We’ll be showing off new tiles for Xbox LIVE Arcade, Games for Windows and Windows Phone 7
Booth 682 Stop by and try out Kinect. We’ll have Kinect Adventures, Kinect Joyride, Kinect Sports and more
Booth 822 Halo: Reach
While you are planning what sessions to attend over the three-days, allow me to shamelessly plug one that has the potential be slightly entertaining: Join me, e, lollip0p and Stepto Sunday morning at 10:30am as we record the show live in front of a studio audience at the luxurious Benaroya Hall. I know it’s an early session, but we’ll try to make it worth your while; in addition to being able to observe the dysfunction for yourself, we have some cool prizes to give away including a few of the just announced controllers and one lucky attendee will walk away with the very first Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo: Reach Console.
See you this weekend!
Edit: Let us know if you plan on joining us