In anticipation of one of the biggest gaming events of the year, I will be at Microsoft at The Shops at Prudential Center on Thursday March 5 from 7-9 p.m. The Microsoft store and I will be hosting this free event with in-store gameplay and a sneak peek at games like Ori and the Blind Forest and ScreamRide along with the chance to win some great prizes. No PAX admission is necessary – this event is free and open to the public. In addition to hands-on game play, we’ll have some food and of course prizes including a pair of tickets to attend the sold out PAX East show.
The Facebook event page has complete details about the event as well. Let me know if you plan on attending. As a bonus for those of you who get there early (by 6 p.m.) The first 50 people in line will win a free digital copy of ScreamRide for Xbox One.

I hope to see you next week at Microsoft at The Shops at Prudential Center (800 Boylston Street, Suite 27, Boston, MA 02199) at 7 p.m.

Who: The Xbox Community

What:  Ori and the Blind Forest and ScreamRide and maybe win a pair of Tickets to PAX East.

When: Thursday, March 5th from 7pm – 9pm

Where: Microsoft at The Shops at Prudential Center

Why: Play games, win prizes and meet  other members of the Xbox Community. Free and open to everyone.

For a full list of what Xbox will be doing at PAX East, check out our Schedule of Events. You can also find more information at the official Xbox Events website or Xbox Wire.

PAX East 2015 Schedule of Events

PAX East is one of the premiere gaming shows and is being held from March 6-8 in Boston, MA. Not only will Xbox have a huge presence at the show including another opportunity to play Halo 5 Guardians Arena multiplayer, I will be attending and participating in a number of events and panels.

PAX Xbox Games
Xbox Booth #5044 

Friday, March 6 – 10:00 am to 6 pm
Saturday, March 7 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 8 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

What it Takes To Build a Next-Gen Open World Game Panel

Saturday, March 7, 10:30AM – 11:30AM,  Albatross Theatre

Join CD Projekt RED, the developers behind the highly anticipated Xbox One title, The Witcher: Wild Hunt, as they discuss the challenges, opportunities, and everything else involved in building a next gen open world game. Don’t forget about the live narrated gameplay, too! Larry Hryb, aka Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, hosts.

Major Nelson Podcast Panel

Saturday, March 7, 5:00PM – 6:00PM, Condor Theatre

Join Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, as we record an episode of the award winning podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of a studio audience. There’ll be prizes, guests and probably fun.

If I’m not involved with a panel, you might find me attending other panels, walking around the showroom floor or hanging out at the Xbox booth. Be sure to stop by and say hello.

In addition to the two PAX East panels, I will be hosting an in-store event with fans at Microsoft at The Shops at Prudential Center on March 5 from 7-9 p.m. ET. More details to come, but plan to get there early because the lines will open at 6 p.m.

For more information about the Xbox booth including a list of games being featured at the show, check out Xbox Wire or the Xbox Events site. For general information about PAX East, check out the official website.

As Xbox is headquartered in the Seattle area, PAX Prime is a special event for us. This year, we were thrilled to invite the Xbox faithful over to our house to play some games. Hundreds of you took us up on the offer; take a look:

At the event, we showcased 29 new and upcoming ID@Xbox titles, including Volgarr the Viking, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, and the just-released Warframe. Couch co-op and competitive multiplayer was on full display, with titles like #IDARB, Chariot, Knight Squad, and SlashDash drawing crowds (and lots of shouting).

So we’d like to offer a sincere thank you to those who made the trip out to Redmond, including those who braved a rush hour ride on the Sunset Overdrive bus. Your enthusiasm and sheer numbers are strong encouragement for us to go big next year as well.

And, of course, we’ll keep all of you updated on when these games hit the Xbox Games Store.

Larry Hryb @majornelson

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Xbox at PAX Prime 2014

Labor Day might just mean a long weekend for some, but for gamers, it’s PAX Prime time: four days of games, panels, and camaraderie with our fellow players. As is custom, Xbox has a lot planned – Washington is our home base, after all. Here are some highlights – find the full rundown over at Xbox Wire.

PAX Event

Thursday: ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House

PAX doors don’t officially open until Friday, but we know a lot folks get into town early. That’s why we’re inviting everyone over to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus to play some new and upcoming indies on Xbox One. The event starts at 6pm, and we’ll even give you a ride. Find all the details here.

Saturday: Major Nelson Radio at PAX Prime

Sphinx Theatre

Saturday, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

For the 10th year in a row, it’s Major Nelson Radio at PAX Prime! Like a fine wine that has gotten better with age, Major Nelson Radio goes down smooth and leaves no bitter aftertaste.

Join Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, e, lollip0p and JEF United as we record an episode of the award winning podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of a studio audience. We will have prizes, guests and probably fun.

Note: Clowns are not permitted at the recording.

Friday-Monday: Visit the Xbox Booth

The Xbox Booth [#412] is the place to play this holiday’s hottest blockbusters! We’ll be featuring hands-on Xbox One exclusives like Sunset Overdrive, remastered Halo 2 Anniversary and Forza Horizon 2, the highly anticipated Electronic Arts title Dragon Age: Inquisition and digital favorites like Ori and the Blind Forest, Killer Instinct, Project Spark, and Project Totem, plus various ID@Xbox titles.

We’re also leading panels, participating in Pinny Arcade, hosting a Halo Tournament with Twitch and giving PAX fans a way to put themselves in the world of Sunset City at the Paramount Theatre. Learn more about these activities plus more at our U.S. Events Website.

To learn more about what you’ll find when you visit the Xbox Booth, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, and Dragon Age Inquisition, click here.

General PAX Info


Friday, August 29 – 9:00 am to 6 pm (press only until 10:00 am)

Saturday, August 30 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday, August 31 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Monday, September 1 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

See PAX website for extended event hours and other evening activities. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you starting this Thursday.

With tons of ID@Xbox titles coming in the next 12 months from some amazing independent developers, we simply couldn’t fit them all in the Xbox booth. So we decided to give them their own event, and you’re invited.

Yes, you.

PAX Event

We’re throwing open the doors at the scenic Microsoft Campus – come see where we work, come play our games, and kick off PAX Prime weekend with hundreds of fellow gamers.

Here’s what you need to know:

When: Thursday, August 28th from 6:00 PM til 8:30 PM)

Where: Microsoft Building 92, 15010 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052 (directions here)

Who: Xbox fans 18 and older (under 18 allowed with parent/guardian)

What you can do: Play over 25 upcoming ID@Xbox titles. Talk to the devs. See the beautiful Xbox campus.

Admission cost: FREE

We know many of you will be in town for PAX Prime, and we’ve got you covered. We’ve commandeered the Sunset Overdrive bus to get you here – Overcharge included! Shuttles will pick up from the Seattle Convention Center area (map here!) at 430pm and 630pm, returning to the Convention Center at 8pm and 930pm.

NOTE: the bus has limited capacity, and are first-come-first-served. If you drive, we’ll have plenty of parking for you on-site.

See you next Thursday!

UPDATE: Here’s the confirmed list of playable titles at the event:

#IDARB Other Ocean
Chariot Frima
Dive Kick Iron Galaxy Studios, LLC
Dungeon of the Endless AMPLITUDE Studios
Fenix Rage Reverb Triple XP
Fibbage Jackbox Games, Inc.
Funk of Titans A Crowd of Monster S.L.
Gunscape Blowfish Studios
Knight Squad Chainsawesome Games
Legend of Raven Nicalis, Inc.
Lifeless Planet Stage 2 Studios, LLC
Lovely Planet tinyBuild
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime Asteroid Base Inc.
Never Alone (Kisima Innitchuna) E-Line Media
No Time to Explain tinyBuild
Pinball FX2 Zen Studios
Pneuma: Breath of Life Deco Digital
QUBE: Director’s Cut Toxic Games
Rivals of Aether Dan Fornace
Roundabout No Goblin
Siegecraft Commander Blowfish Studios
SlashDash Nevernaut Games
SpeedRunners tinyBuild
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing NeocoreGames
Threes! Hidden Variable Studios
Unmechanical: Advanced Edition GRIP Digital s.r.o.
Volgarr the Viking Crazy Viking Studios LLC
Warframe Digital Extremes

The Event is over. Thanks to everyone who came by to say hello! See you at PAX East

As we detailed earlier this week, Xbox has a lot going on next week for PAX East: games to play, panels to attend, and one special event open to everyone, whether they’re going to PAX or not.

To kick off the big gaming weekend in Boston, we’re holding a community gaming meet-up next Thursday, April 10th at the Microsoft retail store in nearby Natick, MA. We’ll have a number of new and unreleased games for you to play, including the first ever public demonstration of multiplayer mode in Harmonix’s upcoming Fantasia: Music Evolved.


We’ll also be raffling off great prizes, including a Titanfall Xbox One system and a pair of 3-day passes to the completely sold out PAX East expo. Sound good? Here’s everything you need to know:

When: Thursday, April 10th 7:00 PM
Where: Natick Mall Microsoft retail store in Natick, MA
Who: everyone is welcome

Kinect Sports Rivals StrikeSuit Zero #IDARB Age of Mythology: Extended Edition

Games available to play:

  • Disney’s Fantasia: Music Evolved
  • Kinect Sports Rivals
  • ID@Xbox titles:
    • #IDARB
    • Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut
  • Age of Mythology: Extended Edition (Microsoft Surface Pro)

Bonus for you early arrivers: we’re giving away a year of Xbox Live Gold for the first 50 people!

If you’re planning on attending, please let us know by RSVPing on this event’s page on Facebook.

This event is free, and you don’t need PAX tickets to attend. See you there!


Moving this post to the front page for the weekend for easy reference

As you get ready to map out your plan of attack for PAX East 2014 at the Boston Convention Center from April 11th – 13th, be sure to include the Xbox presence (booth #524) in your agenda.

From the newly released Kinect Sports Rivals to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare to Titanfall, we’ve got something for everybody. Catch up with some of our most engaged members of the Project Spark community (and try it out for yourself), or go hands on with ID@Xbox titles Super Time Force and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut.

Check back here for updates, and be sure to follow @Xbox and the  #PAXEast hashtag on Twitter  to keep up with the latest details on all our activities at PAX East 2014.

No tickets? No worries – you can still join us at a special event at the Natick Mall Microsoft retail store on Thursday, April 10th. For more details on all the great content we’ll be showing off this year, read on:

Special Events

Microsoft Store Xbox Event – Thursday, April 10th 7:00 PM | Natick Mall, MA

Before heading into the 70,000 human abyss at the Convention Center, let’s kick off PAX East together, New England! Join Xbox’s Major Nelson on Thursday, April 10th at 7pm at the Natick Mall Microsoft retail store for the first ever public demonstration of multiplayer mode in Harmonix’s upcoming Fantasia: Music Evolved. Attendees will also get to play unreleased ID@Xbox games, the newly released Kinect Sports Rivals, and enter to win prizes including a pair of tickets to the sold out PAX East event.

Great news – you don’t need PAX tickets to attend, everyone is welcome! See you there.


Project Spark – Playing is Creating: How to transform from an everyday gamer to a creative visionary with Project Spark – Saturday, April 12th 12:00 PM | Albatross Theatre

Have the dream of creating your perfect game? Interested in seeing what an engaged and passionate community can create? Do you love playing new, different, and unique games? Join Team Dakota as we share the vision and reality of the limitless possibilities of Project Spark. We will showcase some of the amazing games, worlds, and content that our community has created. Learn more about Project Spark: Where Players Create and Creators Play. Currently available in beta and launching soon on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 8.1!

Titanfall – Looking Back & Moving Forward – Saturday, April 12th 4:30PM | Main Theatre

Come meet members of Respawn Entertainment, including co-founder and CEO Vince Zampella, Producer Drew McCoy, Lead Designer Justin Hendry, Software Engineer Jon “Slothy” Shiring, and Community Manager Abbie Heppe, as they revisit the making, the launch, and the future of Titanfall.

Major Nelson Radio – Live! – Saturday, April 12th 6:00 PM | Albatross Theatre

Hello New England….we are baaaaaaaaaaaaack! Major Nelson Radio returns to PAX East with more fun than ever before. We hope.

Join Larry Hyrb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, e, and JEF United as we record an episode of the award winning podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of the studio audience. We will have prizes, guests and probably fun. Note: Clowns are not permitted at the recording.

Hands-on Gaming & Entertainment

Kinect Sports Rivals – Built for the power of Xbox One, Kinect Sports Rivals captures your likeness as a champion and plunges you into a world of sports competition. Sign up to compete against friends, rivals, and the entire world in the Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship for a chance to win the grand prize of ten thousand dollars cash and a trip of a lifetime.

Titanfall – Winner of Over 85 Awards – Titanfall is the first next-gen shooter that combines pure adrenaline, wall-running, double-jumping action with powerful, fast-paced titan warfare to set the new bar for online multiplayer gameplay. Stop by, as we’ll be featuring 24 stations for you to get hands on time with what GameSpot called “A Leap Forward for Shooters”.

Project Spark – The ultimate creation game that lets anyone build unique and instantly playable levels, experiences, and worlds, Project Spark will showcase exciting new content on Xbox One and Windows 8.1 at PAX East. In addition to Team Dakota, the development team behind Project Spark, providing hands-on and guided demos of the game, several of Project Spark’s superstar community members will showcase their own games and levels created within the game. Consumers who come by the booth and try the game for themselves can receive an exclusive “Pinny Arcade” pin (limited quantity).


Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare will be showcasing the Garden Ops mode, which pits four Plant team members against waves and waves of zombies and bosses who are out to destroy your garden, featuring content from the Garden Variety Pack update including a new map, a slew of additional character upgrades, and a host of fresh Pirate Zombies for players to face in the Sharkbite Shores map. Boss Mode allows players to employ SmartGlass to support their teams with a top-down view of the battlefield, employing enemy intel, health drops, revive stations and explosive artillery strikes. Players will also have a chance to receive The Super Duper Pack and Craaazy Pack giving players a mix of customization and consumable items, and are guaranteed to include at least one Uncommon item, one Rare item, and a high likelihood of a Rare character piece.

ID@Xbox – Recently highlighted at GDC, ID@Xbox is how independent game developers participate in the momentum of Xbox One. We’re showing off two of the titles – Super Time Force and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut in the Xbox Live area of the booth.

Twitch – With Twitch on Xbox One, you can broadcast and watch your favorite games live. Just say “Xbox, Broadcast” to show the world what you’re playing. Once you’re done broadcasting, use Twitch to watch the games you love, chat with the players you follow, or even join a broadcaster’s game.

Also playable: Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome & Killer Instinct

Other Recommended Fun

State of Decay – Booth #1039

For the first time, come play “Lifeline”, the new DLC for State of Decay, at the Undead Labs booth (#1039) during PAX! State of Decay is the hit zombie survival game which fans have turned into a multi-million unit franchise. Available on both Xbox 360 and Steam*, Lifeline will put you into the boots of Greyhound One — a military unit sent to ground-zero of the zombie apocalypse to rescue a group of scientists who might be the key to fighting the plague. *State of Decay game required, sold separately.

Powerstar Golf- Booth #836

Powerstar Golf will reveal a brand new course for the first time at PAX East! Play the course at Ubisoft’s Booth (#836), where Powerstar Golf will be one of the titles featured in Ubisoft’s “The Next Level” Tournament. Also, make sure to watch the trailer playing throughout the weekend in the booth.

Killer Instinct: MLG-hosted tournament — Booth #862

Fighting game enthusiasts at PAX East 2014 will have a chance to flex their competitive muscles playing Killer Instinct on Xbox One for the chance to win a variety of great prizes at the Turtle Beach booth (#862). Gamers in attendance can register for one of the 32 open slots available for each of the 3 days. All gameplay will happen on the Xbox One, using Killer Instinct FightSticks and customized Turtle Beach XO SEVEN headsets. All participants will also receive an exclusive Killer Instinct FightStick pin!

Twitch – Booth #936

Make sure you swing by the Twitch booth (#936) to catch Capcom Pro Tour action throughout the weekend. Twitch will also be giving away awesome swag bags to the first 250 people who come check out how easy it is to stream on next generation consoles including Xbox One. Can’t make it? Watch it all from the Twitch app on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One.

Age of Mythology Extended – Booth#492

The Battle for Heaven and Earth Begins again!  After the successful release of Age of Empires II :HD, Microsoft Studios is now bringing you Age of Mythology Extended an updated combination of the award-winning Age of Mythology and the Titan expansion.  Stop by the Age of Empires booth (#492) where you will be able to demo Age of Mythology: EX before it’s release or have your picture taken in the OneDrive photo stand and earn their your own Anubis Pinny Arcade pin and AOM:EX kraken bandana (while supplies last).

Age of Mythology Extended


Saturday at 11am in the Que Room: Your chance to have a poster signed by a Titanfall Respawn developer
Saturday at 2pm at the Xbox Booth: Your chance to play alongside a Titanfall Respawn developer
Sunday at 2pm at the Xbox Booth: Your chance to play alongside a Titanfall Respawn developer

Xbox PAX Prime Meet up

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!

When: Saturday, September 1st, 2012 from 9am – 10:30am
What: Xbox Meet up brought to you by Xbox LIVE Rewards
Where: 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.
Why: 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.

Xbox 360 at PAX Prime 2011

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
Wolfman Theatre
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!
Unicorn Theatre
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
Unicorn Theatre
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
Unicorn Theatre
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
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.