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Wednesday, August 12th, 2015


Pardon my excitement at not having to endure the shuttle ride to the far side of the seemingly insurmountable Lady Bird Lake to get to the Gaming Expo.

SXSW has announced that SXSW Gaming has shifting its dates and location! Previously set in the Palmer Events Center on the South side of Lady Bird Lake, it was the opposite of SXSW Interactive both in Place and time. I was always torn between attending Interactive and Gaming sessions and events. BUT NO MORE!

SXSW Gaming will now take place in the Austin Convention Center March 17-19, after SXSW Interactive!  No longer will you be forced to choose sides! it is a TOTAL win-win for everyone attending SXSW 2016!

Here is SXSW’s announcement:

For 2016, Gaming sessions and events will take place in the heart of SXSW activities at the Austin Convention Center. In terms of timeframe, these Gaming sessions also move to later duringSXSWeek® (March 17-19), thereby strongly emphasizing the strong crossover between the gaming, film and music communities. This programming occurs at the same time as the SXSW Gaming Expo, which also moves to the Austin Convention Center.

Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) in downtown Austin, TX.

Free and Open to the Public

God bless us all. Every One!

SXSW Gaming Expo is Back for 2014

Friday, January 24th, 2014

One of the newer aspects of SXSW is the three day long SXSW Gaming Expo that is open to registrants as well as the general public.

Think of it as a giant Gaming themed Trade show that showcases the newest innovations in video games. The Expo is free and open to the public and will run from Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9 at the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Road), which is right next to the Long center where gaming related panels will be held for registrants.

While there is plenty of on-site parking, registrants can catch a shuttle just outside the Austin Convention Center (along Trinity St.) that will get them there and back again.

We’ll keep a sharp eye out for you for any special events or parties that may be announced.

Power up for the first SXSW Gaming Awards

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The SXSW Interactive team have announced a new Awards Ceremony will be taking place at SXSW 2014 as part of the SXSW Gaming tracks.

This ceremony will honor the year’s best major studio games, as well as recognize the most innovative titles from the indy side of the fence. The SXSW Gaming Awards are scheduled to occur at the Dell Hall (pictured above) at the Long Center. This venue is located at 701 West Riverside Drive, a mere stone’s throw away from the Palmer Events Center, where the SXSW Gaming Expo resides.

Building on the success of the Gaming Expo last year in the Palmer Events Center (and the Screen Burn events in ACC previous years), this is a natural next step for SXSW to take as Gaming expands its impact at SXSW Interactive. And of course it’s another event south of the river.

We await the categories with interest…

Quick! There is still time to win a OUYA!

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

If you are at SXSW this week, make sure you make it over to the Gaming Expo. The space is packed full of really great exhibitors. One of them not to miss though is an indie game company Syraca Studio and their game Phoenix Revival.

It isn’t just because they have the only OUYA console  that you can try out at SXSW, or because you could win one of these cool consoles, but because Phoenix Revival is a really beautiful game. Check out the video.

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Unlike most games of this type, this game has a killer cooperative element to it, which along with smooth moving attractive graphics makes this game a real pleasure. Really, the cooperative element is really what makes this game not just a great entry from indie game designer from David Tian. From watching the people playing it there is no question that this game has good replayability, while still being easy for casual gamers to pick up.

And COUGH COUGH check them out as soon as you can tomorrow because they have some awesome giveaways!



Don’t forget your Cosplay!

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Get your Master Chief costume ready! Evil Pastry Studios will be hosting the SXSW Cosplay Contest at SXSW Gaming Expo.

The Gaming Expo in case you missed our post about it back in November is a completely free part of SXSW (yep even if you don’t have a SXSW pass) featuring new games of all varieties, tournaments, speakers and more. Anyone who has been to a gaming convention knows that one of the best parts is the costumes that people wear. The level of time and dedication in the costumes made by the fans of various games, movies, and books is astounding and a contest is sure to draw in the best of the best.

How do you get involved? Well find the Evil Pastry booth at the Gaming Expo, register, then show up for pre-judging on Sunday March 10th. Awards will be given for : Judge’s Award: Each judge’s personal favorite, Best Video Game, Best Anime, Best Comic Book, Best Original, Best Group, People’s Choice, Best Craftsmanship and of course Best in Show. Check out the Evil Pastry contest page about the event for more info.

Heavy Attendance at the SXSW Interactive Austin Meet Up

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

There was a great crowd out for the Austin Interactive meet up last night. the room was packed, we were eating tacos and drinking free beer, so much so that it gave us a flashback to SXSW 2012 (or was it a premonition of this coming March?)

It was great to see some familiar faces we only see at SXSW (some we almost didn’t recognize) including some of the incredible SXSW Interactive team: Kathryn Irwin, Tammy Lynn Gilmore, Kelli Krause, Sarah Garcia, and of course Hugh Forrest.

Hugh spoke to the crowd briefly, highlighting some of the new and returning speakers and events at this years conference, here are the ones that stood out:

  • There will be a huge focus on space and a large presence of NASA, which makes sense given the Elon Musk Keynote. Most of the sessions and events related to space will be at the Omni Downtown. For a complete list just search on “space” or look for the “Science and Space Exploration” theme in the Schedule.
  • SXSW Create will return for a second year in the outdoor area adjacent to the Convention Center and will be all about hands-on activities. This is one of the many free to the public events SXSW has planned, and will be open on Friday, March 8 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm and again Saturday, March 9 through Monday, March 11 from 11:00am – 6:00pm each day.
  • The SXSW Gaming Expo will also be free and open to the public will be operating once again from the Palmer Events Center and will be open Friday, March 8 from 3:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday, March 9 from noon-8:00pm, and Sunday, March 10 from noon-800pm.
  • SXSW is many things to many people, so go outside your comfort zone and check out some of these events, you may be surprised at what you find or who you meet.

    The shadow of Doom falls over SXSW Interactive

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

    Now this could go either way – a fascinating retrospective of some of the biggest gaming titles, or a forward-looking flag waving exercise with some practical examples.

    No matter what, the talk from John Romero as part of SXSW Interactive’s Gaming thread is going to be a well-attended room. What with Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Ravenwood Fair, and his current leadership role at Lootdrop, there’s a lot of ground he could cover:

    One of the earliest “indie” developers, Romero has been working in the game space since 1979 before moving to the Apple II in 1981. Romero’s current areas of interest are Facebook games and massively multiplayer online (MMO) games as well as social media and its intersection with gaming.

    First order of business, who’s going to ask him to type IDKFA?