The Best: Journalism Panels at PAX East

by Jill Scharr We’re big fans of Penny Arcade’s PAX conventions–they’re known for being friendly, open and inclusive, with panels on diverse topics, everything from sexuality to tabletop games to games journalism.  This year, the games journalism panels themselves covered a range of topics, from freelancing to breaking into IGN. Here’s a rundown of the…

The Moment: Beyond: Two Souls

By Harold Goldberg Paris, France: Cold. Rainy. Windy. And utterly beautiful. Far away from the Eieffel Tower at the Quantic Dream studios, a group of journalists is watching a 45-minute demo of live gaming from Beyond: Two Souls. The homeless Jodie Holmes, played by Ellen Page, wanders snowy streets in a blizzard – until she…

Wrapup: NY Videogame Critics Circle Awards

by Jill Scharr    Thanks to everyone who came out to the second annual awards ceremony! The Walking Dead swept the show with four wins: Best Writing, Best Indie, Best Game, and Best Voice Acting for Melissa Hutchison’s Clementine. Journey, Dishonored, The Room, The Unfinished Swan and Sound Shapes were all honored as well. The full awards listing is as follows:…

Performance Alert: Schaffer The Darklord

I’m quite happy to announce that the always-satirical Schaffer The Darklord will be performing at the New York Videogame Critics Circle Awards on February 5, 2013 at NYU’s Pfizer Auditorium. Here’s how it happened. When we convene for meetings, Schaffer’s work is often a topic of conversation, and when we began to plan the Awards, his…

Of Outreach In The Bronx And Thanksgiving

By Harold Goldberg Last week, I traveled up to the DreamYard Prep School in the Bronx. Once at the building at 172nd Street, I passed through a metal detector and was escorted up to the school’s top floor and into a comfortable library. The room was so inviting that I thought of Andrew Carnegie’s quote,…