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Sony Bringing Dozens Of Playable Games To PAX

Sony's clearly not messing around at this year's PAX. The company is bringing more than three dozen playable PS3, Vita, and PS4 games to its booth, giving attendees a chance to check out games including Infamous: Second Son, Knack, and Killzone: Shadow Fall for themselves.

First, here are the games:

PlayStation 3 Games

PlayStation Vita Games

PlayStation 4 Games

Sony's also giving away 500 PlayStation 4 Passports each day, which are described as being "your key to winning awesome PlayStation prizes," including games. They're calling it a passport, so PAX attendees will likely get it stamped when they play various games in Sony's booth. Media Molecule will also be giving out four different Tearaway badges that visitors can collect at the PlayStation booth. Amazon will be giving away T-shirts for people who preorder games that are being shown, too.

Finally, Sony's rounded up an impressive group of panelists, who will be speaking about The Last of Us' development, how Seattle has influenced Infamous: Second Son, and on the subject of gender diversity in games. Here's Sony's breakdown of each of those panels, including locations and times (Pacific)

Pitching The Last of Us

  • Panel: Neil Druckmann [Creative Director, Naughty Dog], Bruce Straley [Game Director, Naughty Dog], Arne Meyer [Community Strategist, Naughty Dog]
  • Date: Friday, August 30
  • Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Pegasus Theatre
  • Description: Join Creative Director Neil Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Straley as they tell you how they successfully pitched Naughty Dog and PlayStation to develop and publish The Last of Us.

Infamous Second Son – Being Superhuman in Seattle

  • Panel: Greg Miller [Executive Editor, IGN], Nate Fox [Game Director, Sucker Punch], Billy Harper [Animation Director, Sucker Punch], Troy Baker [Game Actor, Delsin Rowe], Travis Willingham [Game Actor, Reggie Rowe], Laura Bailey [Game Actor, Unannounced Character]
  • Date: Friday, August 30
  • Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Kraken Theatre
  • Description: Sit down with the lead actors of Infamous Second Son and Sucker Punch’s Game and Animation Directors as they provide insight into Delsin’s adventure. See how the real-world city of Seattle has influenced Delsin’s character and serves as the backdrop for this PlayStation 4 exclusive, capturing the city’s culture, neighborhood, music and art.  Hear from Troy, Travis and Laura as they discuss how their personal relationships in real life have affected the emotionally charged scenes within Second Son, especially the relationship with his brother, Reggie.
  • For those of you unable to make it, you won’t miss out! The panel will be live streaming on Twitch.TV.

Official PlayStation Blogcast Live!

  • Panel: Sid Shuman [PlayStation], Nick Suttner [PlayStation]
  • Date: Saturday, August 31
  • Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Pegasus Theatre
  • Description: Join us for our very first live podcast, farm fresher than ever! All the nerdy game talk and lame puns you’ve come to expect, crowd Q&A, live Mystery Themes with prizes, and much more! Hosts Sid Shuman and Nick Suttner (and a special guest or two!) will be rocking the mic, so come help us make this thing awesome! Bring your PlayStation love and your best Blasto cosplay.

Gender Diversity in Games: Where Are All The Believable Female Characters?

  • Panel: Neil Druckmann [Creative Director, Naughty Dog], Susan O’Connor [Writer, Susan O’Connor Writing Studio], Carolyn Petit [Editor, GameSpot], and Danielle Riendeau [Reviews Editor, Polygon]
  • Date: Monday, September 2
  • Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Pegasus Theatre
  • Description: As the videogame entertainment medium matures, why hasn’t its depiction of women matured with it? Many videogames portray their characters within established, and stereotypical, tropes. In particular, most female characters continue to be portrayed in notoriously unrealistic terms both in their appearance and personality, progressing at a slower pace than their male videogame counterparts. Our panel of esteemed developers, writers, and journalists will examine why this continues to be the case, and the challenges facing developers and the videogame market in developing and marketing realistic female characters.

The Last of Us Autograph Signings

  • When:  Friday, August 30, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 31, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: PlayStation Booth (#212)
  • Description: Neil Druckmann [Creative Director, Naughty Dog], Bruce Straley [Game Director, Naughty Dog] will be signing posters from The Last of Us at the PlayStation Booth (#212). This is a ticketed signing. Wristbands for each signing will be distributed at the show opening (10 a.m.) on the day of each signing. Come to the PlayStation booth early for your best chance to get a wristband. Signing lines will be closed as needed.

 

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

Our Take
Nintendo revealed its PAX schedule last week, and now we know what Sony's up to. Your turn, Microsoft. Sony's definitely going to be a tough act to follow, especially when it comes to providing such a wealth of hands-on time with next-gen games. 

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