Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
Boring PAX East panel is boring - What panels didn't hold up?
While I only attended a few panels so far, all but one of them were good to really good to great (see: Dead Space panel). So, when my friend and I saw the panel for "MMO Behavior 101", we highlighted it and worked our schedule around it. Lining up an hour before still put us around the corner, wrapping around the staircase, down another hall. Fortunately, we were able to get in and the room was at capacity with standing room only.
And that's about as good as it got. You know your panel is bad when it starts off overfull, and you lose about 30% of your audience in the first 10 minutes. The panel was basically a circle jerk with the lead speaker promoting his book and the guy from The Syndicate talking about how awesome his 600 person guild is. The other two speakers could barely be heard even with the mic levels set to high.
I am hopeful that if a similar panel is at next year's PAX East discussing some aspect of MMOs, that they bring in people who actually work on MMOs.