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Keynote Speaker Speculation Thread

HalfazedninjaHalfazedninja Author of Jake Howard: Multiverse 101!Behind YouRegistered User regular
edited February 2011 in PAX Archive
Oh Hai fellow PAX'ers!

Although it's going to be tough to top Wil Wheaton's keynote from last year, does anyone have any thoughts on who might be the keynote speaker this year? I've been wracking my brain and can't possibly think who it would be.

Also, if there's another Q&A after the keynote, I would love to see a sequel to ACTIOOOOOON CAAAAASTLE!

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  • FrugusFrugus Photographer MontrealRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Oh Hai fellow PAX'ers!

    Although it's going to be tough to top Wil Wheaton's keynote from last year, does anyone have any thoughts on who might be the keynote speaker this year? I've been wracking my brain and can't possibly think who it would be.

    Also, if there's another Q&A after the keynote, I would love to see a sequel to ACTIOOOOOON CAAAAASTLE!

    Was it confirmed that Will won't be doing it?

    For the sake of not derailing the thread... Other great names in Geekdom who love to talk about stuff are Kevin Smith, David Hewlett, Nathan Fillion, Shatner would be awesome, Robert Scoble, after that my mind draws a blank.

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  • HalfazedninjaHalfazedninja Author of Jake Howard: Multiverse 101! Behind YouRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I just figured Wil wouldn't do it two years in a row. There hasn't been a 2 in a row keynote speaker for PAX yet has there?

    If Kevin Smith or Nathan Fillion did it that would be awesome. I think I'd like to see either Cliffy B or Gabe Newell.

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  • RegimentRegiment Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I'm hoping for Hideo Kojima, with absolutely no basis other than I missed an autograph signing by a month.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2011
    I would love to see Nathan Fillion, but I'm not sure he's really a "gamer's" representative... more just geek in general. But I'd still love it

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  • IxmasatIxmasat Registered User
    edited January 2011
    Anyone from the "Geek a Week" card deck would be awesome ;)

    And I'm still sad I missed Action Castle last year.

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  • ChronoHawkChronoHawk Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Reggie... Nuff Said = P

    I wouldn't be surprised if it's a developer at this point. We've already had a Geek-Icon speak. Figure it would make sense...

    All I know is I'm not missing the keynote this year.

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  • FrugusFrugus Photographer MontrealRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    ChronoHawk wrote: »
    All I know is I'm not missing the keynote this year.

    My greatest loss last year.

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  • HalfazedninjaHalfazedninja Author of Jake Howard: Multiverse 101! Behind YouRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Ixmasat wrote: »
    Anyone from the "Geek a Week" card deck would be awesome ;)

    And I'm still sad I missed Action Castle last year.
    Action Castle was amazing.

    Even the line for the keynote was fun. I wonder how they're handling the lines this year.

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  • ThemiscyraThemiscyra Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I'm torn between wanting Wil to do it again (I had really a really crappy seat last year and couldn't even see the screen...for all I know Khoo came on with an iPod and hit play :P ) and wanting someone new. Nathan Fillion would be freaking awesomesauce. Joss Whedon would also be awesome, come to think of it. And I'd love to see Felicia Day. Kevin Smith would be amazing but I don't really expect that to happen. Oh! Adam Savage, he's part of the w00tstock crowd with Wil and Paul and Storm and I could totally see that happening. Martin Sheen in character as The Illusive Man? Now I'm just getting into fantasy.

    Regardless of whether he's doing the keynote or not, I do hope Wil is there. This year I'll brave the line to get an autographed copy of Memories of the Future, I swear it!

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  • thegh0ststhegh0sts Sydney, NSWRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I hope it will be will!

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  • ChronoHawkChronoHawk Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    thegh0sts wrote: »
    I hope it will be will!

    As much as I would love to hear the kind of speech Wil gave last year in person, I hope they don't repeat. Otherwise it's really less of an annual keynote and more of an annual Wil Wheaton Speech.

    I look forward to seeing who they come up with one way or another.
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    My greatest loss last year.

    Agreed

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  • HalfazedninjaHalfazedninja Author of Jake Howard: Multiverse 101! Behind YouRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Themiscyra wrote: »
    Regardless of whether he's doing the keynote or not, I do hope Wil is there. This year I'll brave the line to get an autographed copy of Memories of the Future, I swear it!

    I'm going to try to brave the lines to get all of Acquisitions Inc to sign my 4e Player's Handbook :)

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  • FrugusFrugus Photographer MontrealRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Themiscyra wrote: »
    Regardless of whether he's doing the keynote or not, I do hope Wil is there. This year I'll brave the line to get an autographed copy of Memories of the Future, I swear it!

    I'm going to try to brave the lines to get all of Acquisitions Inc to sign my 4e Player's Handbook :)

    I was just thinking about doing something along those lines!

    My plans for last year's Pax fell through (I managed to have an amazing time none the less), so I reverted to getting everyone's signature in the PA book. I was kind of hoping I would not be doing the Signature hunt again, but we are talking about Gabe, Tycho and Kurtz. Should not be too hard...

    Damn now I have to buy yet more stuff before the trip :)

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  • HalfazedninjaHalfazedninja Author of Jake Howard: Multiverse 101! Behind YouRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I didn't do any sig hunting last year, I was just taking it all in. This year I'm staying at the Westin so I don't have to worry about trains or anything. I have all the time in the world lol

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  • lucazzolucazzo Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I would love to say Adam Savage, but regardless of his geek credentials I don't know if he's an actual gamer.

    Gabe Newell would be awesome.

    Peter Molyneux. Just so he can say "This will be the greatest PAX ever" and afterwards claim that, for once, he didn't over-hype it.

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  • FrugusFrugus Photographer MontrealRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    What about the Digg guys?

    Or Adam Sessler?

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  • HalfazedninjaHalfazedninja Author of Jake Howard: Multiverse 101! Behind YouRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Frugus wrote: »
    What about the Digg guys?

    Or Adam Sessler?

    Sessler might be ok, don't really care about him either way. I know some people downright hate him.

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  • bubblegumnexbubblegumnex Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    It will be Khoo. Always bet on him.

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  • MJPMMJPM Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    It will be Khoo. Always bet on him.

    I sincerely doubt it will be Khoo, but he could surprise me, and it would not be unwanted. Every time they try to get him to speak at a Q&A session, he storms out :p !

    Also, Nathan Fillion would be a good fit. Someone mentioned he has had nothing to do with games, but that's not true. He's voiced in at least 3 games that I can think of, so he is somewhat familiar with the process. Besides, Wil is not a dev or designer and they both have geek cred.

    I wonder what Yuji Naka is up to these days...

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  • FrugusFrugus Photographer MontrealRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Or.... what about one of the guys from Big Bang Theory???

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  • HalfazedninjaHalfazedninja Author of Jake Howard: Multiverse 101! Behind YouRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Looks like Nathan Filllion is the favorite around here lol

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  • IxmasatIxmasat Registered User
    edited January 2011
    I must admit I would be partial to Nathan Fillion, heh. I'd walk around with a perma-smile the rest of PAX if he was the keynote speaker.

    Wil sure left some large shoes to fill, in terms of epic speechy-ness. Yet, I'm sure whomever is the next keynote speaker will be able to take the same level of awesomeness in a whole new direction. I think Wil may have begun a keynote legacy ;)

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  • GoosecheckaGoosechecka Registered User
    edited January 2011
    I'd love to see a female Keynote speaker. Maybe someone like Felicia Day?

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2011
    I'd love to see a female Keynote speaker. Maybe someone like Felicia Day?

    That would be a very good choice both for both gaming and pure geek.

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  • HalfazedninjaHalfazedninja Author of Jake Howard: Multiverse 101! Behind YouRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I'd love to see a female Keynote speaker. Maybe someone like Felicia Day?
    Oooooh, good choice. It would be awesome if she was at PAX.

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  • KrisstaKrissta New HampshireRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Themiscyra wrote: »
    I'm torn between wanting Wil to do it again (I had really a really crappy seat last year and couldn't even see the screen...for all I know Khoo came on with an iPod and hit play :P ) and wanting someone new. Nathan Fillion would be freaking awesomesauce. Joss Whedon would also be awesome, come to think of it. And I'd love to see Felicia Day. Kevin Smith would be amazing but I don't really expect that to happen. Oh! Adam Savage, he's part of the w00tstock crowd with Wil and Paul and Storm and I could totally see that happening. Martin Sheen in character as The Illusive Man? Now I'm just getting into fantasy.

    Regardless of whether he's doing the keynote or not, I do hope Wil is there. This year I'll brave the line to get an autographed copy of Memories of the Future, I swear it!

    Yeah, that would be great if it was Felicia Day. I love her! :)

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  • ThemiscyraThemiscyra Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I'm going to try to brave the lines to get all of Acquisitions Inc to sign my 4e Player's Handbook :)
    That is an AWESOME idea. Kurtz should be easy, anyway; he and Straub were sitting all alone next to Wil when I went up to buy a Skull plush and the first Starslip book last year.

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  • ThemiscyraThemiscyra Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I'd love to see a female Keynote speaker. Maybe someone like Felicia Day?
    I already said it earlier, but YES. Hell, I'd be happy if she was just THERE -- I got the first couple of seasons of The Guild on DVD for Christmas and I'd love to have her sign it!

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  • VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    It was bad enough the first year of PAX East wasn't an original speaker, it'd be a really odd choice to repeat that same speaker for a second year in a row.

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  • VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    And if it's a woman I'd like to see Jennifer Hale.

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  • FrugusFrugus Photographer MontrealRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Felicia would indeed be awesome!

    On another note, if are looking for actual celebrity gamers, there's always the guys behind South Park. I think this would bring a mix of strong feelings, both positive and negative with certain people.

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  • El FantasticoEl Fantastico Toronto, ONRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Vin Diesel? He's got a tattoo of his D&D character on him, and he's got his game company. He's not a major gamer superstar, but I'd be interested.

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  • hsofpn666hsofpn666 Registered User
    edited January 2011
    adam sessler !!!

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  • itzerokewlitzerokewl Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Since it would be cool for a female, how about Morgan Webb (G4TV), or Jessica Chobot (IGN). Not to knock Felicia Day, that would be awesome as well.

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  • ThemiscyraThemiscyra Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    And if it's a woman I'd like to see Jennifer Hale.
    If Jennifer Hale were at PAX East in ANY capacity I would just die of ecstasy. Hopefully after getting her to sign my ME2 Collectors' Edition.

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  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    My guess: Reggie
    Really close to 3DS launch and synergies would be ginormous in terms of "building buzz"

    Other guesses:
    Randy Pitchford?
    Guillermo del toro?
    Souljah boy (see PATV)?

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    schuss wrote: »
    Souljah boy (see PATV)?

    I hate you.

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  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    BigRed wrote: »
    schuss wrote: »
    Souljah boy (see PATV)?

    I hate you.

    I hope it happens, just because it will probably be the funniest keynote of all time.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    schuss wrote: »
    BigRed wrote: »
    schuss wrote: »
    Souljah boy (see PATV)?

    I hate you.

    I hope it happens, just because it will probably be the MOST PAINFUL keynote of all time.

    Fixed.

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  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    BigRed wrote: »
    schuss wrote: »
    BigRed wrote: »
    schuss wrote: »
    Souljah boy (see PATV)?

    I hate you.

    I hope it happens, just because it will probably be the MOST AWESOME keynote of all time.

    I can't wait to crank dat.

    Fixed.

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