Microsoft Will Be At PAX East; Promises Cotton Candy, Hands-On Time With Gears Of War 3


Posted March 9, 2011 - By Nikole Zivalich

CES 2011: The Video Games of the Microsoft Booth - Fable 3 and Age of Empires Online

Microsoft is bringing plenty of Xbox 360 content to this weekend's PAX East. Fans will get some hands-on time with a bunch of games including Gears of War 3. If you're one of the thousands of gamers who were crushed to learn Gears 3 was delayed until this fall, you'll have the opportunity to personally scowl at Epic Game's design director Cliff Bleszinski. Keep reading for their entire PAX East schedule.

The Microsoft booth will be showcasing six upcoming Xbox Live Arcade games, all of which will be playable for the first time. Fable 3 for the PC will also be set up to show off how the game looks in 3D. If you're at their booth you'll also get to sign up for the Halo: Reach multilpayer tournament. Conference-goers can take a snapshot with Barker from Carnival Games. Microsoft sent out a press release promisng cotton candy, I assume there will be cotton candy with Barker. 

Xbox Booth experiences:

Boston Convention Center, Hall A

Exhibit hall hours:

Friday, March 11: 10 AM – 7 PM ET

Saturday, March 12: 9 AM – 6 PM ET (media only 9-10 AM ET)

Sunday, March 13: 10 AM – 6 PM ET

Xbox core booth #836

“Gears of War 3” – First public hands-on with content from the upcoming multiplayer beta, featuring 20 stations of Versus Multiplayer

“Fable III” – PC version highlighting newly announced features like Hardcore mode and 3-D functionality

Xbox Kinect booth #736

“Kinect Sports” – You are the athlete in the #1 best-selling Kinect game! Six sports to jump in and play: Soccer, Volleyball, Bowling, Table Tennis, Track & Field and Boxing

“Dance Central” – Connect with the music you love and get a sneak preview of the four new upcoming downloadable dance routines

“Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do” – First public hands-on with 20 new family-friendly, full-body games, only on Kinect for Xbox 360

“Michael Jackson: The Experience” – First public hands-on experience on Kinect for Xbox 360

Xbox LIVE Arcade and “Homefront” booth #850

“Homefront” – Get an early hands-on with the gripping action before it hits stores on March 15

“Fire Pro Wrestling” – Bring your Avatar into the ring like a real wrestler! Perform special moves and team up with your friends

 “Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet”  – Blending exploration, intense shooter action, and puzzle-solving with gorgeous visuals, rich storytelling and Hollywood quality presentation, “Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet” draws you into an epic journey full of surprises, danger and wonder

“Section 8: Prejudice” – A sci-fi first person shooter with dynamic combat, where every decision drastically impacts the battlefield

“The Gunstringer” –Take control of an undead marionette in an epic Wild West stage production that requires your puppeteering and quick draw shooting skills to exact revenge on the Gunstringer's enemies – all controller-free on Kinect

 “Toy Soldiers: Cold War” – The Cold War is decided when ‘80s era action toys come alive and wage war! “Toy Soldiers: Cold War” blends intense first person combat with addictive action strategy, whether you’re scrapping solo or jumping into the fray with friends 

“Trenched” – Join The Mobile Trench Brigade and protect humanity from the evil Monovision menace in this Tower Defense Shooter from Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions

Booth events:

Cliff Bleszinski signing

Saturday, March 12, 2 – 3 PM ET, Xbox core booth #836 

Meet the “Gears of War” design director during this exclusive signing appearance

“Carnival Games” cotton candy giveaway and Barker photo opportunities

Friday, March 11, 1 – 3 PM ET, Xbox Kinect booth #736

Saturday, March 12, 1 – 3 PM ET, Xbox Kinect booth #736


Xbox LIVE Community Panel: Some Assembly Required and Batteries Definitely Not Included hosted by Eric “DMZilla” Doty

Saturday, March 12, 2 – 3 PM ET

Naga Theatre

Major Nelson Live Podcast with guest Cliff Bleszinski

Saturday, March 12, 5 – 6 PM ET

Manticore Theatre

Xbox LIVE Enforcement hosted by Stephen "Stepto" Toulouse

Friday, March 11, 6:30 – 7:30 PM ET

Manticore Theatre

Ancillary Events

“Halo: Reach” Tournament featuring the Defiant Map Pack

Sunday, March 13, 1 – 5 PM ET

Boston Convention Center – Console Tourney, Level 1, Room 102

Sign up at the tournament desk (same location) starting Friday, March 11 at 10 AM ET

Community Activities:

Xbox Tweet-up with Major Nelson, DMZilla, Stepto, Eric Neustadter and Laura Massey

We’ve got food and beverages and some prizes to give away, so come meet some fellow Xbox LIVE members and the team right before PAX East kicks off 

Friday, March 11, 9 – 10:30 AM ET

Lucky’s Lounge: 355 Congress Street

PAX East takes place in Boston from March 11 to the 13. On G4tv.com's special PAX East site, beginning on Friday March 11, we'll be filling the internet with previews of huge games, all the Con news, interviews, panel coverage, videos and surprises, including a special Feedback which will feature gaming legend and Bioshock creator Ken Levine. Then, X-Play takes over -- the world's top video game show will devote three full episodes to PAX on March 15, 16 and 17 at 6:30pm ET / PT, with a special airing of the live audience show on Saturday, March 19 at 3pm ET / PT. Don't miss a minute.

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Microsoft Will Be At PAX East; Promises Cotton Candy, Hands-On Time With Gears Of War 3


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