SDCC 2011: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo Bring the Games

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San Diego Comic-con Video Game Guide

One of the world’s biggest nerd conventions is finally upon us: San Diego Comic-Con 2011. The stomping grounds for the best and brightest in film, television, toys, games, and of course: the comics. With such a pedestal open for companies to display their top wares, the big names in the gaming industry are prepping in full force to give fans what they want.

The console trifecta — Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo — will be on hand at SDCC, and they’re bringing playable demos, booths to get your swag and Q&A talk on, and everything in between. Each company has their own specific breakdown, and we here at Game Rant have gathered all the details to make sure that nothing gets left out.

For coverage of the non-gaming side of San Diego Comic-con 2011, be sure to check out Screen Rant. Now, on to the show!


Beyond a doubt Microsoft is at San Diego in force, offering more than 20 different playable demos during the event, with Gears of War 3 leading the pack. Focusing on its heavily anticipated Horde mode, Gears of War 3 will be seen at the primary Xbox 360 Booth from beginning till the end of the event.

Gears won’t be the only title on display. Microsoft is bringing their whole bag of tricks, showcasing games like Batman: Arkham City, Rise of Nightmares, The Gunstringer, and Age of Empires. On top of that, some major Kinect titles will be making an appearance as well: Kinect Sports: Season Season Two, Dance Central 2, and Kinect Star Wars are going to be ready and waiting for players to give them the demo treatment.

Microsoft isn’t bringing just game demos, that would be silly. Microsoft has several panels set up throughout the weekend,  like Writing In Video Games with award-winning novelist Greg Bear, Frank O’Conner, David Galder, and more. They’ll even have a panel on the Halo universe, and a sneak peek at what’s in store for the future. Below is a quick run-through of when and where the major events are taking place, while the full breakdown can be found at Major Nelson’s Blog, in case you are so inclined.

Gears of War At SDCC
Xbox 360 Booth
Booth #5252, San Diego Convention Center
Preview: Wednesday, July 20, 5:00 p.m. — 9 p.m.
Show Hours:
Thursday, July 21 — Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. — 7 p.m
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. — 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

  • Hands-on with Gears of War 3’s Hoard Mode

Xbox Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel
207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Edge Room — Hard Rock Hotel
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. — 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.

  • The spot for demo’s such as Kinect Sports: Season Two, Dance Central 2, Batman: Arkham City, Rise of Nightmares, The Gunstringer, Age of Empires and more.

Kinect Star Wars Panel
Room 32AB, San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 21, 10 a.m. — 11 a.m.

  • Just as the name implies, where the demo and breakdown of Kinect Star Wars will take place (and special announcements).

Gears of War 3 Panel
Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. — 7 p.m.

  • Key announcements and game demo from Cliff Blezinski and co-hosted by Adam Sessler

Xbox 360 at NERD HQ and Gears of War 3 Panel & Signing
Jolt’n Joes, 379 4th Ave San Diego, CA 92101
Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m.

  • Combined with the crew from the show Chuck Star Zac Levi’s Nerd Herd truck and crew will be there to help give out swag, along with demo and play along with over 20 different playable demos

Writing in Video Games: In-Game, Novels, Comics, and Other Franchise-Building Offshoots
Room 32AB, San Diego Convention Center
Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. — 11 a.m.

  • The big names in the gaming, science fiction, and publishing industry will sit down and talk how to make a franchise come to life

Halo Universe Panel
Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Friday, July 22, 11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

  • Frank O’Connor and others from 343 Industries will be on scene to talk Halo and its future

There and Play Again: Video Games to Comics
Room 23ABC, San Diego Convention Center
Friday, July 22, 1 p.m. — 2 p.m.

  • How does a game go from the screen to colorful graphic pages, or vise-versa? This panel will help solve that mystery.

Continue to the next page to see what Sony has in store.

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