Gamer's guide to Comic-Con

18 JULY 2014

Today CCI published their gaming schedules, from board games to video gaming to D&D to Magic: The Gathering and more. I'm always grateful for these tournaments because they keep a high number of people absorbed and out of the panels. But if you're a gamer who would rather wander around and see what's afoot, there's a lot going on this year. That goes for experienced gamer fanatics and the mildly interested.

Every single thing listed here is free and open to anyone with a badge - except Gam3rCon.

Exhibit Hall and Panels

Nintendo will have a booth at the San Diego Convention Center dedicated entirely to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Tetsuya Nomura and Hideo Kojima will be signing autographs - but you have to buy a Play Arts Kai Figure at the Square Enix booth, #3829.

The Witcher fans get to see a brand new live 30 minute demo on Thursday.

Microsoft is bringing several panels, including a first look at Halo:Nightfall on Thursday at 11:45 am and Friday at 10:15 am, both in 6BCF, and a panel on Sunset Overdrive on Thursday at 5 pm in 5AB.

The documentary Atari: Game Over will be shown Friday at 3:30 in 5AB.

Battlefield Hardline panel will be discussed on Friday I room 5AB at 2:30.

Bioware will host a panel on Mass Effect 4 on Saturday at 2:00.

New details will be revealed about Tekken 7 at the Bandai Namco panel.

Ubisoft will show off a new demo for Assassin's Creed Unity.

Xbox Lounge (Hyatt)

Besides playing on the Major League Gaming main stage, you can have your pick of dozens of games, including Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, Super Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix, The Evil Within, The Crew, and Project Spark.

And don't forget this contest.

Nintendo Gaming Lounge (Marriott)

They will host a Smash Bros tournament, this one for the 3DS version. You can register on site starting Friday the 25th, but space is limited. You'll also get time with upcoming 2014 games like Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2 and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - and much of it will be streamed on Twitch.  Find out more here.

Nerd HQ

SEGA.will have on hand Alien: Isolation, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd and two titles under the new Sonic Boom franchise – Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for the Wii U system and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system. This is the first time fans will be able to play demos of each title. The gaming gallery will have the first modern digital version of The Settlers of Catan board game, Catan Anytime.

"Bayonetta: Bloody Fate" from FUNimation Entertainment will be screened Friday at 9:35 p.m. PT in Marriott Hall Room 4 at the Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel.
The Assassin's Creed Experience will give out free t-shirts to anyone who survives their obstacle course by the Hilton Gaslamp.
The PIXELS Electric Dreams Factory Arcade is at the Hard Rock Hotel and has retro video games available.
Square Enix and Deep Silver are hosting an arcade (open to the public) at the Whiskey Girl from 11 am Friday to 2 am Saturday. You'll see a bunch of upcoming titles, including Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and multiplayer title Nosgoth and the Hitman Go and Hitman: Sniper mobile games, as well as Escape Dead Island, Metro Redux and action RPG Sacred 3.
Nerdist is hosting Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel-themed laser tag on the top floor of Petco Park. 3 games will run per hour, with 50 people each, and it's free - but people with a badge get priority access.
Gam3rCon, unlike everything else here, is not free - but it's not that pricey either. $20 for a day or $50 for the whole thing. And while that gives you panels on games in addition to demos and play, you also get parties, bands, and other events.


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