Zachary Levi and David Coleman’s uber brand The Nerd Machine is bringing fan favorite NERD HQ back to the New Children’s Museum. This marks the sixth year for NERD HQ to set up camp in downtown San Diego for the annual SDCC weekend. NERD HQ brings the nerd community a four-day haven to connect, recharge and enhance their Con experience. This year’s guests can look forward to a return of the preeminent “Conversations for a Cause” panel series, as well as over 160 hands-on gaming experiences on both PC and console brought to you by AMD and Xbox, and a VR experience brought to you by Oculus.
NERD HQ is excited to announce a re-teaming with gaming partner AMD and this year’s new co-headline sponsor, Xbox. This new sponsorship will bring combined 13 playable titles which includes Battlefield 1 courtesy of EA and DICE, playable on 64 PC’s powered by AMD, and Xbox One hands-on gameplay experiences including Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Titanfall 2, Dead Rising 4, ReCore, and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and many more. Fans will also get to experience several new PC games from The Square Enix Collective including The Turing Test & Black the Fall.
NERD HQ will see the expansion of the fan experience with a new VR gaming lounge, in partnership with Oculus and AMD. Located on the upper level, players can get hands on with a range of VR experiences all playable with the new Oculus Rift.
The fan favorite philanthropic panel series ‘Conversations for a Cause’ will once again be positioned on the lower level in a dedicated enhanced auditorium. The annual panel series has given fans unique opportunities to have sometimes surprising, intimate experiences with their favorite celebrities. Previous panels have played host to some of the biggest names in pop-culture like Joss Whedon, William Shatner, Tom Hiddleston, Tatiana Maslany, Nathan Fillion, Sophie Turner, Andrew Lincoln, Jeff Bridges, Seth Green, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Guillermo Del Toro, Vin Diesel, Kellan Lutz, Dylan O’Brien and Norman Reedus, just to name a few. Tickets for panels are $22, and all proceeds raised through ticket sales go directly to non-profit Operation Smile whose mission is to help improve the health and lives of children across the world. For 2016, all of the panels will be streamed live on multiple platforms, including Facebook, IGN, AMD & the Nerd Machine YouTube Channel, NerdMachineTV.
The NERD HQ APP and website have undergone a complete rebuild. Guests will be able to pre-register for Nerd HQ, secure gameplay sessions, and link to Brown Paper Tickets to purchase seats for “Conversations for a Cause’ panels. Fans who cannot make the event can watch the entire lineup though an integrated NERD HQ YouTube channel. The Nerd HQ website has also been updated and features all of the same functionality as the Nerd HQ App. ( thenerdmachine.com/nerd-hq ) The Nerd HQ app will be available to download on iOS and Android in early July.
NERD HQ welcomes newest sponsor Johnson & Johnson in 2016. The merging of the company’s popular‘Donate a Photo” app and NERD HQ’s popular “Smiles for Smiles” campaign, will offer fans a new opportunity to raise funds for Operation Smile. Whether it’s through the APP or onsite at NERD HQ for every photo uploaded, Johnson & Johnson donates $1 to Operation Smile*.
Nerd HQ is also partnering with Live.me, the live broadcasting app that has found it’s home in the top 10 app list after only launching in April of this year. It allows fans to share virtual gifts to broadcasters, which can be redeemed for cash. The app will give fans exclusive access to celebrity interviews from the “Conversations for a Cause” green room, along with an insider’s look at all the action during Nerd HQ. In an effort to raise more awareness and support for Operation Smile, all proceeds raised on the official Nerd HQ Live.me channel from July 21-24 will go directly to the organization. Be sure to follow all the excitement at Nerd HQ by downloading Live.me and following The Nerd Machine.
Hallmark debuts its new pop-up shop experience, PopMinded, at Nerd HQ. It will offer a curated selection of Hallmark’s most popular products, including Keepsake Ornaments, featuring iconic pop culture brands. Fans can also purchase a limited edition exclusive Classic TV Series Batman, part of a new line called Squeelys®, pick up free limited edition buttons from the itty bittys® line, and can participate in building a live mural during the four day event.
Fan’s can expect NERD HQ to once again be the destination for the best dance parties in town. This year NERD HQ will bring back the popular Fan Party on Thursday, the exclusive NERD PARTY on Friday, and a final “Dance the Night Away” farewell party on Saturday night to wrap up the weekend.
For the latest information on Nerd HQ 2016 at the New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego, tune into www.thenerdmachine.com/nerd-hq
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LSE Entertainment’s premier public event on Thursday February 20th will be an unforgettable experience. The combination of video games, geek culture décor/themes throughout the venue and cosplay superstars in attendance will make this an incredible event. During the course of the night there will be prize giveaways, mini game tournaments, and an exhibition match by some of the top fighting game players in Atlanta. Special guests and VIP attendees will enjoy their own section with a separate bar, server staff and seating for the game stations. Regular admission patrons can enjoy the open play area and dancing all night! Cosplay is encouraged! For tickets visit this link… (21+ only)
45 13th Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30309
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Xbox Comic-Con 2013 Schedule
Next week, Xbox One and Xbox 360 will be at the 44th annual Comic-Con International in San Diego with the best gaming franchises and new IPs. If you are attending SDCC next week and want to check things out, here is a list of our activities:
Xbox Booth #100 at the San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 18 – Saturday, July 20: 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 21: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.Stop by our booth to be among the first to get your hands with Xbox One games like “Ryse: Son of Rome” and “Killer Instinct” and more.
Xbox Lounge at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Manchester Ballroom, 1 Market Pl., San Diego, CA 92101
Thursday, July 18 – Saturday, July 20: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 21: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In addition to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 games being shown at the Xbox Booth at the Convention Center, the Xbox Gaming Lounge located just down the street in the Grand Hyatt will also feature more than a dozen titles, including “Dead Rising 3,” “Halo: Spartan Assault,” and for the first time ever, hands-on demos of “Halo 4 Champions Bundle,” plus hands on with games from 2K Games, Capcom, Disney Interactive, Konami, Ubisoft and Warner Brothers Interactive. Don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to check out these great games all in one place.
(A San Diego Comic-Con Expo pass is required for entrance to the above)
Inside the Looking Glass: Building “Halo” Worlds and Wonders, Past, Present and Future
Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 18, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Spartans Unite! Join Frank O’Connor (Franchise Development Director), Dan Ayoub (Executive Producer), and other 343 Industries guests as they celebrate and discuss the exciting new addition to the “Halo” universe (“Halo: Spartan Assault”), the new comic-book series from Dark Horse Comics (“Halo: Initiation”), along with some “Mega” surprises.
Bringing the Roman Empire to Life on Xbox One: The Creation of “Ryse: Son of Rome”
Room 7AB, San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 18, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Spend 60 minutes with award-winning studio Crytek to learn about the making of “Ryse: Son of Rome,” one of the year’s most anticipated blockbusters coming exclusively to Xbox One this November. An epic action-adventure story of struggle, brutality and heroism, “Ryse: Son of Rome” follows a fearless Roman soldier named Marius Titus who joins the army to avenge the slaying of his family and emerges as a hero who must fight to save the Roman Empire. Fans will learn key story details, hear about the technology making “Ryse” possible, and receive a limited edition printed comic book that will prepare them for the intense adventure they will embark on this holiday.
The Future of Xbox Gaming Revealed
Room 6A, San Diego Convention Center
Saturday, July 20, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
For this Panel, yours truly will be moderating as developers from some of the most innovative and celebrated studios on the planet discuss building the biggest blockbuster games for Xbox One. Microsoft Studios’ Justin Robey, Turn 10 Studios’ Dan Greenawalt, Capcom Vancouver’s Josh Bridge, Microsoft Studio’s Ken Lobb and Rare’s Nick Burton will reveal how they are engineering their games to take advantage of the unique attributes of the new platform. Learn how the cloud, the new Kinect sensor, and the powerful and flexible architecture will enable an entire new generation of AAA game titles.
The Video Game Culture of Zombies: How “Dead Rising 3” on Xbox One Kicks Off a New Generation of Mayhem
Room 5AB, San Diego Convention Center
Saturday, July 20, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
From TV and books to video games – especially video games! Come join games and pop culture experts to discuss how zombies have invaded our lives through every avenue of entertainment. Fans will get behind-the-scene insights on the making of “Dead Rising 3” from the Capcom Vancouver team and see gameplay from the upcoming Xbox One exclusive launch title, hear from internationally renowned author and zombie expert Max Brooks and learn Game Informer Senior Editor Jeff Cork thoughts on zombies in video game culture. The panel will be moderated by Jessica Chobot from G4’s Attack of the Show and X-Play, and IGN.
(All panels require a San Diego Comic-Con Expo pass to attend.)
Xbox Partner Activities
Xbox Booth Appearances from Crackle’s Two Upcoming Originals –“Cleaners” and “Extraction,” including Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana”) and Jon Foo (TEKKEN), among others
Xbox Booth #100 at the San Diego Convention Center
Saturday, July 20, 10 – 11 a.m.
Autograph signing with the Cast of Hulu Original Series “The Awesomes,” including “Saturday Night Live’s” Seth Meyers
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101
Saturday, July 20, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Hulu Panel sponsored by Xbox: “The Awesomes” Screening
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Saturday, July 20, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join our friends at Hulu for a VIP screening of the first episode of the highly-anticipated original series “The Awesomes.” If you can’t make it Saturday, Xbox Live has you covered with an exclusive preview of the show starting on Thursday, July 25, a week before it is available anywhere else.