The NYCC is hitting the Jacob Javits Center again this weekend, for the fourth year in a row. The Con’s been steadily building up and getting bigger and bigger- attracting lots of the big studios, as well as important comic creators and videogame publishers.
Besides all the movie footage you’re going to be able to see (Watchmen, Terminator Salvation, 50 minutes of Pixar’s UP, as well as a screening of Yatterman, the new Miike film!), videogames are actually taking a much bigger role in this Con than ever before- the gaming presence is 50% larger than last year, with tons of playable versions of some of the more anticipated games coming up this year.
I’m going to be there to get the full scoop of what’s coming your way. If you can’t make it there yourself and want to stay up on the proceedings follow my tweets at twitter.com/alexriviello. I will also of course have full reports after it’s all done and my mind can bounce back a bit.
Check the official site for all the going-on, but here’s a small guide to some of the coolest stuff you’ll be able to see, and play.
Panels in the IGN theater-
Yatterman with Takashi Miike – 4:00 PM
Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder – 5:30 PM
Wonder Woman with Bruce Timm – 8:30 PM
Watchmen, Terminator Salvation, Friday the 13th – 11:00 AM
The Star Wars Decade – 1:00 PM
Up and Surrogates – 2:30 PM
Knowing, Hurt Locker, and Astro Boy – 4:00 PM
Up Preview Screening – 5:30 PM
Dollhouse – 12:45 PM
Fringe – 2:00 PM
Go here for the rest of the film and TV events.
Activision: X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 as well as PROTOTYPE™.
Atari: Champions Online, Ghostbusters: The Video Game, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, Ready 2 Rumble Revolution.
Codemasters: Fuel on Xbox 360, Damnation on Xbox 360, Overlord 2 on Xbox 360, Overlord Dark Legend on Nintendo Wii, and Jumpgate Evolution on PC.
Cryptic Studios: Champions Online and Star Trek Online
Electronic Arts: Spore Galactic Adventures, Godfather 2, Dragon Age, Burnout Paradise, Battle Forge, Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield Heroes. (Also- Limited edition poster tubes. No, really.)
Konami Digital Entertainment: Yu-Gi-Oh!, TRADING CARD GAME and Blue Dragon Role Playing Card Game.
Mythic Entertainment: Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
Namco Bandai Games America: Afro Samurai®, Dynasty Warriors®: GUNDAM® 2, Naruto™: Ultimate Ninja® 4 (tournaments will be going on for this game!), Splatterhouse, We Ski™, Snowboard and much more.
Rockstar Games- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Sega: The House of the Dead: Overkill, Madworld, The Conduit, and Sonic & The Black Knight
SouthPeak Games: Velvet Assassin on X-Box 360, X-Blades on X-Box 360 and PS3, Roogoo: Attack on Nintendo DS and Roogoo: Twisted Towers on Wii.
TC Digital: TC Digital’s flagship game, the Chaotic TCG, will be featured throughout their booth. Fans and players will be able to take demos, hone their skills, and compete in tournaments for various Chaotic product prizes.
THQ and Ubisoft will also be present.