By Bradley McManus
One panel, 24 hours raising money for Special Effect at Insomnia 59, 9th-10th December starting at 4pm.
For a couple of weeks now, Nick and I have been helping with a bit of advice for an upcoming super stream happening at this weekend's Insomnia event in Birmingham. The folks at Multiplay (organisers of Insomnia) have been very generous giving us a staged area, some killer PCs and equipment so between the army of helpers, we can twist OBS, Twitch and some XLR cables into a functioning 24 hour games panel show. There are a tonne of topics being discussed from 4pm GMT with new people every hour.
The one you want to get excited about though is the one at midnight:
Game Movies: Brilliant or Bullshit
If you want to see Brad get salty about the Resident Evil series or Nick explain why there's hope for Assassin's Creed, then tune in.
One panel, 24 hours raising money for Special Effect at Insomnia, 9th-10th December
Industry veterans and regular conference speakers Des Gayle, Alex Darby, Tanya Laird, and Oscar Clark had this ridiculous idea to talk for 24 hours to raise money for their favourite charity, Special Effect.
This has become the Megapanel – a 24 hour Livestream where each hour will cover a different topic with special guests from all around the industry. It will offer an eclectic mix of silly and serious discussions exploring the relationship between the Games Industry and Culture. Topics range from game design to how to get into the industry, the new frontier of VR and the rise of eSports. Check the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MegaPanelGames for a complete schedule soon.
Megapanel will be live-streamed (https://www.twitch.tv/megapanelgames) from Insomnia59 at NEC Birmingham from 16:00 on 9th December non stop til 16:00 on 10th Dec
Special Effect are a UK based charity who help physically disabled people get the benefits from games from the sense of inclusion, autonomy, competence, escape and fun that we all enjoy from playing video games. Using the latest technological advancements this has been helped bring families and friends together which a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.
Check out www.specialeffect.org.uk for more details and if you want to show your support; donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Megapanel
And, to help our hosts survive the Megapanel we are honoured to be joined by some of the best of the games industry. They include:
• Mike Hines, Amazon
• Kadri Ugand. GameFounders
• Imre Jele, Bossa Studios
• Kate Edwards, IGDA
• Paul Kilduff- Taylor, Mode 7
• Nicoll Hunt, I Fight Bears
• Stewart Rogers, Venturebeat
• Bradley McManus & Nick Whitcroft, The Midnight Gamer
• James Dean and Rob Black, ESL
• George Osborn, Freelance
• Henrik Jonsson, EA Ghost
• Tom Donegan, Special Effect
• Gav Tan, Special Effect
• Jupiter Hadley, Indiegamejams
• Andrew Smith, Spilt Milk
• Dan Pearce, Four Circle Interactive
• Paul Roberts, Staffordshire University
• Dave Ranyard, Dream Reality Interactive
• Alex Rose, Vorpal Games
• Andy Payne, The Producers
• Craig Fletcher, Multiplay
• Alex Darby, Darbotron
• Tanya Laird, Digital Jam LTD
• Des Gayle, Square Enix
• Daz Black, Youtuber
• And many more
Oscar Clark, organiser of the event, said “It’s going to be a huge challenge to spend 24 hours talking about the games industry. But with the amazing support we have had from our guests we know this is going to be a funny and insightful event, with new discussions every hour that anyone can drop in to enjoy. And all in the name of http://www.specialeffect.org.uk.
To find out more about the Megapanel, to donate your time, your help or some money check out the links below
For More Information Please Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitch Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/megapanelgames