Come spend some time with one of the legendary voice actors for Sonic the Hedgehog, Jason Griffith! Come hear stories about what it was like voicing Sonic, Shadow and your other favorite characters! There will even be some Q&A!
Got Item! is a Sacramento-based metal musician driven by a deep love and admiration for all things video games and is what you get when you cross Myspace-era metal core music with Super Mario Brothers! “Got Item!” has been releasing tracks and performing since 2015. His style (commonly referred to as "nintendocore") is beautifully aggressive, brutally melodic, and not for the faint of heart.
32 years ago, the blue blur blasted his way into our homes and became a cultural phenomenon! Some of the people that helped shape our childhoods with their amazing voice acting are here to chat with us about their experiences voicing characters on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, as well as share what they've been up to since. This panel consists of Jason Griffith (The voice of Sonic the Hedgehog, Shadow the Hedgehog and Jet the Hawk from 2005 until 2010), Lisa Ortiz (The voice of Amy Rose from 2005 until 2010), Ryan Drummond (The voice of Sonic the Hedgehog from 1998 to 2004, Knuckles the Echidna in 2000, and Metal Sonic in 2004), and Jon St. John (The voice of Big the Cat from 1999 to 2009, and E-123 Omega and Chaos Gamma in 2004). Come take a trip down memory lane with these Sonic Alumni! Gotta Go Fast!
Come spend some time with one of the legendary voice actors for Sonic the Hedgehog, Ryan Drummond! Come hear stories about what it was like voicing Sonic the Hedgehog and your other favorite characters! There will even be some Q&A!
Stephen Frost, the Head of Production at Digital Eclipse, is here for a Q&A about the studio’s newest initiative, the Gold Master Series, as well as its approach to video game preservation. Stephen Frost is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in development and journalism. Digital Eclipse is an Emeryville-based video game developer/publisher responsible for such popular releases as TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection and Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration, as well as the critically acclaimed first title in the Gold Master Series, The Making of Karateka.
Hail to the king Baby! Come spend some time with the legend himself! Presenting video and audio clips from his storied career, Jon takes a retrospective look at how he went from teenage radio disc jockey, to audio production expert, morning radio personality, voice actor, live events emcee, web series host, content creator, and now fan convention owner! It's a fun and entertaining story nearly 50 years in the making.
Take a break and enjoy some live music! 2 of the 3 musicians from our Official After Party will be preforming a small sampling of music for you to enjoy!
LO(U)SER, also known as Chris Graue, is a well-known music video director in SoCal’s ska-punk-pop scene. Chris has recently exploded onto the music scene with “LO(U)SER”, music with a digitally potent pop sound laced with ska beats and lo-fi chiptune blips. His song "No Hope" was in Kevin Smith's movie Clerks III, and he recently had a viral hit Luigi vs Waluigi music video “Me vs Me” on YouTube.
It's the 35th anniversary of Nintendo Power Magazine! Join Stephan Reese (Executive Director of the Interactive Art Collection) as he talks about the creation of the Nintendo Power Museum and shares stories about the history of the items within the museum!
Lisa Ortiz is a veteran voice actor, director and producer whose career in voice acting has spanned over a decade and includes dozens of animated series, films, video games, and other voice work. Come hear stories about what it was like voicing Amy Rose and all the other amazing characters she has voiced over the years! There will even be some Q&A!
Heather Gonzalez has been voice acting for the past decade, working in anime, video games, cartoons, and more. 2023 has been a very busy year for Heather as she has most recently voiced characters in Persona 3 Reload, The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie, The Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom, Fire Emblem: Engage, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Honkai: Star Rail, Octopath Traveler II, and her voice work can be heard in Diablo IV. Come spend some time with Heather to hear stories about her career and ask her some questions about her voice work!
Come spend some time with Joey Ferris from GameXplain and content creators “RectWizard” & “Tofer.A” as they talk about video games and share some tips about content creation!
"Get ready for the ultimate blast from the past! Step into the fast paced retro-filled video game trivia world of 'Bit Blitz'! The most out-of-this-world video game trivia game show this side of the galaxy!"
Up to 30 contestants will have a shot at answering video game trivia questions for real points and prizes! Seven categories and seven increasing layers of difficulty stand between you and victory! Pick a category, and then we'll ask you a multiple choice question based on the point value; but beware, a wrong answer will allow other players to steal! Don't let them steal your bits!
Think you know your video game trivia? Think again!