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Microsoft at Comic-Con 2011: Gears 3, Kinect Star Wars, Frank O’Connor

Microsoft has announced its plans for next week's Comic-Con, and it loos as through there will various Xbox 360-centric activities for attendees to busy themselves with.

Microsoft will be in booth #5252, where folks will be able to get hands on time with Gears of War 3 Horde mode. There will also be an Xbox Lounge set up at the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, where various upcoming Kinect and Xbox 360 titles will be on display.

The full list of Xbox 360 Comic-Con International 2011 activities include:

Xbox 360 Booth - Gears of War 3 Horde Mode
Booth #5252, San Diego Convention Center
Preview: Wednesday, July 20, 5:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Show Hours:
Thursday, July 21 – Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m
Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Xbox Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel - Kinect Sports: Season Two, Dance Central 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, Rise of Nightmares, The Gunstringer, Age of Empires and more.
207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Edge Room – Hard Rock Hotel
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kinect Star Wars Panel - Enter the Galaxy with studio head Jorg Neumann (Kinect Publishing) and lead producer Craig Derrick (LucasArts) as they discuss the eagerly awaited title with USA Today’s Mike Snider, sharing new gameplay from the iconic Star Wars universe, revealing an all-new mode and unveiling an exciting announcement. All attendees will receive a limited-edition poster.
Room 32AB, San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 21, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Kinect Star Wars in the LucasArts Booth - Hands-on with an all-new mode.
Booth # 2913-L in the Star Wars Pavilion
Preview: Wednesday, July 20, 5:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.

“Gears of War 3” Panel - Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski, executive producer Rod Fergusson, and special guest contributors to the “Gears” universe offer a look ahead at the most anticipated game of 2011. Moderated by X-Play (G4) co-host, Adam Sessler, the discussion will feature key announcements and a live game demo. (previously announced)
Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Xbox 360 at NERD HQ and “Gears of War 3” Panel & Signing
Jolt’n Joes, 379 4th Ave San Diego, CA 92101
Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m.
Xbox 360 is the official console at NERD HQ, a four day offsite Comic Con experience backed by Zac Levi’s Nerd Machine. Be sure to join the Epic team on for a special panel and signing event at NERD HQ .
More than 20 Xbox titles will be playable throughout Comic-con at NERD HQ, including Gears of War 3, Dance Central 2 and Gunstringer. Also, be sure to join the team from Epic Games for a special "Conversation for a Cause" and signing event on Saturday, July 23 at 1 p.m. The Nerd Machine and the gang from Gears of War have collaborated on a limited edition t-shirt, available ONLY at NERD HQ for $25 during the weekend, then afterward at www.thenerdmachine.com, while supplies last.
Nerd HQ panel tickets are available for a minimum donation of $20 to Operation Smile.

Writing in Video Games: In-Game, Novels, Comics, and Other Franchise-Building Offshoots
Room 32AB, San Diego Convention Center
Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The biggest names in sci-fi/fantasy publishing and the video game industry area of in-game writing will get together to discuss their separate projects and unique experiences working in both worlds. Get your game face on with Greg Bear (“Halo”), Karen Traviss (“Gears of War”), David Gaider (“Dragon Age”), John Shirley (“Bioshock: Rapture”), Tony Gonzales (“Eve Online”), Frank O’Connor (“Halo” franchise development director at 343 Industries), Kevin Grace (managing editor of 343 Industries, “Halo: Evolutions”), and moderator Matt Staggs of Suvudu.com.

“Halo” Universe Panel - Frank O’Connor, Kevin Grace, and others from 343 Industries, as well as special “Halo” guests Greg Bear and Karen Traviss, will discuss the first 10 years of “Halo” and offer a sneak peek into what’s next for the exciting sci-fi universe.
Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Friday, July 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

There and Play Again: Video Games to Comics
Room 23ABC, San Diego Convention Center
Friday, July 22, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
We all know that comic books have been fertile ground from which video game developers can harvest great characters and games. These days the tech has caught up with the art and we’re seeing that road run both ways. This panel includes video game and comic book industry luminaries intimately familiar with bringing a comics sensibility to games and transporting virtual, interactive worlds to the printed page. Join them to discuss what it takes to be successful in multiple dimensions.

Via Major Nelson.

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