Among the upcoming videogame events, expos and conferences of February and March 2010: The Game Developers Conference and its child event the Independent Games Festival, the British Academy Video Game Awards, and Penny Arcade's expo opens its east coast iteration in Boston.
Microsoft Gamefest (London)
A conference and workshop for XNA developers, those interested and involved in making games for the Xbox 360's online marketplace, which will feature the latest technical details for the new Project Natal motion sensor device.
Game Developers Conference
San Francisco, California, USA.
An extremely wide-ranging umbrella conference which also incorporating a series of other video gaming and digital industry events around San Francisco, such as the Independent Games Festival, the Serious Games Summit, and a One Button Games showcase. PlayStation's new motion controllers are due to make an appearance, Nintendo are expected to make an announcement about new hardware or accessories, and there'll be lectures from the people behind
Deus Ex 3,
Batman: Arkham Asylum,
Tickets: From $75 (€55) for a student pass to $2,000 (€1,465) for an all-access pass bought on the door.
ScreenBurn at South by Southwest
Austin, Texas, USA
Part of the South by SouthWest (SXSW) festivals, the interactive strand brings together video game demonstrations and hands-on sessions with a game design competition and seminars.
Tickets: $500 before February 12, $550 on site
British Academy Video Games Awards
39 of 2009's top games jostle for awards in 14 categories, while 10 of those titles face a public vote for the GAME Award. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the BAFTA website from 8.45pm GMT. The nominations are led by
Modern Warfare 2,
Batman: Arkham Asylum,
Assassin's Creed II, and
Left 4 Dead 2.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
With the the Penny Arcade Expo usually held in Washington on the west coast of the USA, PAX East launches as a companion event for the east coast. The three day pass sold out in early February due to the popularity of the original PAXes and excitement surrounding upcoming games and hardware, the possibility of freebies, and several concerts planned. On the door tickets cost $5 more than the online prices, but tickets aren't expected to be available by that point anyway.
Tickets: $30 per day
Armageddon Expos, New Zealand
March 27-28, Christchurch
April 2-4, Wellington
The Armageddon Expos cover the realms of comics, TV, film, anime cartoons and gaming with these two family days out. This year, there will be screenings of the Ponyo and Storm Riders animated films, guest appearances with actors from Dr Who, Police Academy, Star Trek, Heroes, and anime and video game voice-over artists, British author Robert Rankin, a Street Fighter IV video game tournament, and a video games area run by NZGamer.com. In addition, there will also be an organised pillow fight, ice-cream and sweet & sour candy eating contests, a competition to replicate DragonBall Z's most famous special move, the Kamehameha.
Tickets: $8 NZD (€4/$5.5) for a one-day children / senior's pass, $45 NZD (€23/$32) for a family pass. VIP options available.