The Escapist On The Road: PAX East 2013 - Game Night, Part 1 - Blankety Blank!

PAX East 2013 - Game Night, Part 1 - Blankety Blank!

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Be sure to check out Part 2 and Part 3 of Game Night!

Get ready to match the stars! Join a hilarious collection of writers, pundits, and comedians for Blankety Blank, the live version of classic TV game show Match Game. Members of the audience will be selected as contestants and challenged to predict how the panelists will answer excessively silly questions. Whoever matches the most answers wins! For a raucous hour of raunchy fun, stop by - and bring your sense of humor. Part 1 of Game Show Night at PAX East 2013!

Panelists:
Susan Arendt, Editor in Chief, The Escapist
Dan Amrich, Community Manager, Activision
Chris Kohler, Editor, Game|Life
Russ Pitts, Features Editor, Polygon
Graham Stark, Bon Vivant, Loading Ready Run
Kathleen DeVere, Snark Machine, Loading Ready Run
Kyle Orland, Gaming Editor, Ars Technica

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Oh god, my sides hurt...

Also, what did that one woman actually say during the Thor bit? Sadly, I couldn't quite make it out.

Thanks for uploading this, but could you change your commercial StarCraft II.
Okay got it, still not buying it. Certainly there has to be a better way for
advertisers to buy ad space here on the Escapist without being clubbed over the
head with their product. It doesn't entice me to buy it, it makes me run in the
opposite direction.

JaceArveduin:
Oh god, my sides hurt...

Also, what did that one woman actually say during the Thor bit? Sadly, I couldn't quite make it out.

I believe she said, "She never said eating what."

OT: That was glorious and a thing of beauty.

I had to stop it a few times and laugh and from all that talk of flesh lights I feel I must take a shower.

As well as getting something strong to drink because my mind went there.

That may well just be the best thing ever.

Graham's "Pony that's bigger on the inside" had me in tears for so long.

Just bravo to everyone involved with that.

This was pretty much my constant throughout that whole thing.

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Now to incorporate flashlights into all comments.

If I might borrow a line from Mr. Leon Phelps, the Ladies' Man:
"Yeah... uh... by 'dinner' I meant we'd be havin' sex, and by 'movie' I meant we'd be videotaping it."

I'm so sorry...

That was awesome, everybody. I'm sorry I missed it.

You can't imagine the relief I felt when I researched the "man engaged to Twilight Sparkle" thing and discovered that it was all almost certainly the work of a troll. Faith in humanity salvaged.

For the record, my favorite answer out of all of them is still that Gearbox spent the Colonial Marines money on Borderlands 2.

And now I realize why "Russ' departure" podcat had Kane picture... I'm new here, you know. Also, you guys have to do something like that on Escapist Expo 2013, that's awesome.

Andy Shandy:
That may well just be the best thing ever.

Graham's "Pony that's bigger on the inside" had me in tears for so long.

Just bravo to everyone involved with that.

This was pretty much my constant throughout that whole thing.

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All of this, right here. Graham, you are my hero. I nearly harmed myself laughing. Laughing that hard with a chest-cold leftover is... well... Graham. I salute you, sir. Well done. I would have died laughing were it not for... well... a small amount of self-control.

That last one was the greatest moment of my internet life. My 2 favourite shows with the dirtiest things in the whole world.

The return of Russ Pitts!
Great vid.

In future, please please please PLEASE, find a way to record the audio from the sound system. The people who do work in the venue will know how to do this. If not, they don't know the venue and should not be taking your money.
This will result in much CLEARER audio and PLEASANT listing pleasure.

Other than that, good effort.
(Please fix this for Pax East/West 2013)

Migs:
In future, please please please PLEASE, find a way to record the audio from the sound system. The people who do work in the venue will know how to do this. If not, they don't know the venue and should not be taking your money.
This will result in much CLEARER audio and PLEASANT listing pleasure.

Other than that, good effort.
(Please fix this for Pax East/West 2013)

What a shock, Migs complaining about something we've done. First of all, you do realize that PAX isn't our show, and therefore no one is taking 'our' money, right? Secondly, this was an experiment. We've never done video of any of our PAX panels before, so we thought we'd give it a shot this time and see how it went. We're actually pretty pleased with the results, given the number of variables we had to work with.

Thanks very much uploading this, really enjoyed it!

I'm surprised no one said 'Watch my Little Pony with Thor'. My mind went to the same place as Dan Amrich on the Tali question, truly he is a man of great intellect and wisdom.

Anyway this was extremely funny, looking forward to part 2!

Hope they do this at the escapist expo with Jim, Gavin etc.

Susan Arendt:

Migs:
In future, please please please PLEASE, find a way to record the audio from the sound system. The people who do work in the venue will know how to do this. If not, they don't know the venue and should not be taking your money.
This will result in much CLEARER audio and PLEASANT listing pleasure.

Other than that, good effort.
(Please fix this for Pax East/West 2013)

What a shock, Migs complaining about something we've done. First of all, you do realize that PAX isn't our show, and therefore no one is taking 'our' money, right? Secondly, this was an experiment. We've never done video of any of our PAX panels before, so we thought we'd give it a shot this time and see how it went. We're actually pretty pleased with the results, given the number of variables we had to work with.

But he is right. Panel was great, but audio/video quality is absolutely horrendous. What did this 'experiment' entail? One camera on a tripod... For a site with outstanding video content this is unacceptable. Take a quick look at TGS PAX Live podcast (http://youtu.be/60nnX_B28s0), and take some pointers...

qwagor:

Susan Arendt:

Migs:
In future, please please please PLEASE, find a way to record the audio from the sound system. The people who do work in the venue will know how to do this. If not, they don't know the venue and should not be taking your money.
This will result in much CLEARER audio and PLEASANT listing pleasure.

Other than that, good effort.
(Please fix this for Pax East/West 2013)

What a shock, Migs complaining about something we've done. First of all, you do realize that PAX isn't our show, and therefore no one is taking 'our' money, right? Secondly, this was an experiment. We've never done video of any of our PAX panels before, so we thought we'd give it a shot this time and see how it went. We're actually pretty pleased with the results, given the number of variables we had to work with.

But he is right. Panel was great, but audio/video quality is absolutely horrendous. What did this 'experiment' entail? One camera on a tripod... For a site with outstanding video content this is unacceptable. Take a quick look at TGS PAX Live podcast (http://youtu.be/60nnX_B28s0), and take some pointers...

We've actually never recorded a panel at PAX before (well, not with video, anyway), and this camera is brand new. No, the sound is not ideal, for a variety of reasons (including the room itself) but we thought that having this not-quite-optimal version was better than not having anything at all.

That was hilarious. Do you guys have this thing at the escapist expo?

Now I need to go take a long cleansing shower.

First time I have properly laughed in a while.
Job well done.

It's so weird to put faces to voices I heard in podcasts sometimes...

Susan Arendt:

qwagor:

Susan Arendt:

What a shock, Migs complaining about something we've done. First of all, you do realize that PAX isn't our show, and therefore no one is taking 'our' money, right? Secondly, this was an experiment. We've never done video of any of our PAX panels before, so we thought we'd give it a shot this time and see how it went. We're actually pretty pleased with the results, given the number of variables we had to work with.

But he is right. Panel was great, but audio/video quality is absolutely horrendous. What did this 'experiment' entail? One camera on a tripod... For a site with outstanding video content this is unacceptable. Take a quick look at TGS PAX Live podcast (http://youtu.be/60nnX_B28s0), and take some pointers...

We've actually never recorded a panel at PAX before (well, not with video, anyway), and this camera is brand new. No, the sound is not ideal, for a variety of reasons (including the room itself) but we thought that having this not-quite-optimal version was better than not having anything at all.

To add to that, some of the panel rooms were not set up to record audio through their system; Greg was able to nab the raw .wav files for some of his panels because the Enforcers had the equipment available to record audio to a computer, but I didn't have as much luck for the panels I covered. I can understand the video quality not being too great, especially if you're viewing it in SD, but there's only so much I could do under the conditions. We're taking this as a learning experience, and if/when we decide to record future panels, we'll see what steps we can take to improve upon the experience using the equipment we have.

Blankety Blank @ Pax is always hilarious - Kathleen is the perfectly obscene female voice.
Double standing ovation for mr Stark ain't bad! =P

Susan Arendt:
We've actually never recorded a panel at PAX before (well, not with video, anyway), and this camera is brand new. No, the sound is not ideal, for a variety of reasons (including the room itself) but we thought that having this not-quite-optimal version was better than not having anything at all.

Well I for one thought the sound was fine given the circumstances. I could hear everything except the audience, which you guys can't really do anything about. Thanks so much for posting these panels, since I'm probably not going to ever get a chance to go to these I really appreciate being able to watch them.

Other than that I just want to say that you guys are all hilarious, I haven't laughed for so long in ages, and you should definitely consider doing something similar at the Escapist Expo.

Bareback was also the first thing that came to mind with the My Little Pony one.

Also Susan, would you be willing to specify which of these was more TMI: fleshlights at Pax or fising at the Expo?

This is frankly my worst post ever on this forum.

yunabomb:
Bareback was also the first thing that came to mind with the My Little Pony one.

Also Susan, would you be willing to specify which of these was more TMI: fleshlights at Pax or fising at the Expo?

This is frankly my worst post ever on this forum.

Oh, the Expo fisting, for sure. At least the fleshlights were part of a game show where the point was to be outrageous. The fisting just kind of happened naturally.

...

Ok, that didn't come out quite right...

...

(Oh, god, now nobody is gonna come to Expo...)

I found it very hilarious, something I would of probably never expected to see.

Thanks for the upload! :)

This is quite possibly my favorite video on the Escapist all thanks to Graham and Kathleen.

Susan, just out of curiosity, what did that woman say/do at the very end when you walked out into the crowd?

crazy_coug99:
This is quite possibly my favorite video on the Escapist all thanks to Graham and Kathleen.

Susan, just out of curiosity, what did that woman say/do at the very end when you walked out into the crowd?

Oh, for the Thor question? The contestant gave the answer "have dinner with" and the crowd was disappointed, but then the woman said "She never said what she was eating," which got a big laugh. Figured it was worth giving her props for. :)

Susan Arendt:

crazy_coug99:
This is quite possibly my favorite video on the Escapist all thanks to Graham and Kathleen.

Susan, just out of curiosity, what did that woman say/do at the very end when you walked out into the crowd?

Oh, for the Thor question? The contestant gave the answer "have dinner with" and the crowd was disappointed, but then the woman said "She never said what she was eating," which got a big laugh. Figured it was worth giving her props for. :)

That's great.

Oh God... my sides hurt. Very much. Please do more of this!!

And wow, that pony that was bigger on the inside joke. That got me laughing harder than anything!

Also, pro tip everyone: DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT attempt to eat while watching this video. Trust me on this one.

Graham Stark is my hero. Both bigger on the inside and Thor's true tragedy made me laugh uncontrollably.

 

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