The Penny Arcade Expo is the annual weekend home to over 60,000 gaming fans and this year promises to be even bigger. 3-day badges sold out in record time – 3 weeks! – which may be attributed, in large part, to Halo Fest, the 10 year celebration of the Halo franchise.
For some, PAX and Halo Fest are too far away and others waited too long to try and buy passes. Whatever the reason, there are many hardcore Halo fans who will not attending Halo Fest. However, the Halo Universe is a big place and filled with people willing to make Halo Fest as interactive as possible.
343 Industries and Halo Waypoint
The creators of Halo Fest are going above and beyond to make all Halo fans feel included in this special event and have partnered with IGN as a media agent responsible for covering the event.
IGN’s coverage of Halo Fest will include extensive video coverage of select Halo Fest tournaments and events, including live webcasts of select Halo Fest panels, as well as teaser articles, behind-the-scenes studio access, VIP interviews, contests and much more. – HaloWaypoint
But wait, there’s more! Waypoint is not content to just deliver coverage but are actively seeking ways to engage the Halo community. Over on the Halo Waypoint forums are two threads that let bystanders be part of the action. First, there’s the Ask a Question for the Halo Community Panel thread where community members can suggest questions for the panelists to asked. A description of the panel and panelists is below.
Halo Community: Fragging, Forge, and Flowers
Kick your PAX weekend off right by hanging out with some of Halo’s most dedicated Community leaders. Panelists include Louis Wu of halo.bungie.org, Adam Grumbo of 405th, Goose Checka of GrifballHub, HC Redemption of Halo Charts, CMNeir of Halo: Reach Tricks, and Dust Storm of Podtacular. There is a Community meet-up immediately following in the Waypoint Lounge.
There’s also bs angel’s Halo Fest Diary thread. You’ll definitely want to keep an eye on this thread during the event for some nearly-real-time updates and insights.
I was thinking today about how much it sucks when you can’t attend events like this. Thus, I have made it my personal goal to make those that can’t be there in person feel like a part of things. I’ve asked for a quiet room with an internet connection, so I can escape a few times a day and post in this thread. I’m hoping to be able to share pictures, short stories, and general experiences about the Halo-related shenanigans. – bs angel
Kete, host of The Running Riot Podcast, will be celebrating Halo Fest with a special Running Riot Podcast for all those who wish they were in attendance to hang out, swap rumors, and share information they’ve picked up throughout the day. Halo community members in attendance at Halo Fest have been invited to drop by and share their stories as well. The Riot Fest will kick off Saturday at 9 p.m. EST.
Submit Your Questions for Halo Fest is a call for community questions to be posed to 343 staff at Halo Fest. If you’ve got a burning question about the future of Halo, share it with us and we’ll do our best to get it answered.