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RFN Panel Edition Tridux: Live at PAX East 2012

by James Jones, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - April 9, 2012, 8:13 pm PDT
Total comments: 34

Our third trip to PAX East for a live podcast panel was the best yet. Listen to the whole thing right here!

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Special thanks to Jared Rosenberg for the excellent video footage!

These live panels at PAX East have become a huge annual tradition for Radio Free Nintendo, and we were delighted to return to Boston for a third Meatspace podcast with a small but devoted audience of listeners... plus the many more of you waiting at home for this recording! *Note: There are a lot of variables in this kind of setting, so please understand that the audio is not perfect, and you may need to adjust the volume from time to time.

Joining the three panel regulars this year is our friend Guillaume Veillette from Negative World, who has acquitted himself admirably on a couple recent podcast episodes and did another great job in person. After some quick intros and a special surprise from James, we revisit last year's Wii U speculation round and follow it up with a more realistic countdown to the system's launch. It's a brief conversation by RFN standards, but we manage to tackle important issues like our most anticipated features, repairing the broken messages of last E3, and how to get third-party publishers to stick around this time. With just over six months before launch, very few websites or podcasts are giving much thought to Wii U... okay, just leave it to us experts!

The second half (or two-thirds, really) is devoted to Q&A, as always. We got some fantastic questions from the live audience, which included both long-time fans and RFN neophytes who just stumbled into the panel. We were pleasantly surprised when the PAX Enforcers let us run 15 minutes over the allotted time, due to the next panel being canceled. All in all, it was a wonderful opportunity to hang out with Nintendo fans and each other, and we hope you'll enjoy this official recording!

Before you forget, be sure to vote in the RetroActive poll! The deadline is Thursday, April 12, and we will play and discuss whichever game comes out on top. You can also send questions and comments for the next regular episode of RFN! And oh snap, you can buy your very own RFN t-shirt that made its public debut at the PAX East convention. All sales benefit this very website and podcast, so buy several!

This episode was recorded by the PAX East Enforcers and was edited by Jonathan Metts.

Talkback

bigNfanboyApril 09, 2012

First !!!

When it rains, it pours! I just posted a Radio Trivia that's been in the cooker for over a week.... I hope folks don't mind :P

yayer1124April 09, 2012

Hey everyone . . Just a heads up I'm the 2nd person to ask a question in the Q&A and it was awesome to be able to take part in the panel. I look forward to becoming a regular participant in this community.

Oh and special shout out to all the guys in the show that took some time out to chat afterwards. It was awesome being able to talk to other people who have the same passion for Nintendo. Keep up the great work guys!

PlugabugzApril 10, 2012

In a way i secretly hope for a RFN UK Mini Panel featuring The Greg and Karlie and co.

Greg can even wear a joker costume to preserve his mysterious character.

Yayer1124: Hey man, you gave me your biz card right?  I checked out your site, good work!  Gotta update it with your thoughts on the RFN panel though. Haha.

We were talking about how the RFN crew got to be doing the panels...this is a pretty legendary comment thread for back-in-the-day this-is-how-I-got-into-this stories.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/sitenews/17894

yayer1124April 10, 2012

Hey Jon ! . . Yeah that was me ! Thanks for checking out the site and appreciate the compliments.

Yeah Im slowly just writing up the next few articles with my wrap up for Saturday and Sunday (stupid day job lol). But im definitely gonna be including my experience in the RFN Panel.

I checked out the link for the article. Awesome story and it gave me more motivation to continue down this path. Hopefully I can collaborate with you guys in the near future. Its people like you that inspired me to start writing. 

ejamerApril 10, 2012

Quote from: Plugabugz

In a way i secretly hope for a RFN UK Mini Panel featuring The Greg and Karlie and co.

Greg can even wear a joker costume to preserve his mysterious character.

This sounds oddly compelling. Well, not the joker part...

Glad0sApril 10, 2012

Quote from: ejamer

Quote from: Plugabugz

In a way i secretly hope for a RFN UK Mini Panel featuring The Greg and Karlie and co.

Greg can even wear a joker costume to preserve his mysterious character.

This sounds oddly compelling. Well, not the joker part...

What do you mean?!? The Joker costume would be the best part! And Greg could do a Mark Hamill impersonation...

ZackoApril 10, 2012

Am I the only one who thought the audio was pretty shotty in this episode? Maybe its just me, but I couldn't even understand what was being said some of the time. Not to complain and criticize, but it sounds like too much post-processing/noise reduction. Pretty robot-sounding. Great panel none-the-less. Wish I could have been there.

TJ SpykeApril 10, 2012

The RFN crew was mostly fine to me, but it sounded like some of the audience members weren't speaking right into the mic (like that (wo)man who was asking about franchises that shouldn't be revived, I couldn't hear what game she said).

NinSageApril 10, 2012

Loved the show!

If I had signed on to the friggin' PAX East website 2 hours earlier I would have been there - and that would have been awesome.  Hope to see you all in 2013.

Once again, great show!

Zacko, this is the audio we got from the PAX Enforcers, who recorded it directly from the mixing board. You probably couldn't get a much better recording under the circumstances. That said, it has some echo from the speakers bouncing off the walls and back into our microphones, and there was a high-pitched whine in the original file, probably caused by electrical interference. I did my best to alleviate the latter, and the final episode sounds much better than the raw audio. Still, we are not used to speaking with this kind of microphone, and I think it shows. James did a nice job of projecting into his mic, and Jon did too, but Guillaume and I are often too quiet because we weren't close enough to our mics. It's something I'll try to address at next year's panel. With the audience Q&A, I think you have to expect that kind of variability, but we panelists should do better.

Yup, I'll know next time.


...if there is a next time...


...please invite me back!  :-[

Quote from: TJ

(like that (wo)man who was asking about franchises that shouldn't be revived, I couldn't hear what game she said).

Young boy. Cool kid

Added picture of the Legos


http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/media/29760/4/1.jpg

I think this was the best PAX panel you guys have done yet. I at least enjoyed it more than last years one, you all sounded more natural and relaxed I think.

broodwarsApril 11, 2012

It was a good episode, but did anyone else have problems with the audio volume while listening to it?  Some speakers like Dr. Metts were particularly hard to hear at times.  It sounds like your Mics were considerably further away from you than they are when you do the usual Skype-based show.

Quote from: Crimm

Added picture of the Legos


http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/media/29760/4/1.jpg

A Fleur de Lys? That Lego man on the right could totally be me!

I claim it for myself.

TJ SpykeApril 11, 2012

LOL, does the LEGO guy on the far left have no face?

I just added the video of the panel.

Can I just say that watching myself on that video here is one of the freakiest experiences ever?

Quote from: TJ

LOL, does the LEGO guy on the far left have no face?



Have YOU ever seen a picture of Greg?


I'm not sure why Karlie felt the need to make me a Musketeer armed with a circular saw...

TJ SpykeApril 12, 2012

Quote from: Crimm

Quote from: TJ

LOL, does the LEGO guy on the far left have no face?



Have YOU ever seen a picture of Greg?
I'm not sure why Karlie felt the need to make me a Musketeer armed with a circular saw...

LOL, I always picture him as looking like Malcolm Reed from Star Trek: Enterprise since their accent is almost the exact same.

My LEGO certainly looks ready to bust a rhyme.

PlugabugzApril 12, 2012

Quote from: TJ

Quote from: Crimm

Quote from: TJ

LOL, does the LEGO guy on the far left have no face?



Have YOU ever seen a picture of Greg?
I'm not sure why Karlie felt the need to make me a Musketeer armed with a circular saw...

LOL, I always picture him as looking like Malcolm Reed from Star Trek: Enterprise since their accent is almost the exact same.

It's nowhere near to that! His voice is like a cross between Barry White and Stephen Fry.

Quote from: Crimm

I'm not sure why Karlie felt the need to make me a Musketeer armed with a circular saw...

The helmet is to protect you from yourself.

That's fair.

purevalApril 13, 2012

We had fun attending the panel, it was great to listen to. I hope my son was too big a distraction for you guys, he was a little antsy to get onto the expo floor and play some games. That and he was getting rather upset that he was dying in Super Mario Bros. I apologize if he caused any great difficulties.

I don't remember being distracted by him at all!

purevalApril 14, 2012

Well that's a relief. BTW, listening to the discussion about bringing back old franchises got me thinking. Adventures of Lolo as a hardcore 3rd person shooter. Completely with bro fisting and half naked "armored" La La. Day one baby.

Heh. Actually, Lolo would be great as an eShop puzzle game.

RazorkidApril 21, 2012

That was FANTASTIC and my personal highlight of PAX for me :D .  I couldn't stop grinningthe whole time watching the guys up on the panel and thinking to myself, " I listen to these folks every week for years, is this even real?" I had a blast ;D 

cmaghintayApril 25, 2012

Great panel! I'd love to go next year if I get to go to PAX East.


This is my first time seeing the hosts. James and John L look close to what I pictured in my head. But I didn't think Johnny would be so buff!

Glad0sSeptember 26, 2012

I just randomly decided to look at this thread again, and the above comment made me laugh so hard I felt the need to bump it for everyone. You're welcome.

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