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#21: New for 2017: Pinball Lounge, Game Creator Connection, and the Futurism & Tech Pavilion!

We have some exciting new destinations for you at Comic-Con 2017! Here are 3 new fun and informative places and programs to visit this year.

Pinball Lounge

This year, we are excited to announce the debut of the Pinball Lounge at Comic-Con. Featuring a set of Star Wars–themed pinball machines, the Pinball Lounge will be open from Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Pacific Ballroom 14-16, in the convention facility adjacent to the North Tower.

Free Play Hours

If you’re a casual player, stop by the Pinball Lounge between 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, or between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Sunday for Free Play. It’s a great place to hang out, relax, and regroup while getting to play classic arcade games with friends.

Tournament Play

For the more seasoned pinball players, there will be tournaments. Everyone is welcome to enter the competition, but only the top four contenders will qualify to compete in the final round.

If you would like to take part in the tournament, please visit the Pinball Lounge between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, or on Sunday between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM to compete in the qualifying rounds. The final round of these tournaments between the top four contenders will take place immediately after the qualifying rounds, and each of these finalists will walk away with a prize!

Come by and show off your best pinball moves!

  • Where: Marriott Marquis Marina, 333 W. Harbor Dr., Pacific Ballroom 14-16, Lower Level
  • When: (Free Play): Thur., Fri., & Sat.: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM • Sunday: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM (Tournament Play): Thur., Fri., & Sat.: 7:00–9:00 PM • Sunday: 2:00–4:00 PM

Game Creator Connection

Game Creator Connection is a new event on Saturday, July 22 that features an opportunity for game developers—whether currently working in the industry or aspiring to do so—to receive valuable advice, insights, and mentoring from seasoned veterans of the game industry representing diverse backgrounds—production, programming, art, business development, and so on.

  • Where: Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis & Marina
  • When: Saturday, July 22, 1:00–3:00 PM

Please note: Online registration was held for Game Creator Connection prior to the event; onsite participation may be limited if you are not pre-registered.

The Game Creator Connection also includes another new event, Game Pitch Review. A panel of professional game developers will offer their invaluable advice and insight to those seeking to further their dreams of making their game a reality. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch a game for three minutes and then receive constructive criticism on how it went. This session will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis and sign-ups will be taken on site.

For complete info on both Game Creator Connection and Game Pitch Review, please click here.

Futurism & Tech Pavilion

The Futurism & Tech Pavilion is excited to show off the latest in tech and innovation at this year’s Comic-Con. Augmented Reality takes center stage with the exclusive launch of Mira Lab’s new headset, accompanied by some exciting new content. We have a wide range of Virtual Reality with incredible companies providing it: Survios’ Raw Data, VR Werx’ Paranormal Activity, Steel Wool’s Mars Odyssey, Project Cars from Bandai, Star VR’s John Wick, The Power Rangers presented by Qualcomm, Arcslinger from Big Red Button, something cool from Framestore (The Avengers and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), VR cubes courtesy of Exit VR, Augmented Reality, as well as mixed reality and 360 domes courtesy of FulldomePro (a relaxing way to enjoy fully immersive entertainment). Sega is presenting an AR Sonic experience and a special concert with the awesome Shota Nakama on Thursday evening, and dome takeover on Friday! We welcome the “A.I. Innovation Fair “with its focus on artificial intelligence, sustainable tech and advanced robotics; Hanson Robotics will be sharing Einstein and their remarkable ground-breaking robots. With more than 9,000 square feet of futurism and cutting edge innovation and immersive entertainment, the Futurism & Tech Pavilion hosted by VRCon is a must-see event at Comic-Con 2017!

  • Where: Omni San Diego Hotel, 675 L St., Grand Ballroom AA, 4th Floor
  • When: Wed., 7/19: Developer & Public Preview, 6:00–9:00 PM • Thu.–Sat., 7/20-7/22: 9:30 AM–7:00 PM • Sun., 7/23: 9:30 AM–5:00 PM

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