Announcement: Todd Howard, Ken Levine Will Be MTV’s Featured Guests At NY Comic-Con Panel

On February 6, game design legends Todd Howard (Bethesda, “Fallout 3“) and Ken Levine (2K Boston, “BioShock“) will join Newsweek’s N’Gai Croal and MTV’s Stephen Totilo for a New York Comic-Con panel we’re calling Vs. Mode Live.


N’Gai and I are proud to announce that, one week from today, we will co-host an unprecedented panel at the New York Comic-Con featuring the makers of what many people consider to be the 2007 and 2008 Games of the Year.

The panel is open to all Comic-Con attendees. It will be held from 2:15-3:15 on Friday, February 6, in Room 1A22 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. (Comic-Con schedule is here.)

The NY Comic-Con organizers had invited me and N’Gai, but who wants to hear us argue about video games for an hour? You do?

We thought we could make it more interesting by inviting two industry heavyweights to talk about the state of this generation of games and what the future holds for what we will — or should be — playing:

*Ken Levine – The lead creative force behind the critically acclaimed “BioShock” from 2K Boston / 2K Australia, Levine played a key role in the development of the beloved “System Shock 2,” “Thief: Dark Project,” “SWAT 4,” “Freedom Force,” and more. He’s currently working on an unannounced game.

*Todd Howard – The lead creative force behind the critically acclaimed “Fallout 3” from Bethesda Softworks, Howard played a key role in the development of the “Elder Scrolls” games including the heralded “Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.” He’s currently working on expansion packs to “Fallout 3.”

Not only are Todd and Ken two fantastic game designers. They’re also great at talking about games and will surely teach me and N’Gai a lesson or three.

For one hour we’ll discuss and debate the current generation of video games. What has happened in the last year? What’s exciting about the games we’re playing (or making) now? ….And where should video gaming go before this generation is over? Expect a freewheeling exchange. Stay to the end for audience Q&A.

If you know Levine and Howard’s reputations, you don’t need much more than that to get you excited. So join us at Comic-Con for what we hope will be one of the most interesting gaming panels open to the public in a long time.

See you at the show!