The PAX Aus team today announced that this year’s keynote speaker will be none other than “Major Nelson”, aka Larry Hyrb, the director of programming for Xbox Live.
As well as being a very public face of Microsoft’s Xbox division, what with him just this week tweeting that Red Dead Redemption is coming to Xbox One via backwards compatibility, Hyrb’s been involved in shaping the Xbox Live platform since 2003. He and the team even won an Emmy in 2005 for “Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Advanced New Media”, specifically for their work in multiplayer-backend console game technology.
Did you know the Emmys gave out awards for stuff like that? I sure didn’t.
“As the embodiment of Xbox and Xbox Live, Major Nelson has seen it all,” says Jerry Holkins, one of the co-founders of Penny Arcade and PAX. “I will be there with everyone else when the show kicks off, ready to absorb his wisdom.”
Hyrb’s keynote speech will obviously open PAX Aus on Friday November 4, and if you want to get in you should get there early as the keynotes fill up very quickly.
LoadScreen was lucky enough to attend PAX Aus 2015 last year, where we got to experience a great many things from all sides of the gaming industry. You can check out the awesome things we saw, from how cinematic trailers are made, the process of developing a quest in The Witcher 3 and facing a Great White Shark in VR, and more over here.