<span class= "caption left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/news/image/screen-burn-ma029.JPG" width="480" height="319" alt="" class="image-large" />Photo Credit Merrick Ales</span> While there's many exciting things in store for SXSW Gaming next year, none will be as diverse as the SXSW GEEK Stage, encompassing the best of the geek culture! The first day sees sessions from the likes of [Machinima](http://www.machinima.com/), [Oculus Rift](http://www.oculusvr.com) and [Gearbox Software](http://www.gearboxsoftware.com/). The second day brings you companies such as [Mojang](http://www.mojang.com), [Geek & Sundry](http://geekandsundry.com), and [Telltale Games](http://www.telltalegames.com/). The third day tops it off with programming from [Marvel](http://marvel.com/), [Trion World Network](http://trionworlds.com/en/), and our very own cosplay competition in conjunction with [Evil Pastry Studios](http://evilpastry.com/). Other sessions throughout the 3 days include [ScrewAttack](http://www.screwattack.com/), [NASA](http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html), Freddie Wong, [Corridor Digital](http://na.square-enix.com/), [Square Enix](http://na.square-enix.com/), [comiXology](http://www.comixology.com/), and [Annoying Orange](http://annoyingorange.com/). This all opens with a fabulous band dedicated to the sounds of gaming, Austin's very own [Descendants of Erdrick!](http://www.descendantsoferdrick.com/about-6/) There is more great programming in the works - stay tuned in the New Year for the final schedule. Contact <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">Justin Burnham</a> for more info on how to get involved.