SXSW 2019 to feature 'Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel' (with special announcements) and 'The Psychology of The Legend of Zelda'

Looks like we have two panels at the upcoming South X SouthWest event to look forward to. There will be an official SEGA panel on Sonic the Hedgehog, which is going to include some surprises, as well as a Legend of Zelda panel. Check out the details below!

The Discovery Stage is back for another year of fan-centric panels, reveals, and announcements at SXSW Gaming! The Discovery Stage is an integral part of experiencing SXSW Gaming every year as it hosts fan-favorite franchises, voice actors, filmmakers, and more, specially curated for YOU! You can expect discussions about the journey of making games, first-look revelations on top upcoming titles, and more – all at the heart of SXSW Gaming!

We’re excited to reveal the lineup for this year’s sessions and highly recommend you be a part of the fun next month!

Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel

Aaron Webber (SEGA of America), Jasmin Hernandez (SEGA of America), Jun Senoue (SEGA), Takashi Iizuka (SEGA of America)

Sonic the Hedgehog is back at SXSW! Join special guests from SEGA and Sonic Team as they talk about the latest for the blue blur and his next steps for 2019 and beyond. There’s almost always a special announcement or two to be had, so be sure to purchase your wristband to SXSW Gaming to make sure you’re there to hear it first – no spoilers here!

The Psychology of The Legend of Zelda

Dr. Anthony Bean, Dr. Emory Daniel Jr., Dr. Rachel Kowert, and Dr. Shane Tilton

The Legend of Zelda franchise has immersed players in a courageous struggle against the forces of evil for three whole decades and across 30 different games. Surprisingly, throughout all these years, the powerful psychology of this game continues to allow players to assess many varying mental health conditions and to overcome emotional trauma. From Dark Link to being an orphan, panelists discuss the varying psychological importance of why this game series Links up so well with our psyches.

The Sonic the Hedgehog panel takes place March 16th, 2019 at 1:00PM – 2:00PM, and the Legend of Zelda panel will be held on March 17th, 2019 at 2:30PM – 3:30PM.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!


Psychology of Zelda sounds unusual.I'd rather hear about the game design, but it could be interesting. I wouldn't say Zelda is the most psychologically impactful game there is.


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