By Bryan Keleman
Ah! Where to start? It’s been just a hectic two days it’s really been all a blur. Every day sort of melded together so we decided to combine our recap.
As usual, the days opened to the Video Game Arena in full action. Gunshots from Call of Duty, squealing tires from the Forza screen and the spells from LoL, echoed throughout the arena as gamers started warming up and getting ready for an entire night of competition. For Daily Challenges we had a Super Smash Bros time trial and a last man standing in Call of Duty Zombie mode. Both competition saw winners walking away with a pot grand prize and a heady dose of hand cramps.
Thursday also marked the day where the 4 serious foot traffic. We started preparing for panels by fiddling with microphones and debating stool placement while the artists in the gallery hung their pieces and got ready for a night of schmoozing action. When the exhibit opened By 3pm people were lining up to catch Gam3r Moms, a panel discussing parents living with and living as gamers themselves and what it means to not only share that hobby with your children, but make time for it with the demands necessary in being a parent.
We later saw a panel consisting of Nerdcore Nightmare that consisted of hilarious anecdotes to the nostalgia of gamers’ pasts and how they focused that inspiration into a meaningful project in a creative way. The same could be said about the art show gallery opening curated by 8 bit cubist. Artists from all over showcased their videogame themed works and discussed the creative process necessary to take one person’s creative work and mold it into something of their own vision. They created work inspired from every facet of gaming and you could truly feel that every single artists felt that same emotional pull as their work came from places of their childhood, but each and every one of them experienced that joy and lived a slightly different story in regards to playing video games, affecting their work in radically different ways.
We also saw a podcast from 8 bit cubist that was not only interesting, but full of wit and charm that only gamers could appreciate. Friday ended with a voice over panel from with some of the industry’s greats, including Fred Tatasciore, Eliza Schneider, and other esteemed panelists whose imdb profiles could read like poetry to gamers and geeks the world over.
Thursday and Friday saw the performance of a new play “I Wish My Life Were an RPG.” It was funny yet touched upon those fantasies every gamer has at one point or another on how life would be if only their were the familiar elements of a video game dictated the often complicated rules of life. That’s not to say it took itself too seriously, the play lasted only an hour and you wished you could live in the world the playwright created for another lifetime or two.
Thursday nights rooftop activities consisted of drinks and chatter over the sounds of filking artists on stage. They sung of orcs in battle and nerds in battle gear creating a mellow atmosphere that carried the audience over to what our volunteer Joe would be talking about as the highlight of the evening, a game of werewolf.
Friday night similarly had comedian Andre “Black Nerd” Meadows tearing up the rooftop with laughter as we opened up our beer gardens from El Dorado alcohol for the first time. There was a healthy showing of cosplayers this night around as they put on their best outfits getting ready for the competition that would be held that night.
The video game arena probably saw their biggest night of attendance with League of Legends being shoutcasted throughout the night by Tower Dive TV and I Smash SF, a Godzilla like simulation set in San Francisco, both opening up to a wave of gamers.
Saturday, although it doesn’t seem like it. Aims to be bigger than either days combined. With non-stop panels and plays on the Ultra Championship in Blops 2. We’re getting ready for the busiest day of the week and pray our bodies are ready for another night of party, play and socializing.