From July 2 to Sept. 10, the Orange County Regional History Center will host The Games People Play: The Evolution of Video Games, an exhibit that showcases the history of gaming. [Read more…]
If you have a passion for Rock Band, simulators and video games in general, you’ll want top visit the Orlando Science Center this weekend for their 6th annual interactive technology expo – Otronicon. This event takes the world of video games and transforms them into true gaming experiences from January 14 to 17, 2011. [Read more…]
Phineas, Ferb and Agent P AKA Perry the Platypus from the Disney Channel cartoon Phineas and Ferb were at Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney to celebrate the opening of The Wonderful World of Gaming section of the store. [Read more…]
Top pros, aspiring amateurs, and fans are set to convene as the 2010 Major League Gaming (MLG) Pro Circuit debuts this weekend. The Orlando competition is the first of a five city U.S. Pro Circuit tour that will place the most talented players alongside their toughest opponents to culminate in a national championship event. The first event takes place April 16 to 18 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.
This year, the organizers are bringing fighting games back to the competitive fold with Tekken 6, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the popular Halo 3 FFA (free-for-all or individual) competition is also on deck for the 2010 season. The top FFA players from each event will be flown to the finals at the 2010 National Championships to compete for the $2,500 first prize.
Halo 3 is making its third season return to the Pro Circuit. Two-hundred and eight teams will compete in a three-day, double-elimination tournament. The Orlando competition will also feature home team favorites and league superstars Str8 Rippin, one of the best Halo teams in the world and one of the biggest success stories of the MLG Pro Circuit. Competing in the circuit will be leader Tsquared, one of Halo’s greatest and longest-standing players alongside teammates Snipedown, Heinz and Legit. Another strong contender on the Pro Circuit is Orlando-based, Sean ‘Legend’ Hinsinger. The 24-year-old led his former team, Classic, to second place at the 2008 Pro Circuit and is now heading up team Darkest Hour.
Eight winners from the 2010 MLG Doritos Pro-Gaming Nashville Combine will also compete at the Orlando event as part of their prize package. Included in the lineup is 17-year-old Ryan ‘a.reallygoodnoob’ Geddes from Zephyrhills, Fla. who wowed the MLG evaluators in Nashville and promises to be a home favorite at the Orlando competition.
Fans can purchase passes for the Orlando competition and interact with fan favorites during “Play-a-Pro” matches, and put their own skills to the test in exhibition matches. There will also be merchandise giveaways throughout the weekend. Full details about the event and the Pro Circuit are available at mlgpro.com/pro-circuit/2010. Passes can also be purchased onsite.
Otronicon is a celebration of interactive technology using video games to demonstrate the future of how we live, learn, work and play. The event returns to the Orlando Science Center this Friday, Jan. 15 through Monday, Jan. 18.
The event focuses on a few key areas:
• Larger than life video game experiences
• State of the art medical and military simulators
• Game design workshops taught by industry pros
Whether you’re a video game fan or just wondered what it is you’re kids are doing in front of that computer, there’s something at Otronicon. Click Here to see some photos from last year’s event.
Here are some of the special events this year:
Armor Games Skype Chat – Friday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m.
If it’s possible to find “art house video games,” Armor Games is probably the place to look. Check out the latest in independent video games, created by passionate enthusiasts that release new titles online almost every day. Enjoy a Skype live video conference with the brains behind Armor Games on Friday in Dr. Dare’s Lab!
Costume Contest – Friday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.
Fans of all ages, here’s your chance to show off that Master Chief costume or haul out those Mario Brothers’ overalls with a costume contest based on video game characters. Judges will be looking at the costume itself, the workmanship, design, and inspiration. This will be open to groups and individuals, experts.
Cocktails & Cosmos – Saturday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m. to Midnight
Enjoy Otronicon after dark with a rock and roll themed Cocktails & Cosmos. Enjoy music, cash bars, two fashion shows, deejays and more. The Crosby Observatory will also be open for viewing. This event is for guests 18 and up. Childcare is available for a small fee.
da Vinci Robot and Medical Sim City
Visit the expanded Medical Sim City and check out how Florida Hospital is breaking new ground in surgery with the da Vinci Robot, which uses remotely operated robotic arms equipped with minute surgical instruments. Get a rare opportunity to get up close to this amazing $1.7 million technology while it’s on display Jan. 15-17. Plus, see cutting edge medical simulators from Florida Hospital and UCF Media Convergence Lab.
Game Design Workshops
Learn skills from industry pros and hear about career options in this fast-growing high tech industry. Full Sail University hosts a series of engaging workshops that provide a glimpse at the technical and artistic skills behind videogame design. Industry experts will also be on-hand to share their experiences.
Brought to you by Florida Virtual School, Conspiracy Code is an adventure thriller designed to teach a full course in American History. As you play, you will develop a deep understanding of American History through in an espionage-themed adventure set in the fictional, near-future metropolis of Coverton City. In the game you must build your knowledge of American History in order to stop a vast conspiracy that is threatening to erase and change the course of history.
Hard Knocks Combat Arena
Far beyond laser tag, Hard Knocks is your indoor war – perfect for recreation, team-building, and more. The Hard Knocks combat arena adds a new visceral element to Otronicon, immersing its players in an intense game of cat-and-mouse using infrared weapons.
Jan. 15: 10 a.m. – Midnight
Jan. 16: 10 a.m. – Midnight
Jan. 17: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Jan. 18: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The Orlando Science Center is located at 777 East Princeton Street in downtown Orlando. Tickets are $17 daily for adults, $16 for students/seniors and $12 for kids (ages 3 to 11). Visit otronicon.org for more information.