Otronicon

Flight SimulatorWhat can be more fun to a video gamer but an all you can play, 10-day convention? Well, it’s called Otronicon, and it’s happening now at the Orlando Science Center.

This past Saturday I decided to stop by for a few hours, and found that it was so much more than I originally expected. There’s gaming competitions, LAN parties, tournaments, several wonderful flight simulators -one of which takes you over Orlando, and you can even recognize several landmarks. Among the simulators, there were also Military and Commercial ones, like Lockheed-Martin, which were very interesting. Imagine playing a video game on that gigantic CineDome screen!

Storm TrooperI found and played several of my old classics, like Ms. PacMan and Galaga (my favorite!), as well as Star Wars Racer and Battlefront II -I even caught a picture of a StormTrooper- and Halo 2. I even found a new favorite for myself, Dance Dance Revolution (DDR). I spoke briefly with a yound man about the game, since it had piqued my interest, and when I got home I found out that his name is Alex Jebailey, and he’s a DDR world record contender. Had I known it was him, I would’ve asked more questions, even perhaps an interview, some more pictures… ah, you know me. Perhaps I’ll still get a chance this upcoming weekend?

DDR

Otronicon is definitely an experience for the entire family. However, it’s not all about games, well, it is, just not all entirely about playing. You can enjoy some of the most wonderful Digital Art I have ever seen. In addition, the entire event is geared toward education. Yes, games can also be about learning! Throughout the entire week, workshops are being offered (you need to sign up), presented by Full Sail Real World Education. Among them, some of the most interesting ones to me are that of Digital Drawing and Painting, 3D Animation, and Game Design. DAVE School also had a presentation set up, a most wonderful motion capture; my thanks to Richard J. Dixon, Digital Animator there for DAVE School, for the information he made available and the time he spent with me. I’ve found another way to take my art to a new and very exciting level!

I had so much fun, I’m planning on attending again next weekend. I hope to see you there!

4 Comments so far

  1. FryGuy (unregistered) on January 25th, 2006 @ 10:36 pm

    I’m going this Friday and plan on taking a lot of pictures and attending at least one of the seminars/workshops.

    Do you know if they had any free Wi-Fi set up?


  2. zee (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 10:48 am

    You know, with all that I wandered about, I didn’t think to ask if they did. Perhaps up at the LAN party area they do, but don’t quote me on that. ;)

    Edited: I just received confirmation from Otronicon that unfortunately they don’t have Wi-Fi at this event. Pehaps they’ll consider it for future ones.


  3. MethOdz (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 11:23 am

    Otronicon was amazing, I placed 3rd in the Halo 2 tournament out of about 300 people, and I got 4th (missed 3rd0 by 1 point in the CyberTriathlon which had about 300 competitors as well. If you are a gamer looking for fun and challenging events, this is definitely the place to go.


  4. zee (unregistered) on February 12th, 2006 @ 4:41 pm

    Hi there, Methodz.. I remember you (at least by name on the lists). I didn’t get to put a face to the name. That last hour of gameplay in Halo 2 was intense.

    Congratulations on making it -even if you missed 3rd place. It was lots of fun, and you were one of the best ones.

    Hope to see you next year!



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