Quirktastic Inc hosted its first annual QuirkCon, as well as the 1st Annual Cosplayer Awards that took place in downtown Durham at the Durham Convention Center. QuirkCon was a 3 day conference for geeks, gamers and nerds, with a primary focus on people of color and the LGBT+ community. Topics covered at this conference include anime, cosplay, comic books, gaming, sci-fi, art, film, mental health and alternative lifestyles.
Southern-fried Gaming Expo (SFGE) is made up of a group of gaming enthusiasts who live in the metro Atlanta area and, just like you, want an expo that the mid-south can call our very own. We created SFGE to share the nostalgia and skill of the game with long-time gamers, and to spread the joy of discovery with new fans of all ages.
SFGE boasts over 250 full-sized arcade games, pinball machines and console systems, along with tabletop gaming, vendors, special guest speakers, film festival, tournaments and more! SFGE is a family-friendly event that will be fun for all ages.
Some men are not looking for anything logical. They cannot be easily bought, criticized or reasoned with. They just want to hit large ugly things very hard with a large blunt object and collect large amounts of currencies.
Since its inception in the dark and moldy basement of their fearless art director, the studio has been bringing educative in all the wrong places games filled with protein stuffed meats, sturdy metal hats and eardrum shattering metal soundtracks to a grey world that had been flooded with very un-metal products with almost no meat references, not to mention very few hats.
"Born in the South Korean city of Daejeon, Kim Se-yeon ("Geguri"), 19, started playing games with her mom when she was just 5 years old. Today, she plays for the Shanghai Dragons in the Overwatch League, a professional e-sports league produced by Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment. Geguri started her Overwatch career playing as the character Zarya (her main), a powerful tank who can absorb incoming blows and redirect them toward her opponents in the form of a laser beam.
Geguri has been reluctant to embrace the role of trailblazer. She prefers instead to focus on the immediate mission at hand: helping her Dragons recover from their winless first season in the Overwatch League (the team suffered a 42-game losing streak, though they’re fairing better this season, with a 6-6 record.) And who can blame her? After all, none of her male colleagues have to worry about representing an entire gender. Still, she’s increasingly aware that she has a role to play in the world of competitive esports that goes beyond winning games.
Founded in 2004, Games for Change empowers game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using games and technology that help people to learn, improve their communities, and contribute to make the world a better place. They inspire youth to explore civic issues and learn 21st-century and STEM skills through their STUDENT CHALLENGE and train educators to run game design classes on impact games. They incubate projects through their game design challenges and executive production expertise in coalition building.
the 16th Annual Games for Change Festival will take place from June 17 – 19, 2019 in New York City. Developers, creators, researchers, technologists, educators, policy makers, and non-profits will converge at this nexus of impact to share and learn how they can leverage the power of games and immersive media for social good.
MomoCon was born from the hard work and dedication of a small group of committed people. Split between anime/manga, gaming, comics and cosplaying, they strive to bring the very best aspects of these fandoms to their fellow fans. MomoCon began through Anime O-Tekku, Georgia Tech’s anime club, and has grown over 50% in the following years. This year Momocon will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center on May 23th-26th.
A big congratulations goes to PCX Founder, Dr. Jakita Thomas, who has been awarded the 2019 Social Humanitarian Award by The Auburn Chapter of The National Society of Black Engineers and Auburn Black Girls Rock Selection Committee!
This award goes to someone who represents the best of Auburn—a woman of considerable achievement, that shows a relentless support for her Auburn and local community and whose efforts have impacted others within the Auburn community.
GHSEI: The 3rd Annual GHSeI will be held June 21, 2019, from 10am - 4pm at the DeKalb Conference Center at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston, GA. Will Tucker High School 3-peat as Georgia high school state champs? Join us to find out! We have already engaged Chick-Fil-A, STEM Wars, and STEAMSport as partners for this year's GHSeI. More info
Pixeljam was created in 2005 as a creative outlet for low resolution art and animation. Shortly after its founding members, Rich Grillotti and Miles Tilmann, decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and make games instead, carried by the momentum of the flourishing scene at the time. After a lot of self-education and determination, the browser game “Gamma Bros” was born.
After being nominated in the 2007 Independent Game Festival for best web game, Miles and Rich decided to dive head first into game development and call it their full time job. The web classic Dino Run was released next, followed by a multitude of smaller games made for Adult Swim.
You can follow them on Twitter + Facebook or check out their website here!
For the first time there was an exclusive Metro Atlanta only meet and greet of the who's-who in the ATL esports industry. It was an amazing chance to have everyone involved in the ATL esports industry under one roof and discuss the growth and opportunity that exists in our city!
PCX was recently featured on 11Alive about how we are teaching young people of color how to think outside the "console" box. Research shows 68 percent of the people making the games are men -- most of them are white. However, Erich and Jakita Thomas are trying to change that.
"It actually gives them the opportunity to be exposed to things that will help get them out of those situations," Erich said. "To help them see what's on the other side of being a success. That's what we really want to do and that's really what we take heart in."
The Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA)'s game audio shootout has always been a popular event, and this year ListenUp Audio has stepped up to host it. Bring your audio reel for pros from ListenUp, Wabi Sabi and others to review and give you feedback. If you are an indie dev, this is the best opportunity to find audio partners or develop your own game audio plan.
Open to (and free for) GGDA and TAG members ONLY.
Where: ListenUp Audio 514 Flat Shoals Rd SE, Atlanta GA 30316
WSB-TV Channel 2 Atlanta interviewed BluTactic of Wuntu Media, a rising star in the Gaming Industry, recently for a Prime time segment they were doing called Georgia Gamers. This segment explores the massive growth this industry has taken in Georgia and gives an insightful glimpse into the exciting world.
Georgia State University’s varsity esports program hosted PantherLAN Esports Tournament, with live, in-arena finals this past month at the Georgia State Sports Arena. Games in which the teams competed in include Smite, Brawlhalla, Paladins, Overwatch, League of Legends, Hearthstone and Dragon Ball FighterZ.
The Georgia Esports League announced that Greenberg Traurig LLP would be sponsoring scholarships for the winners of GEL's Southeast Regional championship April 6 at Georgia State University. Greenberg Traurig’s Video Game & Esports Group is at the forefront of the rapidly converging worlds of video games, esports, virtual and augmented reality, entertainment, mobile media, music, and social networking. Led by David I. Schulman, a technology and corporate shareholder in the firm's Atlanta office, the group currently represents multiple video game studios, esports teams, publishers, content and rights owners, and hardware developers.
The event also included panels and workshops by GEL and the GGDA, featuring talent and producers from multiple companies and esports organizations in the Atlanta area, including Pharaoh's Conclave. PCX owner, Erich Thomas, sat on panels discussing 'Tools of the Trade: How the Experts Plan Their Rig.', 'Esports Team Formation' and they opportunities that exist for esports teams, and 'Your Esports Fitness Regimen,' and the fitness challenges and injuries that can result from esports.
The Overwatch League's Philadelphia Fusion will build a $50 million esports arena to host its matches and is expected to be playing in the new building by early 2021. The 3,500 seat arena will be notable as it's the first dedicated, purpose-built stadium for esports in the Western Hemisphere.
The 60,000 square foot building will house a training facility, broadcast studio, and Philadelphia Fusion team offices. Players for the first time will be able to benefit from training opportunities and other experiences in their own dedicated esports arena.
Be My Player Two?
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day this past month, I wanted to focus on couple gamers and those who game with their significant other. What could be better than sharing your favorite hobby with your favorite person?! For me, this is a relatively new experience. In all my previous relationships I was the gamer and none of my past boyfriends expressed the slightest interest in gaming. Crazy-- I know! Which is why I love that in my current relationship I am able to share my love of gaming with my boyfriend, who’s just as a big of a gamer as me! Whether he’s eating my dust in Mario Kart or dragging me through Aperture Labs in Portal 2 at speed that would even make GLaDOS mildly amused, being able to share our love of gaming has allowed us to connect in a way I have never experienced before. Other than just helping me collect all the Wumpa fruit in Crash, playing together has strengthened our relationship in unexpected ways.
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