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2014 Top Five ScrewAttack Gaming Convention Experiences

Last year we posted the “Top Five ScrewAttack Gaming Convention Experiences” in anticipation of the sprawling DFW area gaming show.  This year we’re treating you to some scheduling tips once more.  Here re the slightly hidden gems amongst the broad panel schedule for 2014’s SGC.

 

5. Electronic vs Tabletop Gaming

Roll 2 Play’s Tiffany Franzoni floats an interesting query to her panel… Is electronic gaming is better than tabletop gaming?  The Retro Gamers Society has fans of both sides of the debate – but will this be the discussion that converts some to one side or the other?  Probably not.  But will it be probably the most intellectually stimulating conversation of the weekend?  I’m betting on it.  Drop into Panel Room 3 Friday at 6:30PM to be a part of it.

4. ProJared’s Box of Mystery

I’m not sure what it is ProJared keeps in his box – but what I do know is this guy is passionate about gaming culture and shows it both in his online coverage and his interactions with his adoring fans.   The dude is a stand-up guy, we loved having him at SUPER! BitCon and we definitely love his panels.  While ProJared’s candor alone should be enough of a draw to this panel, which takes place at 2PM in Panel Room 2 Friday afternoon, we have to wonder… what’s in the box?

3. Youtube Hell

There’s that old balding guy in your office who smells like beets and insists you watch the latest video about the chemtrails commercial airplanes are leaving behind – spraying us like big crop-dusters full GMO gluten dust to keep us subservient to the federal government.  Well take that video, slow it down by 60%, set it to Eurotrash death metal and sandwich it between a Middle Eastern parody of the Mickey Mouse Club and a video of a guy drinking three liters of olive oil and you have what SGC calls “Youtube Hell”.  Starting at 11:30 Saturday night in Panel Room 3, this evening romp through the depths of subversive viral video will not disappoint your most curious of tendencies.

2. Q&A with Smooth McGroove

The current description for this panel on the SGC schedule simply says “Video game talk. BE THERE!”  And that’s a startling disservice.  Smooth McGroove may be new to the YouTube personality scene, but his a cappella game theme covers are not only bafflingly impressive insofar as production quality and rhythmic precision – he has a cat co-star too!  The internet loves cats.  Check out this phenomenal Q&A opportunity at 6PM Saturday on the Main Stage.

1. Powerfest – The Champ Looks Back At The Nintendo World Championships

Very similar in nature and tone to the “Nintendo World Champion” panel we facilitated at SUPER! BitCon in March, this extraordinary experience brings together two of RGS’s favorite people – video game journalist Patrick Scott Patterson and winner of Nintendo World Championships and Tetris world master Thor Aackerlund.  Thor and PSP will revisit the glory days of the 8-bit uber competition mirrored only in length and depth by 1990’s Fred Savage cult-classic The Wizard.  Check it out Saturday night at 10pm in Panel Room 2.

 

Checkout the show schedule on the SGC site for more fun and festivities – and keep a look out for fellow RGS members roaming the convention halls.  An RGS meet-up can happen pretty much anywhere at these cons – and last year it certainly did.  I’ll see you guys there. ♦

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SUPER! BitCon VIP Packs Unveiled

VIPAs a special way to commemorate our first RGS-hosted gaming convention, we have devote special care and attention to creating the most unique promotional item we could devise. Born out of a love for retro and an appreciation for the art of the classic black-box Nintendo games, these limited edition VIP packs hold true to the vested spirit of our event. The SUPER! BitCon 2014 VIP packs cannot be bought — they can only be won. They will be given out variously via contests and giveaways on the web and television. Information about these contests will be available via the S!BC Facebook page, so like it and stay tuned!

What’s in the VIP pack?

  • One custom black box with striking artwork
  • One custom manual which includes event information and maps
  • One custom cart (this item was sourced from corroded, water-damaged, or otherwise non-functioning games — with that in mind, please be aware that each cart carries a varying amount of character and patina unique to itself)
  • Two commemorative VIP tickets, design inspired by the Nintendo PCB inside every grey cartridge
  • Two standard adult-entry freebie tickets
  • Two event t-shirt vouchers redeemable at the S!BC merch table
  • Two limited edition black S!BC event t-shirts
  • 80′s-inspired posters
  • One NES game sleeve

We are very excited to bring this promotion to our guests in the weeks leading up to our event — and we wish you good luck in winning one! Thanks to Uncle Tusk and Wal R’ Us Games for their help in putting together these beautiful works of art. We couldn’t have done it without their expertise.  Stay tuned to our S!BC sponsor, the Game Bros, for some unboxing goodness coming soon…

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Game Developer Matt Harmon & Bonozo Apps: Ready For SUPER! BitCon

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We here at SUPER! BitCon HQ are delighted to announce the addition of classic gaming icon Matt Harmon to our esteemed game development panel. With a broad and impressive wealth of credits (from Game Director to Lead Programmer to Lead Designer) dating back to the glory days of Activision, Electronic Arts, T*HQ, and Atari, Matt brings a distinct air of insight to the stage for this unique daytime discussion. His work has involved some classic and memorable titles, such as “The Mask”, “And 1 Streetball”, “X-Files”, “Terminator 3”, “Street Hoops”, “Knockout Kings”, “It Came From the Desert”, “Might & Magic III”, “Project Runway”, and “Bass Master’s Classic”. In the current gaming realm, Matt is still quite active – his company, Bonozo Apps, provides cutting edge entertainment with an undercurrent inspired by the hits of gaming past.


Trailer for hit Bonozo game “Zombie Blaster!”
 

Its home located square in the heart of Downtown Tulsa, Bonozo Apps was founded in 2011 and quickly became a rising star in the prospering scene of Oklahoma game development. Matt and his team have created a number of engaging titles, such as the smash hit “Zombie Blaster!” and the upcoming releases “Max’s Cosmic Adventure”, “Angry Brokers”, and “Dragon Bones”.

Outside of the gaming-specific ecosphere, Bonozo also offers services in the genres of Edutainment, Social, AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality), CV (Computer Vision), Medical, Corporate, and Utilities. Under Matt’s keen guidance, his team has pioneered many emerging technologies not just for Oklahoma, but for the nation.

Don’t miss out on this incredible game dev-centric discussion in our panel room on March 29th, 2014 in the Oklahoma State Fair Park’s Hobbies, Arts and Crafts Building. Be certain to swing by Bonozo’s booth as well, to get some hands-on experience with their games!

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Oklahoma Video Game Expo & Convention, SUPER! BitCon, Gets A Sneak Peek On Youtube

It has arrived! The sneak peek of our venue and some of what we have planned! Make sure to share it on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit, and more — help us spread the word far and wide! Proceeds from this video game convention will be used to fund group meet-ups across 8+ states for the full year of 2014!

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REGISTRATIONS OPEN

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Vendor and exhibitor registrations for SUPER! BitCon are officially open at midnight!  Mailers have gone out to hundreds of personalities and businesses to engage their participation in this enormous celebration of gaming culture.  The buzz is strong and the excitement level is up to 11.

What does this mean?

It means we are anticipating a rich and overwhelming response!  Because of the number of projected requests for booth space, we are requesting your patience during the 2-3 weeks it will take us to sort through registration applications.

Two or three weeks?!

Cultivating the most optimal assortment of game sellers, merchandise dealers, artists, authors, and others takes great care and consideration. We have room for just over eighty 8-foot tables in our current [tentative] arrangement, and we want to utilize that space as economical and resourceful manner as possible.  Read that as: we want to pack as many of you into the State Fair Park as we comfortably and contentedly can.

This means that registrations are not doled out on a first-come-first-served basis, but rather will be pooled and chosen based on heavy consideration.  So please, make certain to send in your registration ASAP to get in the running!

I get that.  What do you need from me?

Registering for exhibitor/vendor space is simple.  Just send an email with the following information to sales@superbitcon.com:

  • Name of company/Your name
  • How the booth would be used
  • How many tables you would like
  • Whether or not you are requesting a premium location ($75/table) or standard ($50/table)
  • Your website (if applicable)
  • City & State you would be traveling from (if not from OK)

That’s it!  You’ll hear back from us in less than three weeks.  Upon approval of your registration, payment via Paypal is due within 30 days of that notice.

Thanks for your interest in SUPER! BitCon and we look forward to hearing from you all!

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SUPER! BitCon Vendor/Exhibitor Registrations Open November 9th

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SUPER! BitCon is a mere five months away, and the rush of requests about booth space has been very exciting!  Much of what we are hearing is that prospective vendors and exhibitors want to “lock in” space now, rather than potentially miss out on this gargantuan gaming celebration.  The S!BC planning committee discussed a number of dates to open up vendor registrations, and here’s the good news: vendor registrations will open up Saturday, November 9th.

We do have limited space with which to work, however: enough room for around eighty 8-foot tables.  Our primary focus of this event is to bring a day-long celebration of video gaming to America’s heartland – and to do that we will have to be fastidious in approving booth reservations.  We want a healthy mix of exhibits, merchandise, and collectables that caters to this niche we all love.  Because of this, not all registrations will receive approval right away.  Do not be alarmed if you do not hear back immediately – all registrations will be put into a pool of consideration weighed on placement, size, and focus.  This is the primary reason for the five month window on opening up registrations.

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With our current tentative map we have 24 premium placement spots and 57 standard spots.  Registration for multiple booth spaces is allowed and encouraged for those who might be bringing a large assortment of merchandise.

So vendors and exhibitors, mark your calendars for November 9th!  And thanks for supporting this RGS fundraising event that will help to continue fueling our group operations into 2014!  Registration requests will be accepted at: sales@superbitcon.com