SXSW ScreenBurn Arcade 2012
Cosplay, Booth Babes, Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Cosplay, Booth Babes
Quite a few people dressed up as their favorite game characters and booth babes were about in full force during the Screenburn Arcade event. The most noticable booth babe had to be Jessica Nigri, aka Juliet Starling from Lollipop Chainsaw. She stayed in character throughout the day and entertained everyone with her bloody chainsaw and crazy personality.
Alienware also had several booth babes manning the Quantum Conundrum registration booth and Eyefinity gaming chair for people to play Battlefield 3 on three Dell 30" LCD displays.
The hostess of the IGL pro gaming tournaments was also all smiles as some of the best PC gamers in North America battled in League of Legends and Starcraft II.
This cosplay girl was a spitting image of Rogue from X-Men. The hair and costume all matched flawlessly.
The two booth babes working the AMD IGL Arena booth had a great time challenging gamers to rounds of Street Fighter 4 using a couple PC-compatible "tournament edition" joysticks.
Tradition at many of these types of gaming events dictate that there is at least one zombie present and accounted for. Here he is.
The Firefall section included a booth "dude" and "babe" in the form of an assault soldier and medic from the game itself. The costumes were very realistic, but the guy kinda looked like Guile from the Street Fighter series.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The SXSW Screenburn Arcade included an eclectic group of old-school console gamers and some of the latest PC titles available to consumers in 2012. This young gamer wasn't sure how to use the Sega Dreamcast controller, which was somewhat defines how far we have come in the gaming industry over the last 20 years.
The annual gaming event was free and open to the public and included a host of new game demonstrations and treated expo visitors to open-play LAN gaming and organized pro gaming. There were a lot of people who weren't really part of the "gaming" crowd, but I think they gained a better understanding and appreciation for how dedicated PC and console gamers are to their culture and sport. In 2013, ScreenBurn will simply be known as SXSW Gaming and the arcade will be renamed the SXSW Gaming Expo.