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Thousands To Battle in
Video Game Festival at UC San Diego

January 15, 2009

By Christine Clark

Students at the Winter Game Fest

Halo 3, Starcraft, and Counter Strike may not be household names, but they are the main attraction for more than 2,000 video game enthusiasts expected at UC San Diego’s fifth annual Winter Game Fest, Jan. 17 – 18 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Price Center Ballroom.

The free student-organized video game festival is expected to have one of the largest Super Smash Brothers Brawl tournaments ever hosted on the West Coast.  Winter Game Fest 2009, which is open to the public, will feature 11 projectors, more than 40 consoles, and 30 TVs running beginner-friendly games, professional video game tournaments, and non-competitive Wii games.

Photo of a student playing a video game (photo / Richard Choi and Will Parson, Guardian)
A student paying full attention to a video game.
(Photo / Richard Choi and Will Parson, Guardian)

The tournament is organized by UC San Diego students on the Sixth College Technology Committee. Twice as many students have volunteered to organize this year’s event compared to last year. “This is the largest video game festival organized by students that I know of,” said Bob Li, Sixth College Tech Committee vice commissioner. “We’ve been working hard to promote it because we want to let people know that gamers aren’t just people who sit around in their basements, we want to show people that video games can be social and fun.”

The general public can enjoy more beginner-friendly games and older games like Sega Genesis. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the eight tournaments for games such as Madden 2009, Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band II.

“We think this event will be a big success,” Li said.  “Any professional or amateur video gamer will have fun at the fest.”

Students at the Winter Game Fest


Media Contact: Christine Clark, 858-534-7618

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