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Tech Museum's June 14 Maxgames Gives Valley Video Gamers a Chance to Duke It Out on The Giant Dome Screen

Press Release Date 
Monday, 2 June, 2003
Hundreds of video game players will converge on The Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose on Saturday, June 14, for a chance to compete against the best in the Valley on the Giant Dome Screen as part of the second annual Maxgames competition. The all-day tournament includes the top video games for the Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Sony PlayStation2 consoles. An all-ages game competition runs from noon to 5 p.m., followed by a mature game competition starting at 6 p.m. "Video gaming is a pastime that ignites the imaginations of millions of players of all ages," said Peter Giles, president and CEO of The Tech. "Hosting a gamers tournament is a pleasure for The Tech. We are pleased to offer access to our exhibition galleries to all players, to inspire their imagination and creativity in even more ways." Last year's competition drew more than 300 players. Maxgames is the only tournament where the top finalists compete on a Giant Dome Screen. Gamers progress through a series of qualifying rounds playing with standard consoles using large screen televisions. The final four competitors in six featured games will duke it out on the Giant Dome Screen with the theater's 13,000-watt, six-channel, 44 speaker sound system. The competition includes the three most popular gaming consoles. Microsoft Xbox games include Mech Assault, Halo and Sega GT. GameCube games include Super Monkey Ball 2, Smash Brothers Melee and SSX Tricky. Playstation2 games include Tony Hawk 4, Madden Football 2003 and Virtua Fighter 4. The cost to compete is $25 per person per games. Tech Museum members get a $10 discount on the registration fee, and play for $15.00. Competitors can register online via the Maxgames website at http://www.thetech.org/Maxgames and all entry fees from the Maxgames go toward The Tech's Annual Fund for Education. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each of the games. Gamers will also have access to The Tech's exhibits during the event. The Maxgames competition is sponsored by Xbox, Sega, NBC11, and The Mercury News. For information, contact Jim Graham, FutureWorks Public Relations, 408.428.0895 x120, jim@future-works.com. About The Tech Located in downtown San Jose, CA, The Tech Museum of Innovation, a non-profit organization, engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. With over 250 hands-on exhibits, an IMAX Dome Theater, weekend workshops, summer camps, community outreach programs, Tech Challenge and Tech Awards, The Tech has inspired more than 5 million visitors since opening the doors in 1990. For more information, www.thetech.org or (408) 294-TECH.