Video game players from all around the Bay Area will have a chance to compete against the best of the best on The Tech Museum of Innovation's Giant Dome Screen at the third annual Maxgames on Friday, July 23.
This all-day tournament includes top video games for the Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Sony PlayStation2 consoles. An all-ages competition runs from noon to 5 p.m., and an adult-only gaming competition begins at 6 p.m.
The competition day-of-play will feature pizza chats where players can grab a bite to eat and get the inside scoop on how to become part of the game development industry. Representatives from the International Game Developers Association and The Art Institute of California - San Francisco will be on-hand. Creators of the well-known "Red vs. Blue" mechinima series will be on hand to talk with players about the series' development process during the day and then show episodes on the Giant Dome Screen during the evening. Bungie, developers of HALO and HALO 2, will also screen a hi-res version of their nine-minute trailer for the upcoming HALO 2.
"Video gaming has surpassed Hollywood in terms of annual revenue and the gaming industry is the launching point for many technology innovations," said Joe Fabris, founder of Maxgames and a member of The Tech's Board of Directors. "It's a natural fit for The Tech to host Silicon Valley's premier gaming tournament. We're pleased to offer access to our exhibition galleries to all players so they will be inspired toward careers in high tech and possibly pioneer new gaming technologies."
Last year's competition drew more than 250 players. Maxgames is the only tournament where top finalists of select games 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 games 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 NASCAR Thunder 2004, SSX 3 and HALO. GameCube games include Mario Kart Double Crash, Super Smash Brothers Melee and Super Monkey Ball 2. Playstation2 games include Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4, DDR Max 2 and Downhill Domination.
Finals for the following games will be played on the Giant Dome Screen: Super Monkey Ball 2, NASCAR Thunder 2004, SSX 3, Mario Kart Double Dash, HALO and Downhill Domination.
The cost to compete is $25 per person per game. Tech Museum members get a $10 discount and play for $15 per game. Competitors can register online beginning June 30 via the Maxgames website at http://www.thetech.org/maxgames . All entry fees go toward The Tech's Annual Fund for Education. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each game. Gamers will also have access to The Tech's exhibits during the event.
The Maxgames competition is sponsored by palmOne and The Wave Magazine with promotional partners NBC11, GameLender, GameSpot and event partners The Art Institute of California – San Francisco and the International Game Developers Association.
For information, contact Jim Graham of Jim Graham Public Relations at (831) 234-4337, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via AIM/YIM/Skype at jgprdotnet.
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.