Tekkocon 2014 Archive

  • [This is part of a series of articles, the first of which is here] As the weekend continued at Tekkocon 2014, I noticed no shortage of TekkoShodown players but gamers of all types were welcome across the board!   Video Gamers The video game room at Tekkocon 2014 was not one to disappoint; there we plenty of tournaments (which are all tallied and covered live; find more info here) and no shortage of opponents! A Dance Dance Revolution set-up (with heavy duty metal controllers) dominated the game room’s center, with a LAN hub for Call of Duty clustered behind it. One half of the room had several projection screens all rocking old school good times with a catalog of different games and arcade joysticks, a Rock Band area, […]

    TekkoCon 2014 – For the Gamers

    [This is part of a series of articles, the first of which is here] As the weekend continued at Tekkocon 2014, I noticed no shortage of TekkoShodown players but gamers of all types were welcome across the board!   Video Gamers The video game room at Tekkocon 2014 was not one to disappoint; there we plenty of tournaments (which are all tallied and covered live; find more info here) and no shortage of opponents! A Dance Dance Revolution set-up (with heavy duty metal controllers) dominated the game room’s center, with a LAN hub for Call of Duty clustered behind it. One half of the room had several projection screens all rocking old school good times with a catalog of different games and arcade joysticks, a Rock Band area, […]

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  •   Tekkocon is Pittsburgh’s annual Japanese Pop Culture convention, filled with events at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center—it is not to be missed. This is the 12th incarnation of the convention and as far as I could tell, the best yet; there were plenty of attendees, staff members, and activities for the enthusiasts. Asking around it became clear that with each year, Tekkocon becomes bigger and faster; to that end, they enjoyed a 20% influx of pre-registration for 2014. Overwhelmingly though, virtually everyone I talked to (guest or staff) noted one thing as the most outstanding attribute about TekkoCon—the sense of community (which, one astute interviewee coined aptly as a “clubhouse mentality”). Congoers (of which there were more than […]

    Tekkocon 2014 – A Fan-Community Convention

      Tekkocon is Pittsburgh’s annual Japanese Pop Culture convention, filled with events at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center—it is not to be missed. This is the 12th incarnation of the convention and as far as I could tell, the best yet; there were plenty of attendees, staff members, and activities for the enthusiasts. Asking around it became clear that with each year, Tekkocon becomes bigger and faster; to that end, they enjoyed a 20% influx of pre-registration for 2014. Overwhelmingly though, virtually everyone I talked to (guest or staff) noted one thing as the most outstanding attribute about TekkoCon—the sense of community (which, one astute interviewee coined aptly as a “clubhouse mentality”). Congoers (of which there were more than […]

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  •   This weekend I’m a press guest of Pittsburghs #1 anime convention—Tekkocon! The events began tonight and continue through Sunday, running the gamut from LARPs to movie showings to card games and everything in between. Every staff member I’ve met thus far has been wonderfully helpful and they’ve really put together a top-notch crew for this year’s convention, held down at the waterfront in the spacious David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Later this week we’ll have more about the convention—a solid rundown of the video game tournaments, interviews with celebrity guests, and some of the story behind the formation of the magnificent 2014 gathering—but in doing the rounds today I found something that people need to know about immediately: TekkoShodown. […]

    TekkoShodown – A Real-Time Massively Multiplayer CCG

      This weekend I’m a press guest of Pittsburghs #1 anime convention—Tekkocon! The events began tonight and continue through Sunday, running the gamut from LARPs to movie showings to card games and everything in between. Every staff member I’ve met thus far has been wonderfully helpful and they’ve really put together a top-notch crew for this year’s convention, held down at the waterfront in the spacious David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Later this week we’ll have more about the convention—a solid rundown of the video game tournaments, interviews with celebrity guests, and some of the story behind the formation of the magnificent 2014 gathering—but in doing the rounds today I found something that people need to know about immediately: TekkoShodown. […]

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