The New York Videogame Critics Circle had a fine time at Barcade Manhattan at our 3rd Community Event and Hoohah last Wednesday night. We met many awesome gamers and journalists so it turned out was a great hang for all of us. (Stay tuned for more!) We enjoyed:
1) Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, Digital Trends’ Adam Rosenberg and Unwinnable’s Chuck Moran battling it out on the X-Men arcade machine, looks of glee and determination on their faces.
2) The Daily Show with Jon Stewart‘s Daniel Radosh and the New York Times’ Chris Suellentrop talking about everything from game design in real life architecture to The Last of US DLC.
3) CNET’s Jeff Bakalar speaking about journeying with his wife upstate to the Catskills along with Polygon’s Russ Frushtick and his S.O. during the 4th of July holiday.
4) Complex’s Kevin Clark and Gamespot’s Nick Capozzli keeping scores as in their contest to win our Asia-themed prize pack.
5) Just taking a step back to watch as the place became packed to the gills. There were 200 people at Barcade Manhattan at its peak.
6) Playing Time Traveler, Sega’s holographic arcade game, with DualShockers’ Jorge Jimenez and shouting, “This is a terrible game.” I agreed. “This is a HORRIBLE game!”
7) Kotaku’s Tina Amini holding onto the forearm of Jacqui Collins, a sign of true friendship.
8) Playboy’s Scott Alexander talking affably with a young game designer, holding back on the fact that he’s written stirring narrative for games himself.
9) Meeting Gaines Hubbell of the Journal of Games Criticism, who traveled all the way from Troy, New York, for the event.
10) Watching Kotaku’s Evan Narcisse hold court about comics. A circle gathered around him as he spoke with wisdom.
11) Listening to the enthusiasm of John Azzilona as he spoke about MOBA games like League of Legends. His pal Kate Ogden had the event’s most awesome t-shirt, too. (See below. Who knew Luigi could appear so menacing?)
12) Andrew Yoon, Circle co-founder turned game maker, showing off his brand new card game, Divorce.
13) Newsarama’s Lucas Siegel secretly brainstorming with me about the topic of a panel for the big — well, stay tuned about that.
14) CNET’s Dan Ackerman giving a thumbs up to the hoohah. He brought some of the CNET gang to Barcade Manhattan to check it out prior to our party.