Otronicon Celebrates 10 Years at Orlando Science Center January 16-19, 2015

Otronicon at Orlando Science Center

Now in its 10th year, Otronicon is the premiere technology event hosted by the Orlando Science Center, and it will run January 16 through 19.

Partners including Lockheed Martin, EA SPORTS, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida Hospital for Children and University of Central Florida demonstrate Orlando’s impact on the world of entertainment, simulation, education, training, health care and more.

There are classes in video game creation as well as exclusive chances to experience simulators to examine how video game technology is being used in the military, medical, sports and entertainment industries as a training and design tool. Plus, connect with local simulation companies to learn about exciting careers in the field.

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Otronicon 2011 Brings Out the Gamers to the Orlando Science Center

I have to admit, while I do consider myself a gamer, I’m more of an old school gamer. I do like some of today’s amped up shooter games, but I’m not hard core like some of my friends are. That doesn’t mean I won’t give a new-to-me game a spin, if the opportunity presents itself, though.

That’s why I was intrigued to check out Otronicon 2011, currently being held at the Orlando Science Center.

I attended Friday night and the first area I hit up was the Classic Arcade room. Galaga and Pac Man proved to be the most popular games. My roommate got a high score on Centipede, even though the track ball stuck a little.

We then checked out the Rock Band stage. Lots of young teens picking songs, so there was a lot of Miley Cyrus. It quickly became apparent that nobody knew much of the songs other than the chorus. But there were a few decent performances to check out.

Best performance that we saw was Electric Six “Gay Bar.” We tried to take photos but the flash failed to light up the stage. Even the audience was better lit.

On the way upstairs, we noticed 96.5-WHTQ had a table set up, so we went to say hello. They were giving away DVDs and we entered the drawing to win a 19″ HD LCD TV. What the heck, right?

Once upstairs, we checked out the room with the medical simulators, but we had missed the last demo by half an hour. So we went over to check out the military simulators. By far, the most popular area was the target range. The guys even groaned their displeasure when the guy running it shut it down so he could take a quick break.

On the 4th floor was the gaming room for that night’s gaming. The theme of the evening was Zombies, and at first there were none. But slow-moving as the undead are (according to George A. Romero), they eventually started ambling in.

Some of the costumes were really good and I’m sure once they started drinking the free samples of the NOS energy drink, the zombies would perk up a bit. I normally don’t like the taste of these things, but the grape one was really good.

We went back downstairs to check out the drawing for the TV. Rules were you had to be present, and as the small mob surrounded the table, they drew the first name – and he wasn’t there. The hand then went back into the box and drew…my roommate’s name. Yup, we now have a new TV in the apartment.

On the way out, we passed a couple of zombie pirates, so we made sure to guard our booty…and the TV (bad pirate joke, I know).

Otronicon was a fun event to check out and I think there’s a good chance I may get the Rock Band game in the next few months. Our neighbors are gonna love us.

If you want to experience Otronicon for yourself, the event runs through Monday, January 17. Tickets are $17 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $12 for kids 3-11. It also costs $5 to park.

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Get Ready for Otronicon 2011 at the Orlando Science Center

The Orlando Science Center (OSC) is already a pretty cool place to spend an afternoon. But next week, the place is going to get incredibly geeky cool when OSC hosts the annual Otronicon event January 14-17.

For those wondering, Otronicon is short for (O)rlando Elec(Tron)ic (I)nteractive Technology (Con)vention. The OSC describes the event as “a celebration of interactive technology using video games to demonstrate the future of how we live, learn, work and play.”  But it’s really so much more.

Sure, there are video games to check out. Maitland video game creators Electronic Arts are sponsoring the EA Sports Arena and the Rock Band Experience. EA produces games ranging from The Sims to Rock Band to Medal of Honor to Madden NFL Football. Chances are, if you have a gaming system in your house, you own at least one EA game.

Friday night will be so much fun, it’ll bring out the dead. It’s Zombie Night and will feature costume contests, movies, and tournaments featuring games like Left for Dead and Call of Duty: Zombie Survival Mode.

The creators of the recently released TRON: Evolution – Battle Grids will be at Otronicon on Saturday. The original TRON film will also be screened on the Dr. Phillip’s CineDome.

But beyond playing video games, Otronicon will show how this technology is being used in simulators to train the medical and military communities.

Of course, if current video games aren’t your thing, there will also be a Classic Arcade Lounge featuring vintage games like Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Centipede, Gauntlet (I LOVED this game as a kid!) and, yes, the original TRON arcade game.

Saturday night is when the Cocktails and Cosmos party will be held. It features live performances, music, food and drink, and it’s included in that day’s admission.

So how much is all this fun going to cost you? Less than the price of one video game in the store. $17 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $12 for kids 3-11. It also costs $5 to park, so stuff as many gamers into the car as possible.

Whether you just want to check out some cool video games or want to learn more about how they’re being used in real life teaching, Otronicon is going to be a fun event for the whole family to check out.

The Orlando Science Center is located at 777 E Princeton St and you can reach them by phone at 888.OSC.4FUN or 407.514.2000.

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