Dear Wizard World,
You did an awesome job including the DeVry University Gaming Lounge this year at Wizard World Chicago 2015. Thanks for letting me get my game on.
So you are probably asking yourself what this Gaming Lounge was all about this year… and for those of you who got to check it out, I am sure you understand my sentiment. DeVry University, Galloping Ghost Arcade, and Level 257 put together a super fun lounge full of video games for this year’s Wizard World Chicago Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on August 20-23, 2015.
CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 21: The Devry Comic Con booth at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on August 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Devry)
The Gaming Lounge featured a showcase of games from past to present, as gamers got to experience some classic cabinets to the latest games. It was incredibly cool to see generations of grown-ups and kids both playing Ghosts n’ Goblins and Super Smash Bros. Wii U together. This was quality family entertainment.
The Devry Comic Con booth at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on August 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Devry)
DeVry had several consoles set up for players to match up and play. It was definitely a great opportunity to check your skills in Mortal Kombat X against complete strangers. I personally felt great about my Toon Link skills in Super Smash Bros. Wii U until I met up against a much better (and much younger) Samus player.
Galloping Ghost Arcade had a huge stage set up to host several tournaments over the weekend. Level 257 had a similar set up going, and plenty of people were in attendance for the events. It’s great to see some incredible players duke it out on the big screen, and hopefully it gives people a taste of what they could expect should they decide to attend some of the bigger regional/national tournaments.
Also in attendance were some incredible game designers, including Brian Colin, creator of the legendary Rampage games. I got to play Rampage: World Tour on a cabinet and felt memories come flooding in when I picked this up for the Nintendo 64 back in the day. Brian was very gracious and thanked me for enjoying his games over the years. Hey Warner Bros, you should pick this guy up and get a current gen Rampage in development immediately!
Like I said before, there were quite a few cabinets on the floor, and thankfully all were set to freeplay. I got down on some Altered Beast, Ghosts n’ Goblins, Speed Racer, and The Simpsons arcade games among others. I also played a Spawn arcade game that I had never knew existed before, and will have to say I am glad I got a chance to play it (my review: it was okay).
Extra Life is a great cause, and they were ready to tell everyone about it. (Photo by Cody Shults/That VideoGame Blog)
Extra Life had a booth set up to promote some of the incredible work they do for raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. If you have a chance, you should head over to their website (extra-life.org) to check out what they are all about and maybe even consider doing a little fundraising yourself.
All in all, the DeVry University Gaming Lounge was a great diversion from the showroom floor, and I hope they continue this as a tradition at the next Wizard World Chicago Con in 2016, and maybe even other Wizard Worlds around the country.
Check out some more shots below. Thanks to Maura Ashe and Timothy Hiatt for information and pictures!
Getting ready for the Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament hosted by Level 257. (Photo by Cody Shults/TVGB)
The sticks were out for Mortal Kombat X. (Photo by Cody Shults/TVGB)
This is just some of the cabinets set up in the DeVry University Gaming Lounge. (Photo by Cody Shults/TVGB)