"The idea behind what we're doing is to celebrate video games, Colorado game development, and the whole Colorado video game scene," says Jet Ternlund, the event's organizer and president of the Colorado chapter of the International Game Developers Association. "That's everything from the guys who are playing professionally to people who are doing it in a studio, to independent game developers. Anyone who's interested in video games is welcome to come out."
The festivities begin at noon with a meet-and-greet mixer in the Sie lobby, where attendees can mingle with local game creators. At 2 p.m., the big screen fires up; there will also be gaming in the lobby, as well as a raffle.
While the final game lineup hasn't yet been confirmed, the organizers plan to feature the new Super Smash Brothers, as well as some locally made titles, in either the theater or lobby. Retro gaming fans may even get to see some of their favorite old-school productions on the big screen. "Wouldn't it be awesome to have some of those old classics on the massive screen?" asks Ternlund. "I'd like to surprise the audience with something there."
The Colorado Video Game Holiday Party starts at noon Saturday, December 20 at Sie FilmCenter. The event is free, but due to limited space, RSVPs are suggested. Put your name on the list on Limn Interactive's site.
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