Not Just Programmers: Finding Unusual Video Gaming Jobs

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The international panel of experts at the “Unusual Jobs in the Video Game Industry” panel have extremely diverse backgrounds and hold interesting jobs in a field primarily known for artists, programmers, and coders. The full room in the Westin at 5:30PM Saturday was excited to learn about alternatives to break into a field many of them interact with for entertainment on a daily basis. The panel was composed of Roger Altizer, tester, journalist, college professor; Jose Zagal, engineering education research;
 
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2016 Cosplay Contest Winners

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Honorable Mentions Gabriella Neves as Mother of Dragons Lily Jonne, Luna Fiare, Lydia Heartwell, and Mark Fainsworth as Tiana, Mulan, Cinderella, and Prince Phillip Christina Jones as the T.A.R.D.I.S. Melody G., Bradley S., Ashley L., and Zack R. as The Institute Lauren Byers as Erza Scarlet Julie Marcinleo as Danielle De Barbarac Jen Gilley as The Night Queen Judge’s Awards Erin’s award: Jessica Butler as Sango Justin’s award: Clint House as Aquaman Miri’s award: Ashley and Lucas Haapapuro Novice First
 
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2016 Video Game Costume Contest Winners

2016 Video Game Costume Contest Winners

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Best In Show: Laura St. Peter, aka Querulous Artisan (Tidemistress Athissa from WoW) 1st Runner-up: Cindy Chen, aka Cindyrella Cosplay (Mercy’s devil skin from Overwatch) 2nd Runner-up: Rebecca Jackson, aka Kona Kyoto (Blood Elf Priest from WoW) Best Group: Sonya and Robin Desilets (Scout Harding w/ Blackwall puppet and Sera w/ Solas puppet from Dragon Age Inquisition) Best Prop: Julia Denniss, aka Crazy 8 Cosplay (Minuteman General from Fallout 4) Best Craftsmanship: Catherine Herold, aka Magic Missiles Cosplay (Leliana from Dragon Age Inquisition) Best Screen Accuracy: Katherine
 
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Vikings: A Different World

Vikings: A Different World

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The fourth season of Vikings, the popular television series that airs on the History Channel, is on its midseason break and returns this month. Panelists Kathryn Hines, Kirk Keplinger, Erika Pratte, and Philip Greco were introduced by moderator Jessa Phillips to a full room Saturday evening in the Marriott. With all the action and changes so far this season, the panel and audience were eager to dive into the who, what, when, and why of it all. Phillips started the discussion
 
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Anderson and Moesta Address Writer’s Intensive Workshop

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Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta enlightened participants and alumni of Jody Lynn Nye‘s Writer’s Intensive Workshop, discussing craft and publishing on Friday afternoon. Authors, publishers, editors, motivators, Anderson and Moesta run WordFire Press and have produced the Superstars writing seminars. The dynamic duo began with the progression from casual to professional writing. Anderson said that writing short stories used to be the thing to do, then the writer would get an agent (or be approached by one) and a
 
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2016 Comic-Book Quick-Sketch Contest Winners

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The Comic-Book Quick-Sketch Contest on Monday morning in the Hyatt Learning Center was judged by artist Georges Jeanty. Adult and child winners were named in two categories, individual character and comic book page. Individual Character Adult: Paije Beandry Child: Emma Grace Comic Book Page Adult: Angela Quillen Child: Katie Farmer

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