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July 24 - July 26, 2015
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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Events: Video Gaming

Otakon 2015 Video Gaming Hall

Video Gaming at Otakon is huge! We're filling an entire hall of the BCC with video games from all eras, classics you remember, current games you love, and plenty of games straight from Japan! Show off your skills and compete against your fellow con goers in casual play or enter one of our tournaments.

Hours of Operation

Friday - 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturday - 10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sunday - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This year, we will also have a large assortment of Japanese arcade games on freeplay provided by Tokyo Attack!  The list of games that will be available for freeplay includes:

SOUND VOLTEX (2 Cabinets!)
beatmania IIDX
pop'n music (2 Cabinets!)
jubeat (3 Cabinets!)
DanceDanceRevolution
Initial D Arcade Stage 7 AAX (Dual cabinet)
Taiko no Tatsujin (2 Cabinets!)
Dance Dance Revolution Extreme / In The Groove
Pump it Up PRIME
Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! (Super Table-Flip!)
THE☆BishiBashi
Future Tom Tom (2014)
Dariusburst Another Chronicle EX
Music GunGun! 2
DanceManiax 2nd Mix J-Append
DJMAX Technika 3
Fighting Climax (Dual Cabinet)




Otakon Video Gaming Hall Rules

General Etiquette

Please

Be polite:
  • No Fighting
  • No Abusive Behavior
  • Be sure to eat/drink during the convention
  • Do not eat/drink near any of the TVs and Consoles
  • Be hygienic (shower and deodorant)
  • Do not touch the consoles
  • Do not steal from other con-goers or the staff
  • Try not to break or mistreat any of the gaming equipment
  • Do not leave your personal belongings unattended or with the staff.
  • Do not exit out of a game or go into the main menu screen
If there is a line waiting to play, please limit your play time to the following:
Single Player Game:   
  • 1 Life Set OR 3 Songs OR 30 minutes (whichever is shortest)

Multiplayer Games:

    Fighters
  • Winner stays
  • All other players MUST give up their controller to the next player in line.
  • If there are not enough new players to fill up the empty seats, then the Second (and possibly Third) placed player(s) may remain seated

    Rock Band/Dance Central
  • A playgroup may only play ONE (1) song. After the song is finished they MUST offer their spot to the next person in line.
  • If no one wants to play your particular instrument, you may contain playing.

    Any Other Music Game
  • A playgroup may play one game, comprised of TWO (2) to THREE (3) songs depending on the game. After the game is finished they MUST offer their spot to the next person in line.

    By entering the Otakon Video Game Room you acknowledge the above rules and agree to adhere to them. Breaking any may result in you being asked to leave the Video Game Room or having your badge revoked.

Please talk to a Video Game Room Staffer if:
  • A piece of equipment is not working properly so that it can be fixed/replaced with a working one as soon as possible.
  • You would like to switch out a game and there is an open set-up. Please be aware that we will not allow personal games to be played and that we can not comply with all requests.
  • You notice someone is breaking any of the above rules so that corrective action can be taken.

Tournament Schedule

The lines for tournament entry cards start 1 hour before the posted start time.

The line for BlazBlue: Chronophantasma entry cards will form at 4pm on Friday. The tournament itself starts at 5pm.

Friday
Money in The Bank 3:30 pm
Blaz Blue Chrono Phantasma 5 pm
Mario Kart 8 7 pm
Mortal Kombat X 9 pm
Smash Crazy/Master Order Challenge 11 pm


Saturday
Under Night-n Birth 11 am
Persona 4 Noon
Ultra SF 4 1 pm
Marvel 3 pm
Tekken Tag 6 pm
SMASH 8 pm
Midnight channel kick off 10 pm
Midnight channel 11 pm

Reminder: the posted times are tournament start times. Sign-ups for these tournaments will take place 60 minutes before the posted start time.


General Tournament Rules

Failure to follow these rules may result in your expulsion from the Video Gaming Hall or Otakon.

There will be a designated tournament signup area at the Video Gaming operations table at the front of the room. An hour before each tournament, you will be able to walk up to the staffers at the designated area and get a tournament card with a number. DO NOT LOSE THIS CARD, you will need it to enter the tournament.
Tournament Cards:
Players participating in tournaments will be randomly assigned a number printed on a card. Members who do not receive a numbered card will not participate in the tournament. Cards are nontransferable. Players who lose their cards will not receive a replacement. Cards will be handed out to members who have lined up orderly at the posted sign-up time and sign-up place. Cards will be handed out starting at the front of the line until there are none left.

No-Shows:
Players receiving cards but failing to show at the appropriate time and place forfeit. Four-player games will be played in three-player or two-player mode if there are multiple no-shows. No substitutions for no-shows will be allowed.

Controller Policy:
Players may use their own controllers for tournaments, but you are no allowed to use your own wireless controllers. (PS3 Fightpads that use a wireless dongle are okay.) Players not providing their own controllers will be provided with a standard controller. Players not in possession of a controller at the beginning of a match will play with a standard controller. It is at judge's discretion whether to wait for the return of a personal controller in the instance that one controller is being shared by two or more players. No macro buttons are allowed. Players cannot use automated combinations of button inputs. Players are allowed to map the buttons according to their personal preference.

Have fun!


Tournament Specific Rules

Money In The Bank Tournament (RANDOM):

The grand prize of this tournament nets the winner the ability to go against ANY champion of ANY tournament for bragging rights of said tournament. This can only be done after the winner is crowned. The battle will take place on the same game the champion played with the same rules. You can only do this once, there are no do overs.
Rules:
Majority of this tournament will be composed of random games featured in this year's tournament and special choices made by staff. Each round will be a different game, the final round will not be a game featured in this year's tournament selection.


Ultra Street Fighter IV (XBOX 360):

  • Default Game Settings: 99 Seconds, 2/3 Rounds, Edition Select OFF, No Handicap
  • Best of three matches.
  • Grand Finals is best of best of five games.


Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (XBOX 360):

  • Default Game Settings: 99 Seconds, No Handicap
  • Best of three matches.
  • Grand Finals is best of five games.
  • Please be advised that if DLC is not available on 360 we will switch to PS3 if necessary.


Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Playstation 3):

  • Default Game Settings: 99 Seconds, 2/3 Rounds, No Handicap
  • Best of three matches.
  • Grand Finals is best of best of five games.
    • RANDOM SELECT for stages will be utilized.
    • SOLO selection is not allowed.
    • All Characters allowed.


Super Smash Brothers Wii U

  • (1 vs. 1 and 2 vs. 2)

Game Settings:
  • Singles: 2 Stock, 6 Minute Time Limit, Items Off, Equipment Off, 2/3 Games (3/5 in finals matches)
  • Available Stages: Battlefield, Final Destination, Smashville, Lylat Cruise, Town & City, Castle Siege, Delfino Plaza, Duck Hunt, Halberd
  • Note: All Omega stages are allowed.
Additional Rules:
  • Amiibo's are banned.
  • There will be no loading anything on to the consoles from a Nintendo portable gaming system.
  • You may not choose a stage you have already won on unless mutually agreed to.
  • You may not play on a stage that is not on the available stages list. This will result in a double disqualification.
  • Winning player is not locked into the same character for the next match, but has to pick before loser selects character.
  • Maximum allowed time between games is 60 seconds. Any player violating this rule will be issued a loss.


Mortal Kombat X (TBA):

  • Best of three matches.
  • Grand Finals is best of best of five games.
  • Jason and Tanya are available to play during tournament.
  • Predator is banned during tournament play.
  • (This rule may change by the time the convention rolls around. The only reason Predator is banned is because it's release date is too close to the convention and there may not be a patch in time for any exploits the character may have on others.)


Persona 4: Arena Ultimax (Playstation 3):

  • Default Game Settings: 99 Seconds, 2/3 Rounds, No Handicap
  • Best of three matches.
  • Grand Finals is best of best of five games.


Blazblue Chrono Phantasma (Playstation 3):

  • Default Game Settings: 99 Seconds, 2/3 Rounds, No Handicap
  • Best of three matches.
  • Grand Finals is best of best of five games.
  • DLC characters will be allowed.
  • Unlimited characters banned.


Killer Instinct (Xbox One):

  • Default Game Settings: 99 Seconds, 2/3 Rounds, No Handicap
  • Best of three matches.
  • Grand Finals is best of best of five games.
  • Until otherwise noted all available characters release by publisher are playable.


Mario Kart 8 (Wii-U)

  • Bring your own controller (you are responsible for securing your own controller!) You can bring pro controllers and Wii motes, but no gamepads allowed (just because there's no way to allow for all players to play with a gamepad if they want to).
  • 4 players per match (3 if not even, depends on number of entrants)
  • 4 random tracks per match
  • All items allowed
  • No COM players
  • 150CC
  • All characters and any unlocked karts/bikes/accessories/DLC available are allowed,. Any tie-breakers will be decided by a one race sudden death match between the participants following the same rules outlined above.
  • Top 2 per match advance in tournament, bottom 1 or 2 are out. This is a single-elimination tournament in the interest of time.


Guilty Gear Xrd (Playstation 3):

  • Default Game Settings: 99 Seconds, 2/3 Rounds, No Handicap
  • Default settings
  • Best of three matches.
  • Grand Finals is of best of five games.
  • DLC Character will be available and allowed during tournament play.


Under Night In-Birth (Playstation 3):

  • Default Game Settings: 99 Seconds, 2/3 Rounds, No Handicap
  • Default settings
  • Best of three matches.
  • Grand Finals is of best of five games.


Smash Bros. Crazy/Master Order Challenge FRIDAY 12AM:

  • Rules Will Be Announced Friday at tournament sign up during Midnight Run.


Midnight Channel Run FRIDAY + SATURDAY
This year is going to be different. This year the shadows are out to get you! This year! We're probably going to end up playing more playground games and trivia. Or will we? Welcome to year 3 of The Midnight Channel Run where the staff gives out random prizes for completely random things.

Maybe this time we'll do something Persona related?

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