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August 8 - August 10, 2014
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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Events: Video Gaming

Otakon 2014 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 - 10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturday - 10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sunday - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM



Otakon Video Gaming Hall Rules

General Etiquette

Please

Be polite:
  • No Fighting
  • No Abusing 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

Gaming Etiquette


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.

Technical Stuff

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
BlazBlue: Chronophantasma 5 pm
Persona 4 Arena 6 pm
Mario Kart 8 10 pm


Saturday
Injustice: Gods Among Us 11 am
Super Smash Brothers: Melee 1 pm
Puyo Pop Tetris 3 pm
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 4 pm
Ultra Street Fighter 4 7 pm
Midnight Channel Run 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.

Tournament Signups:
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

BlazBlue: Chronophantasma

  • 32 Players First Come, First Served
  • Single Elimination Tournament

Game Settings:
  • Versus Mode
  • 3 Rounds; 99 Seconds
  • Best of 3 Matches (One match consist of three rounds, you win a match when you win two of three rounds!)
  • Final: Best 3 of 5 Matches
  • Stylish Mode NOT Allowed
  • No Handicap
  • DLC Characters Allowed
  • Unlimited Characters NOT Allowed
  • Stage Select: Random


Persona 4 Arena

  • 32 Players First Come, First Served (More players will be added depending on how long the previous tournament runs into sign ups.)
  • Single Elimination

Game Settings:
  • Versus Mode
  • 3 Rounds; 99 Seconds
  • Best of 3 Matches (One match consist of three rounds, you win a match when you win two of three rounds!)
  • Final: Best 3 of 5 Matches
  • No Handicap
  • Stage Select: Random


Mario Kart 8 Otakon GP

  • 32 Players First Come, First Served
  • First Round - Group Play
  • Second Round and So Forth - Single Elimination

First Round:
Thirty two players must qualify to get into the group of sixteen to continue the tournament. Four players will be split into eight groups. Each group must complete a cup race. The two highest players of the group will move on to the elimination round.
Players have a choice of any race from the following cups: Mushroom, Flower, Shell, or Banana.

Second Round and Onwards:
Once players make it to the second round we will continue with the original single player format. Two players will play three races. Top qualifying layer will have first choice. First one to win two races will advance. Players have a choice of any race BUT new and retro Rainbow Road.

Final Match:
will be both Rainbow Roads; in the case of a tie, it will be viewer's choice for the final stage.


Injustice: Gods Among Us

  • 32 Players First Come, First Served
  • Single Elimination Tournament

Game Settings:
  • Versus Mode
  • Best of 3 Matches (One match consist of three rounds, you win a match when you win two of three rounds!)
  • Final: Best of 5 Matches
  • No Handicap
  • DLC characters allowed
  • Stage Select: Random


Super Smash Bros Melee

  • 32-64 Players First Come, First Served
  • Single Elimination Tournament

Game Settings:
  • Melee Mode
  • 4 Player Stock
  • 5 Minute Time Limit
  • Best of 3 Matches
  • No Handicap
  • Freezing or Stalling not legal.
  • Selectable Stages: Yoshi's Story, Fountain of Dreams, Final Destination, Battlefield, Dream Land, Pokemon Stadium


Puyo Pop Tetris

  • 32 Players First Come, First Served

Thirty two players will play in groups of four with the top two advancing to the next round, which will continue until the finals which will be one on one. Players may choose between Tetris and Puyo before the round starts.
Depending on what the attendance is, the rules may change to one on one rather than four person pools.


Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom III

  • 32 Players First Come, First Served
  • Single Elimination Tournament

Game Settings:
  • Versus Mode
  • Best of 3 Matches; 99 Seconds (There are no rounds in UMvCIII, one battle is a match.)
  • Finals: Best of 5 Matches
  • No Handicap
  • DLC for Shuma & Jill Allowed
  • Same-Character Team Glitch NOT Allowed
  • Stage Select: Random


Ultra Street Fighter IV

  • 32 Players First Come, First Served (More players will be added depending on how long the previous tournament runs into sign ups.)
  • Single Elimination Tournament

Game Settings:
  • Versus Mode
  • 3 Rounds; 99 Seconds
  • Best of 3 Matches (One match consist of three rounds, you win a match when you win two of three rounds.)
  • Final: Best of 5 Matches
  • No Handicap
  • Edition Select OFF
  • Stage Select: Random


Midnight Channel Run
Mystery games to be announced at the time of the tournament! All information will be provided at the tournament, not beforehand.

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