The Game Jam continued at Otronicon, with five teams competing for 48-hours straight to design the best game for the Oculus Rift. Presented by UCF School of Visual Arts & Design and E2i Creative Studio.

Microsoft and Sony present the latest in video game and home entertainment consoles with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, respectively. In addition, check out Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 and Sony’s Personal 3D HDTV Viewer.

Don't miss the final day of Otronicon 2014!

Photos courtesy of Michael van Gelder.


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Otronicon offered an evening of adult entertainment with special sections featuring mature games, food and beverages for purchase, geek trivia and live music with "A Brilliant Lie."

Photos courtesy of Michael van Gelder.


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Otronicon continues featuring larger-than-life video game experiences, state-of-the-art medical and military simulators, and so much more!

Ekso Bionics demonstrated the bionic suit that allows those who are wheelchair-bound to walk again and Otronicon hosted its first FilmSlam competition. Experience Otronicon through Monday!

Photos courtesy of Jennine Miller and Jamie Frishman.


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Saturday marked day two of Otronicon v.9 and we're just getting started! See what you missed, and be sure to be here Sunday and Monday for the ninth annual spectacular.

Photos courtesy of Roberto Gonzalez.


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Let The Games Begin!

The four-day interactive technology expo began Friday, Jan. 17 at Orlando Science Center. Check out the photos from Day One and be sure to join us through Monday!

Photos courtesy of RF Photography


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Otronicon enjoyed a VIP visit from Congressman Daniel Webster during the first day of the ninth annual technology festival at the Orlando Science Center. During his visit, Congressman Webster experienced a flight simulator courtesy of Lockheed Martin, graced the cover an EA SPORTS video game, saw a woman once restricted to a wheelchair walk again thanks to an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton and so much more. Orlando Science Center and its Otronicon partners thank Congressman Webster for joining us today. We enjoyed giving him a glimpse of the innovation that can be found right here in Central Florida.

Photos Courtesy of Glenn Clark


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City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined Science Center President and CEO JoAnn Newman to officially launch Otronicon v.9 at Orlando Science Center. Event included a demonstration of the Ekso Bionic Suit, which helps “test pilot” Sarah Anderson walk after losing the use of her legs in a car accident.

New partners Microsoft and Sony join the likes of Walt Disney World Resort, EA SPORTS, Florida Hospital for Children, Lockheed Martin and the University of Central Florida, plus many other technology leaders to explore Orlando’s impact on the worlds of entertainment, simulation, education, health care and more.


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To a kid, Otronicon is a dream come true — four floors of video games, robots, virtual reality and more. While the event can be known for the fun that can be had, it’s also recognized for sparking a child’s interest in science and tech careers through the appeal of interactive technology.

The event promotes the concept of “made in Orlando, played in Orlando” with many chances to interact with the creative professionals that make popular video games and discover the growing career opportunities available locally.

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Check out the new 30-second spot for Otronicon 2014! The event seems to grow every year. This year includes many of our existing partners, as well as exciting new ones. Most importantly, the event is focusing more each year on how interactive technology and digital media impact how we live, learn, work and play!


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It's game over for Otronicon 2013. Take a look at the action from day four!

It's never too soon to save up your "tokens" for next year's event!

Photos courtesy of Michael van Gelder and RF Photography.


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Ever dream of becoming a super hero? Playing the hero in video games may actually help make that a reality!

Violent video games have long been thought to increase aggression, but it appears that the opposite is true as well. A study done at the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Laboratory shows that having superpowers in a video game can make people more altruistic.

Stanford researchers used a simulation game to test their theory. One at a time, 60 men and women strapped on virtual reality goggles and were whisked away to a virtual cityscape. Their airborne mission: to deliver insulin to a diabetic child. Half of the test subjects completed their mission by flying in a helicopter; the other half controlled their flight by a series of arm motions, like Superman.

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Arcade games by definition are typically coin-operated machines such as pinball machines, video games and merchandisers (games which use claw cranes).

The first popular arcade games date back to the 1920s with the first coin-operated, fortune telling machines. In 1966 Sega introduced Periscope, an early submarine simulator, which became a worldwide success and the first arcade game to cost one quarter to play, a price which remained the standard for arcade games for many years to come.

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