The Magic Gaming squad finished its 2020 look Saturday, drafting a two-year veteran who head coach Jonah Edwards said he had targeted in the league’s first year.
Alexander “Profusion” Snowden, an explosive shooting guard who last season averaged 16 points and shot more than 50 percent from 3, was the first player chosen by the Magic, who picked him in the second round.
Magic Gaming followed that up by selecting Daniel “djbama” Burge in Round 4.
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Legendary video game designer David Crane said he probably should have seen the rise of esports way back in the 1980s.
While building games for Atari, a long hallway ended in a sort-of makeshift game room, where programmers would play the latest titles.
These often impromptu sessions would often draw six to eight people watching the gameplay.
“We, of course, looked at games differently than the average person – concentrating on design issues and technical implementation,” he told The OVG in an email interview. “But it could be entertaining nonetheless. It showed the value of watching an expertly played game.”
Crane would move on to Activision, where he would be the brains behind the legendary Atari 2600 game “Pitfall!,” and “Ghostbusters” for the Commodore 64.
This weekend, Crane will be in Orlando for Free Play Florida, an annual showcase of arcade games that serves as an homage to that classical video game period.
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Students at the University of Central Florida’s video game school will show off the titles they have been building this semester early next month.
The quartet of projects will include a virtual reality video game, a puzzle-solving platformer, a treasure quest game and a movie created using the Unreal Engine.
The groups at the Startup Showcase will exhibit their games at noon on Dec. 11 at the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, 500 W. Livingston St.
Below are the descriptions of the four titles, straight from the development teams:
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It was a night of celebrating Final Fantasy at The Abbey.
Hundreds of die-hard fans swarmed the venue Saturday to check out live music related to the classic series.
Rapper Mega Ran kicked off his set with one of the signature songs off his “Black Materia” album, “Avalanche.”
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Want to hear a rock band perform a medley of Final Fantasy VI songs?
Of course you do.
The Returners are a rock band from Austin, Texas, that specializes in covers of video game songs.
They have done their treatment on game music from titles including Legend of Zelda and Ico.
On Saturday, they were one of four bands to perform at The Abbey in Orlando during Ongaku Overdrive, a salute to Final Fantasy music.
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If you have ever wanted to be chased through a maze by Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde – and who among us hasn’t? – the folks at Orlando Weekly shared some news that should get you excited.
A real-life Pac Man maze will come to Orlando next October as part of a newly created attraction.
It will put players in a layout similar to the popular video game, with the goal being to navigate the maze and collect fruit along the way.
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