Digital Media & Gaming
From retro to next-gen, we’ve got it!
At Otronicon, play and interact with the best in gaming and digital technology. There is something for everyone to enjoy including virtual reality, interactive surface tables, next-generation consoles and even classic arcade machines!
Orlando has become a hub for the digital media industry which includes: modeling, simulation and training; film and television production; and interactive and immersive entertainment. With estimated annual revenue of $9 billion, the digital media sector is second only to the hospitality/tourism industry in the area.
Where better than Otronicon to see what the more than 1,200 companies are producing, chat with the creative professionals responsible and discover the path to a digital media career right in your own backyard.
31 December 2015
Posted in Digital Media & Gaming
"Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about rock-n-roll.” -Shigeru Miyamoto, world famous game designer for Nintendo
Shortly after World War II, a small district in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, Japan evolved to become known as “electric town." The district - Akihabara (秋葉原) - became a major shopping area for household electronic goods and even some post-war black market items. As the world changed over time, so did Akihabara. By the late seventies (and through the eighties and nineties), Akihabara became a thriving marketplace for technologies both old and new. Shoppers could find anything and everything electronic, from transistors to motherboards, in a variety of brightly lit shops. In the era of home brew computers and do-it-yourself tech, locals flocked to Akihabara more and more regularly.
Fast forward to today: Video games and pop culture grew hand in hand with the advancement of modern electronics, and now Akihabara (“Akiba” for short) is known as THE place for video games, anime, manga, and computer goods. Travelers come from around the world to play in the arcades, read manga in giant bookstores, interact with cosplayers at maid cafes, and buy a variety of video games and game systems from every brand imaginable.
Florida Anime Experience (“FAE”) is Central Florida’s most authentic celebration of Japanese popular culture. Started in 2011, the annual anime convention will take place April 22-24, 2016 at the Park Inn By Radisson Orlando - Celebration Inn. (Details and tickets are online at www.FloridaAnime.com.) One of the goals of FAE has been to bring a part of the excitement of Akiba to Orlando - and the primary tool in doing so has been the anime convention’s Japanese Video Game Room. Attendees are encouraged to see and play classic and modern imported Japanese games and game systems from Nintendo, Sega, Sony, and more.
In 2015, the team from Florida Anime Experience discovered Otronicon as the perfect fit for our Japanese Video Game Room presentation. So, for the second year in a row, FAE will present a sampling of our Japanese games and systems for Otronicon attendees to enjoy. Swing by and check it out on Level 4 of the Orlando Science Center, near the WFTV Sever Weather Center 9 Experience.
(Photo of “Super Potato” taken by the Florida Anime Experience team during their last visit to Akiba. The store is famous for its inventory of rare classic Japanese video games and systems)