Serendipity is defined in the dictionary as a happy accident and no word could have been more appropriate to describe how Tan Wei Zen came to enter the TechCentral Games Challenge. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here.
In case you didn’t make it to Tropicana City Mall, The Star Online Carnivale ran from Nov 18 to 20. On those three days, The Star Online staff as well as various third-party exhibitors were on hand to give the public a weekend of fun, food and games.
One of those games was the TechCentral Games Challenge, which sought to reward the all-rounded gamer by having them play a gauntlet of three games, namely the zombie level in Call of Duty: Black Ops, Forza Motorsport 4 and Kinect Dance Central, and at the end of the competition, the person who racked up the highest total score will walk away with the top prize.
The competition, which was organised by TechCentral in partnership with Gamer’s Hideout, one of Malaysia’s premiere game retailers, attracted nearly one hundred participants of various ages.
Of course, the prizes were quite attractive as well, with a new Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim 250GB with a Bulletstorm game and extra controller, a Sony PSP Go, and a CBTL Kaldi Coffee maker up for grabs as the first, second and third prize respectively.
“We’re very happy so many gamers turned up for the TechCentral Games Challenge and that even many non-gamers were willing to take the challenge and try their hand at console games,” said Ronald Byrne, editor of The Star Bytz and TechCentral.
It wasn’t an easy battle — while many gamers and non-gamers stepped up to the plate, only one gamer proved that he could score well on all three games — that boy is 16-year old Tan Wei Zen.
In fact, like all the best battles, Tan only came in and took the top spot at the eleventh hour on Sunday, as the Game Challenge was almost winding down for the day.
This is where the happy accident comes in — according to Tan, he was not there specifically to enter the competition and was hanging around after watching a movie at the cinema when he came by the TechCentral booth and noticed there was a competition going on.
Tan, a PlayStation3 owner who has had experience with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare games and some racing games, proved that he was a true all-rounder by performing well in all three games in the challenge.
Adam Azfar, 15, took the second prize of a Sony PSPGo, thanks to an awe-inspiring performance on the Call of Duty: Black Ops zombie level challenge, scoring the maximum number of points that we allocated for the game. Third-place winner, 18-year old Keiffer James Barry, also showed that consistency in all three games is the secret, bagging him the CBTL Kaldi Coffee maker for his valiant effort.