A weekend of fun and games


IT was a fun packed two days of activities for over 500 visitors that attended the first annual Malaysian Gamer’s Convention (MaGaCon).

The event, held at KDU University College in Petaling Jaya, offered a little something for everyone. There were boardgames, computer games and even tabletop games.

The highlight of the convention was Gamerlympics, a contest that put people’s gaming skills to the test as they were required to play a number of diverse games.

Gamers had to play Pacman, Dance Central 2, Settlers of Catan and Magic the Gathering. Yit Meng Khoo bested the rest to win an all expense paid trip to the upcoming Penny Arcade Expo in the United States.

To encourage visitors to try their hands at the many games, the organiser had an “achievement system.” For example, the Warhammer 40,000 Fanboi achievements are awarded to visitors that participate in all Warhammer activities. They also get a RM250 gift voucher for Games Workshop products.

Accountant Loh Pei Ying, 27, followed her husband, an avid Magic the Gathering fan, to MaGaCon and was surprised that she had so much fun at the event.

“I played quite a number of PC and console games and even tried learning to play Magic the Gathering at the workshop,” she said.

PC gamers had a jolly good time at the convention’s LAN party. There were over 30 computers available for playing games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Quake 2 and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War.

Meanwhile, massive armies of Space Marines, Orcs, Chaos Legions and more battled for supremacy on tabletop battlefields in the Warhammer 40,000 tournament. Those interested in the game could also learn to paint their own figures at the seminar. — CHONG JINN XIUNG

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