Otakon 2019 was fun but Blerdcon 2019 is better. I went on Saturday with my siblings. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center was packed than last year. It was a long line and saw some great cosplayers. After we purchase out tickets which were $60 dollars. Note: If you want to go full weekend, ti’s $100 dollars. I would recommended going one day for cheaper tickets. That being said, we went to the Artist Alley, where different artwork is showcased. My siblings were suggest they needed more variety. I agree with them and maybe next year in 2020. Afterwards, we got something to eat at a food court. I ordered a BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Chip and Cole Slaw. Pizza was on my mind but got got some at home. Next we went to the Dealer Room with Industry Area.
Industry Area has Crunchyroll, Funimation and many more anime companies. Namco Bandai was there and Nintendo in the Game Room. Dealer Room had some anime-style racing cars and many more goodies. Next was the Game Room, it was bigger than last year. Nintendo made an appearance with gamer playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 and more. UGL (United Gaming League) host tournaments like Dragon Ball Fighter Z. Make sure to follow and check out United Gaming League for upcoming tournaments. The Gamer Room had games like Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat 11 and Injustice 2. There is a retro games such as Marvel Vs Capcom 2. Capcom Vs SNK 2 and Arcana Heart 3. My siblings were playing Dance Dance Revolution. I have not played that game in ages. Indies like Miracle Mia and The Meaning of Dreams.
Blerdcon 2019 was very special to one of my family members. She made history on during special effects makeup. If you want to follow her at @mermaids_eatplants on Instagram. Check out her amazing designs and may come to a con near you. Anyways, my experience going to Blerdon. It’s was awkward and seesaw-ish. I lost my Samsung Phone in my family member boyfriend’s car on Saturday. It’s was a bummer and my pockets was short. Lucky, I found it by Sunday and snaps some photos. I took a photo of a Black Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Representing Halle Bailey’s casting choice for playing live action Little Mermaid. It was great to see African American cosplaying as their favorite characters. This year was lit and slamming with light-hearted energy. There was special guest such as Estelle who voice Garnet on Steven Universe.
Beau Billingslea who known for voicing Jet Black from Cowboy Bebop. Also Fourth Raikage from Naruto and Digimon’s Ogremon. One last guest Actress Rachel True known for Mona Half & Half. There are cosplayers like Papa Bear, Cutiepiesensei, Cin’Von Quinzel and Shaina West. The artist alley had great showcase of work. Dealer Room had Extra Life, Magfest, Honey Sweet Studio and MoonKittyArt. Gaming at Blerdcon 2019 was a great experience. I played Samurai Shodown 2019 for the first time. It plays the same as the older ones. If I buy Samurai Shodown 2019 video game, hoping I will drop a review. I had tried the new characters like Wu-Ruixiang, who wield a shield in battle. Wu is a great character to use for distance playstyle.
Here we go again with another tournament from Capital Underground at Inclusive Innovation Incubator . It’s called Super Smash Showdown IIII and I compete in the tournament. I played Super Smash Bros Ultimate at Awesome Con 2019, it’s was a fun game. At Super Smash Showdown III have 20 players and an entry fee $5-10 dollars. The event had free play while setting up for the tournament. Note: This is Capital Underground 4th Super Smash Bros tournament. I signed up for the tournament with my streamer named “AnjimPlays”. Didn’t want to use my real name at all. There were a lot of people than Mortal Kombat 11 tournament a week ago. Gamers brought their Nintendo Gamecube controllers. Some have Pro Controllers for the Nintendo Switch. I brought my siblings and friends to the event. They didn’t compete in the tournament because of the entry fee.
When the tournament starts I faced off against some good players. I used Bayonetta, Fox and Bowswer Jr. Of course I loss and won one match in the loser’s bracket. After that loss, I watch some players that are insane with Jigglypuff, Mega Man, Palutena and Donkey Kong. There were some DLC characters used like Joker from Persona 5. The rules was 3 stocks and no hazard stages. We had to play rock paper scissors to pick the stages. The stages were Final Destination, Pokemon Stadium and Battlefield. There were some flashy action pack matches. These players brought their A game to this Super Smash Showdown III tournament. There were some button configurations and technical difficult during the tournament.
Yesterday I went to a Mortal Kombat 11 tournament hosted by Capitol Underground Gaming League. The venue was at Inclusion Innovation Incubator (In3dc) in Washington DC. It was a 4 minute walk from my house to Howard University. Before I talk about my experience at the event. I will give you a backstory on In3dc and Capitol Underground Gaming League. In3 is a open-workplace similar to WeWork. Where you can host event like video game Esports tournaments and seminars. In3dc have conference rooms and private offices. You will have to sign up for a membership. In3 offers alot of mentorship programs and a pleasant workspace. Visit the website for more detail on In3DC. Capitol Underground Gaming League is a small gaming organization from the DMV. They have been in the competitive gaming since the 90s. Capitol Underground give back to the community as well.
There latest movement is Drawback Project and Annual Blanket Drive. See about page for other projects. Capitol Underground host tournament and promote Twitch Streamers. You have to sign up for a membership and get Pro package. Capital Underground partnered with Battlefly, Gameborn Clothing and Lalay Design. If you want to learn more about Capitol Underground Gaming League. Make sure to contact them and visit the website. Back to the event at hand. I went to the event with my siblings. We had a blast and got a hands on experience with Mortal Kombat 11. The gameplay is alot better than Mortal Kombat XL.
Video game cosplay is a new way to express yourself and represents the characters your love. The term Cosplay comes from Japanese portmanteau following two words costume and play. Nobuyuki Takahashi attended WorldCon in 1984 and was impressed and happy of fans in costumes. Takahashi chose to coin a new world masquerade meaning “aristocratic costume”. People think cosplay is only for anime convention and comic con. That’s not the case but what about Halloween which only happen once a year in October. Cosplay has been a world-wide trend in geek culture. Whether you are a otaku, gamer, scfi and brony, there is a lot of cosplayers throughout convention.
Japanese is known for cosplaying such as maid cafés in Akihabara in Japan. World Cosplay Summit which is held in Japan, where cosplayers from around the globe to show off their best cosplay. It doesn’t matter what race or gender show off your favorite cosplay for that characters. During convention, if you are cosplaying someone will come up to your and ask “Can I get a picture?” 5 times out of 10 you might say yes. Take a photo of the cosplayer and say thanks. Some predator might get to frisk with cosplayers whether that person is male and female.