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Mace & Crown | May 29, 2017

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PixelFest 2017 Preview

Audra Reigle
Assistant Technology Editor

Norfolk’s first gaming festival is returning for its second year, and if you’re a gamer, interested in gaming or interested in local game development,  PixelFest may be the place for you.

PixelFest is a three day event that brings together gamers and game designers under one roof. Some of this year’s events include a developer’s conference, a game jam, a virtual reality arcade, a “Super Smash Bros. 4” tournament and indie games, according to PixelFest. Just like last year, expect Pixelfest to include a place for gamers to play some of the latest titles and a space to see some up-and-coming independent games.

The event started with a local indie game developer named Midnight Status, who also developed “Swap Fire,” an independent Wii U game showcased at last year’s PixelFest. They worked with the staff at Norfolk’s Slover Library to create a weekend event for game designers to come together and create games.

This year will play host to the first developer’s conference. Slated to be held on the 6th floor of Slover Library, it is designed to be “a cross-pollinating event for Game Dev, MODSIM, and EdTech,” according to PixelFest. A Facebook post says that Chris Melissinos, guest curator for a 2012 Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition called “The Art of Video Games,” will be this year’s keynote speaker. Other speakers have not yet been announced.

This year’s event will be held at the Slover Library in downtown Norfolk April 7-9. While general admission to the event is free, some events do require tickets. Those interested in the developer’s conference and the game jam will have to pay for tickets. Tickets are now available at the PixelFest website.