Winter Game Fest 2010

Erik Jepsen/Guardian

This weekend, video gamers from across SoCal and the darkest corners of our six-college sprawl gathered at the sixth annual Winter Game Fest: a video-game tournament chocked with 48 consoles, 72 television screens and 12 projectors; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday through Sunday.

At this year’s event, the tournament added new games such as Super Smash Bros. Melee, Madden 2010 and Call of Duty 4 to its menu of competitions, while staples from last year — including Guitar Hero, Starcraft and Halo 3 — stuck around.

Aside from getting in on tournament action — which included separate competitions for each video game — participants also played on older consoles like Nintendo and Sega Genesis, basking in game-inspired art adorning the walls of the Price Center Ballrooms.

With approximately $5,000 in cash prizes, this year’s fest attracted over 1,000 sets of the fastest fingers on the West Coast.

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