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VIBRAS FIVE.ONE® will again be the official headset of the 6th Annual Carolina Games Summit on February 5, 2011. Carolina Games Summit and VIBRAS FIVE.ONE first partnered earlier this year when VIBRAS sponsored all XBOX 360 tournaments allowing players to experience first hand the crisp, loud, clear, directional sound capabilities of the ten (10) individual speakers (five per ear cup).

The summit is held at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC. Over 1,500 attendees will participate in this all day event focused on the gaming industry. They can sit in on educational sessions from industry speakers, interact with exhibitors demonstrating their latest products and software, and test their gaming skills in a variety of competitive video game tournaments.

VIBRAS will be providing the first officially licensed XBOX 5.1 channel headset for use in the tournaments with additional headsets to be given away in select tournaments. Gamers will be able to get their questions answered and meet with company representatives face to face at their exhibition booth throughout the entire event.

Tracy Schmeltzer, Producer of the Summit, states "After five years our attendees expect truly innovative additions to our event. VIBRAS FIVE.ONE was the extraordinary addition that changed the dynamics of our tournaments completely, giving each attendee their own 3D sound space, while effectively eliminating ambient noise."

Michael Moore, a current H2O clan member who attended last year’s event, commented, "The headset provides clear, precise tones so that you can hear the slightest movement. You can hear the grass crinkle as it's stepped upon, the distant whirring of an oncoming chopper miles away, and the distant cries of enemies alerting each other of your presence."

Tracy added, "This one addition allowed us to add more spectators and manage the other competitors without disturbing current players, two issues we have struggled with in the past, from a production standpoint these headsets are now vital to our events future success."

About VIBRAS
Track Scan, Inc. is a leading provider of audio technology for sports and electronic gaming. Track Scan’s new line of gaming and personal audio products-VIBRAS- includes the VIBRAS FIVE.ONE Surround Sound Headset System; the only headset to earn Microsoft's authorization as "Licensed for Xbox 360." The VIBRAS FIVE.ONE headset features 10 speakers (five in each ear), enabling the player to feel inside the game. There is also a USB version available for PC gaming, movies, music and VOIP. Track Scan was founded in 1993 & is privately owned and based in Mooresville, NC with offices in Taiwan and China. For more information visit www.track-scan.com/vibras.

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit will be held Saturday February 5th 2011 10AM – 9PM at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC. This hybrid event will once again deliver industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cos-play, educational sessions, and trading card games. Compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments. Enjoy all your favorite platforms including arcade, computer, and console games with both tournament and free play options available. Additional information can be found on the official web site: For more information visit www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

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Triangle Gaming has been dubbed the information hub for local videogaming, giving gamers access to the latest local news, information, tournaments, and events.
 
“We want to facilitate more involvement and interaction within the different gaming communities and organizations around the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. Triangle Gaming can serve as a focal point to bring them all together, as well as provide them with up to date information and reporting on the local news, events, and players.” ~ Co-founder Brad Pittard
 
Triangle Gaming has set their efforts towards bringing much deserved attention to local gamers as well as their industry counterparts.
 
The Triangle is fast becoming known for its gaming industry, with over 30 game related companies and over 1,000 employees, developers of two of the top five most used game engines in the world, and the Triangle Game Conference for developers and game industry professionals.
 
Triangle Gaming has many unique local opportunities to work with as a foundation for growth in the surrounding videogame culture. Such opportunities include, the largest gaming center on the East Coast, RUaGamer, with four other gaming centers in the area all holding regular tournaments and events, as well as the massively popular Carolina Game Summit.
 
“We're excited to see what more opportunities and outcomes can be created by having one place for all the different gamers, communities, and organizations, to come together and share a common forum for video gaming. The local videogaming population, so far, has been scattered groups of gamers, with limited availability to connect with other local gamers. We want Triangle Gaming to remedy this.” ~ Co-Founder Dylan Liverman
 
About Triangle Gaming
Triangle Gaming stands behind an idea that embodies a more empowered videogame culture. It is a tool to bring together local gamers, organizations, and their industry counterparts, based on comprehensive information about the videogame culture in the area. Triangle Gaming aims to build a neutral and engaging network to facilitate the growth of local videogame outlets, and work toward further building The Triangle as the videogame hub of the east coast.
PNY Technologies®, Inc. (“PNY”), a global leader in flash memory cards, USB flash drives, solid state drives, computer memory upgrade modules, as well as consumer and professional graphics cards, has announced their product sponsorship for the 2010 Carolina Games Summit.
 
The 5th annual Carolina Games Summit, being held at the Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC, will take place on Saturday, February 6th. Over 1,500 attendees will participate in this all day event focused on the gaming industry. Participants can sit in on educational sessions from industry speakers; interact with exhibitors demonstrating the latest products and software; and test their gaming skills in a variety of over 20 competitive tournaments. 
 
PNY has partnered with the Carolina Games Summit as a product sponsor, offering a variety of graphics cards and flash drives to tournament winners. Prizes to include:
 
-   XLR8 GeForce® GTX 275 graphics cards
-   XLR8 GeForce® GTS 250 1GB graphics cards
-   XLR8 GeForce® 9800 GT 512MB graphics cards
-   4GB Micro Swivel Attaché USB flash drives
 
“As an authorized NVIDIA® board partner, PNY is proud to support a grassroots event like the Carolina Games Summit. These types of events are so important because they make it possible for gamers to learn more about gaming and the game development industry as a whole, all on a local level,” said Nicholas Mauro, senior marketing manager, PC components for PNY. “The unique blend of game play and industry information is invaluable for future game developers trying to break into the field.”
 
Additional event information is available at www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com.
 
For more information on PNY’s entire graphics cards line-up, or to learn more about the complete line of product that PNY has to offer, visit www.PNY.com. For the gaming enthusiast, visit PNY’s on-line gaming portal at www.XLR8gaming.net
 
About PNY Technologies
Established in 1985, PNY Technologies®, Inc. celebrates 25 years of excellence as a leading manufacturer and supplier of flash memory cards, USB flash drives, solid state drives, computer memory upgrade modules, as well as consumer and professional graphics cards. The company’s Photography-Videography, Mobility, 3D Gaming-Visualization and Business solutions are widely available from major retail, e-tail and wholesale outlets internationally. Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, PNY maintains facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Time Warner Cable will show its support for the Carolinas largest video gaming event by becoming both the hospitality room sponsor and the official Internet provider of the Carolina Games Summit.

The 5th Annual Event will be held Saturday, February 6th from 10am until 9pm. This year’s event will feature 18 video game tournaments, 4 trading card game tournaments, a costume contest, industry speakers, live video game bands, and exhibitors from across the country.

"Time Warner Cable has supported our event for many years. With its reliable, super-fast speeds and commitment to the communities it serves, we are happy to have Time Warner Cable back for our 5th anniversary event,” states Michael Everett, Creative Director of the Carolina Games Summit. Attendees can purchase tickets at the door but because of the large estimated turnout, it is recommended you pre-register online. More than 1,500 gamers will converge on Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC for the summit.

RUaGamer, the East Coast’s Largest LAN gaming center, will be attending the 5th Annual Carolina Games Summit Sponsored by the Escapist Magazine on February 6th from 10am until 9pm. Attendees will be able to visit representatives from RUaGamer at their exhibition booth and get questions answered throughout the day. A small sample of the gaming stations in use at RUaGamer will be on display for attendees to test out as well.

In addition, RUaGamer will be operating the Rockband 2 tournament event. “Attendees will be competing on the same dedicated, high-end equipment we use at RUaGamer”, said Jeff Torello, RUaGamer President. Gamers will be able to experience the ION Drum Rocker drum set as well as premium guitars from Logitech, all while competing for top honors as the Rockband 2 champions. Bands interested in participating can register online now for just $10 per member at CarolinaGamesSummit.com. This will ensure their spot in any of the 19 official video game tournaments held at the event. Winners receive custom plaques, medals, and recognition from hundreds of fellow gamers during the awards ceremony at the end of the event.

What really makes the Carolina Games Summit unique is the speakers from game developers such as EA Sports and RedStorm Entertainment along with representatives from local colleges and schools who feature game design programs. Tracy Schmeltzer the Carolina Games Summit's Producer notes "Visitors can experience presentations from industry visionaries, plan for a future in the game development field, and enjoy fiercely competitive tournaments all at one event."

About RUaGamer
Cary, NC-based RUaGamer is the premier interactive social destination for gamers of all ages. Operating the largest state-of-the-art, high-end videogaming facility on the East Coast (over 55+ stations), RUaGamer gives friends, families, and serious gamers a fun and exciting place to meet and play the hottest Wii, Xbox 360, and PC games together in a welcoming social atmosphere with soft drinks, snacks, and other amenities. Get UR game on today at www.ruagamer.com

The PMS Clan will be invading Goldsboro, NC to attend the 5th Annual Carolina Games Summit Sponsored by the Escapist Magazine on February 6th from 10am until 9pm.  Attendees will be able to visit representatives from PMS at their exhibition booth and get questions answered throughout the entire day.  In addition PMS will be holding a dedicated session on the clan's history and current initiatives.  Ashton Williams is responsible for over 40 members in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 division and will be leading the session.  "Becoming an active member of the competitive gaming community is one of our many initiatives," states Ashton, "joining the Carolina Games Summit will allow us to spread the values of the PMS clan to our core audience."  

In addition PMS Clan is organizing a Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 tournament, while their brother clan, H20 runs a Left 4 Dead 2 tournament.  Both events will be 4v4 team tournaments with every player enjoying a dedicated XBox 360 gaming station and Vibras 5.1 channel headset.  Teams interested in participating can register online now for just $10 at carolinagamessummit.com.  This will ensure their spot in any of the 19 official video game tournaments held at the event.  Winners receive custom plaques, medals, and recognition from hundreds of fellow gamers during the awards ceremony at the end of the event.  

What really makes the Carolina Games Summit unique is the speakers from game developers such as EA Sports and RedStorm Entertainment along with representatives from local colleges and schools who feature game design programs.  Tracy Schmeltzer the Carolina Games Summit's Producer notes "Visitors  can experience presentations from industry visionaries, plan for a future in the game development field, and enjoy fiercely competitive tournaments all at one event."

About PMS Clan
PMS Clan (formerly Psychotic Man Slayerz, now Pandora’s Mighty Soldiers) was born from the camaraderie of finding other girl gamers in a male dominated online gaming community. Because of the original sparseness of women in the online gaming community, and the amount of harassment female gamers are submitted to, the PMS Clan was founded to provide a competitive, fun and positive environment for female gamers. Since it's inception in 2002, PMS has become one of the most recognized female oriented Clans in the world. Members from all walks of life are integrated into one community, sharing one passion – gaming.  Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.PMSClan.com

Beginning today, in anticipation of the 5th Annual Carolina Games Summit on Feb 6th, The Escapist, media partner and platinum sponsor of the event, is hosting an online scavenger hunt with five prize packages from Dust-Off, VIBRAS Five.One, Hampton Inn, PNY, and mygamepax.com, totaling over $3,000.

The grand prize packs include one night in the official hotel, Hampton Inn.  All five prize packs include tickets to the Carolina Games Summit and a selection of items from the official cleaning product provider Dust-Off, an official video card from PNY and an official 5.1 channel audio headset from VIBRAS Five.One. In addition mygamepax.com will customize one of their products for each of the winners.

Details on the individual prizes can be seen on The Escapist scavenger hunt landing page: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/contests/register/CGShunt. Participants in the hunt will explore CarolinaGamesSummit.com to find details on what really makes the Carolina Games Summit unique.  The event features video game tournaments, live bands, speakers from game developers such as EA and RedStorm, along with representatives from local colleges and schools who feature game design programs.  Tracy Schmeltzer the Carolina Games Summit's Producer notes, "Visitors can experience presentations from industry visionaries, plan for a future in the game development field, and enjoy fiercely competitive tournaments all at one event."

Participants must be 18 years or older, sign up and enter on www.escapistmagazine.com, and be residents of the continental United States. Winners will be selected at random on Monday, February 1st and receive one of two grand prize packs or three alternative prize packs.  Carolina Games Summit will be held Saturday February 6th 2010 10AM – 9PM at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC and tickets can be purchased online at carolinagamessummit.com

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit will be held Saturday February 6th 2010 10AM – 9PM at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC.  This hybrid event will once again deliver industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cos-play, educational sessions, and trading card games.  Compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments.  Enjoy all your favorite platforms including arcade, computer, and console games with both tournament and free play options available.  Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

About The Escapist
Founded in 2005, The Escapist (www.escapistmagazine.com) is a leading video gaming destination offering video game enthusiasts high-quality, innovative and exclusive content. The mouthpiece of the gaming generation, The Escapist aims to capture and celebrate the contemporary video gaming lifestyle and the diverse video game culture by way of in-depth features and thought provoking articles authored by leading video game authorities, as well as cutting-edge video shorts, engaging forums and robust and innovative social media elements tailored to its audience. Honored with both a Webby Award two years in a row in 2008 and 2009, and Webby People's Voice Award in 2008, The Escapist is responsible for the web's most viewed video game review series, Zero Punctuation, in addition to introducing the first-of-its-kind Internet Film Festival for Gamers and the March Mayhem game developer competition. The Escapist is part of Themis Group, Inc.'s online media arm Themis Media, and currently generates over 34 million page views each month.

About VIBRAS
Track Scan is a leading provider of audio technology for sports and electronic gaming. Track Scans new line of gaming and personal audio products-VIBRAS- includes the VIBRAS Five.One Surround Sound Headset System the only headset to earn Microsoft's authorization as "Licensed for Xbox 360". The VIBRAS Five.One headset features 10 speakers (five in each ear), enabling the player to feel inside the game. There is also a USB version available for PC gaming, movies,music and VOIP. Track Scan was founded in 1993 & is privately owned and based in Mooresville, NC with offices in Taiwan and China.  For more information visit www.track-scan.com/2/vibras.html

About Dust Off
Manufactured by Falcon Safety Products Inc., a world leader in compressed-gas technology, Dust-Off offers the most comprehensive line of dust removing and preventive maintenance products for consumer electronics and home or office equipment. Dust-Off compressed-gas dusters are one of the most versatile cleaning accessories available to consumers today and have long been a staple for the care and maintenance of computers and other electronic equipment.  For more information visit www.dustoffzone.com

About Game Pax
Game Pax creates backpack to protect, organize, and transport consoles like Xbox 360 or PS3 Slim, four controllers, power and cable components, several games, and personal items.  The bag was designed with functionality being the utmost priority.  There was a void in the market for a bag as funstional and well designed, thus the Game Pax label was born.  Game Pax offers a service called "Tag Your Bag" which puts the gamer tag on each item, making it unique to the individual.  For more information visit www.mygamepax.com

About Hampton Inn
With more than 1,300 locations, Hampton hotels offer value minded travelers comfortable rooms with lots of complimentary amenities. Add these to friendly service that our customers have come to expect and you'll be 100% satisfied. Guaranteed. That's 100% Hampton.™ Our promise to you includes a clean, comfortable hotel room. In fact, we have 111 of them! If you're traveling with your family, you may opt for a room with two beds. Or, if you're here by yourself on business, why not book a room with a plush, king-sized bed so you can stretch out and relax? Wonderful 42" Plasma TV in Lobby, Award Winning hotel with Outstanding Customer Service, Beautiful Two-Room Whirlpool Suites,and Meeting Facilities Accommodating up to 50 Guests. For more information visit www.hamptoninn.com

About PNY Technologies, Inc.
Established in 1985, PNY Technologies®, Inc. is a leading supplier and marketer of NVIDIA® Quadro® by PNY Technologies professional graphics boards. The company also offers a full line of high-end memory upgrade modules, flash media, USB flash drives, portable hard drives and flash peripherals. Headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., PNY maintains facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.pny.com.
We are excited to connect even more with the attendees and participants of this year’s Carolina Games Summit, by highlighting our 2010 event’s information, highlights, and video on a dedicated event profile, over on www.GatheringofGamers.com!
 
You can get your own free gamer profile setup and become friends with our dedicated event profile to get all the latest CGS highlights, while also enjoying this unique and growing video game community. In an effort to make connecting with our CGS/GoG event profile easy and smooth, you can get straight to the GatheringofGamers.com sign up page that has our unique Referral Code already dropped into the form, by clicking here: Join and Connect with Carolina Games Summit Highlights
 
This will allow you to join the GoG video game community and automatically have the Carolina Games Summit event profile as an automatic “Top Friend”.   Banners, “Chronicles”, and forum discussions will also point you to our exciting GoG event profile, so we’ll see you there!
 
 
About GatheringofGamers.com
The Gathering of Gamers (GoG) was an idea that was conceived while playing video games! This unique and growing Worldwide Video Game Community is a place where people of all ages, locations, and levels of interest in video games, come to share photos, videos, stories, strategies, cheats, and anything else you want, with other friendly gamers around the world!
 
Whether it’s connecting with current friends, making new ones, or checking out video game event highlights…GatheringofGamers.com is a place where you can build and display all the aspects of gaming that you enjoy for FREE. The possibilities and power of this unique Video Game Community are endless and we truly hope you can you can embrace and enjoy the tools (and toys) we have built for you.
 
Sign up today and you’ll soon be enjoying a fully customizable gamer profile that allows you to upload your own photos and videos, share your video game reviews and stories, access gaming resources from around the globe, get information on local and online video game tournaments, trade video games, listen to our community driven podcast, and share your gaming world with ours!

Cases2Go is pleased to announce that they have been selected as the exclusive transit case and storage partner for the Carolina Games Summit. Cases2Go will be in attendance at the 5th annual Carolina Games Summit on February 6, 2010 proudly displaying one of the custom cases it recently produced for the event.

With over a quarter century of packaging experience, Cases2Go was able to craft the optimal transit and storage solution for equipment used to produce the Carolina Games Summit. Michael Everett, Creative Director for the Summit states “We, like many others in the gaming community, have made considerable investments in equipment. Protecting that investment is paramount and the engineers at Cases2Go provided the perfect affordable solution for us.”

These ruggedized cases are formed from sturdy and lightweight plastic and offer more than simple storage. With wheels and a retractable handle, the cases allow the active gamer to bring his/her entire repertories on the road in a single container. With hundreds of exterior shells to choose from and an engineer to assist with the design of a custom foam interior, the possible configurations are unlimited. The resulting custom case offers extreme protection for your investment, even in the harshest environments.

About Cases2Go
Cases2Go offers a complete selection of carrying, transit and rackmount cases that can be configured to meet the specific requirements of our customers’. Foam interiors can be custom engineered to protect even the most sensitive electronic equipment: Laptop & PC Hardware, Plasma & LCD Monitors, Audio/Visual Components, Gaming Consoles & Accessories. GSA pricing is available to all qualified government and military buyers. With over two decades military packaging and contracting experience, Cases2Go can offer its customers the highest levels of support and service. Please contact one of our knowledgeable Sales Consultants at sales@cases2go.com or call 1-800-636-1690 today so we can recommend a solution that will protect your equipment in style. For additional information, please visit us at www.cases2go.com.

The Carolina Games Summit takes great pride in announcing that The Escapist, the leading video gaming destination for video game enthusiasts, will be this year’s Platinum Sponsor. With more than 3 million active users and over 35 million page views per month, The Escapist will serve as the exclusive video and online media partner at the Carolina Games Summit, with substantial involvement on site during the event.
 
The Escapist will be using its own extraordinarily active and vocal online community to raise awareness and participation for this one-day gaming event as well as increasing the validity of the constantly growing North Carolina videogame industry and community. They will also be presenting a new feature to this year’s Carolina Games Summit, an arrangement of four 30-minute video blocks to be screened at “The Escapist Theatre” which will be free to all attendants and feature some of The Escapist’s most popular video content.
 
The Escapist was created to capture and celebrate the contemporary video gaming lifestyle and the diverse global videogame culture,” said Alexander Macris, CEO and co-founder of Themis Media, publishers of The Escapist. “We feel the Carolina Games Summit was created for the same purpose and we are very pleased to announce our sponsorship of the event.”
 
“The Carolina Games Summit is excited about this partnership. Our attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience the online phenomenon known as The Escapist in person” said Michael Everett, creative director for Carolina Games Summit. “We consider this an excellent addition to a packed fifth anniversary event!”
 
The Carolina Games Summit will be held Saturday, February 6th, 2010 from 10AM to 9PM at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC. To purchase tickets and see a list of events, visit www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com.
 
About The Escapist
Founded in 2005, The Escapist is a leading video gaming destination offering video game enthusiasts high-quality, innovative and exclusive content. The mouthpiece of the gaming generation, The Escapist aims to capture and celebrate the contemporary video gaming lifestyle and the diverse video game culture by way of in-depth features and thought provoking articles authored by leading video game authorities, as well as cutting-edge video shorts, engaging forums and robust and innovative social media elements tailored to its audience. The Escapist is part of Themis Group, Inc.'s online media arm Themis Media, and currently generates over 28 million page views each month.  Additional information can be found on the official web site at www.escapistmagazine.com

Carolina Games Summit is pleased to announce the addition of a costume contest to an already exciting lineup at our fifth anniversary event which will be held Saturday, February 6th, 2010 from 10AM to 9PM at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC.

The contest is being produced by one of last years most popular exhibitors, Penny Dreadful Productions.  Penny Dreadful Productions is a group of professional artists from the Metro-Atlanta area who collaborate to “bring your imagination to life”.  Penny Dreadful Productions will also be available to speak to attendees at their exhibition booth during the event. 

More information about the contest can be found
here and don't forget to purchase your tickets early.

About Penny Dreadful Productions
Penny Dreadful Productions is a company based in Atlanta GA which offers a number of services to their consumers. Lead conceptualists Mathew Silva and Erin Bushko work with a team of specialized artists to create props, costumes, and special effects for theatrical productions, film, special events and festivals. Their work has been seen in the haunt industry at Netherworld Haunted House, in films such as Zombieland, Ben 10: Alien Swarm, Book of Eli, Halloween 2, and in several projects with Whitestone Motion Pictures.
http://www.getdreadful.com/index.html

Organizers Collaborate to Fuel Video Game Industry Growth in North Carolina
 
RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 13, 2009 — The Triangle Game Initiative (TGI), a non-profit trade association for the Raleigh-Durham, N.C. interactive entertainment industry and organizer of the Triangle Game Conference, has aligned with the Carolina Games Summit to serve as a conference partner, offering mutual support in conference activities and in advancing the North Carolina video game industry and community.
 
The Triangle Game Conference and Carolina Games Summit represent two premier gaming events on the East Coast that aim to provide a forum for networking, career building and sharing gaming industry expertise. The organizers of the two conferences will collaborate on speakers, exhibition booths and educational sessions.
 
“The Triangle Game Initiative’s goal is to create a community of industry professionals within the Triangle and surrounding areas that can share best practices and develop a hub of knowledge that will attract the best talent and companies to our region,” said Alexander Macris, president and chief creative officer of Themis Group and TGI president. “By supporting other events in the area like the Carolina Games Summit, we can work together toward strengthening our industry’s profile on a national level.”
 
“North Carolina has a robust interactive entertainment industry, including immersive technologies, video game development and publishing and game media,” said Michael Everett, creative director for Carolina Games Summit. “We’re thrilled to be working with the Triangle Game Initiative to showcase the excitement, success and industry excellence that comes from our state.”
 
The Carolina Games Summit, held at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, N.C., features a day filled with industry speakers, video game tournaments, exhibition booths and educational sessions for attendees to explore all that the video game industry has to offer. Attendees can learn how games are created and how to break into the industry or explore education and career opportunities by speaking with school and university representatives. The 2009 conference attracted more than 1,400 attendees, special guests and exhibitors. The 5th annual Carolina Games Summit will be held on February 6, 2010. For more information, visit www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com.
 
The Triangle Game Conference is the leading East Coast event for developers and professionals working in the interactive entertainment and serious game industries. The inaugural 2009 conference featured more than 40 participating companies and over 700 attendees for the two-day conference. TGC returns this coming year on April 7-8, 2010 with more than double the space at the Marriott City Center and Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C. For more information, visit www.TriangleGameConference.com.
 
About Triangle Game Initiative
Triangle Game Initiative is the trade association for the Raleigh-Durham, N.C. interactive entertainment industry. Its members are market-leading companies and prominent industry figures who have gathered in the Research Triangle area to master the arts and sciences of gaming. The Triangle Game Initiative’s mission is to build a thriving community of companies and professionals dedicated to the advancement of the interactive entertainment industry in the Triangle region. For more information and to register to become a member, visit www.trianglegameinitiative.org.

The fourth annual Carolina Games Summit wrapped up at 9 pm Saturday, Feb 7, with a full crowd experiencing the closing cinematic of the awards ceremony while Entertainment System played a classic gaming score from Castlevania 2. The band's lead guitarist Chris Baines stated, "We have performed at over thirty events and this is one of the most organized we have seen, with attendees representing a friendly and engaged gaming community."

Over 1400 attendees, special guests, and exhibitors made up the largest gaming event in the Carolinas. For twelve hours Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC, was transformed into a mecca for the video game community. A bus left early Saturday morning from Virginia Beach, VA, full of excited ITT Technical Institute students, while professional MLG gamers and members of the PMS and H2O clans flew in from across the country a day before the event.

These two groups represent a unique formula that makes the Carolina Games Summit different than other video game-related events. Visitors to the event can experience presentations from industry visionaries, interact with exhibitors, and plan for their future in the game development career field, or they can dedicate their day to one of eighteen fiercely competitive tournaments.

Michael Everett, creative director of the event, reported that "831 attendees registered for at least one tournament, reflecting about 60 percent of our attendees. This tells us that at least 40 percent of our audience is here to enjoy speakers, exhibitors, and bands while expanding their knowledge of North Carolina's game development industry." Tracy Schmeltzer, the event's producer, added that "It is important to note that while both groups were well represented this year, there are many people who overlap these two groups and get the full benefit from attending a hybrid event like ours."

Highlights of the day included keynote speeches by both Insomniac Games and Media Sunshine. In addition, Len Annetta from NCSU spoke on the benefits of educational games and the various serious game projects his team is working on. Kris Dell of Applied Software, along with Roy Kimmins and Phyllis Jones, both game development teachers in the Guildford County School system, spoke on North Carolina's latest efforts to expand a game development curriculum into the public school system and the tools needed to achieve this goal.

Chad Dezern of Insomniac Games commented on the Summit, "It is a great way to meet people who are playing games, and people who are really involved in game development, and it's a great way for everyone who has an interest in games in North Carolina to meet under one roof."

Robert Rice, CEO of Neogence Enterprises, spoke on the future of mobile games, augmented reality, and massively multiplayer online role playing games. Kwame Hawkins, from the School of Communication Arts, gave attendees an introduction to lighting effects in computer-generated environments. Hands-on sessions allowed attendees to learn perspective sketching from North Carolina State University School of Design professor Timothy Buie or to explore costume and prop design from movie industry veterans, Penny Dreadful Productions.

Inside a packed auditorium the top three winners of each tournament were recognized during the awards ceremony. Wayne Community College Simulation and Game Development Students designed and produced the ceremony complete with custom music videos of each game.

Sponsors of this year's event included, BFG Technology, Chick-fil-A, Cobalt Flux, Coca-Cola, CPU Magazine, DigitalRecruiter.com, FSP, Hampton Inn, Time Warner Cable, Vitamin Water, Wireless Xpress, and this fine video game community.

Tournament results, pictures, and video footage from the event are currently being added to the official web site, www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com and our official profile on GatheringofGamers.com. The date for the next Carolina Games Summit will be Saturday, February 6, 2010. Contact the event organizers, Michael Everett and Tracy Schmeltzer, at (919) 735-5151 or info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at future Carolina Games Summit events.

Posted by: Michael Everett - 02/04/09 @ 10:53PM
We are pleased to announce Digitalrecruiter.com (http://www.Digitalrecruiter.com) has been named the exclusive career community sponsor of the Carolina Games Summit. Digitalrecruiter.com is produced by Rob Humphrey, the only talent agent focused squarely on senior level entertainment software talent. Rob is also a local ambassador for east coast based game developers and publishers. Membership at Digitalrecruiter.com is free and gives you access to special features such as un-published jobs and game industry recruiting gurus willing to help you land a job in the industry.

Rob's game credits as a recruitment consultant include Harmonics Rock Band 2. The Digitalrecruiter.com team will serve as tournament directors for the Carolina Games Summits official Rock Band 2 tournament.
Posted by: Michael Everett - 02/04/09 @ 9:50AM

Due to issues at our web server cluster and possibly our events popularity, we have experienced several instances of downtime over the past 24-48 hours.  Luckily the system engineers at our hosting company have been working around the clock to limit this downtime and fix all the issues.

If our page does not display or you are unable to log in it is likely because of these issues. 

On a positive note we have experienced record online registrations and extended the registration period until Thursday Feb 5th at Midnight.  You will be able to purchase tickets online until this time.  Online tournament registration will continue to be available until the actual tournament starts Saturday morning. 

If you are having a hard time figuring out the tournament registration system please visit this forum post about the topic:

http://www.carolinagamessummit.com/forums_topic.php?topicid=2677

 

Posted by: Michael Everett - 01/23/09 @ 1:31AM
I have a special message from our new official power supply brand that should excite all our attendees!  They have donated over $2,000 in power supplies to be given away at our event.  The company is FSP Group and they are a returning sponsor.  Please click read more to get all the detailed information on this new sponsorship.
 
Dear Carolina Games Summit Attendees,
 
FSP Group, one of the leading (Global Top-10) Power Conversion Designer and Manufacturer, has been a proud sponsor of Carolina Games Summit and for 2009, we are here once again in continuing to pledge our support to this great event.
 
In an effort to further enhance our products and services to benefit gamers, FSP Group has launched an exciting Gamers Direct website, www.shopfsp.com , a FSP Group Direct website to Gamers, IT professionals, Electronic Engineers, System Designers, and Platform Developers, of whom are seeking a comprehensive, hassle-free, secured and direct source of high-quality power conversion technology for their respective applications.
 
For this event only, Carolina Games Summit attendees can benefit from:
 
1.  A $10 OFF PER ORDER, PROMOTIONAL CODE: CGS09, starting from Feb 1, 09 and expires on Feb 17, 09.
2.  FSP Group is giving away a FREE, high-quality power supply EVERY MONTH, ground shipping is included, by simply signing up for the Shopfsp.com Newsletter using a valid email address.  One entry per email address, per household only.
3.  There will be random SURVEY questionnaire available (visit link CUSTOMER SURVEY), and it will be updated frequently.  The survey is to help FSP Group improve its products and services to better serve you.  BY COMPLETING THE SURVEY, YOU'VE DOUBLED YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING THE MONTHLY DRAWING.
4.  FREE "SURPRISED" GIFT IN EVERY ORDER, included FSP logo hats, T-Shirts, and many other promotional items.  One gift per order, selected at random depending on availability at the time when order is being  processed.
 
For more information about FSP Group products and services, please visit www.shopfsp.com or email to info@shopfsp.com
 
On behalf of everyone at FSP Group, we thank you, enjoy this fantastic event and HAVE FUN !
 
Best Regards,
 
 
Magdalene Siu,
FSP Group, North America Marketing
We are excited to expand our connection with the attendees and participants of this year’s Carolina Games Summit, by highlighting our 2009 speakers, tournaments, and other features on a dedicated event profile at www.GatheringofGamers.com!
 
You can setup your own free gamer profile and become our friend to get all the latest Carolina Games Summit highlights, while also enjoying this unique and growing video game community. In an effort to make connecting with our GoG profile easy and smooth, you can get straight to the GatheringofGamers.com sign up page that has our unique Referral Code already dropped into the form, just click here: Join and Connect with Carolina Games Summit Highlights
 
This will allow you to join the GoG video game community and automatically have the Carolina Games Summit as a “Top Friend”.   Banners, “Chronicles”, and forum discussions will also point you to our exciting GoG event profile, so we’ll see you there!

About GatheringofGamers.com
The Gathering of Gamers (GoG) was an idea that was conceived while playing video games! This unique and growing Worldwide Video Game Community is a place where people of all ages, locations, and levels of interest in video games, come to share photos, videos, stories, strategies, cheats, and anything else you want, with other friendly gamers around the world!
 
Whether it’s connecting with current friends, making new ones, or checking out video game event highlights…GatheringofGamers.com is a place where you can build and display all the aspects of gaming that you enjoy for FREE. The possibilities and power of this unique Video Game Community are endless and we truly hope you can you can embrace and enjoy the tools (and toys) we have built for you.
 
Sign up today and you’ll soon be enjoying a fully customizable gamer profile that allows you to upload your own photos and videos, share your video game reviews and stories, access gaming resources from around the globe, get information on local and online video game tournaments, trade video games, listen to our community driven podcast, and share your gaming world with ours!
Posted by: Michael Everett - 01/05/09 @ 8:02PM

Many thanks go to our graphics designer Josh Berens and our programmer Joseph Pender. Together they have created and implemented the new site.  Our team hopes you enjoy the new layout and will be able to find what you are looking for quickly and easily.

Josh Berens is a graduate of the Wayne Community College Network Administration program and has been designing graphics for the Carolina Games Summit since 2005.

Joseph Pender is a current student in the Simulation and Game Design program at Wayne Community College. He runs his own web design company and is a self taught game designer. For more info visit his website http://www.producerstudio.net/ He has been contributing to the Carolina Games Summit since 2007.

If you have questions or comments please feel free to post in the forums or fill out the contact form! Check back often as the new site continues to evolve with your feedback.

Posted by: Michael Everett - 12/29/08 @ 1:42AM
It is with great pleasure to announce that as of this morning our Tournament Registration System is online and fully operational. Individual tournament registration has been online for months but until now teams were unable to register together for a tournament. The current system was completely overhauled and now allows for team passwords, partial team registration, and an alternates team list.

To access this new feature you simply must upgrade your CarolinaGamesSummit.com account to pre-registered status, by purchasing a $10 ticket. Your account will be instantly upgraded allowing you to visit the existing tournaments page and register for tournaments. For those of you who like things in list form here are the steps once more:

  1. Create an account on CarolinaGamesSummit.com using your real name, a valid email, etc.
  2. Purchase a ticket: Ticket Purchasing Link
  3. Simply use the "Click Here to Register" link on the existing tournaments page: Tournaments Page Link
  4. If the tournament is a team tournament you will be asked to join an existing team or create a new team.
  5. You can view your current registration status on the tournaments page listed in step #3.
  6. You can see all currently registered participants by clicking the tournaments name on the tournaments page listed in step #3

If you want to withdraw from a tournament simply LOGIN and then visit the tournaments page, find the tournament you are signed up for on the list and use the "Click Here to Withdraw" link.

Restrictions: You can sign up for more than one tournament ONLY when those tournaments have the same location aka are in the same room! So if you want to sign up for all 2D Fighters you can. If you want to sign up for Halo FFA and 4v4 you can. If you want to sign up for all 2D and 1 3D fighter, you can not.

Please note that no team can exist without at least one participant. Therefore the last person to leave a team, even if it is not the founder of the team, will cause the team to be automatically deleted. Do not worry however because you can re-create a team and have it deleted an unlimited amount of times.

Please check the system out and let us know what you think. Users can join and leave tournaments an unlimited number of times UNLESS the tournament becomes full and subsequently stops accepting registrations.

Posted by: Tracy Schmeltzer - 12/10/08 @ 2:38PM
Pre-register online and reserve your spot at this year's Carolina Games Summit. General admission tickets are on sale at the price of $10. Buying your tickets in advance will give you immediate access to our online tournament registration system and access to all the speakers, exhibits, and free-play gaming you can handle!  Buying your ticket online will also allow you to use our special preregistered attendees entrance.

To buy tickets you must first create an account on our site.  You may buy multiple tickets at a time but only the buyers account will be able to access our tournament registration system.  So if want to use our online tournament registration system you must buy your ticket seperately.

Keep visting carolinagamessummit.com for all the latest news and information on our upcoming event.

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