Get Your Gaming Fix at Emerald Coast Con 2016

The Emerald Coast Convention Center plays host to hundreds of events per year. From business retreats to wedding exhibitions, the convention center on Okaloosa Island is the perfect home for an event of all sizes! This is why it was chosen as the location for Emerald Coast Con 2016 taking place October 8th & 9th, 2016. Now in its 2nd year, Emerald Coast Con is expecting an ever larger turn out than the inaugural convention. With an all-ages atmosphere offering games, activities, costume contests and more, Emerald Coast Con on Okaloosa Island is a must-do event for even the most casual of gaming and technology fans!

Looking for accommodations during Emerald Coast Con 2016? Check out places to stay on Okaloosa Island!

Emerald Coast Con Exhibits

Get a dose of nostalgia with exciting exhibits at Emerald Coast Con. Cosplay contests bring our favorite characters of film and fiction to life, and gaming rooms allow players young and old to come together in appreciation of our hand-held history.

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Emerald Coast Con Retro Arcade Room
Retro Arcade & Console Room - Button up your acid wash jean-shorts and return to the days where a roll of quarters was more valuable than gold! In Emerald Coast Con's Retro Arcade Room, ticket holders are allowed FREE PLAY on all machines, which include such memory-rousing titles as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Simpsons: The Arcade Game, and Street Fighter 2!

Before your fingers turn blue from button mashing on arcade Donkey Kong, head over to the Retro Console Room. The 1,200sq ft hall is fitted with history's greatest gaming consoles. From your parents' Atari to Playstation 2, relive the golden days of gaming at Emerald Coast Con! Some of the classic and rare consoles include Atari, NES, Super Nintendo, N64, GameCube, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, Playstation 1 and 2, Xbox, NeoGeo, and Turbo Duo.

Cosplay Contests - Cosplay contests are a fun and creative way to get involved in Emerald Coast Con. Categories for children, adults, beginners, and experts are available, with prizes totaling $300! Show the world your best Batman, or imitate your favorite gaming characters like Mario, Link, or Lara Croft! Learn more at the Emerald Coast Con 2016 Cosplay Guide including contest schedule and how to register.

The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is located directly across the street from the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Visit the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park for family friendly marine exhibits, shows, and animal encounters!

Gaming Tournaments

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Video Games Old & New!
One of the main draws to Emerald Coast Con are the casual and professional gaming tournaments. Featuring the top competitive titles like Super Smash Bros, Street Fighter, and Mario Kart, gaming tournaments allow players to display their talents on a major stage!

Along with professional tournaments taking place both days of the convention, just-for-fun tournaments in the Retro Arcade and Console rooms allow video gamers of all skill levels to take part in the fun. Prizes totaling over $500 will be awarded to contestants of the Emerald Coast Con's video game tournaments!

Featured Guests

Well-known gamers, video game creators, cosplayers and more will be featured at this years Emerald Coast Con. Two days of panels include heavy-hitters in the video game industry, as well as high-powered gaming and tech enthusiasts. Check out some of Emerald Coast Con's guests for 2016.

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Creative Director Joe Granato 
Alex Chatfield (EA SPORTS) - Director of Product Development for NBA/Golf games, Electronic Art's own Alex Chatfield is no stranger to the digital gaming industry. The studio that gave the world the wildly successful Madden NFL gaming series, EA Sports has remained one of America's strongest gaming studios since its founding in 1982. Alex Chatfield is coming to Emerald Coast Con to give attendees the low-down on gaming-industry careers and opportunities.

Joe Granato (CREATIVE DIRECTOR) - Rocker turned director, Joe Granato has hung up his guitar for a second passion... gaming. As the creator of a gaming-geared documentary, The New 8-bit Heroes, Granato seeks to explore the creative side of gaming, be it graphics, game play, story, or soundtrack.

RoadRunner Cosplay (COSPLAYER) - Mimicking such strong male characters as Green Arrow, Dean Winchester, and Deadpool, RoadRunner Cosplay is the future of cosplay. RoadRunner has used his masterful cosplay skills to entertain convention goers along with children and local charities in Central Florida.

Emerald Coast Con Details

When: October 8th 10am - 9pm, October 9th 10am - 6pm
Where: Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Ticket Prices: Weekend Pass - $45 (through Aug 31), Weekend Pass - $50 (Sep 1 - Oct 8) | One Day Pass - $25 (through Aug 31), One Day Pass - $30 (Sep 1 - Oct 9) | VIP Passes available online, get your today - buy now!

*Proceeds of Emerald Coast Con go to benefit the Arc of the Emerald Coast charity foundation.

Published Aug 16 2016
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