Gamers battle it out for 24 hours at UOW's Gamefest 2014

From left, Matthew Theris, Jarrod Simpson, Kayla Hungerford, Bubbles Phan, Daniel Li and Ayu Saraswati. Pictures: ANDY ZAKELI

From left, Matthew Theris, Jarrod Simpson, Kayla Hungerford, Bubbles Phan, Daniel Li and Ayu Saraswati. Pictures: ANDY ZAKELI

Good vibes, nutritious food, and an eagerness to play on is the best way to battle through a 24 hour gaming session, according to University of Wollongong’s Video Gaming Association president Dion Klonis.

Over the weekend, UOW became a hive of activity as more than 150 gamers descended on the campus for Gamefest 2014.

Organised by UOW’s Video Gaming Association, Gamefest 2014 saw competitive gamers fight for the right to claim victor of their virtual battleground while casual gamers relaxed and enjoyed the atmosphere. 

Clockwise from back left: Kayla Hungerford, Matthew Theris, Eloise Neto, Becs Reed, Drew Camilleri and Dion Klonis hang out in the Manga movie room.

Clockwise from back left: Kayla Hungerford, Matthew Theris, Eloise Neto, Becs Reed, Drew Camilleri and Dion Klonis hang out in the Manga movie room.

Serious competitors brought their own equipment, while others brought a touch of fantasy to the event by dressing in various costumes.

For Video Gaming Association member Matthew Theris, the event was all about meeting new people. ‘‘Gaming is a growing community,’’ Mr Theris said. 

‘‘The people you meet really make it a great event. ‘‘At an event this big there are so many things going on you wouldn’t normally have access to and you always meet new people.’’

Mr Klonis said he hoped the event, now in its second year, would eventually grow to rival similar gaming events held in capital cities throughout the country. 

‘‘Hopefully in the next two years Gamefest comes to be something big in the Illawarra region,’’ Mr Klonis said. 

‘‘It’s about having a bunch of fun, meeting all types of people, people who enjoy playing different types of games... [including] table top and card games. 

‘‘It’s a big social event.’’

Those who stayed the full 24-hours were well looked after with dinner, a midnight snack and breakfast. 

Additional entertainment was provided at the technology and game stalls scattered around the venue, the 24 hour Anime movie marathon and live hip-hop dance performances.

“We see Gamefest as one of those events where we can get all these people together to have a fantastic time in a fun filled atmosphere,” Mr Klonis said.

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