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GE3: Gaming Cosplay Colosseum

28 Nov , 2013,
Crimson
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JOIN THE GAMING COSPLAY COLOSSEUM

Celebrate cosplay at GE3 as we bring you an epic competition featuring attractive CASH and computer peripherals prizes!

RULES & REGULATIONS

PRIZES

Grand Champion: $1,000 in CASH and Gaming Peripherals Hamper
1
st Runner Up: $750 in CASH and Gaming Peripherals Hamper
2
nd Runner Up: $500 in CASH and Gaming Peripherals Hamper
Merit Prize (1 prize awarded): $250 in CASH

ELIGIBILITY

This contest is open to any cosplayer(s) who visit GE3, regardless of nationality or country of origin. GE3 staff and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in this competition. Pre-registration for this competition is required (see below). As there are only a limited number of competitor slots available, do consider registering early to avoid disappointment.

COMPETITION RULES & REGULATIONS

  1. You may choose to enter as either a Solo Entry or Team Entry. Each team is limited to a maximum of 3 participants. If you choose to enter as a team, performing members must cosplay from the same title.
  2. Characters may be from any game on the PC, Console (Playstation, Xbox, Wii), hand-held game device or mobile device, from anime, comic books, manga or movies. Characters from games and from partner titles (e.g. Blizzard titles and DotA 2) will receive bonus points.
  3. You must provide the title of the game, the name of the character(s) and a reasonably good quality, full length image of the character(s) you intend to cosplay. The image(s) will be used as a reference image during judging.
  4.  You may choose to do anything you wish on stage, from putting on a skit, to singing and dancing, or simply through doing a series of poses and actions.
  5. You are given between 1 minute to 5 minutes to do so. (The depth of the stage is approximately 2.5 m. Do keep this in mind when planning your performance).
  6. You may (and are encouraged to) provide an audio track during this performance.
  7. The usage of confetti, fire effects, party poppers, pyrotechnics, or liquids on stage are strictly NOT allowed.
  8. GE3 reserves the right to use any images, video clips, audio clips and footage of any participant’s costume and performance with impunity, and retains these rights before, during and after the competition.
  9. Any infringement or failure to comply with the rules and regulations will result in immediate disqualification from the competition.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Costume accuracy and craftsmanship: 50%

Character portrayal: 25%

Performance: 25%

Bonus Points: 5% for game characters, and additional 5% for characters from featured games. i.e. Battlefield series, Counter Strike, Blizzard titles, DotA 2, Pokemon, Street Fighter.

HOW TO REGISTER

You can register by clicking on the following link: [GE3 Gaming Cosplay Colosseum Registration]

The Deadline for Registration is 22 December 2013. If you are selected, you will receive email confirmation on 23 December 2013. Do check your emails regularly!

COMPETITION ITINERARY

Note: The competition takes place on Saturday, 28th December 2013

  • Contestants should report to the D’Marquee from 12 noon onwards with your costume and valid proof of identification for a briefing. Please try to be punctual.
  • Judging for this competition takes place in two phases – pre-judging and performance phase.
  • You should be ready by 1 pm for pre-judging. Pre-judging will take place at the mini-stage and will factor into your Costume Accuracy and Craftsmanship.
  • The performance phase of the competition will begin promptly at 2.30 pm at the D’Marquee main stage. You will be ushered to the main stage by our staff.
  • During the performance phase, all competitors will be given up to a maximum of 5 minutes of stage time to impress the judges (see above).
  • Results will be tabulated at the end of the competition, and prizes will be presented during the same time slot.
  • All contestants will be invited on stage for the curtain call and prize giving.

DISCLAIMER

The organizers of GE3 reserve the right to change the rules and regulations of this competition at any time.

Review: Logitech G430 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

3 Nov , 2013,
Edric
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Accurate, clear and impressive surround sound experience with a mic to breathe down commands at your comrades on the battlefield.

LG4302It is not everyday you get a gaming headset that is practical with a budget in mind. Meet the Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset. The design of this slick black and blue headset is striped down to its bare necessity gamers needs most. Comfort, noise cancellation, crisp clear mic and most importantly, a precise 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound feature. The headset comes with 3.5mm inputs and an USB adapter.

An immersive sound experience is becoming a standard for gaming headphones. Especially, when you are able to detect foes around corners a stray grenade falling next to you or a sneaky bastard scheming a backstab. A good surround sound headset makes the difference between life and death in today’s fast paced gaming experience.

Getting used to the G430 takes sometime due to its weight and firm padded ear cups. Gamers with big heads and glasses (like me), will find this set a little harder to get comfortable with at the start. Once the comfort level sets in after some duration of usage, the headset feels extreme comfortable. The fabric used allows heat to escape and keep your ears comfortable and cool, a great feature I always find lacking in other headsets. The large ear cups allows gamers to comfortably place their entire ear within which improves the surround sound experience.

Oh, just in case you are worried about dirtying your headphones, the fabric covered ear cups are detachable for cleaning.

Mics are becoming a standard for gaming since normalisation of gaming headsets and they are becoming an essential tool for gamers to communicate with one another more efficiently. The mic that comes together with the G430 is capable of delivering clear instructions to teammates. When it is not in use, just fold it back to the ear caps and its out of the way.

The headset comes with a 2.3 metre cable along with an attached controller for quick audio tweaking. An analogue volume dial for quick audio adjustments and mute switch for the mic. The mic is very sensitive and readily picks up anything that sounds human from the background. It is an alternative to shut down the mic other than folding up the mic.

The Logitech G430 gives a minimalist experience, leaving just the essential features that makes the crucial difference. While it is certainly not the most fashionable pair of headphones to head down to town with, it certainly shows your foes you mean business on the virtual battlefield.

Product Photography by Joey Lim