Don Bowden

Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge with special guest Ani-Com & Games

The Global Challenge here at Intel Extreme Masters is moving right along, Starcraft II, League of Legends and Counter Strike 1.6 brackets are slowly determining who will play in the finals on Wednesday October 5th. To try and describe the action in my blog would be a disservice to the competition so to stay up to date you can follow all the action on the ESL website. Instead of writing about IEM I thought I would try and describe what it’s like here at the Ani-Com & Games show; see if I can give you a feel for what it’s like attending one of these events.

First off it is crowded, extremely crowded; like in you can barely move through the crowd crowded. The show consists mainly of Anime art printed on posters, t-shirts (I bought a really awesome t-shirt), pillows, stuffed animals and action figures, all for sale. The crowd is mostly teens so you see quite a few people dressed up as their favorite Anime character, the costumes run the gamut from simple to downright elaborate. When the show opens in the morning the perimeter walls are crowded with people putting the finishing touches on their costumes. If you see a large group of people crowded around something chances are there is someone in costume posing for pictures. What I find really amusing is people asking to have their picture taken with me, I guess because I’m one of the few Caucasians attending the show I’m enough of a novelty that people want a picture, or they find me incredibly handsome…. not. All in all it’s a great experience, people here in Guangzhou are very warm and friendly and I’m really enjoying my time here.

I’ve posted some pictures up on our flickr page (here) of the show if you would like to have a look, here are two of my favorites, see if you can guess which picture is action hero’s Captain Affection and The Love Machine…..

Don Bowden

About Don Bowden

Don is a Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer in Intel’s Corporate Demos Group supporting various Intel events from executive keynotes to trades shows. His latest gig is with the Intel Extreme Masters Gaming Series where he provides general technical support. Don’s an avid gamer, mostly first person shooters, his real passion is on-line racing with iRacing.com which is the closest thing to driving a real race car as you’re going get. Don is also a skier, photographer and avid motorcyclist, making two cross country trips and a trek to the Arctic Circle and back from his home in San Jose, CA.

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