Orlando Science Center’s inner view of video games attracts record crowd

The shooter fired quickly, hardly flinching from the recoil of the M-4 rifle and consistently hitting the target — a black silhouette in the desert.

Then Linda Descheneaux turned to her 8-year-old grandson.  “If Nana can do it, you can do it!”

The moment wasn’t unusual for Otronicon, the Orlando Science Center’s annual convention of everything video game-related. Visitors of all ages and ability levels have spent the past three days testing their mettle in games from Pac-Man to Halo 3 to military simulators, and, organizers say, learning about the art and science behind the games.

The event closes to the public tonight. Starting Tuesday, it will be open only for school field trips.

If the third-annual event keeps pace with last year, it will have attracted about 18,000 people when it wraps up Friday. Organizers said Saturday’s crowd of 3,000 broke a record for daily attendance.

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Orlando Science Center to host family friendly gaming expo

Otronicon, Orlando’s gaming expo, returns to the Orlando Science Center next week for its third year.

The gaming event is family friendly and has something for everyone with video-game tournaments, showcases of the latest games, advanced military simulators, a classic arcade and much more.

Gamers can partake in Guitar Hero and Rock Band tournaments, and play Halo 3 on the giant eight-story CineDome screen.

The expo is open to the public Jan. 18-21 from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Daily admission is $14.95 for adults and $9.95 for children younger than 12. Members receive free admission. Visit otronicon.org for tickets and a full event schedule.