Thursday, July 31, 2008

Video Gaming on Imax Screen

At this particular Imax Maritime Aquarium Norwalk, they have a program for kids to play video games.

"NORWALK - Before last night, the biggest screen Anthony Shaw ever played video games on was 60 inches.

He can now boast of playing on a six-story IMAX screen.

Anthony, 12, was one of several youths playing the Xbox 360 version of "Kung Fu Panda" last night as the Maritime Aquarium unveiled what it hopes will become a Saturday night tradition - "VidGames: Colossal."

"It was a lot of fun because of the really big screen," Anthony said after playing for about 15 minutes. "It makes it better to have the surroundsound be loud like that, too."

Last night's demonstration of the new feature - allowing video game play on the aquarium's giant screen - was open to aquarium employees and members for a tryout.

The movie version of "Kung Fu Panda" will be shown at the IMAX theater starting tonight, and the video game of the same name can be enjoyed, starting Aug. 9, for lucky players drawn at random.

A game-playing session will be held about 90 minutes before the 6:30 p.m. Saturday showing of the movie.

Aquarium publicist Chris Loynd warned gamers to arrive early if they want to play.

"Plan to watch and hope to play is what I would say," Loynd said. "My ultimate goal is to have the maximum number of players have the chance to play and to have everyone have a quality gaming experience."

Random names will be selected, with four players getting to play about every 15 minutes. Loynd said about 24 people will play each night.

For now, only "Kung Fu Panda" and other E-10 rated games will be played."

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