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The stars of XBox, Wii, and even indie games come alive through the power of displays?and more than a few fan-made costumes?at SGC. SGC boasts that while its name used to stand for ScrewAttack Gaming Convention, now it just means "the best party in gaming!" The three-day event convention and festival sprawls throughout an 80,000 square-foot space inside the downtown Sheraton Hotel. One of its biggest attractions couldn't happen without the fans: unlike the average court proceeding, a whimsical cosplay contest enables attendees to show off their costumes and slip into character as heroes, villains, or morally ambiguous Tetris blocks.
Throughout the weekend, the convention thrills guests with a dealer room showcasing up to 80 vendors, a game room filled with consoles and arcade cabinets from nearly every generation, and a hall for tabletop gaming. Much of the action also happens in the main auditorium, which can accommodate up to 1,500 audience members. Here, celebrities and industry leaders?past guests have included Adam Sessler and The Angry Video Game Nerd?give panel discussions, and live video-game-themed bands play shows that are then streamed to the internet and directly onto their parents' cell phones.