GAME ON: Kate Woodfall as Asuna from Sword Art Online, Madisyn Smith as Pikachu and Scott Donnelly as Ash, both from Pokemon, dressed as their favourite characters for the Haven Video Games and Pop Culture Expo.
GAME ON: Kate Woodfall as Asuna from Sword Art Online, Madisyn Smith as Pikachu and Scott Donnelly as Ash, both from Pokemon, dressed as their favourite characters for the Haven Video Games and Pop Culture Expo. Lee Constable

Gamers bring hobby to life at expo

SCOTT Donnelly said he's cut back on gaming recently.

Now he only plays four to six hours a day.

"I could easily play for 13 hours though, if I get excited. Once I even played for 32 hours straight," he said.

At Saturday night's Haven Video Game and Pop Culture Expo Mr Donnelly was excited by more than just gaming.

The event brought favourite aspects of games to life and Mr Donnelly and his girlfriend Madisyn Smith dressed up as Pokemon characters Ash and Pikachu.

"Pokemon had a big effect on my life. I even made Pokeballs to throw at people," Mr Donnelly said.

"I'm very keen to play laser tag and watch my friend in the Mortal Kombat tournament."

He said watching people play video games could be more of an adrenaline rush than playing them himself.

Josh Williams and Maxine Woods were most excited by the cosplay, or 'costume play', part of the expo and came along as Airship Pirate and Akame.

"The thing I like about gaming is it's an escape and you become part of the story," Ms Woods said.

"It's like TV shows but 100 times longer, so you get more connected to the story."

Scott Marshall programmed a garden spray can with electronics to form his Steampunk Dr Horrible costume.

"It takes about 20 hours to make one, and I've made five or six others," he said.

"I've been all over Australia to cosplays and Mackay is the best I've been to. It's more like a party atmosphere."

FAVOURITE GAMES:

  •  Josh Williams first played River Raid on a Commodore 64 ("grandad to Nintendo 64").
  •  Maxine Woods played Alex the Kid. But she described Donkey Kong as a "gateway game".
  •  Kate Woodfall loved The Legend of Zelda.
  •  Madisyn Smith loved Borderlands.

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