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Pictures taken during March 2008

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I beat Metal Gear Solid 3 on a no kill, no alert mission in just over three hours with the use of the stealth camo and infinity face paint
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A lot more people showed up to the midnight release than I expected
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I guess Bryce was right after all
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Tony and James weren't even buying a copy
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We stood around for a while trying to figure out the situation
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GameStop had their cage thing down
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Tony standing around
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James this this whole situation is ridiculous
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But they had nothing better to do
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Surveying the crowd..
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See? I told you
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Our first glimpse of Brawl in the real world
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It looked gorgeous
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First we got in a line to pay for our game early
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This guy was trying to figure out how the tournament was going to work
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Bryce was impressed
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This guy has a Wii shirt!
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The guy in front of Bryce digs deep into his wallet..
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..and forks over the $50 for the game
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We went to an Uno's while we waited for midnight. Tony got a martini
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These chumps just got water
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S|B did not actually stand for "smash brothers"
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James making fun of how Bryce kept rubbing his face
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And then laughed about it
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James "rocks out" outside of Unos
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This is Tyler, I met him in line
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He's got his paid receipt ready in hand!
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This line moved really fast since everyone had already paid
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Note the huge stack of games
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I got my receipt voided
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Finally! My own copy
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My copy in front of the midnight launch poster and "the guy with the hair"
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James sure has a spiffy hat
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Brandon and Smash pose amongst the balloons
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There were a lot of balloons
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Brett really took the "wear green" rule to heart
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He's like some sort of Irish pimp
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James toasts.. something
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Smash, James, and Brandon are having fun
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James is wicked excited about something
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The James strut
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Speech Champions at their best
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Smashley looks like she just got cut off
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Smash shows those balloons who's boss
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Tony isn't being awkward at all
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Mike fears death from above, in balloon form
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Mike and Nicole
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Tony and Balloon Man
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Michele walks by
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Bryce seems to be thinking about balloons
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Oh the balloons were flying, you better believe it
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Throwing balloons
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Standing in a sea of green
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Hi James
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Brett, Rosie, and others in the kitchen
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Brett thinks he's cool
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Bryce still hasn't moved
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What's up, Bryce?
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Couch people!
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That's an odd face to make
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John just came back from his beer advertising tour
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There was at least one balloon in the air at any given time for hours
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The dynamic duo
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Bryce is Balloon Man!
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Whiskey slaps! I mistimed this just a bit, but you can see the red mark on Tony's face
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James duct taped my glow sticks to his fan
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It looks pretty neat
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Brandon's sister Meredith and her friends
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Bryce chills on the couch
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Tony has a pillow and he knows how to use it
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I picked up this sweet green shirt at Salvies
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Annie and James on the chair
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Brett and Rosie dance in the balloons
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The couch crew swat away balloons
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Bryce doesn't seem to be phased by what's going on
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Brett and Rosie are still dancing
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OK, now Bryce is upset about something
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The balloons are flying again!
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Rosie nagivates the balloons
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Brett is looking spiffier than ever with the addition of the green streamers he accidentally tore down
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Watch out, Brett!
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James prepares for his whistle performance
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Rosie accompanied him with vocals
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A combo picture, flash and long exposure
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James adjusts the speakers
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That balloon won't go far, Brett
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Oh no! I've been spotted
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Everyone gathers around the chair
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John is having the time of his life
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Mike stares at the camera
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Brett strikes a pose
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All the balloon killing upset Bryce
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The couch crew
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The couch crew.. without flash!
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Bryce had a good idea using a balloon as a foot rest, it was really comfortable
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Note how few balloons there are now..
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Annie pins a pin on James
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James got impatient and eventually did it himself
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Bryce makes a.. perplexing face
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And also a creepy one
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Party time!
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Brett sings something
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That might be an air guitar, it's tough to tell with the drink
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Brett seems caught off guard
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Look at all the balloon debris!
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Bryce doesn't seem to approve of this posed shot
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Gah, stay out of there, Rosie!
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Bryce looks his best for this pose
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I call this one Tripod-Smash
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So much crap on the floor!
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I eventually retreated to the porch for a quiet moment
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James and Annie on the chair
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I love the face James is making here
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I had some fun with the glowstick fan
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A flash/long exposure shot, showing the glow sticks themselves
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Look what happened to our living room!!
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The light switch is bare!
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This wall is all covered in spackle!
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A ladder on the stairs!
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A ladder on the stairs!!
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These switches are all crazy!
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Where did that chair come from!
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The carpet is ripped up!
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We ran into James early in the morning after he had stayed up all night working on a paper
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He should probably finish that paper..
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And off he goes!
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Bryce driving along past the Clark campus
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Mike seems excited
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Bryce zones out on the train
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I like the new seats
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Mike and Bryce read over some GRE words
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The obligatory hotel room window view
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We were on the 31st floor in the Marriott
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Our room came with a huge flatscreen TV and a hookup for our Wii!
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Melrose James was there too, for a while
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Bryce quickly fired up Smash Brothers
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Mike shows Octopus pride
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Bryce playing with the huge TV
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We got our staff shirts
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Bryce said "I feel so important now"
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The infamous registration line was already pretty lengthy on Thurday afternoon
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MCCA staff setting up the dance floor in Ballroom B
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Main Events being put together
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Bryce working on some cabling
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What's up Mike
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Some other staffers were cutting out gels for the lighting
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Bryce and Mike did a lot of cable work
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The MCCA guys are almost done!
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Mike and Bryce laid out around 400 feet of cable because we couldn't find the short ones..
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As soon as they finished we found the short cables and they had to coil the long ones back up
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Main Events is starting to come together
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What does the pig button do?
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Fred and some tech staffers set up a light on a pole
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Fred and a tech staffer
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Bryce stands near the completed dance floor
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Ready for dancing!
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Grand and Mike on stage
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I'm not exactly sure what was going on here, but one of the security guys was attacked with women's boots
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Putting the boots on..
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The head convention staffers were amused but still tried to get announcements out
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A lot of people were taking pictures of this madness
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Mike and Bryce stayed in their seats
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The boots are almost on!
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David, the staff photographer, also joined in the fun
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All done!
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He was a pretty good sport about it
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Mike Lee gives his yearly speech to the Tech Staff
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Tech staffers listening to Mike Lee's slideshow
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I just thought this sign was funny
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There was an uncontrollable mob in the video room at 8am on the first day of the con
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Travis Touchdown from No More Heroes!
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Snake from Metal Gear Solid 3!
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These guys wouldn't let me take their picture till they fixed their question mark.. surprise!
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A flash picture of the MGS3 group
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Poor Snake, what will he do now?
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Bryce checks out the schedule
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The infamous "white supremecist" bottles. The bottle people printed the file NAME instead of the contents! I'm just bummed I didn't get one!
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Dave on the computer
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Domo-kun loves his Companion Cube
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Chilling around Tech Ops in the afternoon
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Bulma and Piccolo!
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A storm trooper!
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An awesome Bowser!
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Bowser with a little more perspective
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James loves Anime Boston
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James and some cosplayers in line for pizza
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I love watching the interaction of cosplayers with normal people.. but it's hard to convey in a picture
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Chrono makes his way through the food court
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Card Captor Sakura gets some coffee
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Even anime characters need to use the ATM now and then
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My people!
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The registration line was epic
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I heard that at one point there was a three hour wait just to get in the line!
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This guy stole Snake's box from Smash Brothers Brawl
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Asahina poses in her bunny-girl outfit!
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So I heard...
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This guy had a working monitor playing DDR on his head!
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People milling around the dealer's room
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Dealer's room!
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Hey, you've got red on you
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That's right, it's Shaun from Shaun of the Dead
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Mr. Game and Watch!
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An incredible Ursula from The Little Mermaid
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The same shot, but with flash
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I ran into Venus again, the cool musical Link cosplayer I met at ConnectiCon 2006
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Venus Link again with flash
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TF2 cosplayers! We've got spy vs spy.. vs scout
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And the scout is after the intelligence!
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I'm not sure how Waldo got dragged into all of this
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Red spy and blue spy!
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Venus again! This time she's gotten herself into a fight with some Final Fantasy characters
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Go Links!
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Mudkip has made it onto an official sign!
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The crowd packs in for the AMV contest
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Bryce is having the time of his life
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Yes, the guy in the lobster suit is the same guy who was in the banana suit last year. You can apparently tell by the shoes..
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Hmm, there seems to be a crowd outside of main events
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That is a lot of anime fans
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Holy crap! Look how far back it goes!!
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I'm not sure who this is, but neat costume!
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I can't remember the last time I've seen an ad this direct
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This year's theme was under water, so.. here's a giant crab
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Me at my finest
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I just saw these guys posing and jumped in to take a picture
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A creepy nurse from Resident Evil, and an incredible costume of a citizen of Rapture, from Bioshock
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A somewhat creepy Mr. Popo
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I kept running into the Metal Gear Solid 3 guys
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Chell from Portal! Well done!
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That Vegeta guy is back again!
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Sadly this was the only Haibane cosplayer I saw all weekend. Great Reki!
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Chell finally found her Companion Cube
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Tifa, Aeris, and Squall on a chocobo!
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B-kun and the new A-chan working on a video
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This guy was just too funny. For those who can't read it, the symbol on his shirt says "su"
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This was my view for much of the convention.. keeping the microphone levels correctly set at panels
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These guys didn't ask tech ahead of time if they could hook up their camera so we had to improvise.. We hooked up the video and just used a microphone next to the camera's speaker
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I saw Reki again at one of the panels I staffed
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The turnout for The Pillows concert was.. impressive
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Something like 5000 people came to see it
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Bryce staffed the event, keeping people from using photography
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Another incredible Metal Gear Solid 3 team!
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I see Sokolov, Eva, The End, The Boss, Revolver Ocelot, Snake, and ..Snake
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A long exposure of the Masquerade's lights!
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Attendees getting seated
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Lauren Goodnight, the Masquerade Emcee injured her eye and had an eyepatch on
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Anime Boston 2008!
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Captain Jack Sparrow kicked things off with "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything"
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A skit involving the ongoing conflict between pirates and ninjas
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I can only assume these guys are from Kingdom Hearts due to the keyblades
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Impressive weapons
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Some more impressive weapons
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Don't you point that thing at me
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A very impressive J-E-N-O-V-A costume. Note the light-up eye
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And off she goes
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A strangely flamboyant Gaara, Temari, and Kankuro
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Temari shows off her flag
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Some kind of FMA skit
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The entire room was PACKED
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Link and Navi
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Look at all the Links!
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So many links
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A fight ensues!
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The fight.. seems to have ended
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What's over there?
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Fighting again!
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Black Link gets his head smashed in with a hammer
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Navi doesn't seem all that concerned.. little did she know that she was next
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Damn I love my telephoto lens
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Inuyasha sure can dance
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Inuyasha and.. Inuyasha!
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He likes to be scratched behind the ear
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The Haruhi Thriller zombies
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Haruhi was a mess
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That guy from Ouran high everyone likes
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These guys were pretty hilarious. This was a fake ad for hair spray
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Well done, guys
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Someone, Winry, and Tifa!
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The skit continues
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More dancing!
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Swing that bat around
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Sora.. asks a question
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Guys with neat props!
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Various characters..
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Various characters to the caramelldansen!
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Scott, I mean B-kun, makes a mad dash across teh stage
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Neat costume
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This was a pretty crazy prop
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It's all spiky
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And curvy
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These guys were from one of the Dot Hack's
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A challenger appears!
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Pretty incredible costumes
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Something about Romeo and Juliet?
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She was doing an audition
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This little kid got wicked excited
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I dunno, cosplayers! Whooo
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Their skit continues
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I have no idea who they are
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Lauren Goodnight's eyepatch kept getting more elaborate as the night went on
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Deedlit from Record of Lodoss War
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The guy playing Ghim walked on his knees
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These guys were pretty funny, great costumes too!
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Deedlit strikes a pose
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The Prince from Katamari!
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The plan was to roll up Boston..
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And off he goes!
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Oh no! Cousin Ichigo!
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And there was some kind of conclusion..
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The Katamari Dance!
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Mike Lee makes a brief appearance on stage!
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And off he goes!!
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That is one big scythe
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L hates carrots
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Another chocobo girl!
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Pretty crazy costume
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Putting his weapon in inventory..
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Resident Evil, right?
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A standoff!
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Inevitably, there was dancing
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Purple Girl!
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Black Girl, Red Girl, and Purple Girl!
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These two were pretty neat
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They turned around!
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Running around..
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Look out!
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Not sure what's going on here
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Lauren's eyepatch grows ever larger
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A-chan runs across the stage!
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This costume was just too ridiculous
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Giant Jigglypuff!
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And he's armed wtih a marker!!
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These guys were ghosts I guess
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Because they played the ghost busters theme and attacked them with this gun!
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Ahhhh ghostbusting gun!
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The "Life inside your DS" skit
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Cooking Mama and Phonix Wright!
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I'm not sure who these guys are but the crowd loved them
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The DS skit continues
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Look at them go
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Phoenix Wright really got into the dance
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Is that an objection I see?
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Everyone gets in on the dancing now!
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Great skit, guys!
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Lauren didn't seem to care that her eyepatch was slowly taking over her entire face
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Some neat cosplayers from a show I don't know
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He's got a bunch of credit cards!
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Belldandy.. and friends!
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They danced to "Soldier Boy"
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I don't know why either, Red Skirt Girl
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Sketch finally finished his Canti cosplay! To give you an idea of huge it is, look at the Guitar Hero guitar!
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It looks great, Sketch!
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He got himself involved in a guitar battle
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Sketch looks to his opponent
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Guitar battle!
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Sketch plays some more
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Go, Sketch, go!
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The needle is clearly on Sketch's side
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He's switched to his Canti-sized guitar
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Mike Lee cut the lights so we could see how his costume glowed!
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Awesome job, Sketch
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Yes, at this point, Lauren actually had a circuit board attached to her face
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The Haruhi skit in the exhibition portion! Sorry I only got one picutre, I wanted to get a video of this group
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The Anime Boy Band, or something like that.. if you didn't know about Bridget before, sorry to break the news
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I'll give you one guess as to what song they're doing.. I see a Y
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I see an M
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The dancing continues
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What are Goku and Ash doing?
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That might be an A
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And that's definitely a C
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A wider shot of the dancers
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See? I was actually just about as far away as possible
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I just really like this shot
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I'm not sure what's going on here
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Some sort of gameshow
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Oh no! Fighting!
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Bisque and Lauren dance!
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Selecting characters for the Smash Brothers skit
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Link vs Marth
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Peach doesn't seem all that intimidated by Mario
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Link's leg is exposed!
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I think the game was paused at this point
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The fight rages on
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This guy was keeping track of lives
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Mario seems pretty pleased
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The incredible Duck Hunt team set up their ridiculous skit
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By sitting in the balcony, I ruined the forced perspective.. from the ground all this stuff lined up
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It still looks pretty great though
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The lights in the front were controlled with custom programmed microcontrollers!
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That scoreboard is just begging to have bigger numbers on it
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A neat 15-second exposure of the tech area
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The Anime Boston technical staff, hard at work to bring you another fine show
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Most people bailed out after the AMV awards
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Just a few people left for the Masquerade awards
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A better shot of the ginormous Nintendo gun used in Duck Hunt
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Dick Tripwire oddly pats a voice actor on the head
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Dick Tripwire surveys the crowd
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Look how many people showed up to Hentai Dubbing!
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Yes, that's right. Hentai Dubbing was in Main Events this year!
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Dick Tripwire cues up the DVD
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Dick picked the guy on the right just cause it was so weird. "I don't even care if it's a chick in there, just get up here"
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Dick and the voice actor performed what must be the first ever live music AMV
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Mike asked Dick Tripwire to sign some hentai he had produced
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Mr. Tripwire was happy to oblige
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Quite a souvenir for Mike!
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We found Pimp Mario, the guy who saved the day at Hentai Dubbing with his hilarious performance
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I guess us anime fans are just a bunch of heathans
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Bryce helps out with packing up this screen
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Mike removes some screws
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Mike and Bryce were on the black team, I was on red, but we were all in the "Tactical Umbrella Squad"
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Staffers of all colors gather around
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Bryce found some manga in a room
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Bryce and Mike take a quick break
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Dismantling the projector
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Careful with that lens!
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Everyone gets ready to pick up the projector
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Mike helped lower a very large and expensive projector in Main Events
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Main Events looks much larger when the wall separating it from Hall C was removed
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Chair towers!
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Mike coils some cable
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This girl was in charge of picking up all the tape, the ball got pretty big
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The ball grows!
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Hey, it's Fred again! Now he's lowering cable
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I found this on the floor
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Well, I went to the website, but it was the anti-scientology site I'd already seen
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Mike Lee in his element
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The final ball. All this tape was just from Main Events, and I think it doesn't include the balcony
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Bryce checks up on the internet
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Mike takes a picture of the poor, collapsed crab
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I take a picture of the poor, collapsed crab
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Bye crab
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A closeup on the front of my staff shirt
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I lived in this shirt all weekend
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The artwork for this year was a giant squid attacking Boston!
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I got a red shirt when I was assigned to the red team for teardown
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Tactical Umbrella Squad!
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I bought this 1up shirt in the Dealer's Room!
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I bought this NERV shirt in the Dealer's Room!
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I finally have a Black Mesa shirt!
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This shirt was a triumph!
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And hell, why not. A lolzilla
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I also got an Anime Boston patch
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I managed to get this sweet Haruhi poster for free!
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This wallscroll, however, was not free
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All told I ended up with 7 shirts, a poster, a wall scroll, a water bottle, a patch, and some great pictures and memories. See you all next year!
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I got photographed for some alumni thing.. I took a picture of the girl who went before me getting her picture taken
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The photographer peeks out from behind the books
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The photographer and the alumni person
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Hi there!
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Bus Force One?
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Oh I'm sorry.. Ground Force One
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Yep, it's that time of the year again
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Tours are everywhere
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This person had their window broken.. maintainence came by to fix it
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The companion cube was drawn in the dust on this window!
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The cafeteria staff needs to update their version of Windows, apparently
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Bryce is ready for duty
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