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Video games go live on the Big Screen for some Friday fun

It was a fun Friday at The Oklahoman offices at 100 W. Main.

We fulfilled a goal that we've had since we moved into our downtown office space earlier this year. We played video games live on the Big Screen.

 

The Oklahoman's Big Screen on May 15, 2015.
The Oklahoman's Big Screen on May 15, 2015.

 

It was a tournament. We had nine guests play in the tournament, and we broadcasted the Mario Kart matches on the Big Screen to the downtown Oklahoma City lunchtime crowd at Sheridan and Robinson.

The event was sponsored by Video Games Live and OKC Philharmonic. Sean Alexander was the champion.

 

Sean Alexander, champion of The Oklahoman's Big Screen Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.
Sean Alexander, champion of The Oklahoman's Big Screen Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.

 

He cruised to the title, first by defeating our own entry - sports web editor Erik Horne - and eventually besting second-place finisher Shaun Wright.

We played on an older gaming system, to make it work most effectively for Big Screen streaming - and Sean had an advantage. He practiced on a Nintendo 64 version of the game of Mario Kart the previous evening and was more prepared than the others (especially Erik, which you would definitely have seen if you watched on the Big Screen across the street).

 

The Oklahoman's entertainment editor Nathan Poppe plays against Sean Alexander as Gage Alleman (far left) and Luke Realrider watch.
The Oklahoman's entertainment editor Nathan Poppe plays against Sean Alexander as Gage Alleman (far left) and Luke Realrider watch.

 

For his preparation and eventual victory, Sean received two tickets to the Video Games Live show at the Civic Center on May 21.

But we were the real winners. We fulfilled our dream of playing video games on the Big Screen. We met nine users of NewsOK.com along the way.

Most important of all, we had a fun time on a Friday afternoon.

 

Eight of the nine participants line up for a photo after The Oklahoman Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015. From left: Jesus Perez, Mark Ledlow, Shaun Wright, Sean Alexander, Matt Koivisto, Justin Curry, Luke Realrider and Gage Alleman.
Eight of the nine participants line up for a photo after The Oklahoman Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015. From left: Jesus Perez, Mark Ledlow, Shaun Wright, Sean Alexander, Matt Koivisto, Justin Curry, Luke Realrider and Gage Alleman.

 

The Oklahoman's Big Screen on May 15, 2015.
The Oklahoman's Big Screen on May 15, 2015.

 

The Oklahoman's Big Screen on May 15, 2015.
The Oklahoman's Big Screen on May 15, 2015.

 

Gage Alleman and Shaun Wright play a video game The Oklahoman's Big Screen Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.
Gage Alleman and Shaun Wright play a video game The Oklahoman's Big Screen Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.

 

Shaun Wright and Gage Alleman play a video game The Oklahoman's Big Screen Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.
Shaun Wright and Gage Alleman play a video game The Oklahoman's Big Screen Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.

 

News web editor Tiffany Gibson updates the bracket on in The Oklahoman's video studios.
News web editor Tiffany Gibson updates the bracket on in The Oklahoman's video studios.
The Oklahoman's Big Screen Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.
The Oklahoman's Big Screen Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.
Justin Curry plays against enterprise reporter Adam Kemp in The Oklahoman's Big Screen Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.
Justin Curry plays against enterprise reporter Adam Kemp in The Oklahoman's Big Screen Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.
The scene at The Oklahoman's Big Screen Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.
The scene at The Oklahoman's Big Screen Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.
Michael Castor, left, and Mark Ledlow play at The Oklahoman's Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.
Michael Castor, left, and Mark Ledlow play at The Oklahoman's Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.

 

 

 

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 The Oklahoman's Big Screen Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.

The Oklahoman's Big Screen Mario Kart tournament on May 15, 2015.

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Alan Herzberger

Alan Herzberger is the Vice President of Audience Development at The Oklahoman Media Company. He focuses on digital strategies for The Oklahoman and for NewsOK.com. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports department.... Read more ›

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