Archive for March, 2014

Gaming Expo: SXSW

by on March 13th, 2014

MarioI recently relocated to Austin and just in time for SXSW. Unfortunately I did not get a press pass however I used the guest pass and my network of friends to get me into events.

nintendo2The SXSW Gaming Expo was just a few bus stops of my new condo so I had to go. The first thing I checked out was the VideoGame History Museum Booth sponsored by Nintendo. What a fun blast from the past! My first gaming system was the OG Nintendo Entertainment System (circa 1985). I played Mario Bros, Duckhunt, Zelda and many others with my younger brother…Since I’m older if I was losing against my younger and smarter brother I would hit the “reset” button (this warranted many of fights). I also remember the days of taking out and blowing on the cartridges when the system crashed.mario cart2

I had a chance to play with Virtual Boy; the intense red blinking graphics gave me a headache (how did I play this as a child?!). I also had to take a photo op in the life size Mario cart…It was hilarious and interesting to see the migration throughout the decades of NES gaming systems.

paperdude 1Moving on I went to the Paper Dude booth from Globalcore interactive using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. If you ever played Paperboy on NES this was the booth to visit. They had a stationary bike using the Oculus Rift headset for the full on 3-D experience. When I tried it I realized playing the 3-D version took some time to get used to; I had allot of customers who did not get their paper.

Air GuardThe best booth I went to and one that I spent an hour waiting to try was the Air National Guard Flight simulator. One of my pals in SF is a pilot and I always told her that I would be a horrible pilot…but guess what I’m actually decent. I can’t say I’m great with shooting targets but flying was no problem…of course if it was a real plane that would be different. What I found interesting about the game experience was learning how systematic a person’s eye and hand coordination works when put in the driver’s seat. It was so fun to do some nose drives and then do a barrel roll!

This is just the beginning of SXSW 2014 for this cutegeek. Follow me @nrpena for up to minute updates on the music portion! Happy South By…

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SXSW 2014 Update

by on March 10th, 2014

mario cart2Hello Cutegeekers! It’s been a busy first weekend of SXSW…late tonight I will be posting about my SXSW gaming expo experience. It took me back to the days of paperboy and Mario Bros.

Late last night I posted on of my IndieGoGo experience with Misfit, URB-E and Breathometer; to check it out go here.

Stay tuned and happy SXSW 2014! It’s been a blast so far!



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SWSX 2014 & Guest Pass Info

by on March 4th, 2014

SXSWJust a week ago I relocated to Austin to the SoCo district (South Congress) just in time for SXSW 2014. I am originally from Austin and I remember when it wasn’t so epic but now-a-days it has become an international phenomenon. Though I was not able to get a SXSW media pass for this year I will be on ground zero conducting meetings and attending events that are either free to the public, media or accessible with the SXSW Guest Pass.

What is the guest pass you ask? New to this years SXSW Festival Austinites can pick up a free guest pass that will get you access to the below events.

SXSWTIXNinaTo get a SXSW guest pass you must go to one of the locations in Austin listed on the site to pick one up (don’t forget your drivers license with your ATX address on it).  A little hint Waterloo ran out today but I got two passes at the Whole Foods on Lamar. Once you have your guest pass go to the site and get on the list to receive invitations to shows, parties, and events throughout SXSW. You can also get a guest pass at the door at SXSW but it’s best to get it earlier as the crowds will be insane by then.

Follow me on @nrpena,, and during the festival I will be posting live! I will also be there conducting media meetings for the Examiner as well. For companies that will be there and would like to meet up, show me some new products or apps send me a DM @nrcpena.  Best of luck to those attending (especially the first timers) and see you all at SXSW 2014 (#sxsw2014 #cutegeeksxsw)!!!

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