Charity video game tournament offering old-school classics


By Tara Jones - tjones@limanews.com



Players compete during a past tournament.

Players compete during a past tournament.


Courtesy of Barry Electronics

Awards are presented during a past year’s tournament.

Awards are presented during a past year’s tournament.


Courtesy of Barry Electronics

Returning competitor Ken Sturgill, Assistant Prosecutor for Lima, hoists a trophy from 2015’s Mario Kart tournament.


Courtesy of Barry Electronics

Larry Stanley captured third place in 2015’s Donkey Kong tournament.


Courtesy of Barry Electronics

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Charity video game tournament

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Barry Electronics, 1703 Allentown Road, Lima

ADMISSION: Registration fee $10 at barryelectronics.net, walk-in

LIMA — This year’s 15th annual Barry Electronics charity video game tournament will include some classic gaming options with tournament-style play in Mario Kart 64 and pinball.

The playoff games will include Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch, as well as Mario Kart 64.

Jeff Smith, Barry Electronics sales manager, said the event can bring in anywhere between 200 and 400 guests of all ages.

“We usually have about 100 different players, and they end up bringing family members,” he said. “We usually see a very broad range. Right now, our youngest registered is 8 and our oldest is 57.

“The kids that were playing in high school in our first tournament are coming back in their early 30s and now bringing their kids. It’s become a generational thing,” Smith added. “The players are what keeps it alive. We’ve have repeat players almost the whole run. One of the prosecutors downtown (Ken Sturgill) has been playing since he was in law school, and he’s one of our returning champions.”

For the third year, the charity tournament will benefit the Lima Police Department Summer Student Police Academy.

There will also be an International Flipper Pinball Association tournament provided by Cartridge Gaming. Smith said the pinball tournament is expected to bring a few out-of-state players.

Saturday also marks International Tabletop Day, so Alter Ego Comics will have board games for those waiting to complete, along with prizes and comics.

Vendors Jay’s Coney’s and Dunkin’ Donuts will be on-hand with food and drinks available throughout the event.

Walk-in sign ups for the tournaments will be accepted until competition begins Saturday.

Players compete during a past tournament.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/04/web1_BarrysTournament2.jpgPlayers compete during a past tournament. Courtesy of Barry Electronics
Awards are presented during a past year’s tournament.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/04/web1_BarrysTournament1.jpgAwards are presented during a past year’s tournament. Courtesy of Barry Electronics
Returning competitor Ken Sturgill, Assistant Prosecutor for Lima, hoists a trophy from 2015’s Mario Kart tournament.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/04/web1_BarrysTournament4.jpgReturning competitor Ken Sturgill, Assistant Prosecutor for Lima, hoists a trophy from 2015’s Mario Kart tournament. Courtesy of Barry Electronics
Larry Stanley captured third place in 2015’s Donkey Kong tournament.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/04/web1_BarrysTournament3.jpgLarry Stanley captured third place in 2015’s Donkey Kong tournament. Courtesy of Barry Electronics

By Tara Jones

tjones@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Charity video game tournament

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Barry Electronics, 1703 Allentown Road, Lima

ADMISSION: Registration fee $10 at barryelectronics.net, walk-in

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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