“Beat the Pro”: Play against Sam “Doc” Castañón, Sony Playstation tester and pro gamer
Think you can game? You’ll get a chance to show off your skills against one of the best: Sam “Doc” Castañón. Castañón, a Sony Playstation tester, will be available for “Beat the Pro” challenges at Wen-Con. Castañón has been gaming since Atari 2600 was released. In his own words: “Space Invaders was my game and technically my first shooter. I was the kid that always toted his Turbo Graphics 16 Turbo Express around with him playing Devil’s Crush Pinball because I believed I was going to be the next Digital ‘Tommy.’ I won my first game competition in 1998 having the fastest time in the world for Resident Evil 1 and 2 back to back at my local GameWorks, before games were seriously tracked. …Sony took notice of me and asked me to be part of a groundbreaking experience, the first console-only gamer reality show: “The Tester.” As a response to the fans, the show “Replay with Doc” in the PlayStation Home community theater was born.”
Videogame tournament hosted by Elite Gaming Gear
Yakima-based Elite Gaming Gear will be hosting a variety of video game tournaments including Smash Brothers, Overwatch, Madden 17 and Mortal Kombat X. Gamers will also have the opportunity to test out the VR Shooting Range! They will be open from 10 am – 6 pm and registration will be at the Elite Gaming Gear Video Arcade. For additional information and the schedule click here. Game on!
Visit Elite Gaming Gear at elitegaminggear.com.
Cosplay, with contest and prizes
Come dressed to impress. We love to see creative and original cosplay at WEN-CON. We will even have a contest for original costumes with fun prizes. Read the cosplay rules.
Alex Haley, local promoter/comedian, will be the emcee for our cosplay contest. Read more about Alex.
Panels & Programming
Many of our major guests, including Steve Blum, Johnny Yong Bosch, Rick Farmiloe and John Alexander, are scheduled to host panels throughout the day. Come find out more about topics ranging from art, to film, to writing and much more. A schedule of panels and topics are detailed here.
Free photos and autographs with scheduled guests
Get signatures and autographs from our biggest names! Get a signature and photo with:
- Steve Blum, voice actor in “Naruto,” “Cowboy Bebop,” and hundreds of video games
- Johnny Yong Bosch, actor in “Power Rangers,” “Bleach,” “Trigun”
- John Alexander, actor in “Hellboy II,” “Men in Black,” “Return to Oz”
- Rick Farmiloe, Disney and Dreamworks animator for “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Shrek”
For more information on who will be there, visit our “Who’s Coming?” page.