For some reason, this seems to be the week that everyone in Dallas/Fort Worth has chosen to try and earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. We just found out that the Texas Pinball Festival officially won their spot for the "Most People Playing Pinball Simultaneously" and A-Kon announces that they will try to set their own world record at their convention this Saturday. We're sure there's a guy in Richardson who is doing something unspeakable with canned meat products in order to achieve a world record of his own.
This time, the annual anime gathering wants to break the world record for having the most people dressed as video game characters in one place at one time. They seem to have momentum on their side. They are the longest running anime convention in North America and regularly attract crowds that reach into the thousands, most of whom are dressed up as their favorite pixelated brawlers, shooters and magic gatherers.
Finland holds the current record at 491 people festooned as their favorite gaming icons. A-Kon hopes to smash that record by gathering a costumed crowd of 625 cosplayers. They are encouraging attendees to start forming a line at 10 a.m. Saturday on the second floor of the Hilton Anatole so they can ensure they beat the record. They are also offering the first 30 people free tickets to the Asian Film Festival of Dallas. If that isn't enough of an enticement, here's the kicker: You finally have an excuse to wear form fitting spandex in public and contribute to something great besides uncomfortable stares and curious questions about wiggle room.
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To participate you'll have to register for the festival. Day passes start at $45.