Gam­ing to get Nitro boost

Big screen gam­ing is about to make an im­pact in The Square

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON -

Gamers are set to take their pas­sion to one of the big­gest screens in Palmer­ston North.

Palmy Un­leashed has or­gan­ised an out­door gam­ing com­pe­ti­tion in The Square, with help from City Li­brary.

Gam­ing en­thu­si­asts will be able to go head-to-head in an age group com­pe­ti­tion based around vir­tual re­al­ity games.

Peo­ple will be able to watch the ac­tion on the Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Arena’s mo­bile big screen.

Those who win their cat­e­gories will then have the chance to take on stars of the Nitro Cir­cus ex­treme sports team, in­clud­ing Manawatu’s own­mo­tocross world cham­pion Levi Sher­wood.

Palmy Un­leashed co-or­di­na­tor SamKer­shaw was sure the com­pe­ti­tion was a first for the city.

‘‘The Big Screen Gam­ing event should at­tract our youth into the city cen­tre and give them an ex­pe­ri­ence they won’t for­get.’’

City coun­cil com­mu­nity en­gage­ment man­ager Ian Lit­tle­worth said he was keen to see more events like the gam­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘We’ve got an amaz­ing space in the heart of our city which is the per­fect lo­ca­tion for events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘As well as this event be­ing a great at­trac­tion for gam­ing en­thu­si­asts, par­tic­u­larly our youth, we hope it will also in­spire oth­ers to use the city cen­tre as a place to host com­mu­nity events.‘‘

The PlayS­ta­tion and vir­tual re­al­ity gear are be­ing pro­vided from the li­brary’s Youth Space.

The event starts at 3pm on Jan­uary 25, but con­tes­tants should ar­rive ear­lier to reg­is­ter as places may be lim­ited.

The Nitro Cir­cus stars are sched­uled to ar­rive at 4.30pm.

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