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These Cosplayers Are Probably the Only People Having Fun at SXSW Interactive

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At South by Southwest Interactive, there’s not a ton of excitement. Panelists are nervous, attendees are tired, and it’s hard not to trip over hallway zombies accumulating on the Convention Center floors, staring dejectedly into space while their phones charge next to them.

But at SXSW Gaming’s Cosplay Competition, this was not the case. People were seriously psyched, from the performers to the huge crowd.

As techno music blared in a totally packed event space, cosplayers bounded onto the stage while two hosts called their names. They channeled their favorite characters from science fiction, comic books, video games or whatever other source material they wanted. The rules stipulated they had to make at least 75 percent of their costumes by hand. Read More