Special Events

KI Con

When: Fri., March 10, 9 a.m., Sat., March 11, 9 a.m. and Sun., March 12, 9 a.m. 2017

If you’re familiar with characters like Fulgore, a cyborg soldier armed with plasma blades, or Riptor, a genetically engineered velociraptor-human hybrid who spits acid, then there’s a good chance you were a teenager in 1994 when Killer Instinct rolled into your local arcade and demanded that you feed it all your quarters. Twenty-three years later, the franchise, which was rebooted by Microsoft Studios in 2013, is still so popular, instead of demanding all your loose change, it now commands its own exclusive gaming conference. Enter the inaugural KI Con, a three-day event featuring panels, gaming, concerts, contests, special guests (artists, game developers, voice actors), and a Killer Instinct World Cup tournament where the best players from around the globe compete for their share of $30,000. “Killer Instinct might not have been as popular as Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, but it found an even more passionate cult audience that has set it apart as something special,” said Trey Hilburn, video game reviewer for iHorror.com and occasional Current contributor. “It’s one of the few games that is reliant on the fans’ love in order to keep it alive.”

Price: $25-$175