Here at Void, we’ve talked about our love for local company GAAM before. And when they had their 2nd show this past weekend, the team blew our expectations out of the water. The layout, design, entertainment, setup and overall flow of the show proved events like this can sustain on the First Coast. And our friend  broke down the event beautifully…

GAAM: It’s A Secret to Everybody

Remember how we discussed supporting your local geek-based events a few weeks back?  I mentioned a little organization called GAAM (Games Arts and Music) and their efforts to bring gaming culture to the masses via multi-media exhibitions and shows.  Fortunately, GAAM is no longer a secret, as last weekend I donned my finest green shirt, loaded up the family and ventured to our local gallery to support The Legend of GAAM, their Zelda-themed event.

Attendance tripled this year, compared to its debut predecessor, topping out at over 600 with nearly 500 pre-purchased tickets.  The massive turnout was at a local art gallery only a little over 2,000 square feet – recently revived Museum and Gardens provided the perfect blank canvas for the showcase of art, music, cosplay and interactive exhibits.

Speaking as someone who hasn’t ventured into Hyrule since the days of playing Oregon Trail in school was a thing, it was pleasantly nostalgic flowing through the “waterfall” series of rooms, decked out to resemble the various levels of Zelda.  The sky room, lit with hundreds of tiny fiber optics and the classic tri-force, served as the gateway to the music and dance area.

A curtain of green beaded fabric gave way to the forest, where real shrubbery and a large film background of a serene meadow seemed to pulse and flow in time with the music.  I even found a hidden rupee in the lush greenery.

Strands of lit leaves encircled chill lounge areas, while across the room, a blue curtain led to the even darker dungeon, where a 5-foot tall and expertly crafted Ganon awaited victims visitors.  Bats (the keese) and 8-bit torches covered the ceiling and grey-bricked walls.

Continue reading Joy’s insightful breakdown of the GAAM event over at Unreality Mag and be sure to check out some photos of this year’s event below….

Legend of GAAM

Legend of GAAM

Legend of GAAM

Legend of GAAM

Legend of GAAM

Legend of GAAM

Legend of GAAM

Legend of GAAM

All photos by Logan Bowles

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