Providing hours of fun befitting an organization that advocates on behalf of the computer and video game industry, the Entertainment Software Association
(ESA) hosted its annual holiday reception on Thursday evening, with hundreds of Washington insiders and politicos in attendance.
Held inside LongView Gallery
's recently expanded event space next to the Convention Center, the private party began at 7:00p.m. and seemingly kept going until just before midnight.
Naturally, video games served as the evening's primary source of entertainment, with gaming stations scattered throughout the building featuring the hottest releases from the likes of Ubisoft
and other member companies.
And while crowds certainly gathered around those who ventured back in time during turns playing the historical fiction, action/adventure title 'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
', it was still the courageous moves on the 'Just Dance 2014
' stage that drew primary focus.
Still, guests managed to mix a little bit of work with all of the fun, as they chatted about intellectual property protection, job creation, and education -- all issues near and dear to ESA members and Washington insiders alike -- while sipping on colorful cocktails and savoring rich Belgian Godiva
As it has in prior years
, yesterday's reception drew a standout crowd of political heavy hitters and media notables. However, so too were the District's technology veterans well represented in a nod to the enormous importance the gaming industry places on systems engineering and software development.
It was enough to make you, well, just dance...