Lauren Berggren, better known on the fields of glory as L337Lauren, has taken the title of Miss Video Game 2007 at the Festival Arcadia in Montreal, Canada.
Taking place this past weekend, the competition featured five gamers of the female persuasion squaring off over five separate and unique videogames: Mario Kart 64, Counter-Strike: Source, Guitar Hero III, Brain Age II and Nascar 2008. The 20-year-old native of Mandeville, Louisiana dominated the contest, coming out on top in four of the five games.
In making her way to the top, Berggren beat out Tiffany "liPStiCK" Greene of Simpsonville, South Carolina; Héléne "LadyLara" Bronnec of Chateaubourg, France; Yvonna "Coochie Dimes" Lynn of Dallas, Texas; and Adelle "Lanen" Moore of Syracse, New York. "It's an amazing feeling to be named Miss Video Game," Berggren said. "All the other girls I went up against this weekend are wonderful and great at their own games. I just hope I can be a really positive role model for all the young girl-gamers out there."
The competition began a year ago with over 500 girl-gamer entrants from around the world. Using the TitanStrike platform, the field was narrowed down to 48 of the best, who then took part in a Counter-Strike tournament to determine the top three. Two more wildcard entrants were selected by Titan Gaming executives and gaming experts Alissa Bell of Atari USA and Nai Saeyang of SK Gaming.
For her victory, Berggren received a one-week trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, $1000 cash and a Nintendo Wii. More information about the 2007 Miss Video Game Competition can be found at www.missvideogame.com; tragically, photos of the swimsuit portion of the contest seem to be missing.