Play Expo Photos – Manchester 2014

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Play Expo - Master Chief

“Do you feel lucky…well, do ya, Grunt?”

I spent a good chunk of this last weekend inside a box. But not just any box…

Play Expo took place this weekend in Manchester, at EventCity. As the venue’s official description itself reads:

‘EventCity is a box. A very large box. But it’s the magic that happens inside that really counts.’

I’m happy to say that both these facts are true. Yes it is essentially just a very large box, but yes, it did have that exciting magical atmosphere; the sort that you can only find at cool games conventions like Play Expo.

To move aside from all this talk of large magical boxes for one moment though, Play Expo was really good. The event was, as you might guess, about games, games, games; in all their glorious shapes and sizes, bits and bytes and bleeps and bloops.

The catalogue of games available to play was exhaustively comprehensive; going from the earliest pinball and arcade machines at the birth of gaming, right up to cutting edge PS4 games in all their shiny 1080p glory. It’s not often you can say this, but there really was something for every gamer here – even the cardboard varieties – no matter what your preferred gaming style and era.

Speaking of cardboard, I personally knew that once I saw the giant Abe and Alf cardboard cutouts and crates packed full of classic Sega Mega Drive cartridge cases, I was certainly in for a good time.

In addition, there was an immense number of Cosplayers happily wandering around, all dressed up in some painstakingly made and intricate costumes. The variety and detail of their outfits was pretty staggeringly awesome to be honest.

I managed to get some choice shots of these most ardent of fans, but there were so many that, unfortunately, unlike a true Pokémon hunter, I couldn’t catch them all. Oh snap…Pokémon Snap that is…

Anyway, whilst I mull over whichever cheesily-awful Pokémon gag to use next, let me recap; I was there at Play Expo snapping away with the camera on Saturday 11th October, so I thought I’d share my visual depictions on here. So, once again, feel free to click on the following thumbnails to see what I got up to, and the various games characters who pointed their guns/swords at me.

 

EGX London 2014 – Photos Galore

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EGX 2014 - Earl's Court

EGX 2014 kicked off at London’s Earls Court this week on the 25th September, so yours truly hopped on a train down to the Big Smoke to get hands on with some of the upcoming games I’m most looking forward to playing in the near future…and to buy as much Bowser related merchandise I could possibly carry (don’t ask).

EGX, formerly known as Eurogamer Expo, is a four day extravaganza of gaming goodness; jam-packed with exciting new games to try, cool cosplayers strolling around and heaps and heaps of gaming merch to buy…such as Bowser t-shirts, just saying.

I wanted to play everything, but there just wasn’t enough time – I was incredibly tempted to try and hide somewhere in the massive building and evade overnight capture in order to stick around for another day or two, but alas, I decided against this course of action. Next time though…

I’ll write up a separate piece later with my personal impressions of the games I did get chance to play – Halo: The Master Chief CollectionAlien Isolation, Dying Light and The Evil Within – but for the time being I thought I’d share some of the pictures I snapped whilst wandering around…erm, I mean steadily queuing inside Earls Court in a state of happily maniacal excitement.

EGX ran from the 25th-28th September this year, and I highly recommend getting down to see everything going on at future EGX events yourself if you get the chance. So, without further ado, click on the thumbnails to feast your eyes on these juicy .jpg nuggets!