My gaming days are slowly disappearing. When I say “gaming days” I mean a little more than a game of Fifa here and there. Still, my interest in gaming will always be there, albeit off the console as I watch gaming videos online and keep on top of upcoming releases to see how the gaming industry is developing as the years go on. It’s a hobby I invested in heavily growing up, and I don’t think I could ever just switch off (no pun intended). The world famous EGX (formally known as Eurogamer Expo) was in London once again last weekend and I thought it would be a fantastic time to visit my first gaming event. Big thanks to EGX for the access. Read on to see my thoughts of the event and some photos.
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Not knowing what to expect, I walked through the doors of Earl’s Court and was greeted with a fantastic atmosphere. Loud crashes and booms from enormous speakers, gamer-nerds cheering as they watch a pro at work on an Xbox One, all the sounds you’d expect from hundreds of games being played at once, and an overall level of excitement from everyone in the building.
There was so much to see, I didn’t even know where to start. However, it wasn’t before long that I realised the majority of bottom level was for the fun gamers, families and kids. Minecraft, sports games, Oculus Rift, cosplay and retro gaming just to name a few of the sections. Playstation and Xbox took over the majority of the space, with lots of exclusives and franchises being shown off.
I took a trip upstairs to the 18+ area to be greeted by a very different atmosphere. While the excitement was still there, I was surrounded by serious gamers who were eager to play new games in the franchises they knew so well. Many of these games were hidden to those who were just passing by instead of queuing up to play, which made the whole thing quite eerie and suiting for the 18+ age restriction.
While I didn’t play any games (the queues were immense) I definitely enjoyed myself and managed to check out some upcoming releases and the future of gaming (virtual reality in particular). If you’re in to gaming at all, these events are worth checking out. They’re fun and a great day out.