The Retro section was decentish, just a load of N64's Snes', Nes', Dreamcast etc set up playing classic games. No Atari though
The main problem was no real way of getting in line to have a go of any of the games, you just stood behind someone until they got bored and got up.
The whole thing had a cattle mart feel to it.
At least we got in easy enough and the young lad enjoyed the whole day, meeting Little Kelly and getting a picture and autograph, playing a bit of Minecraft.
Really felt for the people stuck outside all day, buying a VIP ticket was a godsend to get in.
Anything good in this lot?
Few good titles here for €5 each pity he wont post.
What is the game with the guy in blue with the sword?
Yeah its landstalker.
Dunno if this is a legit add or not but two copies of Panzer Dragon Saga on the SS very nice indeed.
I don't think it reduces it happening, just not as soon after. It depends if who organized it too if they're already in a scene, people that know them will encourage people to look past it, imo.
You got lucky there, it was someone on here was helping organize the retro section with volunteers I think. No set up the day before for the modern ones, AFAIK no copies if Street Fighter and they were downloading them that morning. It's very stressful for volunteers, very bad communication.
Thats actually unreal, I know it was their first event but theres no excuse for that level of disorganisation. You'd understand if the volunteers walked out on it
I don't think the idea of a games convention is going to end with this clown and his money grabbing event.
Given the money made it's only perhaps opened the door for someone to try doing such an event right, keywords moving it to the RDS or the centre out near the airport.
I dont understand why someone would volunteer to work at a paid event?
I was due to run a charity table quiz at the "gamerexpo " in city west years ago. I was running a games website at the time. We promoted them on our site , went out and met them etc and it sounded great. They sold tickets and all. Then it was "delayed" due to fire safety reasons from the amount of people expected on the days. Then we never heard from them again and loads of people never got money back for tickets. For ages after I'd have random people emailing me asking if I had contact details for them. I never heard anything from them again.
Wonder if there is any connection with this one
They probably were paid but I heard nothing about payments like "it wasn't worth €x!" and it's habit too, sorry!
No. It seems like they had volunteers alright.
But yes, I have zero clue why you'd choose to work for free for what was clearly a big commercial event with big corporate sponsorship.
Finding it hard to have sympathy for them as a result... also I just never quite understood the point in the whole thing. I can go play games in my living room and I don't have to queue and pay for the privilege. I just don't know what you'd get out of playing in large crowded rooms with pressure on you to stop playing so someone else could have a go. And then the bulk of it just seemed to give you an opportunity to purchase stuff from Gamestop and Forbidden Planet. You can do that any day of the year!
Personally I find the concept of 'gamer culture' pretty gross. And anything trying to hook into that as a brand identity was always going to be awful. This week the awful behavior of gamers is at the forefront once again with the whole Mass Effect thing.
I love games, have always played them. But I don't let it define my identity. It's just something I do for fun, like watching movies or reading books. I don't need to be a part of weird culture to enjoy anything. And if a game looks a bit naff like the new Mass Effect I just don't buy it, I don't go and hunt down one woman from a team of a few hundred and hold her completely responsible and make her life a living hell. Fecks sake, there's so many great games out this year to get through, that fact that Mass Effect is a dud that you don't need to buy or put the hours into is a blessing.
Id say a lot of people were expecting to get to experience something other than just trying out already released games.
Two years ago I unexpectedly found myself at comicon in London, didnt really know what it would entail but was pleasantly surprised. They had a walking dead area with a cage that had professional actors dressed up as walkers and behaving like they do on the show, screaming and lashing off the cage. There was a Persona Dance All Night stage too where people could get up and dance to songs from the game, think there was a competition too.
Thats the kind of stuff they shouldve had on at gamercon here, something you cant walk in town and pick up off a shelf but of course, "why bother when folk will buy our tickets anyway" was the mentality