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Monday, 14 October 2013

Play Expo Manchester 2013


Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, relay events
























Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, relay events




























As a gaming (addiction controlled of course) family, we were excited to visit Manchester Event City for the first time last Saturday to see Play Expo 2013. We weren't really sure what to expect, but our aim was to find out what new games were coming out soon.

I already read on Twitter that there was a really long queue for the expo, but I wasn't expecting it to be THAT long! The queue literally went passed 2 sides of the building! It's good that we visited as press, or we would have given up as we had 2 young children with us. It was, however, absolutely worth visiting as we went home with more than we asked for!

Play Expo is split into 4 sections:

Re.Play: Retro systems and acrade/ pinball games
Now.Play: Preview of the latest games and hardware
Pro.Play: Casual and competitive tournaments
Cos.Play: Costume competitions and dealers/ traders


Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, relay events

Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, relay events


Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, relay events

Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, relay events

Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, relay events
















Now.Play

Once through the curtains from the main entrance, we arrived at the Now.Play section and there were a lot of people queuing to try out the new games already. One of the new hardware that caught our eyes was the Oculus VR (Virtual Reality). I haven't tried it out but having seen enough futuristic films, I can imagine what it'd be like. I'm guessing that we aren't far off from the age of Minority Report!

The new games looked really good, and if it wasn't for the long queue and having young children around, I would have loved to try out some of them myself, especially the new Zelda game. I bet Abby would have loved to try out the Wii U and Mario World 3D as well, but the queues were just too long for a young child to stand in (especially one with limited patience). There are also rows of tables with new consoles and games for people to play on.

When we went a bit further, 4 young men caught our attenion dancing, and they were pretty good! With Abby getting more and more interested in playing console games, we might just consider getting a XBox with Kinect!


Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, relay events


Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, relay events

Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, relay events
































Re.Play

Initially I wasn't too bothered about the Re.Play section, but when we arrived at the expo, a lot of old memories flooded back. There were rows and rows of tables with classic computers and gaming systems laid out, free for all to play. It was a big surprise as these systems are so old, some of them even looked like they came from a museum! I found a C64 on one of the tables, which I thought was the one I used to play with when I was a kid. Although now I'm not so sure. Even so, I was still very excited to see something similar to what I used to play with!

Abby and Clay had a lot of fun as well playing with the systems and arcade games. Abby was surprisingly good at the pinball game, and even though the games she played with were mostly in mono colour, she had great fun and didn't want to leave! To my surprise, Clay was really into the games as well, but he's just so tiny to be playing!


Pro.Play

There were a few tournaments happening as well at the expo, one inviting the players to go on stage as well! Some were more serious, but you can tell that everyone was having fun!


Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, World Cosplay Summit

Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, World Cosplay Summit
Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, World Cosplay Summit

Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, World Cosplay Summit






























Cos.Play

Another event that caught a lot of people's attention was the World Cosplay Summit. The longer we stayed, the more people appeared in their home made costumes. The first group we met was 3 Ghostbusters, and their backpacks were fascinating as they were so detailed and realistic with lots of flashing lights! I was also excited to see World of Warcraft's Night Elf flight path bird there free for people to sit on and take pictures, while hubby was having fun taking a picture with Halo4's Chief and a Succubus from Diablo as backdrop!

The most impressive costumes that caught everyone's attention were from the 4 ladies above. Apparently 2 of them were finalist from the World Cosplay Summit (the middle 2 in the last picture), and the girl on the left with short hair is a local who has also participated in the World Cosplay Summit. I wasn't sure who the girl in the fiery costume was, but she sure caught a lot of attention and a lot of people (including me) wanted to take a picture of her!

We didn't stay behind for the rest of the WCS but having seen the people putting so much effort in their costumes am sure it went really well!


Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, relay events

Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, relay events

Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, relay events

Play Expo 2013, Video games exhibition UK, relay events



















There were quite a lot of stalls selling pre-owned, retro and collectible games, costumes and accessories, Mangas and collectible figurines and merchandises. Abby wanted a pair of angel wings, which looked pretty good on her (I love her pose!)! It matches with her Halloween costume for this year as well which was a bonus! Apart from things to buy, there is also a Tombola stall, aiming to raise money for a charity for children. 

Not knowing what to expect for lunch, we decided to bring our own food, but there were plenty of stalls for food (hot and cold) and drinks at the expo with plenty of seats and tables as well to rest, so next time when we visit again we will probably just buy food and drinks from there.


Overall we thought that it was an exciting experience to visit Play Expo. Not only do people get to try out new games, a lot of them get to relive the good old memories as well that they probably won't get other chances to do so. It was a complicated (but good) feeling when we watched Abby playing on the retro consoles that we used to play with. We would certainly consider coming again next year, and with our kids being older, they would enjoy it more too.


Disclosure: We were given press passes to attend an event; all opinions are honest and our own

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