From the 26th to the 29th of October, the sixth Gamecity festival invaded Nottingham City centre like err… a space invader?! Read more about the videogame bonanza event after the jump!
Name: Marianne aka (savethemarianne)
City, Country: Nottingham, England
For four days, the old market square in Nottingham was populated by everyone and anyone remotely linked to videogaming. Attendees at the festival ranged from those who play games in their living room right up to some of the biggest names in the gaming industry. Similarly, the variety of events being held at the festival was incredible. There were conference talks, music, game design workshops, a cinema filming made up of hundreds of laser pointers, tons of playable demos, competitions and so much more!
I headed on over, armed with my trusty LC-A, Smena Symbol and some Fuji C200 and Agfa CT Precisa. When I first got there, I was instantly drawn to the rows of demo set ups for the independent designer games. It was awesome to meet and chat with the brains behind simple yet addictive games like “Thomas Was Alone” and “Greedy Bankers vs. the World”.
The next thing that caught my eye (not sure why I didn’t see it first) was the ceiling high projector screen with approximately twenty people sat on striped deckchairs a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y glued to the screen in a massive multiplayer game. The funny thing about bringing analogue cameras to a technology festival is that people are just as fascinated with your vintage camera as they are with the latest games. I had people take pictures of me just using my lomos!
There were three highly popular attractions of the festival, the EA hub showcasing Battlefield 3, the live reality secret agent game by Covernomics and the Zelda takeover day.
The EA hub, gave fans the chance to play Battlefield 3 before it was released, awarding them with unique Battlefield themed mementos.
The Covernomics game involved people collecting a secret agent pack and tearing around Nottingham City looking for clues and puzzles to decode, like a citywide treasure hunt.
The Zelda takeover day, a special event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the popular Nintendo game was such a crowd pull that the queue stretched three times the length of the festival tent and carried on inside! For the Zelda anniversary, there was a costume competition, all the previous Zelda games wired up, ocarina lessons and a chance to play the then unreleased Skyward Sword.
A lot of the events in the city centre were free, with special events such as the expert talks and laser cinema being reasonably priced so anyone could take part. Furthermore, the festival invited the public to get involved by setting up their own video game themed events as part of the festival.
So, if you love video games don’t forget to put the gamecity festival in your diaries for next year. Like me, you’re sure to get that nostalgic feeling and dust off your old SNES afterwards!