United Kingdom’s Biggest Gaming Convention
One of the best things about being a video games journalist is going to gaming events, and there is no bigger event in the UK than Insomnia. There will be hundreds of different events going on, ranging from the classic tabletop games to the virtual realities that developers have created, and everything in between. There will be plenty of stalls, manned by eager game developers who will be dying for you to try out their latest games, and it won’t just be triple A developers there either. There is an Indie Zone – which is likely where I’ll be spending the majority of my time – filled with developers who live and breathe video games. In addition to all the stalls, there will also be a Call of Duty World League tournament, and if you don’t fancy that, then there’s a special ticket available to a “Bring Your Own Computer” tournament, where you can really test your skills at your favourite LAN games against some of the UK’s best players.
I know what you’re thinking. I’ve mentioned that it’s a place for all gamers, yet everything I’ve said is catered for the gamer of today. If you’re a retro gamer, and fresh off the press releases aren’t your thing, then there is still something for you at Insomnia. It’s not just a single stall either, they’ve a dedicated Retro Zone which will take you back twenty or thirty years to the past and you’ll be right back playing the games of times gone by.
It all takes place on Easter weekend – Friday the 30th of March to Monday the 2nd of April – at Birmingham’s NEC, and it promises to be one of the best ever.
If, like me, this has whetted your appetite sufficiently for some real life gaming fun, then you can join me – and all the other wonderful guests – by purchasing a ticket at their online shop – click here for more.