Video games conventions are great, you get to play hotly anticipated games, watch your favorite video game developers and publishers talk about future products and unleash your inner video game nerd without having your underpants pulled up over your head.
Unfortunately for enthusiasts living in the UK all we can do is enviously watch coverage courtesy of our gaming website of choice and moan about how the UK never has any good conventions. Sure we had ECTS and Playstation Experience for a few years but let’s face it, they could never hold a candle to E3, TGS, GDC, Leipzig, Penny Arcade Expo…oh god why doesn’t the UK have any good conventions…
It seems online retailer Play.com has heard our cries of despair and come to our aid with Play.Com Live - a two day event taking place on the 15th and 16th of March 2008 at Wembley Stadium. Gian Luzio, head of games at Play.com has recently confirmed to ‘TotalVideoGames’ that publishers attending include Ubisoft, THQ, Apple, Sierra Entertainment, SEGA, Capcom, Konami, Codemasters, Warner Bros, Microsoft, Activision, Oxygen Interactive, EA, Square-Enix, Midway, the Blu-ray Committee, Sony and Dare to be Digital.
Attendees can look forward to playing titles such as Lego: Batman, Rockband, Ghostbusters, Bourne Conspiracy, Condemned 2, Iron Man and Ninja Gaiden 2 at the event.
As well as the plethora of games on show at the event there will also be a number of other events to look forward to, Warner will be showing off The Dark Knight (the latest Batman Movie), Sony will be unveiling upcoming Blu-Ray titles and there will also be a chance to win £50,000. Stars in attendance include former Hollyoaks actress Gemma Atkinson and well known radio presenter Ian Lee who will be hosting the event.
Head over to Play.com to buy your tickets, or simply click this magical word (abra-cagamersconvention-dabra) and the power of the internet will take you there. This is an opportunity to show that the UK is just as relevant to gaming as Germany, Japan and America, if the event is a big enough success, maybe the powers that be will take notice and move E3 to London…ok I know that’s not going to happen but that won’t stop me from wishing.