Play Expo 2014

It’s been a few years since I last wrote about a retro gaming event I’ve attended.

This one was Play Expo 2014, held in the gigantic shed that is Event City in Manchester. This isn’t the first time I’ve been to the event – I’ve been going there since 2011 and somehow managed to get signed up as the Talks Co-ordinator. A task that involves the varied challenges of clicking PowerPoint slideshows for guest speakers, trying not to blind them with stage lighting and fighting the ever present demon that is microphone feedback.

If writing about retro gaming events has kind of lost its interest to me, taking photos at them definitely has. At one time this blog would be full of images of people playing games, standing around or computer screens showing games.

But I have hundreds of those photos, and social networking has made keeping them kind of irrelevant. So then I tried to be arty and take fancy pictures. Editing those takes effort, something I’m not that interested in doing at 10pm on a Sunday night after a weekend of heavy PowerPoint wrangling.

So this year, I decided to take photos using only my 3DS and its incredibly poor built in camera. Yes, I have intentionally taken photos of the Occulus Rift, original VR headset and a 3D telly on purpose. No, you can’t take a 3D photo of an Occulus Rift, or a polarised TV and have the image look 3D on a 3DS. The only thing missing from my collection was a Virtualboy and some of those old 3D slide viewers – there were some on display, but I forgot to go and take pictures of them.

I did get to meet Chris Barrie, and have a suitably terrible “muggle standing next to celebrity” photo to add to the collection.