A month has past since i48 – Multiplays Insomnia Spring Gaming Festival which ended 25th March, but it feels like it was only yesterday, that I returned home from the packed weekend.
The weekend for many – including myself – began late Thursday evening, gamers travel from near and far and they descend on mass to i48 looking for a spot to set up their PC or console, ready to game the weekend away. The exhibition hall wasn’t open on the Thursday but that didnt stop me constantly trying to catch a glimpse of it. I was desperate to see what was in store for the weekend ahead.
When you do get access to the gaming hall, it’s a good idea to wander around from time to time, you never know what others have brought. I’ve found other gamers to be extremely friendly and are always more then happy for you to watch their game play and have a go yourself, if you’re interested.
I had a few people gather as I played through Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. Which was great, as I got a chance to talk bout the game, show people the ropes and share the reason that everyone is there for; the love of gaming!
For me, the biggest attraction is the Exhibition. Multiplays Insomnia Gaming Festivals always burst with booths upon booths of gaming accessories , there always lots on offer, with competitions and a look at the latest hardware. Gunnar was there renting out gaming glasses for the weekend, which was rather cool! But the ultimate hightlight for me was a hands on with NetherRealm Studios’; Injustice: Gods Among Us .The game plays incredibly smooth and every hit feels effective. Even though it was only a little taster, it was enough for me to get out there and pick up the full copy on release! Check out our review if you haven’t already, its an amazing game!
Saturday the famous Multiplay Pub Quiz took place in the evening, I walked past another gamers setup and saw a guy watching the quiz, that was literally taking place next door I couldn’t believe it. There’s so much to see and do at one of Multiplays Festivals, you really do need to experience it.
After that I started to notice a lot more people whom only appeared to venture from their set ups, to eat, drink and answer the call of nature. While you pay your money to come and do what you want at one of these festivals, I’d strongly recommend you take in as much of it as you can and use the experience to chat to other gamers. As I mentioned earlier, everyone’s really friendly, the staff are great, and you really don’t know whats being played on other setups. Don’t miss your chance at experiencing something awesome!
Overall, it is a great weekend, if you’re reading this, you are definitely into games. This is a must for you, it’s not just for the young, as most people would think. I will definitely be going back to i49 – Multiplay Insomnia Summer Gaming Festival, which will be on from 23rd to 26th August. The sooner you book, the cheaper it is, so check out their website for more details.
Are you planning on going to i49? What would you like to see at this Summers gaming festival?
Photo credits: Patrick Whelan Copyright 2013