Over the past few years PC gaming has grown bigger and better, and with the growth of eSports, the industry is catering to a wider demographic. This was clearly evident from the success of the PC Gamer Weekender in Olympia recently. Let me cut to the chase-it was epic.
First impressions when entering the event hall was how well-organised everything was. The layout of the event was perfect for its purposes (take note others). It is really important that these events are accessible for all and trust me as someone who attends a lot of events and being challenged vertically it does get uncomfortable being face to crotch all day so I was thankful for all the space. We didn’t know what to expect as this year has gained a lot more focus from developers as evident by the big names on the developer stage.
It had already started to queue up outside and the attendees were clearly already chomping at the bit to get in and test some games. Who am I kidding? So was I.
The main criticism I would have was that the stages were quite close together there was literally a point where we could hear a really loud obnoxious, chipmunk sounding woman on the microphone from another area over the sweet melodious sounds of swords clashing in Vermintide 2.
There was far too much over the weekend so we will bring you the highlights of the stages and what we are looking forward to.
017529-U-SICK, The first stage we visited brought us to the birth of Two Point Hospital.
One of the quotes from the developers was that they are fast establishing themselves as the home of the ‘little people games’; rightly so as there is a common ‘sim’ theme for all the games. Following the trailer, we jumped into some gameplay which was exclusive as the game is not due to be released until August 2018.
The main aim is for players to build and own a hospital and to cure patients. Grey’s Anatomy this is not! With hilarious ailments such as light-headedness, we see what you did there. It takes a light-hearted *groan* fun stab at a hospital simulation game. Gameplay footage hinted at an addictive colourful game with room for multiple expansions. I would put this high on the list of games to watch for.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance the game that has been acclaimed as the next big thing to rival the Skyrim has burst in like a wrecking ball with bugs, a fresh outlook and controversy about some themes. Allegedly racist undertones by means of exclusivity and the suggested beliefs of the creative director Daniel Vavra. Despite this, there has been very positive feedback regarding the game and the aim to make it open-world and realistic. It plays like a sunny Skyrim and the developers were successful in building a character that was relatable and for the player to grow with. I managed to have a play with it and I can see how it could be frustrating (lock picking I’m looking at you).
Victory Needs No Explanation! Warhammer: Vermintide 2 drew the most attention and is the highly anticipated sequel to Vermintide published by Fatshark. It deserves its own review and I offer myself up as a tribute to play hours and hours of the game to bring you an in-depth review. With the development of careers of heroes and the chaos Vermintide 2 is going to bring us, March 8th can’t come quick enough.
The key area for attendees and where I was surprisingly pleased was the ‘Get into Games’ stage. Tom Senior from PC Gamer led a Q&A on getting to into games media; providing gamers, writers and more with a foundation of information which was helpfully detailed. This was followed up by a ‘Dead Good’ (I had to) Q&A session lead by the awesome shiny headed wonder YouTuber Simon Miller as he asked PR aficionado Stu Taylor from Dead Good questions people want to know about breaking into the PR world.
I attempted to use my measly level 14 rank in Hearthstone (yes I’m basic) to enter a tournament. Atrocious. Idea. I feel I need to apologise for the way I let down the What Happens In Gaming team by getting my ass handed to me by a damn spiteful priest far more talented than me. I slunk away with my camera cord between my legs and we glanced over the PC workshop area where the Republic of Gamers were holding a few sessions. It was impossible to get a seat for the workshop sessions and they had YouTuber Tom Logan of OC3D shooting out pearls of wisdom.
We sunk the rest of our few hours exploring the smaller indie games (which we will be discussing on the What Happens In Gaming podcast). By this time I had lost all sense of reporting and was in a haze of throwing this schmoney (yes it’s a word) onboard games and merch stands like I was a mumble rapper and it was a strip club.
I couldn’t possibly cover all the weekend had to offer but I am already ready for 2019, so keep an eye out for more reviews from games we discovered at the event. For people passionate about the gaming industry and games; keep the next event on your radar. This one was a win. GG.
Written by Cassandra Marcus-Hughes
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