The weekend has come and gone but with Rapture Gaming Festival fresh in our minds there are many highlights which captured my eye, with this being the first time this particular event has taken place.
There was many things on show to excite new comers to the gaming industry or to excite the nostalgia in experienced gamers from days gone by.
With this being said there was a certain area that instantly grabbed my attention as I entered the gaming hall, The Retro Zone. Consoles that set the standards for the gaming industry and ones that never seem to fade away from the gaming communities eye. I didn’t know where to look as there was so many classic games away my arrival.
Over the years I’ve found myself drawn more into the classic side of gaming. I enjoy online multiplayer games as much as the next guy or girl but I feel there’s nothing better than you and 3 friends battling it in your living room on Mario Kart on the N64 for example. Well this dream was awakened when myself and Craig Gorman from Any Button Gaming found ourselves on the Snes in an intense classic Mario Kart battle.
Rapture Gaming Festival got so many things bang on the money. There were tv’s and retro consoles scattered everywhere which gave everyone a chance to try there luck on a golden oldie. From the Nes, to the Sega Megadrive, to the infamous PS1 back down to the Snes and more. With an array of gaming pads, additional extra’s and options galore the Retro Zone was an instant hit.
Fans of gaming from all walks of life, girls and boys, mums and dads, brothers and sisters, young and old enjoyed hours of entertainment over the 2 days of this festival. I heard mums and dads alike showing their children the very first console and games that they enjoyed as a child. This for me is what it’s all about. Not just the gaming community as a whole coming together enjoying all things gaming but bringing families and friends closer together through the love of this hobby/lifestyle.
As you can see in the video above, there are an array of people from all ages sat down, gaming pads at hand, ready to indulge in all things that make gaming great. I spent a great deal of time playing TMNT on the Nes as well as Mario Kart on the Snes and Lord Of The Rings on the PS2. There were kids playing the original Tomb Raider for the first time on the PS1 and Super Smash Bros on the N64. I found myself alongside Craig Gorman and another gentleman playing Super Smash Bros for the first time, a crazy enjoyable game to say the least but I’m afraid we both found ourself losing out to this formidable foe.
Events like this are a fantastic way in which to try to new things and meet new people. Rapture Gaming Festival made socialising an exciting encounter with tournaments like Overwatch and Rocket League on hand. This pitted opponents off in epic battle until only 2 were standing left to fight it out for glory on the main stage.
With all this being said, I would like to give a massive shout out and congratulations to the event itself and to all of the staff and the hard work that was put in by every individual to make this show work. It was a great weekend with many other attractions on show and I witnessed from a personal view that if there was a problem with a faulty console or control pad the staff were there at hand to help. No show doesn’t have it faults but considering the size of this event and its new presence it went down well with the fans and newcomers alike.