2016 PLAY Expo Blackpool 30 April – 1 May

UPDATE: Saturday 30th April photo album is now live!

Replay Events Ltd 2016 PLAY Expo Blackpool Retro Handheld Games via Console Passion
Retro Handheld Games via Console Passion
Replay Events Ltd 2016 PLAY Expo Blackpool Streets of Rage via Sprite Planet
Streets of Rage via Sprite Planet
Replay Events Ltd 2016 PLAY Expo Blackpool Custom NERF by AWTB
Custom NERF by AWTB
Replay Events Ltd 2016 PLAY Expo Blackpool Retro Gaming via Retro Reload
Retro Gaming via Retro Reload

Replay Events Ltd 2016 PLAY Expo Blackpool Pinball
Replay Events Ltd 2016 PLAY Expo Blackpool Retro Collect

PLAY Expo Blackpool has been bringing retro and modern gaming entertainment to Blackpool for years and 2016 is no exception. This year Replay Events are bringing the best classics, tournaments and even a world first hands on session of an upcoming game.

PLAY Expo Blackpool takes place at the Norcolympia Exhibition Centre in Blackpool on 30 April – 1 May 2016 www.playexpoblackpool.com. Also, please don’t forget to like Killer Kitsch on Facebook and Follow me on Twitter @killer_kitsch for live updates from the event. See my blog post and video for PLAY Expo 2015 for a taster of what went down last year.

The team are very proud to announce that this year they will be hosting a world first preview and hands on of a game; Sociable Soccer. After years away from football games, Jon Hare is ready to show the world the ‘spiritual successor; to the classics hits Sensible Soccer and Sensible World of Soccer. Not only will Jon be giving a talk and Q&A session all about the past and present games, but there will also be tournaments overseen by Sky Sports eSports presenter Matt Andrews.

Over the course of the weekend there will be several other tournaments for attendees to take part in to flex their skills and win some prizes. 8bit Planet will be bringing both paid and free to enter Super Smash Bros tournaments, Super Mario UK Champion Sami Cetin will be returning with Super Mario Kart and Manchester Battle Arena will be setting up the ring for some brilliant fighting game tournaments.

2016 PLAY Expo Blackpool 30 April - 1 May

If that has attendees in the mood for racing, then a full size replica Formula One car should be of interest. Visitors to the expo will be able to test their driving skills in this simulator that comes complete with authentic pedals and steering wheel. The game plays on a large screen at the front of the cockpit giving a brilliant immersive and memorable experience. The player with the fastest lap time each day will win a prize, so there’s loads of reasons to have a go in this F1 car.

For the very first time PLAY Expo Blackpool will be offering the chance for visitors to attend master classes with industry experts. Sega artist Duncan Gutteridge will be talking about his work on various Sonic projects and showing visitors how to draw this classic character. For those into Pac-Man Jon Stoodley, the first European and one of seven people in the world to achieve the perfect score on the game, will be discussing his achievements and dishing out tips and pro secrets on how to up your game on the arcade classic. Industry veteran Jim Bagley will also be giving a Q&A over the weekend on his recent world record video game conversion and upcoming projects.

The Museum of Games and Gaming will be bringing their “Why do we play?” exhibition to PLAY Expo Blackpool. The exhibit investigates the entire history of gaming from ancient games like the Egyptian Senet to the most modern of video games and why we have always been so interested in devoting time and energy to playing these games. The exhibition has been curated by ex-Psygnosis employee and Museum of Games and Gaming Director Phil Robinson, who will be on hand at PLAY Expo Blackpool to talk visitors through the exhibit and answer any questions they may have.

2016 PLAY Expo Blackpool 30 April - 1 May

For lovers of more modern gaming, there will be a selection of Indie developers and studios attending with their latest titles for guests to get stuck into. The Indie Zone has been a popular area and it can be a great place to get hands on with new and upcoming titles, as well as being able to talk to the people who designed and developed them.

2016 PLAY Expo Blackpool 30 April - 1 May

Dark Cleo Productions will be hosting the ever popular cosplay and tabletop gaming sections of the expo. The masquerade will be on each day and will showcase the public’s talent and passion for all things cosplay, over seen by brilliant cosplay judges. There will be a host of tabletop games for attendees to try out, with staff on hand to teach the rules and how to play.

The Minecraft Zone is returning this year after a popular reception in 2015 with a dedicated LAN team to run the different maps. Will attendees get useful items in their bags and be the last man standing on the exciting Hunger Games map? Or maybe they just want to explore, build and fight mobs on the Survival Map? If they’re not feeling up to taking on Creepers and hunting out Diamonds, then the Creative Map will allow them to express their creativity.

There will, of course, be the usual extensive collection of free play arcade cabinets and pinball machines and hundreds of retro consoles, computers and handhelds to play all weekend. The Retro Computer Museum will be bringing two linked W Industries Virtual Reality machines for attendees to play on together and if there’s a group then head to the PC LAN area to play some classic LAN games.

Finally, guests looking to spend some hard earned pennies on cool merchandise should head to the trading hall which will be full of video games, apparel and memorabilia vendors for that must-have item.

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Play Expo Manchester 2015

PLAY Expo (Oct 10-11 2015) is brought to you by Replay Events and is jam packed with hundreds of games and consoles, an arcade, huge traders area, exhibitors, guest talks, cosplay, board gaming, tournaments and a whole lot more.  Held at Event City in Manchester you can check out the Facebook event here and a full line-up of what’s going down this weekend can be found on the PLAY Expo website.

PLAY Expo 2015

My event photo gallery has been uploaded. Due to a double family emergency over the weekend my visit was a whirlwind so no video this time. Were you at Play Blackpool this April? If so take a look at my blog and YouTube Video from this fun filled event.

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PLAY Blackpool Arcade, Indie and Retro Gaming Expo

The UK’s favourite Arcade, Indie & Retro video gaming expo was back for 3 days at the Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th May 2015.

UPDATE! Flickr Saturday photo album and the YouTube video.

PLAY Blackpool Expo 2015

PLAY Blackpool is brought to you by the organisers of PLAY Expo and was jam packed with hundreds of games and consoles, an arcade, huge traders area, exhibitors, guest talks, cosplay, board gaming, tournaments and a whole lot more.  PLAY Blackpool was sponsored by the wonderful folks at funstock.co.uk, who gave attendees the chance to win a Retron 5 console. You can check into the Facebook event here and a full show line-up of what occurred this weekend can be found on the PLAY Blackpool website.

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UPDATE! Flickr Saturday photo album and the YouTube video.

PLAY Blackpool Expo 2015 SkySaga

PLAY Blackpool Expo 2015 Wulver Blade

PLAY Blackpool had an exclusive preview of SkySaga: Infinite Isles on the show floor as well as a PS4 Zone featuring loads of cool PSN titles such as the brilliant multiplayer Towerfall Ascension. The Xbox One Zone featured the best in download and Indie games for Microsoft’s next-gen machine. Fantastic indie games such as the award winning Wulverblade and latest virtual reality projects from Llamasoft were featured along with the awesome Oculus Rift. Plus, for the first time at PLAY Blackpool there was a dedicated Minecraft Zone running the Hunger Games map as well as a standard Minecraft world where you are encouraged to build and explore.

UPDATE! Flickr Saturday photo album and the YouTube video.

PLAY Blackpool Expo 2015

A great line up of nostalgic retro consoles and computers were featured running classic and modern games including Sega, Nintendo, Atari, Sony, Commodore, Sinclair, Xbox, Amstrad, Neo Geo, PC Engine and more. The retro arcade was brimming over with classic machines, all set to free-play, including Outrun, Pacman, Donkey Kong, Street Fighter, Space Invaders and Space Harrier. Game tournaments included Super Smash Bros, Fifa & Halo Master Chief Collection on Xbox One, PES 2015 & Drive Club on PS4, Ultra Street Fighter IV on Xbox 360 and 16 player Halo fee for alls. The Gamers lounge area featured multi-player games including Mario Kart Double Dash. It was a gamers paradise!

I got a pre-show walk round from one of the event organisers Dave Moore, who went through everything the event had planned for the long bank holiday weekend. I grabbed a few pictures of the arcade machines just after they had been delivered. “It’s our fourth year in Blackpool and this is the first year the show will be over three days. We brought in over 4000 visitors last year and we are expecting up to 6000 this year” said organiser Andy Brown.

UPDATE! Flickr Saturday photo album and the YouTube video.

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Guest Q&A sessions for the weekend include the famous Oliver Twins, the legendary Jeff Minter, Artist David Rowe (along with exclusive limited edition artwork), Steve Lycett from Sumo Digital, Andrew Hewson and a Q&A panel with other former Hewson Consultants including Stewart Gilray and Simon Cobb. The first European public screening of a brand new documentary telling the story of Atari and how they created a new industry, hosted by Jeff Minter, was being shown at the hotel cinema. Also, as a PLAY Blackpool exclusive, the unreleased Llamasoft TXK VR project made an appearance this weekend. Boom!

The dealers area was choc full of gaming goodies, board and card games, action figures, consoles and a dedicated board game demo area. Clickable images below are linked to source so go exploring to find out who’s who!

UPDATE! Flickr Saturday photo album and the YouTube video.

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In August the team take PLAY Expo to Margate. More gaming fun!
PLAY Margate 2015

Adventure Time RaspBMO (Handheld Raspberry Pi Emulator)

Who wants to play video games?

Well now you can on this Handheld Adventure Time BMO Raspberry Pi Emulator by 3Derp. I’m not going to explain everything here (mainly because I can’t), the links below have been provided by the builder and go in to all the nitty gritty build details. Run, be free and explore! If you are inspired to build something groovy, let me know so I can run a feature.

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Handheld Adventure Time BMO Raspberry Pi Emulator

An overview album for the project can be found HERE
An album of the powered up pics can be found HERE
An album of glamour shots can be found HERE
A (massive) construction album is located HERE
An album detailing construction of a charger adapter is HERE

A detailed Bill of Material can be found HERE

Handheld Adventure Time BMO Raspberry Pi Emulator

Handheld Adventure Time BMO Raspberry Pi Emulator

Adventure Time, Mario and Super Smash Bros. hand painted footwear by Benjamin Bush.

Product designer and artist Benjamin Bush creates fun and colourful painted designs on trainers.

“I simply don’t see any shoes out there that I like any more so I started decorating and embellishing my own. I still find that I’m learning how to work with different artistic mediums. As far as application methods are concerned, it’s still a work in process. Other than that I just try to see how much contextual detail I can cram into a $30 pair of kicks.”

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Adventure Time

Mario 64


Starfox & Super Smash Bros. 64

Geeky Nesting Dolls by The Butler Art

I own a set of nesting dolls that belonged to my mum, the traditional Russian kind.

The Butler Art has produced some brilliantly geeky, but disturbing, nesting dolls featuring Ghostbusters, Mario and Friday the 13th. They would look great ‘nesting’ on my shelf.


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Reimagined Retro Gaming Icons

Cryptid-Creations has created a brilliant series of alternate takes on classic retro gaming characters including famous faces from the Sonic, Mario and Zelda franchises.

You can see more on the Cryptid-Creations Deviant Art profile. Everything from Star Wars to Freddy Krueger.

Sanic the Heegeherg

Tailz teh echidna

Rouge le Enchilada

Crash Bandicoot RD

Bawzer

Toad

Majoras Mask

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Pop Culture Sculptures made from Aluminium Cans

Japanese artist Makaon meticulously shapes, bends, and manipulates tiny pieces of aluminium cans into iconic pop culture characters including Mario, Pokémon, Batman and Darth Vader. Clever, interesting and loads of fun.

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Little Big Video Game Books

Artist and designer JoeBot has created a brilliant series of original Little Big Book covers based on classic retro and more recent video games.

Wish these would have been around when I was a kid. Prints are available from JoeBot Records on Etsy. So cool.

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Mario Aquarium

Way back in Twitter time I posted an image of this Mario themed fish-tank that set my alerts on fire. I had no idea there was a video to go with the story or how the tank was constructed. NEW INFO: The tank is owned by gamer and Michigan-based ad copywriter Cedric Bearss and was constructed a few years ago using Lego and general fish tank stuff. I have seen a few of these now but this one is still my favourite.

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Super Mario. Bros Fish Tank Aquarium
Super Mario. Bros Fish Tank Aquarium
Super Mario. Bros Fish Tank Aquarium
Super Mario. Bros Fish Tank Aquarium
Super Mario. Bros Fish Tank Aquarium

Super Mario. Bros Fish Tank Aquarium