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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Gaming & retro tissue boxes by kanojo

These Rubik’s, Mario, Portal and Game Cubes built to conceal a box of tissues by kanojo are not to be sneezed at.

“We happen to be fans of Big Bang Theory and in one episode, we spotted a Rubik’s Cube tissue box somewhere in their geek apartment. Of course they’re not the first one to have this idea but we got curious and were convinced they would make awesome Christmas gifts for our friends.”

Gaming & retro tissue boxes by kanojo - Rubik's Cube

“In the end we overdid it a little and made every cubic (and geek-ish) item we could think of. Each cube is made in a different way, some painted, stencilled or glued.”

There are loads of images and a build guides via their blog.kanojo.de including dimensions, cutting, painting, stencilling etc. and they also sell card versions with a magnetic lid.

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Gaming & retro tissue boxes by kanojo - Nintendo Game Cube

Gaming & retro tissue boxes by kanojo - Mario

Gaming & retro tissue boxes by kanojo - Mario

Gaming & retro tissue boxes by kanojo - Portal

Gaming & retro tissue boxes by kanojo

Custom Paper Mario Amiibo by SuperAmiigos

Custom, and functional, Paper Mario Amiibo by SuperAmiigos.

The figures look great on display and each comes with a compartment in the base to hold a fully functional Amiibo NFC chip. Each figure is a limited edition of 25 in each pose and comes individually numbered on the base.

The Amiibo’s NFC chip is acquired from an original Amiibo. The original figure’s base is taken apart and the chip is placed inside the Paper Mario characters custom wooden base. “Each custom Paper Mario [character] is made with paper, wood, glue, patience, and tweezers.”

When the NFC chip is installed (supplied by yourself or as an option from SuperAmiigos), the custom figure is fully functional with any applicable Amiibo supported Nintendo game. Custom Amiibo display units are also available along with colour choices for your figures.

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Custom Paper Mario Amiibo by SuperAmiigos

Custom Paper Mario Amiibo by SuperAmiigos

Custom Paper Mario Amiibo by SuperAmiigosCustom Paper Mario Amiibo by SuperAmiigos - Luigi

Custom Paper Mario Amiibo by SuperAmiigos - ToadCustom Paper Mario Amiibo by SuperAmiigos - Princess Peach

Custom Paper Mario Amiibo by SuperAmiigos - BowserCustom Paper Mario Amiibo by SuperAmiigos - Mr. L

Custom Paper Mario Amiibo by SuperAmiigos - Kid YoshiCustom Paper Mario Amiibo by SuperAmiigos - Kid Yoshi

 

Mario Chain Chomp cat bed by Catastrophic Creations

Catastrophic Creations create unconventional, interesting and stylish cat furniture. Here we have a one off Chain Chomp as featured in many Mario games, famously biting at passing Mario Karts and generally causing mayhem on the track.

This was originally going to be a litter box. It took an incredibly long time to make, and because of this we’re only making one. I wanted to do something that could sit in a room as art, but also be a usable piece of [feline] furniture.”

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Mario Chain Chomp cat bed by CatastrophiCreations

The wooden box has hinges on the inside, so that it doubles as a storage space for kitty litter or cat food. The whole piece (other then the wooden box) is made from hardened Styrofoam, including the chain, and multiple layers of Epoxy and other products give the Chain Chomp its metal appearance.

You can check out Catastrophic Creations cat bridges, shelving, play areas and more via their WebsiteFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Mario Chain Chomp cat bed by CatastrophiCreations
Mario Chain Chomp cat bed by CatastrophiCreations
Mario Chain Chomp cat bed by CatastrophiCreations
Mario Chain Chomp cat bed by CatastrophiCreations

Custom Nintendo GameCube inspired by The Legend of Zelda : The Wind Waker

Custom Nintendo GameCube inspired by The Legend of Zelda : The Wind Waker by Vadu Amka

Custom design made from resin, epoxy paste and texture gel then painted with acrylic paint. Joystick ports are adorned with Hylian numbers and other details to look out for include include the shield on the controller, cracks (get them bombed) and a leather covering on the carry handle.

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Custom Nintendo GameCube inspired by The Legend of Zelda : The Wind Waker
Custom Nintendo GameCube inspired by The Legend of Zelda : The Wind Waker
Custom Nintendo GameCube inspired by The Legend of Zelda : The Wind Waker
Custom Nintendo GameCube inspired by The Legend of Zelda : The Wind Waker

Mario, Metroid and The Legend of Zelda limited edition prints by artist and illustrator Harlan Elam

The Legend of Zelda, Metroid and Super Mario Bros. limited edition 8-Bit prints by the artist and illustrator Harlan Elam.

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“Super Mario Bros. came bundled with my first NES and started my life long obsession with gaming. Everyone privileged enough to play it probably remembers level one more than any other. The idea here is to capture those memories of the level we played the most and offer them up as framed nostalgia, or paper Nintendo.”

Super Mario Bros. by Harlan Elam

“The Legend of Zelda introduced me to a different level of gaming, one that combined an open world and difficult puzzles. It was also my first introduction to interactive fantasy storytelling that led to a life long love affair with escapism reading. It required a lot of trial and error and teaming up with friends to beat different areas of the game. How many times did we enter The Eagle on our quest to defeat Ganon? Too many to count.”

The Legend of Zelda by Harlan Elam

“If The Legend of Zelda turned me on to fantasy RPGs, Metroid got me heavily into sci-fi. I remember a lot of Saturday mornings exploring Zebes, finding new power ups, and killing aliens. What I remember most is starting in level one and finding the Morph Ball. I was amazed. I wanted to take that memory and combine it with the most memorable enemies from the game so I could print it up, frame it proudly, and bask in all its nostalgic glory. Pray for true peace in space!”

Metroid by Harlan Elam

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

Modern Fossils for Retro Fans.

These modern fossils are made from actual archaic technology that was once cutting-edge. Most of these examples were discovered in the United States, although the various species are represented all over the world.

Crafted by Christopher Locke and available from his website The Heartless Machine.

“It has been shown recently that the true demise of most of these specimens came from runaway consumerism and wastefulness at the high end of the food chain.”

First seen around 1989, this Dexteludicrum (or Game Boy) has been found throughout the world. The Dexteludicrum obviously shares some of the same traits as Dominaludus, but includes some extra components.

Anaticula persequor is more commonly known as “Duck Hunt Gun” or “Nintendo Zapper.” This specimen is seen most often alongside Dominaludus nintendicus, although it is unclear exactly what their relationship was. Fossil records imply that this species was an isolated occurrence, seemingly without a predecessor or any significant offspring.

First appearing around 1900, this “rotary phone” stuck around for a long time. Although the circumdactylos has since become almost extinct, it is still a recognizeable icon, and images of it are still common today.

The “Boom Box” has predominantly been found in very close proximity to Asportatio acroamatis, and it seems possible that it is a distant relative of Ambulephebus sonysymphonia.

There are more designs, and inventive descriptions, available to purchase from the website.

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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