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.

2016 PLAY Expo Blackpool 30 April - 1 May2016 PLAY Expo Blackpool 30 April - 1 May


Street art by COMBO Culture Kidnapping

Paris based artist COMBO aka ‘COMBO Culture Kidnapping’ focuses on hijacking spaces with comic book, video game and pop culture art mixed with real life imagery and environments. The results end up on public view on the streets of Paris, in varying scales from side walls to huge building sides.

With the subject matter covering the likes of Star Wars, Batman and Street Fighter all COMBO’s work is recognisably attention grabbing yet also becomes part of the commonplace environment in which it is situated.

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Street art by COMBO Culture Kidnapping - Pacman
Street art by COMBO Culture Kidnapping - Pirates of the Caribbean / Captain Harlock / One Piece
Street art by COMBO Culture Kidnapping - Robocop
Street art by COMBO Culture Kidnapping - Batman
Street art by COMBO Culture Kidnapping - Sonic the Hedgehog
Street art by COMBO Culture Kidnapping - Street Fighter vs Bruce Lee
Street art by COMBO Culture Kidnapping - Street Fighter vs Muhammad Ali
Street art by COMBO Culture Kidnapping - Mortal Kombat
Street art by COMBO Culture Kidnapping - Dragonball
Street art by COMBO Culture Kidnapping - Star Wars Yoda

Retro Gaming Zavvi ZBOX March 2015 = Retrotastic!

The March ZBOX from Zavvi is a retro gaming stash of all things cool and groovy.

My shoebox arrived this morning and I opened up the seal with eager anticipation. No messing about, you know the score as soon as you lift the lid (see images below). BTW this review will contain [SPOILERS].

Retro Gaming ZBOX from Zavvi

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Lemmings Door Hanger from GB Eye and either a Pac-Man or Ghost Pixel Brick from Paladone. I’m part way through building the fiddly little Pac-Man but thought I better stop and write this article. Dropped a small piece on the floor, somehow it ended up at right at the back of my desk…. torch, ruler, squinting, fiddling…found a peanut. Boom!

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Retro Gaming ZBOX from Zavvi
These Sonic the Hedgehog Socks by Numskull will certainly make me run faster, no doubt about it. Sweet Green Hill design will clash with everything I wear, I shall be sporting these to go retro clubbing this weekend along with the epic t-shirt from Joystick Junkies, an exclusive design for this months ZBOX.

Retro Gaming ZBOX from Zavvi
Retro Gaming ZBOX from Zavvi

Old School Gaming Notepad by Numskull, there are four designs to collect, I got the classic Sega Dreamcast but it could have been a Mega Drive, Saturn or Game Gear. I can write down all my secret password’s and Jet Set Radio cheats in here.

Retro Gaming ZBOX from Zavvi

Full game download of Tango Fiesta (worth £9.99) from Steam. Tango Fiesta is a top-down cooperative shooter for 1-4 players. Imagine the events from every single 80’s action film ever made actually happened to one guy – well you & up to 3 friends get to blast, shoot & knife your way through procedurally generated levels as the ultimate one (or 2, 3, or 4) man army!

Retro Gaming ZBOX from Zavvi

The box is also very arty, with a retro gaming theme on the inside of the lid, I shall be keeping this for a special occasion. To top things off you also get a magazine and a fat free Flumes. Mmmm free foamy sweet *drools*. Overall, the ZBOX represents great value for money, you would pay way more than the £19.99 asking price to get all this tip top merch delivered to your door. Ordering the next one, I see Thundercats…. hoooooooooo!
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Geeky Cutting Boards & Knife Blocks by Missing Digit

The Missing Digit Wood Shop produce seriously cool chopping boards and knife blocks.

How about this Spartan Knife Block in Baltic Birch or Maple and Walnut? This is Chopping!

“You may never be able to enjoy the CGI six-pack abs of the heroes in 300, but you can darn sure have the same kitchen cutlery as we’re sure they had. This instant conversation starter for any man cave or apartment kitchen is crafted from the finest laminated baltic birch wood into the shape of a Spartan soldier.”


For the gamers amongst us this Pacman inspired ‘Waka-Waka’ Walnut Cutting Board would be the talking point of any party.

“I don’t know about you, but there are times that I make Pac-Man’s noise when I’m chopping garlic. I know – Don’t worry, I do it under my breath so no one hears my insanity. But, it’s time to come out of the closet and I know just the way to justify my desires. Yes – It’s a the Waka Waka Walnut Cutting Board. You know the sound, you know the guy, now you both can Waka-Waka away while slicing and dicing. With this: No shame. Not now. Not Ever.”


There’s been a murder! For the crime and thriller fans try this Mr. Body Walnut Cutting Board out for size.

“Made from the finest walnut this handcrafted “who-done-it” is a sure conversation starter. This very special design and materials making this cutting board unlike any other on the market. The chalk outline is accomplished by using a food grade plastic inlayed deep into the black walnut for a completely unique look. The cutting board is perfect for preparation or presentation – Imagine your guests taking the last few pieces of cheese off to reveal the outline form of a body.”

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