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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Multicade of the Universe – custom He-Man arcade cabinet by Tom Ace

Toy collector, customiser and all round master tinkerer Tom Ace picked up a vintage arcade machine about a month ago, with 620 games built in. “The guy told me it was called a Multicade, so naturally I had to put a Masters of the Universe twist on it, and I turned it into Multicade of the Universe!”

Tom designed, printed and installed all of the graphics, replaced the T-trim, changed out the buttons and joysticks, replaced the clear plastic over the control panel, tinted the glass and added an LCD monitor. The entire cabinet is smothered in retro Masters of the Universe imagery originally used to promote the hugely successful Mattel He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toy line and the animated television series produced by Filmation.


“[It’s] been a fun project and the games are a ton of fun to play!”

Tom is indeed the Master of the Universe when it comes to creating something that toy collectors, arcade enthusiasts and 1980s kids would love to get their hands on. Some might even be prepared to trade their precious Wonder Bread He-Man and Laser Light Skeletor for such an awesome looking arcade cabinet.

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Geeky gaming cross-stitch by JMC Craft

Self proclaimed geeky cross stitcher and upcycler Janine, of JMC Craft, has showcased a selection of cross-stitch gaming badges via her JMC Craft Facebook page and Twitter account. Retro gaming classics Mario and Space Invaders take centre stage on these bright and colourful hand crafted badges.

Geeky gaming cross-stitch by JMC Craft - Mario badges
Also featured on the JMC Etsy store are a selection of embroidery hoop Pokémon cross-stitch panels. Each Pokémon has been lovingly cross stitched on white 11 count aida using Anchor embroidery floss, mounted in a wooden 4″ embroidery hoop that has been hand painted and tidied up on the reverse with calico material. Crafting goodness.

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Geeky gaming cross-stitch by JMC Craft - Pokemon Squirtle

Geeky gaming cross-stitch by JMC Craft - Space InvadersGeeky gaming cross-stitch by JMC Craft - Pokeball

Geeky gaming cross-stitch by JMC Craft - MarioGeeky gaming cross-stitch by JMC Craft - Mario Fire Flower

Geeky gaming cross-stitch by JMC Craft - Mario MushroomGeeky gaming cross-stitch by JMC Craft - Super Mario Star

Geeky gaming cross-stitch by JMC Craft - Mario BooGeeky gaming cross-stitch by JMC Craft - Mario Goomba

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

Tetris shelving, a geeky display and storage solution

A scratch built Tetris style storage solution, cut, painted and assembled to display a variety of cool geekery. It can even be taken apart and re-arranged.

Modular retro gaming fun by Imgur user LeFox, her BF (the builder) and the felines Kaylem and Finnian (the inquisitive assistants).

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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 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

ZX Spectrum Castlevania: Spectral Interlude.

Castlevania: Spectral Interlude is an action-adventure platform game with elements of RPG.

It was originally envisioned as a ‘demake’ of Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest but eventually turned into an original independent game for ZX Spectrum. It tells a new story which tries to remain consistent with the canon of the original franchise and explains why the Belmonts disappeared for many years.

FEATURES
  • More than 150 game screens, including hidden rooms
  • 10 enemy types and unique bosses
  • Upgrades
  • Built-in game map
  • 2 difficulty levels
  • “Lost” story explaining the disappearance of Belmonts from later Castlevania games
  • Soundtrack with 12 songs (which is freaking awesome btw, Soundcloud player below)

Download now from Spectral Interlude. You need ZX Spectrum 128 compatible computer or emulator.


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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

You can also find Missing Digit on Facebook.

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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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