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London Gaming Con: Gamers descend on Islington for inaugural event

Submitted by on Sunday, 4 December 20112 Comments

Holloway Road, Islington isn’t the liveliest part of London, so the sight of over a hundred gamers —Mario and Toad included— queuing outside The Rocket Complex must have raised a few eyebrows.

They were there for London Gaming Con, the new event from the people behind London Anime Con, which aims to bring gaming communities closer together.

Pleasingly, there were plenty of PS3s about, often booted with top fighting games. There was also a healthy dose of retro with old arcade cabinets and Atari synth machines all there to be played. Visitors could jump on new titles, such as Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or Modern Warfare 3, but the majority were either old classics or obscure hardcore titles.

There’s nothing wrong with that. The focus of London Gaming Con is to get gaming communities closer together and not so much about playing the latest games. There are plenty of events for that, but there are not many in London dedicated to just the social side.

There were competitions, quizzes, live acts and, of course, a bar —nothing gets people bonding quite like a bar, after all. Acts such as  CoLD SToRAGE —music composer on WipEout, Colony Wars and Lemmings, amongst others— and YouTube sensation Brentafloss were also in attendance. There were plenty of stalls around, from which you could buy cheap games, comics and other interesting stuff. So, basically, there was plenty to do.

It was a fun and friendly atmosphere with the audience mostly being younger students in their late teens or early twenties, many of whom will probably be at the heart of the capital’s gaming community in the future.

It wasn’t without flaws though. The organisation at times was lacking and often the PA system wasn’t up to the task. There was also too many attractions squeezed into the venue than it could comfortably handle. It is its first year though, and we’re sure lessons will be learnt for next year.

The event enters its second day today, so anyone interested in a day/night of socialising with your fellow gamers, make your way over to Islington. Tickets are available on the door.

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