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Five things for EGX 2014

EGX will be Ben’s first time – in fact, his first time at an expo ever. Here he writes about what he’s most looking forward to over the coming week (images added after the event).

Ben says…

With EGX looming on the horizon and the excitement and buzz that surrounds it building, it feels the right time to make a confession. This will be the popping of my proverbial expo / conference cherry. Pictures, videos and written pieces always do their best to convey what the atmosphere and experience will be like but as with everything in life there is nothing quite like being there.

I’ll be honest: massive crowds of people aren’t usually my thing and I usually approach such gatherings with an element of caution. However this time I’ll be (as my wife so kindly puts it) among my own kind and there’s lots to look forward to. With that in mind, here are the five things a noob expo goer is most excited for at EGX 2014.

5. KSI not being there

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I like integrity and Eurogamer, the organisers of EGX, have shown it in spades by banning YouTube celebrity KSI from all of their events. This means a known harasser of women and someone who runs a gimmick known as ‘Rape Face’ won’t be anywhere near this event.

He denies it in a tweet posted on 15 August 2014: “Labelled the ‘misogynistic bastard’ by many game journalists, but I bet that any of them that have met me can’t say anything about me.” But evidence suggests otherwise, such as the video below (warning: contains offensive material) and a previous tweet on 17 July 2014: “Awkward moment when you say hi to a girl and she ignores you, so you have to threaten with rape to get her attention while holding a knife.” I’ll let you decide if you want him at these events or not but me, absolutely not.

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4. Meeting developers

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Let’s be honest here: we are all users of an end product. Developers, publishers and marketers all work to deliver a game to play but they’re not particularly accessible. There are those like Mike Bithell who are very active on social media but many aren’t.

EGX presents an opportunity to talk to these people directly and ask questions about why certain decisions were made, the challenges faced, what they’re proud of, what they’ve learned and what they think of the feedback received. That’s before you even get to the fact that these people are willing to stand up and be counted, to talk about their product to the masses all day every day for four days and deal with whatever comes at them. You might not enjoy a game these guys have made but you have to respect their ability to design and produce it in the first place.

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3. Assassin’s Creed Unity

Name: Assassin’s Creed Unity
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release date: November 2014
PEGI rating: 18
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
More information: Official website

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Those who know me best will tell you that I have been very negative about this game. Not because of the concept as Revolutionary France is quite an exciting time period but for the removal of what made Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag so special: the sea. I’m very sceptical about the decision to make everything land based again and no amount of four player co-op (no female avatars allowed!), crouch button (finally!) and fancy new graphics (fluid movement!) will change that. However, I’m not too proud to have my opinion changed and the only way that’s going to happen is to play it.

Your move, Ubisoft.

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2. The atmosphere

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I don’t like to use the word ‘geek’ much these days. I feel I’ve grown out of it, much like I feel like I’ve grown out of identifying myself with any particular group. I think it’s come with age more than anything, and after thirty-five years I’m finally comfortable with who I am. I know what I like and what I don’t like but more importantly there is no desire to judge those with different interests. So I’m going to call myself an ‘enthusiast’ because that’s what I am. I’m enthusiastic about all things to do with computer games and this week I’m going to be spending days with other enthusiasts, all of whom are there to enjoy and indulge their passions. How can you not be excited about that.

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1. Hanging out with the 1001Up team

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This may seem odd to have at the top of the list but due to the distance between the various folks at we very rarely get to hang out and indulge together. Spending time with any of the gang is always something to look forward to and with days of all things geeky to boot I couldn’t be more excited. Not to mention all the coverage we’re going to be swamping your social media timelines with. Expect photos, videos, (questionably) witty anecdotes and general tomfoolery!

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If you’re going to be at this year’s EGX event, why not let us know in the comments below. We’d love to meet up with you!

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