Today is the day when it all begins. Four days of gaming madness from bombastic AAA presentations to little Indie gems quietly generating buzz about their upcoming game. This is EGX 2015.
By the time you’re reading this I’ll already be en-route to the NEC in Birmingham, looking for folks I know and those I don’t. Microphone, notebook and camera prepped and ready to ask developers, celebrities and anyone I can find about life, what they’re up to and the experience they’re having.
We might not like to admit it, but we are spoiled for choice when it comes to gaming. There are releases every week across multiple platforms and formats. They can be downloaded instantly without leaving the comfort of your sofa or while you ride the bus to work. Gaming is everywhere which can make the diamonds just that little harder to find.
Last year’s EGX was no exception. I came away raving about Life is Strange and Beyond Eyes, both of which have since gone on to receive wide acclaim. Had I not accepted an invite from Square Enix to a quiet showing in a pub then I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to preview the former and my fanboying over the latter is a result of a chance conversation with the developer, her hat and magic paint books.
I’m hoping for more of the same this year. If I can uncover one or two diamonds in the rough then the event will be a huge success for me. There’s only so much a screenshot or video can convey but to actually get to play early builds and chat things through with the developers gives a depth of insight you can’t get elsewhere.
That’s not to say it’s all about the little guys, far from it. The big developers and publishers are always there in force with Sony and Microsoft championing their consoles and Ubisoft offering playable time with all sorts of upcoming games. You can bet the biggest queue will be for Call of Duty once again.
That’s before we get on to the cosplayers, career advice, developer sessions and charity presence… There are too many things that I want to see for me to list here but you can bet that when the four days are over I’ll be exhausted, overloaded and very, very happy.
If you see me or any of the 1001Up team wandering around the NEC over the coming days, please give us a shout and a wave – we’d love to talk to you. We’ll be posting loads of photos from the event on Twitter and Instagram so why not follow us and see what we’re up to.