Over the last weekend the NEC in Birmingham was once again the host for EGX, the UK’s biggest gaming convention. EGX is the chance for gamers and developers to get together to share in their passion for all things gaming. This year’s show featured a massive 268 games, ranging from big blockbuster titles, amazing indie games and retro classics.
Over the last four days thousands of people from all generations have grabbed the chance to get their hands on some of the most anticipated AAA gaming titles, from Assassins Creed Odyssey, Metro Exodus, Hitman 2, Spyro Reignited Trilogy and more. There was also a great showing of big-name titles that have already been released upon the gaming world including, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Marvel’s Spider-man, Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey (to name a few) all of which have been released to critical acclaim and were big attractions at this year’s event.
While these games are considered the main attraction of the expo, the indie games area made a standout appearance this year with over 200 playable titles. Many of the game’s creators where at the show for you to meet and you got the chance to learn more about their project and how it came into development. When you speak to these developers you can really feel their passion for their craft and their love of the industry which translates into some of the most amazing and innovative games ideas I have ever seen. These games are a real labour of love for the developer and you can’t help but feel excited and passionate when you get the chance to try out their games.
One of the indie games that stood out for me this year was a brilliant title called ‘Hamsterdam’ created by Muse Games. In this arcade brawler style game, you play as a hero hamster called Pimm and your once peaceful town of Hamsterdam is being taken over by an evil gang who are causing havoc and terrorising the residents. It’s up to you to become the hamster-fu master and put a stop to it and restore peace. This game is currently on Kickstarter and is due for release next year and personally I cannot wait.
Another great attraction at this year’s convention was the incredible cosplayers. Some of the costumes this year on show were Kratos from God of War, Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn, Spider-man, Overwatch, Assassins Creed and more. EGX is the perfect opportunity for people to express their love of their favourite characters or games by designing and creating out of this world costumes and each day they get the chance to showcase them by entering the EGX Cosplay Championships, which is the UK gaming community’s largest cosplay competition.
For those looking to find a career path into the gaming industry, EGX has a dedicated career’s fair where you are able to sit down with some of the top gaming universities and colleges in the UK to talk about the different avenues you can discover. Whether it is coding, game design, VR, or production there is something for everyone to explore. It is a brilliant way to start to carve out your career in one of the most exciting industries in the world.
EGX is a fantastic weekend away for all the family and there is plenty to see and do to keep your inner gaming nerd happy for hours and I can’t wait for next year’s show.