GAMING CONVENTIONS: THE ULTIMATE PLAYDATE
Gaming Conventions and why they mean so much to gamers
Since the start of the pandemic, in-person events have been few and far between. Those of us who loved attending festivals, events, and conventions have had little to cheer about these last 18 months but with things starting to open up again, we look at why gaming conventions are important and why you should consider going to one too.
E3 has been leading the way for gaming conventions during lockdowns, with E3 2021 running as a virtual, online-only event, with free access for all. While it was undoubtedly a success, certain charms and benefits of an in-person convention just can’t be replaced.
There’s a connection with other gamers
Gaming sometimes feels like a single-player RPG without anyone to interact with. For some, that might be exactly the experience they’re after but for others, who enjoy the social element of gaming with different players, gaming conventions are the next level.
When you play online, not only are you interacting with different people all over the world but you can speak to them through a headset, type through chat, and make real connections with people. Attending a gaming convention multiples this feeling a hundred times over. Meeting people in real life who enjoy the same games as you and have lots in common with you, gives you a real sense of belonging.
Gaming is for everybody
Another of the greatest things about gaming conventions is getting to see gamers from all walks of life.
Attending one of these events means you’re surrounded by like-minded people who are all very different but united in their love of games. It doesn’t matter what gender, age, or nationality, gaming brings us all together.
This can be incredibly comforting and heart-warming for a lot of people. Seeing that you’re part of a community as diverse and as passionate as gaming is really special.
We can’t forget these, can we? Without the games, there would be no conventions.
Games these days come in every medium imaginable. There are AAA titles that you’ll see countless commercials and ads for, all the way to indie games by developers you’ve never even heard of, but don’t worry you’ll be able to experience any that you love. Sometimes you might have to wait, but there will always be a spot for you to get a closer look.
These conventions offer unrivalled accessibility and the ability to get your hands on titles before they’re released, meaning you can be the coolest kid on the block again – and you might even get some exclusive merch too!
Your favorite devs are there
This is a more specific benefit, but for some of us who follow game developers on YouTube or Discord, actually being able to meet them in person is a tremendous experience.
Meeting your favorite game developer gives you a great opportunity to tell them how much their games mean to you, gaming for many is a very important part of their lives. You can also tell them what you want to change, ask them about any sequels or new projects, and get some exclusive details to take home with you.
All in all, attending a gaming convention is an experience like no other, and the memories and friends you make will last a lifetime. Be sure to grab tickets to your local event, or even try and snag tickets for the larger ones, either way, we know you’ll have a blast!