So you’ve played all the games, you’ve beaten them on every difficulty mode under the sun, you’ve unlocked every last trophy, achievement and secret costume. You’ve dominated your friends and even half of the online world. So what now? Where next to conquer? The only logical option is to take your furious gaming habit on the road. You’ve done it all from the comfort of your living room, now it’s time to go and make the five great gaming pilgrimages every gamer should undertake.
Here they are:
Japan has always been one of the great Meccas of gaming. More specifically, though Akihabara is the place to be: it’s a town whose sole purpose is to satisfy the cravings for gaming and tech that stir in the heart of geeks worldwide. That’s right, a whole town dedicated to gaming and tech. Sounds epic, right? Tourists often flock to Akihabara Electric Town – which is its nickname – to bask in all the futuristic Japanese technology and games. The Japanese always know how to impress with their tech, so this town is an absolute must-visit for any gamer looking for a pilgrimage.
If the neon lights don’t catch your eye, the hundreds of shops all selling games and technology will. This is a place for the geek, the nerd, the gamer, for everyone who enjoys technology and geeking out to share war stories, trade memories of kill-streaks and reminisce of time of total pwnage. It is gaming heaven.
The Gadget Show Live
Ok, Birmingham’s NEC may not be the most glamorous venue ever, but it does have one trick up its sleeve: The Gadget Show Live. This annual event is one of the biggest expos in the UK and thousands of people flock there to see premieres of new games, new technology and to participate in exciting competitions.
For gamers, this is an absolute must, since there’s a whole section dubbed the ‘Game Zone’ where you can sit down and play on all of your favorite games from the past and present. There are PS1s, old SEGA consoles and even the odd Atari, all waiting for you to pick up their controllers and have a bash.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo
E3 is quite simply the biggest annual gaming event in the world. Often the place when big game developers unveil their latest games and tech, E3 is the one show of the year where gamers and technology enthusiasts gather to be stunned by the gaming world’s startling innovation.
In the sanctuary of L.A’s incredible convention centre, E3 is an event every gamer should experience at least once.
Dubbed as the UK’s biggest and best games event, EuroGamer Expo features every bit of gaming-related madness you could think of. From retro games, developer showings and parties, to career fairs, playable consoles and arcades, the EuroGamer Expo is about as exciting as a new Call of Duty game.
London’s Earl Court plays host to the event, so UK gamers aren’t too far away if they fancy a pilgrimage to the capital. And with all the big names present, you’d be daft to miss it.
Funspot Family Fun Center
Awful name aside, the Funspot Family Fun Center in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire in the US is the largest arcade in the world, as dubbed by Guinness World Records. It features over 500 games, an indoor golf course, ten-pin bowling, mini-golf and more arcade games than you can even imagine. Don’t worry about feeding yourself either, as there’s a tavern and a restaurant on site.
Classic arcade games feature heavily at Funspot, so if this is your type of gaming then it could well be worth a visit.