For the first time ever I believe, we're getting a gamer centric event celebrating pure video games here in Singapore or perhaps even in Southeast Asia. Game Start 2014 according to its organisers has been inspired by the events in the US, Europe and Japan like PAX, E3, Gamescom, the Tokyo Game show and others, focusing on the community of gamers in our region. As someone who's never been to any of the above events before, I'm extremely excited and pleased to finally be able to attend something like Game Start right here in our backyard. Here at OMGeek, myself, Steve and Mitch will be attending the event to cover as much as we can with the community in mind.
So here's what to look forward to.
Because seriously, who doesn't like DAT free swag. There is an awesome amount of stuff to be picked up if you are early enough to be at the event, you'll have to be part of the first 300 of course. The random loot bag has the potential of containing some pretty amazing gamer gear. You can check out more information from the official site here.
Unreleased games to try out
There are quite a number of games that will be on display at the event and for people to try out. I'm especially looking forward to trying out Evolve with the guys. From the developers of Left 4 Dead, this is a multiplayer coop shooter where 4 players are pitted against 1 monster who is constantly evolving. We've been itching for a new coop game to play and this might actually take us off Payday 2 and Borderlands 2 finally! There are others of course, but I chose this as an example because I'm a PC Gamer and absolutely love coop. Here are the other games you can expect to check out:
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse
- Freedom Wars
- LittleBigPlanet 3
- Project Cars
- Resident Evil Revelations 2
- The Order 1886
- Until Dawn
The larger community
Being the first video game centric event of its kind brings together the community of gamers and developers in Singapore and perhaps Southeast Asia where we can start building the kind of atmosphere many of us have dreamed of in the iconic events in the US, Europe and Japan and I believe this is a brilliant start. Looking at the booth layout and the programme, you can see that there is a pretty good mix of panels and competitions.
What I also really appreciate is the Founders Base which seems to be like an Indie super booth for quite a few local and regional game development studios which is again an amazing opportunity to reach out and meet some homegrown talent.
Beyond the booths of course, the whole event is a place where we as gamers can meet, greet and network with others who share our love for video games. Perhaps its one of the few events we can actually go to and be ourselves and be proud to be gamers.
Are you heading to Game Start 2014 this weekend? If you are let me know in the comments what else you're looking forward to seeing.