RMLF wrote:So turncoat/traitor boy was present on Saturday,.
I got a free ticket and free travel, which isnt the thing to say no too so ended up going.
I would have bet my house you would have had a lot of negatives ! You may have some valid points but due to your past comments its difficult to take them seriously.
My wife goes to the Trafford Centre a lot ! Shes come back a few times and said 'that silly retro show youre going to was advertised at the centre....'. Seeing how many people came to the show i dont think advertising was a huge issue.
Personally dont think you needed a site plan, its obvious where everything was, part of the fun for me is wandering around looking at the various machines/stalls.
Every year people moan about the cost of food. Yep food at Blackpool was 'so cheap' for a sandwich ! Anyone with sense went to the chippy outside as the prices at the hotel were ridiculous. But its the Trafford Centre, tons of restaurants nearby. Plus come on, we're happy to spend xx amount on some rare game but faint the second a burgers a few quid. I had a burger from BBQ Burger and they were surprisingly good, £4 was alright. Its lucky you did get a free ticket and travel as you might have spontaneously combusted on the spot if you had to pay yourself
Seriously though any show i've been to the prices are always high, never in a million years was it going to be £2 a pint or £2 a burger, never. Thankfully i went to get a burger about 11.30am before the queues, bit like going to a footy match and leaving just before halftime to get a burger as later there'll be a massive queue.
RMLF wrote:So turncoat/traitor boy was present on Saturday,.Not nostalgic, playing in a big barn in the middle of a business park, hey ho it's an old criticism but what can you do?
Ehh ? How many events have you been to ? Not a little sly dig that it should have been in Blackpool as that has tons of nostalgia ? Everyone i know who went to Blackpool said the place was a dump, full of chavs and stag parties and most kept away from the town centre. Huddersfield wasnt known as a retro gaming metropolis, Stoke ? I have great fond memories of that, a great show but the actual place it was held in wasnt the best but i dont care as long as theres tons of retro stuff around. Warehouse/barn/hotel conference centre, I'm personally not bothered.
I went to Olympia shows in the 80's which were huge great exhibition halls/warehouses but you didnt care, just had tons of games to play on. If people didnt know how to change games then just ask someone, everyone i spoke to was friendly, you cant expect to have someone on every row of computers ready to help out if someone hasnt figured out how to press a button to change a game.
The dig about people with egos, bit unfair that. A huge show like that will get people moaning about anything, granted queues were massive, they were letdown with the sound system but look at the positives, to get a show like that off the ground was great. I had no interest in the modern stuff and like others have said some of the 'pro' players on CoD and that just seemed quite odd/rude (then again they might think us old retro heads might be the same).
But come on, some of your digs. Yeah i didnt know where the food was when i first got there, simply asked someone and then hey presto i know where it was. Same for the toilets. Surely people didnt need some master great big map to find out where everything was ?
I would prefer a pure 'retro' show on a bit of a smaller scale but the queues for the machines werent bad at all, a fair few friendly people who saw you were waiting and then said 'here have a go' and moved on which were nice of them. And again i like the way retro was at one end which seemed 'seperated' due to the huge displays of the current gen stuff. At Blackpool i struggled to get on the pinball machines. But come on RMLF you were never going to be that positive at all were you !? Due to your past OTT comments about moving from Blackpool i personally find it hard to take your comments seriously as you were never going to have a huge list of positives were you? If someone else has negatives fair enough though.
I hope from this show people will want to do something themselves, really do want to go to another show now.