EDIT:Ah the rant after 13 hours of work, you know what read and reply if you want I don't actually care any more
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.
I dont bet, but thanks for giving me the benefit of the doubt. Oh!
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.
I see so nothing that I could see in the Trafford Centre nor outside of the event, matters? That's okay because people are there already or your wife saw some stuff in one place makes it fine? Satisfied with hotchpotch and not maximising it's potential especially when it's event day's doesnt really give it credence to it was really the bestest. The replay part of replay was very quiet all day Saturday. The Pro stuff much more busy. It felt tacked on it's my view point, cest la vie
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.
Yes, personally! Personally I dont agree with that statement as shown re not knowing where stuff was or comps or whatever, clearly a highly organised and well oiled machine. or perhaps it wasnt, Oh no he used the he has a different view point opinion again. Cest la vie.
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
Blackpool? I think I may have mentioned about a zillion times, it wasnt all about blackpool and it could have been at a seaside anywhere in the country, clearly however you missed that. Spending tonnes on awful food at the event was where the issue was, if it was quality then kudos, however it was rubbish, deal with it. Manchester has/ had a food festival on, plenty of companies with food carts etc in the area, many of whom dont go mental with prices and stuff better quality, bigger range of dishes.
As for the spontaneous combustion winky smiley or not. Really? So funny I forgot to laugh.
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.
See above quality first, if it's pricey and nice, then no issue, pricey and a rip off then there are issues. As for getting there for 11.30, before it went crazy lucky you. I was still in the queue outside, like many were. Oh right you didnt mention that. quelle suprise
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.
Ive been to events, there you go, Sorry does it matter how many? Not really. Again. Re read what Ive written, it isnt about Blackpool, but you know why let that get in the way of a misguided rant. So you arent bothered, great. Yippee sorry for wanting a nostalgic hit to go with my gaming, crime against humanity clearly [/quote]
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.
So events 30 years ago are the basis of what happened at the weekend, with the world and the gaming scene etc changing beyond recognition and stuff. I see, great comparison. clearly . People dont know how retro works, so gave up. hardly the all singing all dancing way you put it. If people know others forumites etc then yay. but not everyone is so 'connected' so they didnt bother. You dont need rows of people to help. Short clear instructions work, but again, you are going for the holier than thou so why let that get in the way?
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).
No, it's entirely fair, when people are ignoring what people are on the ground are saying for a laissez faire approach that results in bedlam, then that plus other things mean it's entirely fair. but whatever floats your boat
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 ?
You and I arent everyone else. And if everyone gushes praise over something that isnt quite right it doesnt get fixed does it? No it gets glossed over. All was needed was a couple of cross road signs and perhaps some over hanging banners to say what was where other than the toilets. It's meant to be a pro event not a mish mash things like exhibitors and areas of attraction could have been highlighted, the history of retro games was completely wasted where it was with no sign posting, ditto the projector games who I didnt even know were there until I left. In an event about maximising interest it really was slapdash and haphazard.
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.
Again thanks for the none benefit of the doubt already decided what I was going to say stuff and completely and utterly missing my points re moving, quite the spectacular oversight!.
I went with an open mind, reported back what I thought. God forbid someone does that on a forum, lest it be locked and brushed under the carpet, again.
I cannot comment on the event as I wasn't able to attend, so it may well have been every bit as ghastly as you have implied.
However you seemed pretty determined to hate it & find fault form the moment it was announced & it sounds like you've been pretty successful with that.