eGames Expo 2009: A big day out

Our awfully big adventure at the Melbourne eGames Expo

eGames Expo 2009

eGames Expo 2009: A big day out

This weekend, we flew down to Melbourne for the fourth annual eGames Expo — Australia’s biggest (and best) video games event. The weather was depressingly uneven, but we think the show managed to rise above its grim surroundings — if only by a hair. Here’s a blow-by-blow account of what happened, presented in exciting ‘of the moment’ style.

At the gates of Mordor/Melbourne

We arrive at the eGames Entertainment Expo on a characteristically cold and drizzly morning. The doors are currently shut and bolted. Typical. With nothing better to do, we decide to chat to some of the fellow early-worms huddling in the rain. (Flashing our media badge conspicuously fails to impress: an ill omen for things to come).

"What aspect of the show are you most looking forward to?" we ask a blogger named Dan.

"It was going to be the Nintendo stand, but they aren't coming any more” he replies glumly. “Check out my website at www.vooks.net." Enjoy your plug, Dan.

Other punters are keen to check out the Home Entertainment Show, which is running alongside the eGames Expo. Terrifyingly, we have been charged with covering both events simultaneously, which explains why we're weighed down with approximately 10,000 business cards. (Hopefully, we’ll still have some left over for the booth babes. Dare to dream, right?)

For the most part, the absence of heavy-hitters like Sony, Activision and Nintendo hasn’t dampened people’s spirits (well, apart from Dan). With Ubisoft on hand with a suite of hotly anticipated titles, Microsoft decking out a trailer with Xbox 360 goodies and Team Immunity hosting a two-day games tournament, the prospect of a good show remains bright... If only the weather had followed suit, eh? Tch.

eGames Expo 2009

The Digital Lifestyle Show

As the sky darkens further, we decide to pull out our 'pushy games journalist' persona and scam our way into the venue. Venturing beyond the building foyer requires the purchase of a hideous fluro yellow vest for a $10 deposit -- a demand that we point-blank refuse to capitulate to. Seriously, don't they know who we are?!!? [Sorry, do you work here? -- Ed.] Thankfully, event co-ordinator Liz Fry is on hand to usher us past the front door gorillas. She proves to be an invaluable asset to our hectic schedule, popping up whenever and wherever we need her. Hurrah!

Tags games

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Jager

Good Gear Guide

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?