Just a quick post because today I went down to Margate for the shiny new Play Margate at the Winter Gardens with Frank Gasking and Sean Connolly. My regular readers (there’s three I think?) will possibly remember that we rocked up to the same venue back in February for the most recent GEEK and were pretty disappointed by the lack of retro stuff, but this time there was loads to look at and appropriately enough play.
And between games of the coin-op 1942 or Fire Track on the BBC and some time spent in the bar area talking about ongoing projects, I did get a few photos taken and although I’m still not sure how spent some of that time harassing cosplayers without getting into trouble!
So to maintain what appears to be the trend for these posts, here’s a gallery of photos taken whilst wandering around with captions that probably say more than the post itself.
On Saturday the 21st of February we held the Cosine (UK division) annual general meeting… in other words Sean, Frank and myself made our way to Margate for GEEK (or Games Expo East Kent to its parents) for a mixture of video games, “bracing” sea air and a chance to sit down face to face and chat about projects. My Beloved came along too in order to
take the minutes try not to look bored as we talked shop!
We did actually find some time to wander around the venue, soak in some atmosphere, chat with friends and occasionally even play a game or two; I had a quick go on the pretty horizontal Neo Geo blaster Last Resort since the old favourite Ghost Pilots wasn’t present this year and found an Atari 7800 running the wonderfully weird Ninja Golf where a ninja plays a round of golf whilst fighting off opponents and the local wildlife.
But there was far less in the way of retro gaming than at previous iterations; we did see some Atari 8-bit consoles and couple of Sega Master Systems, but there was no sign of any Commodore, Sinclair, Amstrad, Acorn or Atari computers. We weren’t alone in feeling there could have been more from “the olde days” either, most of the people we talked to felt the same and the sticker board put out by the organisers for feedback looked like this:
The word “landslide” springs to mind. And yes, I know the event wasn’t started as a purely retro gaming do but the previous iterations all covered that ground well so people were expecting a continuation this time around. I’ve heard that GEEK is going to be moving into Margate’s Dreamland amusement park next year which should equate to more floor space, so hopefully the organisers will listen to their visitors when planning for 2016 and bring back the retro goodness. In the meantime, here’s some photos taken on that Saturday.
Yours truly went to Kent last week and, along with visiting family and popping into the retro gaming shop in Canterbury, I spent the Saturday in “sunny” Margate with a couple of friends at the Games Expo East Kent event, known as GEEK for short. And, as with the visit last year which didn’t get a blog entry, I wasn’t there under the Oldschool Gaming banner so got a chance to actually play a couple of games, including vertical blaster Ghost Pilots on the Neo Geo (which I had a couple of swings at last year as well) and a quick go on the C64 version of Dropzone. That said, more time was spent talking than playing!
Here’s a gallery of pictures taken during the course of the day; t’was a little dark inside the Winter Gardens (and in the street afterwards where a couple of images were taken) so my poor old Kodak C433 didn’t fare particularly well, but it managed to get quite a few decent shots including this one of two cosplayers who’d just met a grinning idiot!