2015 was different from 2014 in that I didn’t write about festivals or game expos. Still some gaming events were worth covering.
Gamescom PR (Koelnmesse) was very stubborn, press appointments as well as articles more or less failed to materialize. Although I’m still planning to discuss the matter and the few games I actually came to see in the business and public areas, it was much more comfortable talking about lesser known, local events like the Retro Gaming 2015 event in Geilenkirchen which also spawned a feature about the location. More stories about the specific games and even a video interview have been in hiatus for a while due to video and audio editing in addition to some in-depth games analysis taking more time than I can handle at the moment. Hopefully this will soon be remedied together with the 2015 Gamescom coverage.
Sometimes one doesn’t have to attend a certain event if it’s too far away or there’s no time to go there. This happened with the PLAY15: 8th Creative Video Gaming Festival in Germany and Weekly game development, Train Jam and Indie MEGABOOTH in the US. The former was an impressive interactive gaming experience with workshops and lectures throughout the city of Hamburg. Hopefully it will be possible to participate there one day, as I really liked the “open world” and hands-on approach, something that is lost in the crowds of the Gamescom.
The latter might be a bit out of reach for me not being a games developer, but the idea of programming a game on a train or just watching people have fun with different gameplays in a constantly moving background of nature is intriguing, to say the least. All in all, 2015 offered enough opportunities to get involved in gaming with various projects which will hopefully continue or spawn other interesting events in years to come, as the Gamescom 2014 could attest with its German iteration of the Indie Megabooth. Doing 52 games in 52 weeks is also quite a feat.
What about you? Did you attend any memorable gaming events, retro or non-retro? Or even some interactive theater performances?
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