Proof – I really did go! Here’s the ticket stub, and the indestructible, hard to remove armband that gets you through the door.
Why? I hear you ask.I’m a self-confessed wrinkly, who doesn’t play electronic games. All true. But I’m a dedicated fan of The Big Bang Theory and brainwashed by the Uber Nerds, I was hoping for a Comicon style display of glorious Star Wars costumes down at the Gaming Expo. I have to say, I was disappointed. I spotted very few. What I did see was enough PC Monitors and big screens to thrill every gamer in Cape Town. Nerdvana heaven, without a doubt.
The gamers were there in sober blacks and greys, throngs of spindly teens with ratty locks and deathly white complexions, clearly unaccustomed to the Great Outdoors or meat and three veg. I had to resist the maternal urge to dash up and force feed them. There were quite a number of hefty Dad-type men in attendance too, and not all of them were clutching kids by the scruff of their hyped up necks. Some women, but clearly on kid duty, and I spotted only one of my contemporaries. These events are not really Granny territory, but hey! You never know until you give it a bash.
Bash being the operative word. All I could see on the mega-screens were un-ending battles with exotic creatures demolishing opponents with brilliant red starbursts. And not to forget the death-defying cars zooming through canyon-like cities. I’m not a boy. I could care less about fast cars. Give me style and padded luxury any day. James – bring round the Rolls.
Another reason for my attendance were the advertised Board Games. I’m looking for a particular board game and hoped to find it there, but no luck. To my astonishment I spotted big piles of boxes of Monopoly and Cluedo on the Games stands. There was merchandise to gladden every gamers’ heart: figurines, hats, costumes, and I even spotted Harry Potter lingering over the trinkets.
The pic I missed: a 7 year old little boy, wearing a brown Jedi robe, with an enormous fluorescent green light sabre clipped to his belt. The sabre was so long, it trailed on the ground behind him. Ag shame.
Never miss an opportunity to wear your pink Princess outfit. Despite all the sexy girls prancing round in lycra, the Pink Princess was the prettiest girl there.
Will I go to another Gaming Expo? I very much doubt it. Unless the cast of The Big Bang Theory happen to be in attendance …
Because my faithful photographer Nina could not accompany me , I am responsible for all the blurry, second-rate cellphone pics – photography is not my strong point.