Play Blackpool 2014 – It’s Almost Here!


The UK’s favourite Arcade, Indie & Retro video gaming show is less than two months away; get your tickets while you can. Play Blackpool is taking place on the 3/4 May at the Norbreck Castle exhibition centre and is already jam packed with heaps of traders, exhibitors and cool features with more to be confirmed over the next few months.

First and foremost, Play Blackpool will have a tear-inducing nostalgic collection of all your favourite retro consoles and computers. Come and play classic games on the machines you owned when you were still at school or finally get your hands on some of the rarer or more unusual consoles you only ever read about.

PC gamers don’t get left out either – the Replay LAN will feature classic networked games from the FPS, Realtime Strategy and Driving genres. And of course with Blackpool being the daddy of all seaside arcades we will be featuring a large arcade containing many classic arcade machines – but all set to freeplay so no need for pockets full of coins.

If you are looking for some gaming goodies our trading hall will definitely be right up your street. We have an entire hall filled with all manner of gaming and merchandise retailers – so whether you are in the market for a cool gaming T-Shirt, some Nintendo Plush toys or that elusive game you have been trying to add to your collection for years, Play Blackpool will meet your needs.

Indie game fans will be in for a treat as well at this show. We have a good number of indie game developers attending who will be bringing an eclectic selection of retro inspired modern games as well as some developed for the Oculus Rift, which will also be playable at the show.

If you think you are pretty hot at gaming you can prove it at Play Blackpool. Not only do we have one of the qualifying heats of the 2014 Classic Gaming Championships at the show, but the Retro Collect squad will be on hand with all manner of quirky and well loved tournaments for you to get your game on to. There are some great prizes to be won courtesy of and all tournaments are free to enter.

Old show favourites such as the frankly bizarre Video Game Carnival will be making a return – the ringmaster will be bringing his popular sideshows such as the amazing Fruitcade, Lazer Pong, Micro Machines Mayhem, the Picture Postcard and Giant Gameboys to the show.

Megaplay – powered by ProjectorGames – is multiplayer gaming turned up to eleven! Featuring remakes of arcade classics and brand new party and arcade games with a twist, Megaplay can support up to 48 players on a SINGLE screen!

We even have the retro inspired comedy drama ‘Together in Electric Dreams’ a play about the dinner date between Lord Alan Sugar and Sir Clive Sinclair. Throw in some retro game communities like Amibay who will be hosting a live hacking session, a live Podcast from Retro Asylum and the show is already looking like one you can’t afford to miss.

Plus we haven’t even mentioned the Gremlins…!

If you are planning to come, make sure you add yourself to the Facebook Event here and invite all your friends – you don’t want to miss the fun!

Tickets are available through the website

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