Back in the beginning of the nineties, there was a stall at a local market which stocked video games. My dad would sometimes take my brother and I there on a Saturday morning so we could spend our pocket-money and as a kid, it was heaven: a place full of stacks of colourful boxes each containing a ticket to a magical world. I came away with some well-known classics such as Simon the Sorcerer, along with some really terrible stuff it’s probably best not to mention.
Visiting the London Gaming Market in November last year felt just like that all over again. Held every four months at the Royal National Hotel in Russell Square, I regressed back to those nostalgic times as a child when I saw all the games available for purchase in the main room and had to show immense willpower in not parting with my cash all at once. Best of all, everything for purchase here was the real deal – unlike that dodgy bloke down at the local market.
We returned last weekend with my stepson and his own pocket-money in tow, eager to see what bargains were available this time around. The summer weather and World Cup meant that the hall wasn’t busy as it had been previously but it was all the better to move and see what was on offer. Sadly there didn’t seem to be as much artwork on display but that was probably a good thing; every time we go to an event I seem to come home with another picture and we’re beginning running out of wall-space.
The real find of the day was a Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition which included a copy of the game (even though we have two already), a Pip-Boy Replica and Capsule Case. Ethan is currently obsessed with the Fallout world and nothing was going to stop him from parting with most of his birthday and pocket-money to own that thing. He also bought a Metroid keyring along with Streetfighter mini-bead magnets for the whiteboard in his bedroom, so he left the event feeling pretty pleased with himself.
As for me, I only came away with one purchase this time. Remember I said above that I originally bought Simon the Sorcerer at that local market when I was a kid? I managed to find a copy for £6 to add to the collection on my shelf. I also came close to buying a PlayStation 2 because seeing all the games for the console brought back waves of nostalgia; but Pete is pretty certain he still has his old one in the loft, so guess what we’ll be trying to find this week.
The next London Gaming Market is due to take place on Sunday, 21 October 2018 with the doors opening at 11:00 and closing at 16:00. Tickets are available on the door at a small entrance free.