Visiting the London Gaming Market always makes me feel like a child again. Being there causes me to regress back to those nostalgic times when my dad would sometimes take my brother and I to a local market on Saturday mornings so we could spend our pocket-money at a stall which sold video games. Seeing the rows and rows of boxes each containing a ticket to a magical world encourages that same sense of excitement, and it’s hard to not come away with at least one purchase.
It takes place every four months at the Royal National Hotel in Russell Square and when we attended in July last year I was incredibly tempted to buy a PlayStation 2. Pete was sure however that he still had his original one in our loft somewhere so I found the willpower to temporarily restrain myself. Although we managed to find a box of games during our dusty search, our hunt for the console was sadly unsuccessful; so we returned to the Market last weekend to get ourselves some hardware.
The event was slightly bigger than we’d previously seen, with additional stalls spilling out into an extra room at the back. There didn’t seem to be as many PC games available this time but there were hundreds of titles for the original PlayStation and its follow-up, along with those for the older Xbox consoles – perfect for what we were looking for. After doing a few rounds of the hall and seeing what was on offer, we made a purchase from Console Passion and happily walked away with our new (old) toy.
That then gave us the perfect excuse to browse through all the game cases and I managed to pick up a couple of gems. First was Fahrenheit for £4; not everybody’s cup of tea I know, but I loved this title when I played it upon release and it’s just not not the same when now trying to play it on a PC. In addition, I also found a copy of ICO. It was a little expensive at £24 but it now means I’ve got the Team Ico collection, and can put it on my shelf next to Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian.
Some advice for anyone thinking of attending the London Gaming Market: beware of unscrupulous dealers! While at one stall, I watched someone ask about a particular game and then be offered it at quite a high price because ‘it was the only one available’. After the attendee had parted with his money and left, the dealer reached under the table and replaced the title with another. If you’re not entirely trusting of the seller you’re speaking to or the prices they’re charging, hold onto your money and visit a different stall.
Aside from that small negative, we had a fun afternoon and are looking forward to going back on 21 July 2019 to pick up further titles for our PlayStation 2. At the time of writing we haven’t yet had a chance to test the console but hopefully it will work – and if it does, we’ll likely stream some older games on the Later Levels’ Twitch channel in the very near future. If there’s anything you’d like to see in particular, let me know in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do!
London Gaming Market March 2019 photo gallery
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