A N00b Review Of Insomnia Gaming Festival

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke about my excitement that I was finally getting to go to Insomnia Gaming Festival at the NEC in Birmingham. 

Having always been a bit of a gaming nerd, I was excited to attend for the first time and share my excitement with Helen. Having attended many events before, we opted to visit on the first day of Insomnia (the Friday) while some of the major stars such as Ali-A and DanTDM weren’t around for this day, neither was many of the other visitors making the queues smaller and the experience (at least in my opinion) better. 

The first thing that really hit me was the sheer size of the space i61 had. This wasn’t your standard one or two hall kind of job. They’d really gone all out here with dedicated retro zones, BYOC area, drone racing and market halls. 

This extra space made all the difference to the experience really making it seem spacious and less crowded. It allowed for more content to the event that we both REALLY enjoyed!

One of the stalls we we’re particularly taken by was in the retro area. Helen’s been after a gameboy for some time and this particular stall had every gameboy and gameboy game you could ever imagine (and then some!)

Helen and I battled it out on some of the amazing arcade games. Including Sega Rally & pinball. While the retro gaming zone (with Sega games, N64 etc) was completely free these arcade games were £1 per go, which to me personally was completely reasonable.

There were many brand dedicated areas. One of my favourites had to be Red Bull. Alongside this amazing car (if you can call it that) was a DJ booth, some gamers, and some fridges stocked with Red Bull in which you could simply help yourself.

If that wasn’t enough there were people throughout the day giving out complimentary full size cans of the good stuff!

After the retro stuff and a bit of a boost it was time to head back into the modern era with the Nintendo Switch. It’s a console Helen and I have debated purchasing for a while now, however we’ve never really had much of a hands on experience with the console. Luckily, Nintendo had us covered with the ability to play all the latest Nintendo Switch games including Pokken, Mario Kart 8 Duluxe, Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2.

After all that we hit up the Playstation area. I was excited to get a hands-on experience with the new Fifa 18 which has yet to be released to the general public (can’t wait!)

And if you wasn’t happy enough with the modern area and fancied the future with a little bit of thrill there were plenty of chances to check out various forms of VR gaming content. Including; rollercoasters, thrill gaming and this VR parachuting experience.

So, how did we find our first experience of Insomnia Gaming Festival? Honestly… It was awesome. Much better than we anticipated. There was so much to do and see it really did fill an entire day. Whether you’re a gaming nerd, like to play now and again, or simply supporting a loved ones hobby then there really is something for everyone to get involved with.

I’m already excited for the announcement of i62! In the meantime forget to check out our vlog of the day below.


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