There’ll be everything to play for at this year’s eclectic GamerCon over at the NCC

by Shane Dillon

GAMERS of all ages and abilities are in for a real treat in just a couple of weeks thanks to the upcoming GamerCon 2017 at the National Convention Centre, right after St Patrick’s Day.
The high-profile venue is needed for the notable event, which should draw in an impressive 20,000-plus people during its two-day run.
It promises plenty of content for everyone, from old-skool gamers like myself to the more casual gamers who’ve had a huge impact on the industry in recent years.
Despite the title, GamerCon has more than ‘just’ games to bring you over to the Docklands NCC, as you’ll see below.
First things first, and of course, gamers can try out some of the biggest games out there, courtesy of a lot of dedicated gaming posts.
Speaking of old-skool, a curated collection of retro games should be pretty fun to try for anyone who Kong put their skills to the test. That should Pac them in.
Back to the present, and if you’ve never tried virtual reality, a VR section will give a great look at the fascinating new tech, which could be brilliant for some games and media browsing – a number of titles already showcase the terrific tech, so be sure to give it a try.
It’s good to see that there’ll also be plenty of age-appropriate titles for younger gamers, too, making it a family-friendly event.
There’ll also be several YouTubers there – the likes of Ali-A, Uberdanger, Clare Siobhan, Minevengers, and lots of other high-profile names will be there.
I’m happy to see an esports section – I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen, say, American, Hong Kongese or South Korean gamers playing their games for prizes of up to a million dollars-plus while truly huge audiences watch.
Would-be esports winners can compete in one tournament of their choice, with hefty prizes (not a million bucks, sorry) up for grabs in titles such as Rocket League, Street Fighter, League of Legends and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
Cosplayers can dress up as their favourite character or show off their gaming-inspired outfits, with prizes for the best. (Personally, I hope somebody will take a stab at going as one of the Metal Gear cardboard box disguises, but we’ll see.)
There’ll also be plenty of merchandise with lots of hardware, software, and gaming-related goodies to get your hands on, with well-known sponsors in tow.
I’m impressed by the GamerCon line-up; it seems like a comprehensive, well thought out event. Go along and see for yourself; it runs at the NCC on March 18 and 19 from 9.30am to 6.30pm, with admission priced €25, or family tickets €80.
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