Ahh.. Melbourne Game Expo, an E3-alike (or E3 wanna-be), finally here in Australia.. The expo was on 16-18th November 2007 here in Melbourne Exhibition Centre. All the current popular gaming platforms were there (PS3, PC, XBOX 360, Wii, etc).
The latest games were there, such as Crysis (you could find around 15-computers that you could play Crysis on), Assassin Creed, Call of Duty 4, etc. There were some nostalgic “gaming platforms” as well there, such as Atari (my first gaming console), Amiga, Commodore, NES, etc.
Tournaments were thrown in every hour or so (Crysis, Unreal Tournament 2007, CS:Source, Call of Duty 4) with prizes varied from keyrings, t-shirts, Titan mouse pads, and the Crysis game itself! To be selected into the multiplayer tournament, you had to shout “ME! ME!” as loud as possible, raising your hands and jumping around like crazy when the announcer asked “Who wants a free game of Crysis?????” After my 3 failed attempts to be selected to join the tournament, I gave up. I finally went home with FREE brochures and a FREE pen. Sigh.
Here are some of the expo photos taken by my HTC P3600i camera (not really a good camera, as you can see here + my shaking hand when taking the pictures – apology for that!)
All in all, it was an “okay” expo to me. I guess there are too many people with few consoles/PCs to play around with. You had to stand as close as possible to whoever was playing, praying that the game would be over soon so that you could play next. Amazingly, you didn’t need to fight your way through as they had etiquettes to let whoever next in the queue to play first :)