Get submerged in the action packed world of video games in the EB Games Expo, one of Australia’s biggest gaming events. Visitors can interact with the biggest names in gaming, play the latest games and join the video game hero parade, making it a place for all to connect and experience games beyond the screen.
Organisers of the EB Games Expo said about 35,000 visitors are expect to attend the three-day event in October.
People will be able to play a number of unreleased games, watch live presentations by notorious gamers, walk through the giant exhibition arena (larger than two football fields) and take part in a number of competitions and Q&As.
EB Games national brand, events and engagement manager Deb McGrath said this year’s event is ‘‘all about the next generation of gaming’’.
‘‘The Expo gives everyone the chance to get hands on with the upcoming juggernaut releases for the very first time,” she said.
‘‘We’re pumped with the line up so far and can’t wait to share more in the coming weeks.”
■ EB Games Expo is on October 3 to 5 at the Sydney Olympic Park. For tickets and a day-by-day event schedule, visit the website. Valid proof of identification is required for all guests who wish to play age restricted games.
■ For your chance to win one of two family passes (for four people) to the Sunday family day on October 5, email the answer to "How many people are expected to attend EB Games Expo this year?" to firstname.lastname@example.org to go in the draw. Please write the name of your newspaper in the subject line.
For four years Deb McGrath has helped put the EB Games Expo together, an event expected to attract 35,000 visitors in October. As EB Games national brand, events and engagement manager, she talks about the game that got her hooked and the expo.
Are you a gamer?
Yes, but I prove that you don't need to be good at games to consider yourself a gamer. I am officially the worst gamer in the company and have been schooled many times by kids at events and even Starlight hospital visits. I like to give the impression I let the kids win, but the truth is just because you love something, doesn't mean you are good at it.
What was the first game that got you hooked?
California Games on the Commodore 64.
What's your favourite game?
My favourite game changes every month as there are so many great titles being released at the moment. I am loving Mario Kart 8; however, I am a sports fanatic so any games that remotely tie into sport are my favourites.
Who does the event attract?
On Friday we see core fans who want to be the first to play. Saturday's crowd is mostly teens to people in their 60s. On Sunday, we add free family activities — the crew from Good Game do a family edition of their show and the day finishes with a video game hero parade.
Will you have exclusive items at the event?
Yes, the big one, is a rare Skylander figure that will not be available in retail in 2014. This is free for anyone that plays Skylanders Trap Team at the show. There will also be a stack of show exclusive offers for people that preorder games on the day.