A few weeks ago I visited The Insomnia games festival in Birmingham. The festival is the largest UK run celebration of video gaming since its first event in 1999 where it started out as a LAN party. The festival now spans a combination of a large exhibition hall where developers such as Microsoft can show off new games and hardware while also promoting new ideas and programs such as Microsoft's Imagine program which aims to promote programming and help young people get started in the world of software and game development.
The LAN party element of insomnia is still going on as this year's BYOC (bring your own computer/console) event was extremely popular with gamers coming together to play games such as league of legends, Hearthstone and Call of duty, while many of all of the gamers in attendance were there for the fun of the game, there was also many prizes up for grabs in the tournaments.
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Before I begin my review I’d like to come clean and let you all know I’m a bit of a sucker for fantasy driven games, cutting my teeth decades ago in text based adventure games on my dear old ZX Spectrum from Zenobi Software and then as time went on I stumbled into EverQuest at the Scars Of Velious Expansion and left at Prophecy of Ro (so that’s six years of fletching as Velor on Prexus Server). It’s at that point I ended up in Warcraft on Earthen Ring (EU) Alliance, Hunter and again as Velor and only recently did I do a character transfer to Silvermoon (EU) and a name change to Villordsutch. In amongst these main hitters I’ve dabbled in others like Dark Age of Camelot, EverQuest 2, FFXIV etc. So as you can see I know my stuff. I’m not a CoD junkie who hasn’t seen the hindquarters Deathwing or ran naked to retrieve my corpse through Butcherblock. I’m getting that out of the way early before the insults fly later.
Following in the high octane tracks of last year’s hugely successful event, the nation’s army of gamers, puzzle pros and arcade gurus will descend on Manchester’s EventCity 11-12 October as the most action packed and utterly immersive gaming expo bursts into multi-player life.
Gioteckare pretty well known for their large range of gaming peripherals. They recently launched a new range of headsets, some of which they were kind enough to send over for review. I'll start things off with the EX-05sheadset, which is an upgraded version of the EX-05.