Glasgow's SEC (formally the SECC) plays host to this years Insomnia Scotland/ Resonate Gaming Festival, from 21st - 23rd July 2017 we see a host of games, YouTube celebrities and more merchandise than you could blow a months wages on. The Festival marks the second year of Resonate Gaming which we happily attended last year and were happy to go to once again, it also shows a great demand for Gaming events in Scotland which have been neglected in recent years. Events such as Play Expo and the likes have pulled together and met a demand for computer game themed events that the Scottish public clearly want. These events are extremely family friendly and do not exclude anyone, the atmosphere is fantastic and if you are looking to take someone to their first experience of a Games Show then you probably wont get much better than this.
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.