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.
It was not long ago that I was at Resonate Glasgow representing XBLG and checking out the new Indie Titles as well as the video game competitions it has to offer. The event was a fantastic first gaming event and I look forward to the next one. But I also look forward to seeing Ant Workshop return with another title like Binaries.
At Resonate I had the chance to play Binaries having followed the developer, Tony Gowland, through the Scottish game development of Binaries. Having played a handful of levels and enjoying the subtle charm of the game. I am now reviewing a copy of the full game and all i can say is. It's challenging.
The great thing about conventions like resonate is that it gives people and companies a platform to show off their work. This could be a new indie game, an innovative new peripheral device or something as simple as a knittedFallout 4beanie. Up untilResonate, Scotland has not really had many platforms for creators to present their ideas to the public. Resonate appears to be a welcome addition to Scotland's convention scene, and a very welcome to change to the overall climate of the Scottish games industry. A perfect example of how this is being put to good use was the Glasgow Caledonian University exhibit where students could show off their games to a large audience; this was something which was previously difficult for Glasgow students due to the lack of game focused conventions in Glasgow. Indie showcases are welcome additions to shows all over the UK as it introduces potential players to a game they might never have known about.