Our chums over at PC Gamer are throwing a big old bash on 17-18 February at London Olympia, called the PC Gamer Weekender. You’ve probably guessed that it will showcase the latest in computer gaming and technology, but did you know that it’s also host to a retro gaming section? We do – but of course, Retro Gamer is sponsoring it.
The machines you’ll have a chance to get your hands on include the 8-bit and 16-bit micros you see in our magazine like the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amiga 500, as well as a range of vintage PCs running games such as Theme Park, Half-Life and Dark Forces. For those of you with a competitive streak, equipment provider Replay Events is also bringing a good old-fashioned LAN setup, where you’ll have the chance to prove your superiority on Battlefield 1942 and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (a game that very nearly wrecked our Nick’s exams).
If you’re the type of modern PC gamer who ends up with an empty wallet whenever a Steam sale rolls around, there’s plenty for you to do too. As well as playing games and shopping for hardware, you’ll be able to meet the PC Gamer team, attend talks from developers, pick up valuable computer building and maintenance skills at hardware workshops, compete for glory in tournaments, and even take a break with some tabletop gaming.
If all of that sounds enticing, make sure you’re at London Olympia on 17-18 February. Tickets start from just £12.99, and you can get an extra 20% off by using the code RETRO20 when booking. For more information, click here to visit the PC Gamer Weekender website, or click here to go straight to ticket booking.