Who to see at PlayersXpo? A guide to our guests and their Xpo escapades
Players Xpo can rightfully say it has something for everyone who plays games. But where do you start?? The talent.
Six whole hours per session, five world-famous streamers/Youtubers, four floors of fun, three video game music legends, two exclusive concerts, the real Icon of Sin and DOZENS of things to see, hear and do...
Soundtrack to your life
Evening attendees will surely have Songs of Zelda: The Celtic Link’s exclusive album launch concert and the Irish debút of Retro Games Live tattoo’d on their schedules for Saturday and Sunday night respectively.
Songs of Zelda: The Celtic Link was crowdfunded via Kickstarter so the Zelda-loving public was clearly excited at the prospect of the Queen of video games music breathing Irish traditional life into the game series’ iconic score.
Eimear Noone speaking on the creation of the Celtic Link
With a cosplay accompaniment to Retro Games Live on Sunday evening, attendees can let their imaginations run wild to the timeless sounds of Sonic, Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda. That both live events are conducted by Noone herself makes these exclusive concerts all the more special.
Along with Noone and her husband, emmy award-winning composer Craig Stuart Garfinkle, the brains behind (arguably) the greatest 16-bit soundtrack will also be there. David Wise composed and then condensed the nigh-on CD quality soundtrack of Donkey Kong Country for SNES into a set of 64KB samples. KB, as in kilobytes. However, this technical achievement is often overshadowed by the hitherto unseen levels of beauty and sheer appropriateness of the soundtrack at large.
Popular retro game music performer Smooth McGroove’s accapella Aquatic Ambience
The game’s intro begins with outdated-sounding samples and sounds being somewhat violently replaced by a polyphonic greatness that had us wondering why we needed Compact Discs at all. The track ‘Aquatic Ambience’ is a staple of every video games music playlist and around 500 remixes of the tune can be found on hipster-favourite Soundcloud. The track’s greatest achievement, however, is undoubtedly making a water-level in a platform bearable.
The John Romero; true Icon of Sin, game design legend, good egg
PlayersXpo doesn’t just have the greatest video game composers on earth but one of the greatest game designers too, in the form of John Romero. The Icon of Sin will be fielding questions on his illustrious career in the industry, from Commander Keen, through Wolfenstein 3-D, Doom, Quake, his exit from Id Software, the Daikatana affair, all the way through to setting up Romero Games Ltd. in Galway city.
Romero’s influence on video gaming cannot be overstated. The shareware model used to spread word of mouth while distributing a tempting demo was imitated by the industry at large. Doom defined the first-person shooter genre to a point where ‘Doom-clone’ entered the gaming lexicon. Romero coined the phrase ‘Deathmatch’, a new word for a whole new world of multiplayer experiences.
Romero is staking his reputation as the true ‘final boss’ of Doom by taking on the public in a Deathmatch tournament at #PlayersXpo2017. Attendees of the morning/afternoon sessions have will an invite to the Deathmatch tournament waiting in their inboxes. Places are understandably limited so are provisioned on a first-come-first-serve basis. Check your inbox now.
Safety first, especially online
Another high-profile panellist Paula O’Connor will be giving advice to gamers and parents of budding gamers on how to keep safe online. O’Connor’s experience as a teacher and mother of three got her interested in online etiquette ten years ago.
During her time at St. Kevin’s in Finglas, O’Connor began formulating CSPE and SPHE lesson plans in order to educate younger children about safe-sharing, knowing how to respond to bullying and the impact of their words online. She also began workshops which helped clue parents in on the issues faced by children and teens, how to start conversations about their online activities and advice in dealing with bullying.
Since then, O’Connor has been the leading figure in the country when it comes to cyberbullying and the dangers lurking online. And let’s face it, it wouldn’t do any harm to most online gamers to kick the bleach-quaffing talk on the head, avoid the harder insults and maybe quit being an such an edgelord online.
Ireland’s in the stream
Ireland gives #PlayersXpo2017 two of our five star streamers. The hardcore gaming buffoonery of the All-Cast Irish Gamers on YouTube and the l33t skills of Twitcher Anti-Tinkerbell.
All-Cast are amongst the most prolific YT content creators of their kind, delivering a video every 2 days or so while maintaining a loyal livestream community. With their talent for quality and quantity and insane games-inspired attire, ACIG are in a unique position to inspire the gaming YouTubers of tomorrow, give sagely advice for those looking for a breakthrough on the platform or just tell us who their tailor is.
All-Cast Irish Gamers are not just talented, prolific and sartorially blessed but are some decent human beings, streaming for a gruelling 48-hour session in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin just this year.
Antitinkerbell is more famous as a streamer, preferring to game live. Amassing 21,000 followers on Twitch before uprooting and gathering almost 16,000 on stream upstart Mixer.com, Anti-Tinkerbell has claimed her victor’s poultry meal at Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds on many occasions and once headshotted the pilot of a distant plane in Battlefield 1. The combination of Dublin accent and fearsome skills is clearly irresistible to consumers of gaming livestreams. Skilled gamers looking to share their raw talent online can avail of Antitinkerbell’s advice or just come say GG WP* in person since it’s likely she has fragged you if you have played on a European server in the last decade.
*Short for ’good game, well played’, it’s just good etiquette.
Our three other streamers come to #PlayersXpo from the Netherlands, Norway and Britain and have total of twelve million subscribers.
Jelle van Vucht AKA Jelly has over 2.4 billion views on YouTube. Jelly delivers his high-energy content on a daily basis and whether it’s introducing his fans to indie games or exploring GTA V mods, the 21-year-old English-speaking Dutchman is a ‘like’ machine. As YouTube royalty, Jelly has his own dedicated online merchandise store and Sanna’s iamSanna YouTube channel has almost one million subs and is a mixture of gaming challenges, real-life face-offs and that YouTube staple, watching hilarious videos and reacting hilariously. Sanna, like her frequent collaborator/boyfriend is a regular indie player, bringing her viewers some of Steam’s more interesting offerings like One Night Stand Simulator and Ultimate Stick Fight. Born in Norway to Swedish parents, Sanna hunts down the weirdest of games, literally Googling ‘weirdest games’ to offer her viewers something different every time.
Josh Temple, better known as Slogoman hails from England and treats his cool 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube to an array on GTA V challenges and stunts mixed with top-tier collabs and trending indie hits. Slogoman’s sister, Amelia is an Instagram star in her own right, sharing her everyday life to 50,000 followers everyday.
With a total of five streamers with a variety of content forms, channels and experience between them, PlayersXpo has the answer to your questions when it comes to gaming in the public eye.
To go along with PlayersXpo’s Retro Zone, Ireland’s leading retro collector, Naoise O’Hare will be doling out advice on collecting classic video games and consoles from the original Japanese Famicom to the more modern classics of Xbox 360. Thanks to his passion, he has carved out quite following on his RetroGamerIreland social channels, sharing his collection, his new buys or simply what retro delights he is currently playing.
Naoise began his impressive collection by accident after his girlfriend bought him an N64 and some game around four years ago - he then started to pick up the games he had loved as a child. 20,000 Instagram followers later and Naoise’s accidental collection has swelled to over a twenty consoles.
Naoise will be one of thousands of attendees invited to sample 40 years of video games history at PlayersXpo. Players can try the luminaries of video gaming like Space Invaders, Super Mario, Doom or Sonic the Hedgehog among dozens of classics or just take a trip back to their childhood.
PlayersXpo, Ireland’s ULTIMATE gaming event is taking over The Convention Centre, Dublin THIS WEEKEND on the 28th & 29th of October. Limited tickets are still available. Get your tickets here.