More DBNGamers Events Like This One, Please!
There’s very few places that I’ve been to where I can go in and immediately consider myself at home, where the faces are familiar and friendly and the foes are few, where I can just go ahead and be myself and nobody will judge me or think me the lesser person for it.
One of these places is DBNGamers, a more-or-less-monthly gaming-centric get-together which brings to Durban a camaraderie and sense of togetherness not previously known for the city’s gaming socialites. Even friends from neighbouring cities join in on the fun and games, from time to time. And this particular DBNGamers, called the DBNGamers Dead Island Event, was quite the same.
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There were a few differences to the usual formula, however.
- For the first time since its creation at the end of 2011, we have our very own closed venue, reserved just for us. The Westville Athletics Club played host to a solid gathering of gamers and geeks, and was warm, comfortable and spacious enough for everyone, and that’s not even counting the massive sports field right outside. Here’s hoping we see more events at this, or other closed locations in Durban, where it’s just a whole bunch of gamers getting together and having fun without getting in the way of others or having them get in the way of us, as was sometimes the case at restaurants. Thanks goes to Mountain Dew, Apex Interactive and El33tonline for acquiring pizza and Mountain Dew bottles to sate the cravings of our hungry gamers. There was even cake!
- Another first for the event was cosplay, where attendees were tasked with dressing up either as a zombie or a survivor, to coincide with the recent release of Dead Island: Riptide. This meant that the event had a theme to it, and allowed many gamers to really show off what they can do with some clothing and a bit of make up. I’ve posted a picture below of the cosplayers present at the event, some who really brought the awesome. Special mention to Noelle Adams who came up with a modified Lara Croft cosplay she’s been working on, which I’ve endearingly dubbed Zombie Tomb Raider.
- Finally, although not for the first time but still awesome, and a direct result of having a closed venue, we got some games to play at DBNGamers. Now granted, I was holding thumbs for Metro: Last Light, but that was unfortunately not the case. However there was some Dead Island: Riptide to try out, as well as, probably before many others in the world, Persona 4: Arena on PS3. The games in question don’t really matter to me, though. What does matter is that we now have gaming on offer at a gaming-centric get-together, and that has so much of potential. Imagine if you will, some Guitar Hero, or Dance Central, or even a first person shooter which allows for cooperative. These possibilities exist, now.
Alexia Scotten and Quinton Davie were the usual suspects down from Joburg on behalf of Apex Interactive. They brought copies of Dead Island: Riptide, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 as well as that playable demo of Persona 4: Arena. They also brought other goodies which were given away during the event, to attendees. All while showing us some trailers for upcoming games, including Metro: Last Light, the new MotoGP and more.
There were also prizes given to the best-dressed cosplayer, one for male and one for female, and many, many pictures were taken. Unfortunately I lacked the decent imaging equipment for pictures of my own and most, as you can tell from the few I’ve uploaded here, didn’t really come out too great. Still, they tell the story at least, right? And those who are interested in this article surely didn’t just open it to see pictures only. Don’t worry, next time the imaging issue will be fixed, or your money back.
In all, though, it was a triple-win for gaming and DBNGamers specifically, as very little went wrong, if at all, and so much went right. With this latest DBNGamers event, I feel we’ve reached a solid point where it can only go from strength to strength now. Certainly if the venue and styling of the next event is kept intact, we’ve got ourselves one hell of an event. RPG cosplay for the next event, anyone? I’m going as Hawke…