Geek Fest 2013 Made Us Embrace Our Inner-Geek
This past weekend a bunch of fellow survivors and I made our way across the barren wasteland to a gathering that hosted many of my interests. Loaded onto an overburdened and recently patched up vehicle, we made our way to an open field where people from far and wide came to enjoy the day’s festivities – avoiding scavengers as we drove across the dust-laden pathways.
Upon our arrival, we were given special armbands to identify us as mere fellow travelers and spectators, which would aid in the event if conflict arose. I am currently still wearing it, due to its sturdy nature. It never came off during my monthly bathing opportunity. I whipped out an old-fashioned photo-capturing device which I have spent many weeks to restore and have it back to a functioning state. As we walked over to one of the stalls where a red and black-attired man stood I asked him if I may try out my recently restored device – luckily he obliged and didn’t attempt to rob me of my few belongings. (A common occurrence after the fall of civilised societies.) An etching was taken by one of my fellow survivors and upon seeing the photo, I couldn’t help but be surprised – I’ve forgotten the details of my physical appearance. (With added dust and scars.) We made our way through all the items on display and had a much needed break from every day’s scrounging for supplies. I leave some notes for you below, dear reader, to gaze upon.
- You’ll Be Able To Play (Expensive) PS2 Games On Your PS4 Now | 2 months ago
- Jessica Jones Disempowers Its Male Characters And The Effect Is Refreshing | 2 months ago
- Hell Is 30 000 Deathclaws Tearing Through Boston And It’s Glorious | 2 months ago
- Sony Santa Monica Is Teasing Something Truly Strange | 2 months ago
So yeah, me and some friends went to the first ever Geek Fest in South Africa over the weekend and I, personally, enjoyed the nice change of scenery. Scenery consisting of cosplayers, interesting items on display with the added option of buying them, several armour-attired knights fighting each other whilst their blood continues to stain the grass and soil (Just kidding.), dressed-up dogs and enthusiastic people roaming the area. It had a much different vibe than let’s say; the annual rAge expo. Still a lot of novelty shops and interesting people to observe while not entirely focused on gaming. Pretty much everything geek-related were there in some form or another.
Plenty of stalls awaited you as you entered and the further you walked – the more you wanted and wish you had more money. I’m just going to say it: having an interest and craving to buy so many of these items on display required you to have a boatload of cash in hand, which very few people would have. How I wished there was a Sims-like cheat to instantly gain bags filled to the brim with R200 banknotes. (I wasn’t able to take photos of most of these stalls as the people running them did not take well to the idea of me stealing their ideas for the unique and self-made items.) Rest assured, there were plenty of desperately wanted goodies and more stalls than I were able to capture on film.
The items to be found across the grounds included bobble-heads of many comic book, movie and game characters, plushies from the aforesaid entertainment mediums, custom-made jewelry, custom-made t-shirts, brand name t-shirts, figurines in all shapes and sizes, board games, katanas alongside other sharp and pointy objects, lamps made with liquor and booze bottles as the stand, pictures so tremendously well drawn I had to ask someone to fetch me a mop to clean up the waterfall of envious drool I caused.
Competitions were plentiful. Some only needed an entry token, others from spinning a wheel, while the rest judged the participants’ cosplaying skills and their attired animals. Reactions when the dogs were gazed upon were a joy to see and some outfits were really convincing. I’m still waiting to see Pyramid Head approaching as a blanket of mist slowly crawls in from all directions. I’m sounding all steroids now, but maybe you’ll find me cowering the nearest restroom and / or tent when this happens.
To conclude, I’m very happy to have attended this fest and hope to be there again when the time comes. Definitely a joy if you have an interest in all things geek-like. (People tend to use the word: “geek” in a demeaning way. That’s not the case here. I embrace everyone’s geeky fascination.) Be sure to check out the gallery below for more images of the event. Which brings me to my question to you all – did you attend and walked countless times right past me, or shall I be seeing you there next time?