i35: Mark Tilbrook Interview by Anthony Barlow
November 5, 2008, 12:25 pm
Filed under: Event Coverage, Interviews | Tags: , , , , , ,

[By Anthony]

Ok, on the exhibition side of things i35 was a bit hit and miss. That dosen’t mean nothing good came out of it, in fact there’s tons of great stuff. Not all of it content specific but good nontheless. I caught up with Multiplay’s, Online Editor and go to guy for all things press related, Mark Tilbrook to talk about Multiplay’s events, i36 and, well, games. Hit the jump for the interview. Continue reading

Event Report: i35 by Anthony Barlow
November 3, 2008, 1:51 pm
Filed under: Event Coverage | Tags: , , ,

[By Anthony]

Event: i35

Location: Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire


Regular readers will know that I went down to Warwickshire yesterday to check out i35, an event set up by Multiplay (www.multiplay.co.uk). I visited their previous event, M Festival, back in August and I was more than impressed. M Festival gave the blog a boost in credibiliy and many of the things you see on here today are thanks to the faith Multiplay showed in us, by allowing XeNonX to cover the event.

I was invited back to Stoneleigh for i35 at the end of M Festival and I gladly accepted. A bit of research lead me to the conclusion that, although it would not be as exhibition centric as M Festival, it would still be a good event to cover. Sadly it didn’t live up to my expectations. Hit the jump for more. Continue reading

Impressions: Mercenaries 2: World In Flames by Anthony Barlow
August 18, 2008, 4:50 pm
Filed under: Event Coverage, Impressions | Tags: , , , ,

Yes it is a bit late, but the fact is I lost my notes. I know, organised right? Well with that out of the way i’m gonna drop some Mercs 2 impressions.This game was one of my most anticipated games of the year and I really hoped it would live up to my expectations. Hit the jump to see what I thought. Continue reading

M Festival Content by Anthony Barlow
August 13, 2008, 12:01 am
Filed under: Event Coverage | Tags: , , , , ,

Just to let you know, the impressions from M Festival will be up tomorrow instead of today. I’ve been busy and have not been able to finish writing up my impressions yet anyway. I thought, rather than rush it i’d make sure I got everything important in there and make sure it’s well polished.

The games i’ve got impressions on are:

  • FIFA 09
  • Mercenaries 2: World In Flames
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09
  • Spore: Creature Creator

So there’s a bit of stuff going up tomorrow. I only managed to get time with the creature creating side of Spore (shame) but i can hopefully gibe you guys a bit on an insight. Just to let you know, FIFA is the game I had the longest time with and to be honest it was my main priority to get as much coverage on that as I could. There are details from an interview with EA’s Greg Baker. I would’ve transcribed the interview but I couldn’t get my hands on a dictaphone (should’ve phoned Shaun) but the info is there either way.

M Festival 2008 – Closing Thoughts by Anthony Barlow
August 11, 2008, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Event Coverage | Tags: , ,

Thought I might just add some closing comments about today’s event. I thought that the event was great and helped me gain some valuable experience as well as helped me promote the site more to a wider audience. Plus I got some hands on time with FIFA 09 sweet!

I’d like to extend a thankyou to all of the event organisers and exhibitors. Especially Mark Tillbrook who gave me the chance to cover my first event and Greg Baker who let me interview him about FIFA 09 (details tomorrow).

I am going back for the next Multiplay event in October and hopefully it’ll be bigger and better than this one.

Remember, all of the impressions from the show will be going up tomorrow as well as the 1st of the competitions so until then, cya.

Still @ M Festival by Anthony Barlow
August 11, 2008, 1:41 pm
Filed under: Event Coverage | Tags: , ,

Just checking in and providing a little update. The show is slowly coming to an end and everyone is packing up and leaving. It might sound like it’s a bit dismal but in fact, it’s the complete opposite. Everyone is getting rid of stuff they don’t need, which means i’ve got more swag to give away. Some of it is pretty cheap and useless but some of the stuff is competition worthy.

Of couse i’ll be keeping a percentage of the stuff i’ve collected but the majority is gonna be available to you guys. I said before that i’d be running a series of competitions and I will, they will be starting tomorrow and running until next Tuesday so there’s plenty of time to enter.

Overall the show’s been great. There’s tons to do and see here and was well worth the drive down. One thing I will say though is, if you’re only here to see games and not compete in the gaming events you’ll easily get round in one day. I also suggest that you try and get there on day one to get the most freebies.

This is my last update from the festival but my coverage will be going up over the next few days. I’ve got my impressions on FIFA 09, Mercenaries 2, Spore (what? a PC game) and Tiger Woods 09 as well as a photo gallery which should be going up over the next few days.

M Festival Tomorrow by Anthony Barlow
August 10, 2008, 5:00 pm
Filed under: Event Coverage | Tags: , ,

I will finally be at M Festival tomorrow and will get my hands on with some of the biggest games coming out over the next couple of months (most of them from EA). I know that i’ll be getting my hands on with all of the EA console titles and obviously there might be a few surprises.

Ubisoft and Codemasters have also had (or are having) presentations at the event so I suspect I might get some time with some of their big titles too.

Not only that I am going to deliver on my promise of getting an interview with the guys behind the FIFA games.

It should be a good day tomorrow and hopefully this won’t be XeNonX’s first forray into gaming events. I will try and keeep you posted throughout the day with impressions and such but if I can’t there’ll be one big update towards the end of the day.