Retro games exhibition PLAY Expo Blackpool has moved from May to 10-11 February for 2018.
The event, organised by Replay Events, will take place at Blackpool’s Norcalympia exhibition centre at Norbreck Castle and will allow visitors to try their hand at everything from next gen PS4 games to pinball and arcade machines.
The show will host the launch of the new Dizzy game, ‘Wonderful Dizzy’, and there will be a question and answer session with well-known industry figures Philip and Andrew Oliver, who will offer insight into the Dizzy Franchise and the Spectrum Next.
PLAY Expo Blackpool will also host its first Retro Games YouTuber panel talk and Q&A session, featuring four of the biggest names in the social media channel’s retro game sphere. Retro game fanatics will be able to pitch their questions to Larry Bundy Jr, Nostalgia Nerd, Kim Justice and Slopes Game Room.
As 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the Digitiser – a video games magazine broadcast on Teletext between 1993 and 2003 – another special guest will be ‘Mr Biffo’ aka Paul Rose, who was responsible for the iconic magazine.
PLAY Expo Blackpool founder, Andy Brown, commented: “We are providing the best all-weather day out this winter, regardless of whether gamers are Sonic aficionados, pinball wizards or modern game whizz-kids. By arranging this event in half term, we hope to give even more families the opportunity to explore our gamers’ paradise.
“The beauty of this event is that it allows families to play together, cutting across generation divides and providing superb family fun. There’s something for everyone and the event provides tremendous value-for-money, as visitors can literally play for hours.”