Play.com Live event

This weekend the first Play.com Live video games event took over Wembley Arena to show off a variety of upcoming games to the public. As you approached Wembley Arena from Wembley Park train station, you could see a huge inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man floating by the arena, and next to him the...

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This weekend the first Play.com Live video games event took over Wembley Arena to show off a variety of upcoming games to the public.

As you approached Wembley Arena from Wembley Park train station, you could see a huge inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man floating by the arena, and next to him the Ghostbusters car! Sadly, however, once inside, there was no hands-on with the game, but just the trailer we've seen so many times before. Presumably, a hands-on was part of the plan (hence the promotion) but someone pulled the plug at the last minute.

Once inside, the event was split over three floors, with the ground floor hosting a Rock Band stage where people donned rock-tastic wigs and got cheered or booed by the crowd. At the other end of the ground floor was a proper stage, where Hollyoaksactress and glamour model Gemma Atkinson and co-host Iain Lee compered the event.

A variety of bands played some tunes for the nerds, who seemed largely to be more concerned with playing the games. First up was the Rumble Strips, wearing fluorescent workmen's outfits, and breaking guitars. Rock and roll!

Throughout the event there were the mandatory gratitious promotions. One example is the showgirls dancing to 'Viva Las Vegas' to promote Midway's upcoming This is Vegas (EDIT--I've just been told that the game being promoted was in fact Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2).

Slightly more baffling was the use of a hot chick on a motorbike to advertise San Disk--portable storage disks which you use in mobile phones or digital cameras, and which have absolutely nothing to do with hot chicks or motorbikes.

The event seemed pretty packed, but as it was fairly compact, it was difficult to tell exactly how many people were in attendance. Here's a picture of about half of the first half of the ground floor. Count up the number of people and multiply it by six and that'll be about right.

One of the games that grabbed my attention was the Lego Indiana Jones title, which looks like it's going to be pretty much what everyone expects from the Lego series--not a bad thing at all. To promote the game, they had made a full-size Lego model of Indie.

We also checked out a demo of Far Cry 2, which is looking very nice indeed, bringing to life a series of lush environments in a fictional African country for gamers to enjoy blasting people away in.

Personally, although it has nothing to do with video games (until they make a video game from the series, anyway, and I don't mean one that's based on the Top Trumps card games) I was delighted to see a Doctor Who stand filled with dalek toys galore.

Tom Baker, the fourth doctor, was on hand to sign autographs, and pose for pictures. Visitors were also treated to free DVDs just for showing up. On the Saturday in the morning I got given a copy of Knocked Up and in the afternoon Ice Age. See you next time!

Discussion

20 comments
jord121290
jord121290

SanDisk with the Ducati, since the author didn't get it, is because they have a line of high-end memory cards called the 'Ducati' range ;-)

coruscant
coruscant

I think GS's coverage of Play.com Live was appallingly limited.

rety5
rety5

Oh cool! I would love to meet tom baker. He is the second best doctor (the first doctor is the first best in my opinion). It's a shame there was no playable demo/new trailer for Ghotbusters the video game. I am so excited for this game and probably more so than guns of the patriots or force unleashed. It's just been too long since ghostbusters was in my life (my mum sold the tapes and I can't find the DVDs :()

Neo_Kelyn
Neo_Kelyn

Oh sure, mention Tom Baker. What about Robert Llewellyn (Kryten from Red Dwarf). He's got to be one of the nicest celebs I've ever met. Plus he stopped my girldfriend from castrating me.

R-Force
R-Force

Wow. I wished I'd been there to touch that giant Stay Puft muffin man. :P Ghostbusters rocks.

damswedon
damswedon

if i had known that tom baker was ther i would of gone.

e1337prodigy
e1337prodigy

Don't bother with Tom Baker on podcast, you should get a Dalek.

cesare
cesare

fairlypriced - The bowl with memory cards were to win memory cards. The Ducati can be won if you enter the competition at play.com.

fairlypriced
fairlypriced

I've added a video of the show girls (check my profile) and you can see the woman with an Ubisoft t-shirt handing out ubisoft bags so defo Rainbow Six Vegas 2 promotion. They also had a roulette wheel but didn't get any footage.

fairlypriced
fairlypriced

Nice post. But just a few niggles. I though the Vegas Show Girls were their to Promote Ubisofts Rainbow Six Vegas 2 not This is vegas. The Hot Chick on the bike was there because Sandisk were giving away the Ducati as a prize if you picked the magic memory card from the bowl and it came up with winner when they inserted it into a phone. I posted a few more pics in my post here: http://uk.gamespot.com/users/fairlypriced/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=m-100-25353410

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

I love that Lego Indy, great event and i can't wait for the next one. Great picture of Tom Baker as well Emma :)

SuperMooseman
SuperMooseman

Agreed with Laura. Let's get Tom Baker on the podcast for no reason at all! :P Wish I could have gone.

cesare
cesare

Um Emma, the showgirls were there to promote Rainbow Six Vegas 2. Not only were they next to the Vegas 2 stand but they were giving out Ubisoft bags! Was This is Vegas even there? I didn't see it. I was displeased with the amount of new titles they had to play. I mean games like Gears of War and Oblivion were there! Some games were as much as a poster (I'm looking at you Star Wars unleashed!). They also confiscated and threw away my Oreo's!

pidow
pidow

Great Doctor Who!.

LozzaGS
LozzaGS

Tom Baker on the podcast...Now that would be cool!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

awesome event. you have to have been there to really enjoy it. its like importfest for gaming

tyzwain
tyzwain

Tom Baker lol! Yeah he was good, plus Krypton and Cat from Red Dwarf. I was amazed I got to play haze - it looks very promising. Nice round up, and nice picture of Tom Baker LOL.

Gribb85
Gribb85

Tom Baker is the real doctor who! We need an mp3 stream of him introducing the Gamespot UK podcast post haste, something along the lines of "Whenever I'm in the UK, I always download the Gamespot UK Podcast". Aye, it would be grand.

Emma_UK
Emma_UK

This weekend the first Play.com Live video games event took over Wembley Arena to show off a variety of upcoming games to the public.

As you approached Wembley Arena from Wembley Park train station, you could see a huge inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man floating by the arena, and next to him the Ghostbusters car! Sadly, however, once inside, there was no hands-on with the game, but just the trailer we've seen so many times before. Presumably, a hands-on was part of the plan (hence the promotion) but someone pulled the plug at the last minute.

Once inside, the event was split over three floors, with the ground floor hosting a Rock Band stage where people donned rock-tastic wigs and got cheered or booed by the crowd. At the other end of the ground floor was a proper stage, where Hollyoaksactress and glamour model Gemma Atkinson and co-host Iain Lee compered the event.

A variety of bands played some tunes for the nerds, who seemed largely to be more concerned with playing the games. First up was the Rumble Strips, wearing fluorescent workmen's outfits, and breaking guitars. Rock and roll!

Throughout the event there were the mandatory gratitious promotions. One example is the showgirls dancing to 'Viva Las Vegas' to promote Midway's upcoming This is Vegas (EDIT--I've just been told that the game being promoted was in fact Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2).

Slightly more baffling was the use of a hot chick on a motorbike to advertise San Disk--portable storage disks which you use in mobile phones or digital cameras, and which have absolutely nothing to do with hot chicks or motorbikes.

The event seemed pretty packed, but as it was fairly compact, it was difficult to tell exactly how many people were in attendance. Here's a picture of about half of the first half of the ground floor. Count up the number of people and multiply it by six and that'll be about right.

One of the games that grabbed my attention was the Lego Indiana Jones title, which looks like it's going to be pretty much what everyone expects from the Lego series--not a bad thing at all. To promote the game, they had made a full-size Lego model of Indie.

We also checked out a demo of Far Cry 2, which is looking very nice indeed, bringing to life a series of lush environments in a fictional African country for gamers to enjoy blasting people away in.

Personally, although it has nothing to do with video games (until they make a video game from the series, anyway, and I don't mean one that's based on the Top Trumps card games) I was delighted to see a Doctor Who stand filled with dalek toys galore.

Tom Baker, the fourth doctor, was on hand to sign autographs, and pose for pictures. Visitors were also treated to free DVDs just for showing up. On the Saturday in the morning I got given a copy of Knocked Up and in the afternoon Ice Age. See you next time!