IGX comes back with its third edition to celebrate gaming.
We’ve had a couple of exciting weekends lately, with Mumbai Comic Con 2017 the previous weekend and IGX 2017 this weekend. Moving into its third year, IGX has become much larger this year, in size and the number of booths. Gamers queued up in huge numbers to get their hands on the latest video games across different platforms including consoles and PC. An exclusive E3 demo was available for gamers to try out on a few consoles. They could play different Playstation games using the entire set of accessories including the PSVR, Platinum wireless headset, and VR aim controller. The more enthusiastic ones could participate in 1v1 competitions hosted on consoles across various games. The Game Face competition was organised for gamers who want to cosplay as their favourite gaming characters.
Playstation had the most variety of games to offer than anyone else at the expo that automatically generated huge crowds and queues around their booths. Titles such as Assassin’s Creed: Origins, WWE 2K18, Injustice 2, Uncharted 4, FIFA 18, Gran Turismo Sport, Call of Duty: WWII, Star Wars: Battlefront II, etc., were available for the attendees to try out. Out of the lot, an exclusive Far Cry 5 demo from E3 was brought to the expo so that fans of the franchise can get a glimpse of what’s coming to the upcoming game. Several gamers are looking forward to the new Far Cry game which was evident from the crowd surrounding the only three consoles where the game was installed.
The rest of the consoles were running some of the recently launched games including Assassin’s Creed Origins, Call of Duty: WWII and Star Wars Battlefront II. Sony showcased their entire roster of consoles and accessories, and allowed everyone to experience them across different games. The Playstation VR was showcased last year at IGX and this time, the number of consoles with the PSVR almost doubled. Gamers lined up to check out virtual reality games including Everest VR, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, Gran Turismo Sport, RIGS: Mechanized Combat League, Driveclub VR, and more. Sony also showcased their Platinum wireless headset and VR aim controller along with the PSVR. Apart from casually playing video games, gamers could compete with others in FIFA 18, Gran Turismo Sport, Injustice 2, and WWE 2K18. The tournament winners will be competing for cash and prizes worth up to 1.5 lakhs. All these games witnessed a lot of support from the audience with continuous cheering and booing.
Local game developers
Many Indian game developers were also showing their latest games. This included both mobile and PC games. They brought demos and alpha builds of their creations that was available for everyone to try out. We got to try our hands on some of these games including Raji from Nodding Heads Games, Zombie Bloxx from Roosh, and Meteora from Big Boot Games. Not only video games, IGX had a couple of tabletop games as well which was organised along with the Mumbai Board Gamers community.
We saw a couple of booths selling video games, because hey, a gaming expo is incomplete if you can’t buy games there. Few booths were also selling merchandise such as t-shirts and figurines, and you could grab custom-illustrated gaming posters as well.
Finally, we got to see a couple of cosplayers dressing up for the main IGX Game Face competition where enthusiastic people could dress up as their favourite video game character. Cosplay props created by Scythe’s SkunkWorks and Niha Novacaine were open to the public at the IGX Game Face zone for photo sessions. Anyone could queue up and take pictures with those props that included weapons from various video games.
The expo was dominated by consoles, especially in the main show floor and that’s where most of the crowd was seen. Although there were a few booths with powerful gaming laptops and assembled rigs, there should have been more machines and exhibitors to accommodate the crowd. This resulted in bigger crowds gathering around these booths. Acer and MSI brought their beastly gaming laptops to the event and enthusiastic people were queuing up to experience the games running on these powerful machines. Custom rig builders Cezor, along with Thermaltake and Gigabyte’s gaming brand Aorus, showcased powerful gaming rigs at their booths, but not all of them displayed what the machines were capable of running. Coming to VR on PC, only the MSI booth had an HTC Vive connected to one of their gaming laptops. Just like the abundance of consoles to experience the latest video games, it would have been favourable for the attendees to get to experience all the platforms for gaming.
IGX 2017 has grown from a small expo of gamers to a large gathering of people who want to simply try out video games. The expo serves as a great place to experience the different platforms of gaming and then make their choices of where they want to put their money. Whether you’re a console or PC gamer, there’s nothing that should stop you from attending an expo that celebrates gaming. We only hope that next year’s edition witnesses more participation and co-operation from the PC components and gaming brands to offer an wholesome experience for the gamers out there.
Abhijit "BabuMoshaaye" Dey
This ape-descended life form believed that coming down from the trees was a bad idea until he was introduced to video games. Has spent endless hours playing Prince of Persia, Hitman, Assassin's Creed, Unreal Tournament, Half-Life and Left 4 Dead. This makes it three sentences, Half-Life 3 confirmed.