Play Expo Manchester 2015 And The Curse Of Becoming A Collector

Published On October 15, 2015 | By Stephen | Blogs, Events

I’ve been to a few of these in Manchester but this was my first as a ‘collector’.

The gaming expo is a great event and it’s been great to see it evolve over the last few years. The schedule for the day included indie developer talks, meeting youtubers, celebrity signings, next-gen gaming and of course all the retro stuff. This is the first time my plan went out the window as I decided to just hit the retro stalls the whole damn day. This is the curse of the retro gaming collector, I didn’t want to miss out on potential bargains.

It’s not a cheap hobby. Prices have upped considerably over the years. This could be due to the rising popularity of gaming youtubers or that we’ve hit the right age of a gamer where nostalgia influences their expendable income.

So what did I pick up? I did manage to get a few interesting items including a boxed master system phaser complete with its shooting game companion. It was pretty decent condition too. I’m not too snobby when it comes to condition or even being boxed but it’s nice to have. I haven’t actually managed to test it as I need an old CRT TV (won’t work with modern HD setups).

Sega Master System Light Phaser Sega Master System Light Phaser

I picked up WWF Steel Cage Challenge for the NES. I was quite a big wrestling fan in the early 90s so it’s really nostalgic seeing those wrestlers on the cover. I’d love to get the others from around the same time. I also picked up a couple of Master System games: Pro Wrestling and Spider-man. Oh and Defender on the Atari 2600.

Master System - Spider-man Atari 2600 - Defender Master System - Pro Wrestling NES - WWF Steel Cage Challenge

So apart from buying, I did get in a little playing too.

I spent some time in the wrestling area which had a desk full of wrestling games on different platforms. This was really fun although some haven’t aged well (looking at you N64). There was also a little time with the pinball machines although the decent ones were heavily manned.

The Cosplay competition is always fun to watch and for once it wasn’t just a bunch of Links! They always manage to pull in lots of people and it’s a nice break from buying and playing games.

I’ll definitely be at the Blackpool event next year.

Here’s some photos from the event [October 10th, 2015]: