Review : Armageddon 2018

So, after I said I wasn’t going to Auckland Armageddon this year, I ended up going on Sunday courtesy of the wife winning some free tickets. Thanks NeonTV!

The TLDR version of this review is, I’m glad I didn’t pay.

Armageddon has lost its mojo.

I’m just going to go through a basic list of what I thought, and you may or may not agree, which is fine.

  • PBTech and Playtech were not present – these guys have been there for the last few years and always seemed to be busy, and had great deals on.
  • Toyworld not present – they always had great deals, but not a large range of items, but was always great for picking up stocking fillers etc.
  • Cosplayers seemed to be very minimal this time – last year (and before), cosplayers were out in abundance, but this year there seemed to very few present – those that were there, had some fantastic outfits.
  • The regular stalls had the same stock and same deals as previous years – come on, do something different.
  • The number of repeated stalls was amazing – must have been about half a dozen t-shirt stalls selling the same t-shirts. One candy store had multiple stalls scattered around. Or if it wasn’t the same stores, it was repeats of the exact same stock.
  • Chinese counterfeit goods stalls were present – was 2-3 I saw selling knock offs of popular boar games etc.
  • Noone “famous” present on Sunday that I’m aware of – used to find a popular author, or artist or something sitting somewhere doing free autographs, or meet and greets, but nope, nadda, zilch, nein.
  • Didn’t see any “play” areas for card games such as Magic etc – maybe I missed them.
  • Very little gaming orientated merchandise – XPDJunior struggled to find any Overwatch themed clothing.

It just wasn’t the same and I feel its lost its mojo.

I hope it was just a bad year and things pick up again next year, but wont hold my breath.

 

LPL GT Sport New Zealand Champs

I was lucky enough to be given a ticket (thanks to Geekzone founder, @freitasm) to attend the LPL GT Sports NZ Champs final held at Sky City last night.

To be honest, I have not followed anything to do with GT since I got an Xbox One, so didn’t know what to expect or know any of the drivers.

SkyTV were there broadcasting event live, which while is great for LPL, was a bit annoying for the live audience having cameramen standing in front of the drivers during interviews etc – but hey, we got to be on TV 😉

Now,a lot of people go “why treat this like a real sport, you just push the other drivers off the track and you win” – well, no, there are penalty systems in the game to penalize bad driving practises such as shunting and cutting corners, which adds time to the drivers lap, so even though they could be in 1st place, they may end up with a 5s penalty which actually pushes them back to 3rd place at the end. So being a good driver pays off.

Race conditions : 25 laps, 8 drivers, Bathurst.

The race itself started off with a bang, literally – 4 drivers including the #1 seed, ran off the track at the first corner due to an accidental shunt. After that the race was pretty consistent and quiet….. until the last five laps where some great driving started coming into play with late braking, slip streaming and good old side by side drag racing down Conrod straight at 300km+.

One thing I found very annoying, was one of the commentators (or “shoutcasters” as they were referred to), kept mentioning the speeds the drivers were doing as KPH when it was clearly showing as MPH – who has ever heard of a 500HP GTR doing 80kph around Bathurst corners ? 😉

It was a good event overall, and with more publicity, I can see them filling out the Sky City venue next time round. Some giveaways might have been good as well for the live audience (hint hint) 😉

LPL GT Sports NZ Championships Final