Part 3 of our trip around Insomnia 51
In the last part of our look around the fun and games to be had at the Insomnia festival we'll bring you all the bits and bobs that we couldn't squeeze into their own article. Pictures tell the majority of the story, as they should.
Although it obviously isn't true, it seemed that every laptop we saw at i51 was an MSI one. They're like salted caramel, you hadn't seen any and then you blink and can't move for it. Plenty of vendors had things for sale to keep you gaming into the small hours. There will never been a more targeted audience than at a gaming convention.
Microsoft were there with their Xbox One. Hardly the most eye-catching stand, but it has the benefit of portability. We're still waiting for a killer title.
Everywhere you looked there were clusters of people blowing each other to tiny bits. If you were a personal trainer with a speciality in good posture you'd have to be carried out with despair. Look after your back guys and gals.
We'll happily confess that our fandom has no limits, and we could have happily spent the whole weekend picking through stands like this. Who doesn't want an Adventure Time/MineCraft poster?
In our ASUS article we mentioned some famous cases and, as you can see from the right hand picture, even after all these years CoolerMeister is still showing us what can be done with the Coolermaster 840 ACTS. We are not 100% sold on the overpriced and lacking in performance EVGA SRX but the work he has done with the case is, as ever flawless. Tom informs me its a combination os Sapphire gin and booth babes keeping the old man happy to keep churning out the quality! Coolermaster had a huge selection of keyboards and headsets on display and if you watch the video below they all get explained plus we got some footage of what will become the legendary 'Keyboard Olympics'.
Yes, it's yet more people playing games. What did you expect to see at a gaming event? We always have images of the National Grid looking at their power draw and wondering what the hell happened in Coventry over the weekend. Put another fiver on the meter...
We don't know what we want more here. Do we want a glass head for our headsets, or do we want light up glass cases? They're lovely. The kit inside is pretty amazing too. It's that "ooh shiny" thing we all get. In the guitar world it's called "GAS", that need for something new. Maybe for components it could be called HAS, for Hardware Acquisition Syndrome, except so many people type in all caps it'll only lead to confusion. We know our wallet was itching.
Razer have some seriously desirable hardware. Come on lads, splash out on some comfy chairs eh.
Major manufacturers, especially in the console world, have a vested interest in making sure you're brainwashed into believing that great graphics make a great game, and poor graphics don't. After all, they have consoles to sell. The retro area was one of the most popular parts of the whole show. If you think Goldeneye isn't awesome then we'll have to go outside and have a quiet discussion.
Yet more shiny glass cabinets with contents that had us reaching for our credit card. I wonder if anyone has cosplayed the Kingston head yet. Challenge accepted, OC3D readers?
Let's finish up with a couple of cases that perfectly encapsulate the trend towards smaller, but still massively powerful, systems. The only limit is your imagination. And finances, although that isn't quite as snappy to finish on.
Did you go to Insomnia? Are you going another year? Have we whetted your appetite? Let us know in the OC3D Forums.