The London Gaming Market takes place every four months at the Royal National Hotel in Russell Square. I last attended in July 2019 and managed to find copies of Herdy Gerdy (a game I think only I have ever heard of) along with Syberia (damn Kate Walker and her silly ways).
Last weekend’s event was different to the previous ones we’d been to for two big reasons. First, Luke from Hundstrasse had planned to meet us there for coffee and retro-gaming talk. I was really looking forward to seeing him again because, although we talk regularly, I hadn’t seen him in person since the first time we’d met at EGX Rezzed in April 2018. Back then we’d sneakily edged him into the queue we were waiting in for a developer session by Tim Schafer – good times.
Secondly, CORVID-19 is currently making its way across the UK. Almost 800 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed here at the time of writing and, with that figure rapidly growing every day, people are understandably concerned. The organisers released a statement on their Facebook page during the week before the event confirming that March’s market was still going ahead, to give customers ‘the power to decide whether they would like to attend or not’.
With that in mind, Pete and I made the decision not to go this time. I’m rather disappointed because it means I didn’t get to meet Luke or find more games for the PlayStation 2 I picked up there last year; but with a young stepson and elderly parents, we realised it just wasn’t worth the risk. News about the postponement of EGX Rezzed at the end of the month and the cancellation of Insomnia66 in April arrived recently, and it’s likely we’ll see a similar fate for other upcoming gaming events.
So what’s a blogger to do? Well, attend the London Gaming Market virtually! Instead of travelling to Russell Square on Sunday, I sat down at my laptop with a cup of tea and checked out the websites of the traders that were due to be there. That got me thinking about the items I would have kept an eye out for if we’d been there and I may have made a few purchases online. Don’t be surprised if you see some of the following games streamed on the Later Levels’ Twitch channel very soon.
Frank Herbert’s Dune
Shadow of Memories
The X-Files: Resist or Serve
Bonus game: Shinobi for the Master System
Hopefully we’ll make it to the next London Gaming Market on 19 July 2020 in person. In the meantime, stay safe and well everybody.