London Games Festival
We have some incredibly good news: this month, visiting London will be even more fun than usual. That’s because the annual London Games Festival (5-15 April) has returned.
Spread across various locations in the capital, this joyous whizz around the world of games is intent on putting a Pac-Man-sized smile on your face. In east London, Wapping’s Tobacco Dock will be home to EGX Rezzed for three days of electronic and board games (13-15 April). EGX (Eurogamer Expo) showcases playable PC and console games that haven’t yet been released, workshops with renowned game designers and merchandise inspired by the world of gaming, all under one roof – www.egx.net/rezzed.
Think computer games are for people who like hiding in dark rooms? Well, think again, because the computer games world is leaping from the screen to the streets. The Games Character Parade (from 12.30pm; 14 April) will fulfil all your childhood dreams, as a wave of real-life Marios, Zeldas and Tetris blocks march through central London.
Meanwhile, Covent Garden cultural hub Somerset House plays host to Now Play This (6-8 April) – a mini-festival celebrating those who are experimenting and pushing boundaries. Expect some strange new video games, extraordinary parlour games (games that are played indoors and often based around words) and everything in-between. If you’re passionate about gaming, you’ve definitely picked the right time to visit.