It’s nearing October, and for fellow geeks in Southeast Asia, that can only mean that the premier gaming convention known as GameStart will be happening in Singapore soon! Happening the weekend of October 13 and 14, GameStart 2018 will be gathering esports, indies, tabletop gaming, cosplay and much more in a big celebration of all things gaming.
As usual, expect plenty of excitement as thousands of friendly gamers descend upon Suntec Convention Centre Halls 401 – 403. With every iteration, the organisers of the convention always try their best to come up with quirky tie-ups with other brands to let attendees have something to remember the convention by, and 2018 is no exception.
Partnering with long-time collaborator, Singapore’s own Armaggeddon, the Limited Edition GameStart X Armaggeddon Gaming Mouse will be given away to ALL VIP ticket holders, and sold at an affordable price of just S$29.90 at the event itself.
Another long-time collaborator, Xmashed Gear is back again this year with the customary logo and Alyse T-shirt designs for 2018. These tees are available for pre-order online now at S$22 and S$25 respectively.
In 2016, Freshly Pressed Socks began their now-annual appearance at GameStart with the debut of their Kaz and Alex socks. If you do not know the references, time to start researching these famous names in gaming!
2016 also saw Armaggeddon gracing GameStart with their take on the mousepad, accompanied by the convention’s mascot, Alyse, so people know you are a real fan. These were available both on sale on-site, as well as prizes that were slotted in the random loot bags given to the first 300 attendees each day during the convention weekend.
In 2015, GameStart collaborated with Seow “Sonic” Zonghui, developer of Street Fighter VS MegaMan, to create their very own, retro-styled game for GameStart 2015. With amazing retro audio work done by IMBA Interactive, the game was 100% free to play on iOS and Android devices, with no ads. Fast forward to 2018, the game is still being downloaded by gamers all over the world, and played over 70,000 mobile users this year alone! The game has since been renamed to GameStart Pixel Battle, so that it will remain a timeless classic.
This pixel art-style side-scroller is reminisce of popular side-scroller games from the late 1980s and early 1990s, brought to mobile devices. The gameplay is designed to be challenging, and players will unlock new, unique characters whose different powers present new ways to play.
Here’s the full list of cameos in the game, even our very own beholder was one of the boss fights!
GameStart 2014 – 2017
Going further back all the way to 2014, local apparel brand Xmashed Gear has been part of the GameStart story since the beginning, bringing the masses plenty of gaming-inspired apparel that are often stylish and tongue-in-cheek, a hit with the crowds that frequent GameStart.