Insomnia 59 – Will You Be There?

Insomnia Gaming Festival has become a stamp in my gaming diet. I went to i56, I was booked to go to i57 however fell very ill and went to most recent i58. I’m already booked for i59 and honestly I’m super hyped! With it being close to Christmas I can foresee some excellent games being shown to push for Christmas. Oh and let’s not forget my favourite area…

RETRO GAMING AREA!

But seriously the last one was bigger and better then ever before. I watched a lot of stage stuff, had fun meeting some of the YouTubers, entered loads of competitions, got to once again meet Special Effect charity, drooled over so many retro games and got myself some Insomnia clothing. Because you cannot got there without getting at least a t-shirt! There was also a HUGE area for Twitch where many streamers were live streaming at the event and then there was League of Legends. Now if you’re a LoL fan then my god why haven’t you been to Insomnia yet?! Get your wallet out, buy those tickets and enjoy some amazing championships. You’ll not regret it.

So will you be there? If you want a little idea of what to expect I did a video at i56 to show what it’s like. Honestly there is way more to it and I only show off some of the exciting and cool bits. You can buy tickets online at Insomnia Gaming Festival’s website if you haven’t already, it’s over at the NEC where there’s hotels all around but you can always consider the indoor camping option if you prefer. Hope to see you there!

Insomnia 56 – UK’s Biggest Gaming Festival

If you haven’t heard of Multiplay and their amazing gaming festival then check out this video showing off Insomnia 56 at the NEC, Birmingham. There’s an assortment of video games to play from ye olde times to present day and even future! Worth going to Insomnia if you’re a gamer? HECK YEAH! Enjoy the vid!

You can already book tickets for Insomnia 57 and it is probably worth booking in advance as some tickets sell out fast! Hope to see you there in March.

Macmillan Game Changers 24 Hours Gaming Stream

Macmillan Cancer Support is delighted to announce a new fundraising event involving the biggest gamers playing the most popular games in a 24-hour marathon.

The event, Game Changers for Macmillan, is 24 hours that will help change lives with every penny raised helping to fund Macmillan’s vital work supporting people affected by cancer.

Using the video streaming platform Twitch, 17 gamers including LTZonda, Spamfish and LeahLovesChief will spend 24 hours gaming at Twitch HQ from 12pm on 14 November until 12pm the following day. People can tune in to watch them gaming via the Macmillan Twitch Account and throughout, the gamers will be encouraging people to donate to Macmillan by completing challenges.

Alongside the main event, people can sign up and hold their own DIY 24-hour gaming marathons and inspire donations by completing crazy forfeits. Those who raise more than £150 will be entered into a draw by Macmillan and be in with a chance to win exclusive prizes donated by HyperX and Twitch.
Sponsoring the event is HyperX, the leading designer and manufacturer of memory and gaming hardware. HyperX is known throughout the world for quality, performance and innovation and is committed to the e-Sports and gaming community; sponsoring 30 teams globally in addition to supporting both grass roots and global tournaments and events.
Ben Welch, Head of Fundraising Development at Macmillan Cancer Support, says: “The idea for Game Changers for Macmillan came about when one fundraiser last year, raised over £40,000 for Macmillan in under a week doing a similar thing. His fundraising forfeit was to dye his hair bright purple!
“Whether with friends or going solo, people can set up their own Twitch channel and ask viewers, followers, friends and family for their support. We want our gaming marathon to be a fun and easy way for people to help raise vital funds to support Macmillan’s aim of ensuring that no one faces cancer alone.”
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Vincent Jurgens, HyperX Marketing Manager, EMEA, says: “HyperX is delighted to support Game Changers for Macmillan. Alongside our friends at Twitch TV, the 24 hour event is an exciting way for the e-sports community to support such a commendable charity through what they do best; gaming. The money raised will help fund the phenomenal work Macmillan undertakes by supporting people affected by cancer.”
For more information on how to take part or sign up, head to gamechangers.macmillan.org.uk.

I’m An Influential Gamer Girl!

I’ve played games for years. My first console was a Master System II which has Alex Kidd built in to it (and a game I never beat because oh my god it was HARD!) and over the years I gained other consoles and even handhelds. Mega Drive, Mega CD, SNES, Dreamcast (yes some people actually owned one of those), Gameboy (and pretty much every version since then). In fact about the only consoles I’ve yet to own are Sega Saturn (never going to happen because Santa didn’t bring me one *sob*), Play Station 4 (also unlikely) and the Wii U (Nintendo do keep trying to make me want one though). Whilst I loved Sonic and Mortal Kombat (yes this was way before age restrictions on video games) I still had my My Little Pony collection and Barbie dolls. To me video games were for kids, just as much as I thought Barbies could be played with by boys too.

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So I’m super excited and totally over the moon to be in an article about the most Influential Gamer Girls in the UK. I actually secretly pop over to Charleyy’s Tumblr every so often so was great to see her there as well. Also lovely to see Keza MacDonald who is Kotaku UK’s editor which is a big awesome thumbs up from me. Though my gosh some great ladies aside of me on this list.

So I thought I’d talk a bit more about me as a gamer of the modern day. I’ve been playing World of Warcraft for a VERY long time (it just celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary so I’d say been a player for about 8 or 9 years) and more recently been playing Minecraft to the point we even have our own server. I’ve been messing with Twitch and live streaming but haven’t completely got it to work fully so when I do I’ll be sure to let everyone know so you can enjoy some block-tastic fun and some god awful DPS (I play a Hunter).

So here’s the article that I’m overly excited about. Do have a read and follow some amazing female gamers on Twitter.