It’s Barcelona Games World time!
The yearly gamer’s paradise starts today with 200 firms, VR, mobile gaming, and a retro section
In terms of human history, 30 years goes by in a blink of an eye. But in that time, video games evolved from their eight-bit prehistory to the futuristic virtual reality we see today.
To find out what comes next, don’t miss the Barcelona Games World fair. Held at the Gran Via venue in the Catalan capital, it kicked off on Thursday, November 29, and is set to run through the weekend.
This 2018 iteration is focused on boosting the players’ experience, with elements like virtual reality and mobile gaming.
In its third edition, the event has grown larger, and it comes with the heavyweights of the game industry.
"PlayStation has nearly 1,300 m2 of contents spread across different areas," said the company's public relations director, Roberto Yeste. "We've brought the main new releases as well as our highest-quality products."
"The controls are very simple, so even a child can play with two keys. But mechanics escalate pretty well and adults can have fun, too"
Dani del Amor · Petoons Studio
The fair gathers around 200 different firms. But it’s not only multinational corporations attending. Just like in many other fields, the digital revolution has led to a democratization in the production of games, and companies born in Catalonia didn’t miss the opportunity to present their projects on this unique stage.
"The controls are very simple, so even a child can play with two keys. But mechanics escalate pretty well and adults can have fun, too," said Dani del Amor, from Petoons Studio, on 'Petoons party'.
More experimental games also have their place in the fair. Such is the case for 'Etherborh', by Altered Matter. "It's a 3D video-game based on the exploration of gravity-changing structures through puzzles and platforms," said Carles Triviño, a company employee. "You follow a character who's been born without a voice in a world with a body-less voice that guides you."
E-sports also found their place, alongside Catalan companies. Additionally featured was Legends of Catalonia, a VR game from Virtual Voyagers, a game that acts at the same time as a tourism campaign for the country.
But even the most forward-looking industries can find themselves hooked on nostalgia. If you miss the lost paradise of arcade games, RetroBarcelona is the place to be for you… at least until the fair comes to an end on Sunday, and you find yourself back in the future.