Canada’s EGLX 2018

2018-03-08 12.22.24

Alright, where to begin?

This past weekend we had jetted off to Canada for their Enthusiastic Gaming Live Expo, or EGLX. It set our nerves on fire, as neither one of us have ever gotten the chance to go to a video game expo before, let alone fly out of the country!

Our main reason for going, aside from video games (duh), was due to the majority of our favorite YouTubers being guests at the expo. We figured that this kind of opportunity wouldn’t present itself very often, so we braved through whatever anxiety we had when it came to airplanes, hotels, passports, and whatever general adulting we needed to do to travel to a different country and went.

It was one of the best things we’ve ever done.

We had gotten a weekend pass to fully enjoy the experience. The place was packed, especially on Saturday. In the middle of the hall was a giant stage with four sides, each with a jumbo television to broadcast the tournaments and shows, such as Super Smash Bros, Halo, and Hearthstone. A screen for speedruns of games was set up in the back, rows of computers took up a side of the room for Rocket League and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and the other side of the room was filled with booths for artists and indie game developers. Right down the middle were old arcade cabinets and televisions set up with games from Nintendo 64, the GameCube, and the NES.

We spent a lot of our time in the retro gaming area, having tons of fun with the old games like Mario Kart 64 and Double Dash. The artist alley was also a great time, and we’ll be showing off all the cool merchandise that we got from there.

Hidden Block and Normal Boots are the YouTubers who headlined the main shows on Saturday, with the two groups of friends going against each other then pro player Allister Singh in Pokken Tournament DX. The two groups then played a hilarious Family Feud-style game using answers from a survey that had been put out to fans a couple of weeks before the expo.

Hidden Block and Normal Boots each had a Q & A panel throughout the weekend, and we went to both of them, enjoying the banter between the guys as they listened to and answered questions from fans. They were all delights, and very nice whenever we got the chance to speak or see them. We didn’t talk to many of them for long, not with how many other fans they had, but we did get a couple of pictures with a few of them.

Then, of course, there was the hotel and the room service that we got used to over the weekend, haha! It was an utterly fantastic weekend, a trip that we certainly wouldn’t mind taking again.

Have you ever been to a gaming expo? Which ones would you like to go to?

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6 thoughts on “Canada’s EGLX 2018

  1. I went to E3 last year and I’ve been to PSX twice now. I’m also going to Arcade Expo 4.0 this weekend. I hope to go to E3 again this year and I want to check out the So. Cal Retro Gaming Expo. EGLX sounds like a good reason t go to Canada though. I’ll keep an eye out on it. Hopefully I get to go next year.

  2. I’ve been to PAX East multiple times and plan on going again next year (at least I think that is the plan). I’m also thinking about going to Retro World Expo which is in CT in September this year. That one would be my first retro expo but I think it would be a fun weekend getaway.

  3. I am so glad that you guys had a good time and enjoyed a little bit of Canada while you were at it! Toronto on its own can feel pretty overwhelming and I don’t visit there too often because of the hustle and bustle, but it’s nice for a visit. I would love to go to a big convention like that one of these days, but my boyfriend and I are homebodies and don’t like big crowds. There’s usually a smaller(ish) convention in Toronto called ConBravo that I might try to get out to if the featured people are who I’d like to meet. I loved your photos with some of your favourite YouTube folks!

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