Gaming is not just about having fun and stress relief. Where-ever we go gaming unites us, no matter where we are from and what kinds of games we play. Gamers are becoming part of one big community that not only learns from each other’s gaming experiences but influences others to develop a society where gaming wins!

What better way to get a know of the gaming industry than by visiting the top gaming events within the country? So me and my cousin decided to visit Insomnia and Games Con. It was our first gaming event which we visited as ataaga.com.

Here is a small analysis of what we found.

Insomnia

Insomnia prides itself as the biggest gaming festival in Dubai. And they are right.  Insomnia encompassed two floors in a massive pavilion. And there was just so much to do.

In terms of letting us experience online multiplayer gaming and letting the visitor engage and play personally, Insomnia is great. Though they didn’t let us play any game that was upcoming, they had the best collection of online games which we could play.

There were stations for Overwatch, Minecraft, Counter-Strike, DOTA and what not. They were jam-packed with kids and teens enjoying themselves. Though it was hard to get to play and get a seat with some gamers hooked for hours. Even though these games could be played in their own homes, having been released already, kids really loved Insomnia.

Insomnia was a little better organized than Games Con. For example their booklet detailed all the important events that would take place on stage (and their time), including the Sidemen coming on stage and an Assassin’s Creed show on that same stage, all scrupulously timed. There were also cosplays and gaming tournaments.

I talked to a lot of people too and spread the word about ataaga. Hopefully next year we will arrive as content creators.

Games Con

While Insomnia was set on online multiplayer gaming, Games Con Abu Dhabi had a focus on single player gaming. Among the upcoming games we could try were Doom Eternal, Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Watch Dogs Legion. These are top upcoming games and since they weren’t released yet (And my inclination being towards single-player games more than online multiplayer) I personally liked the stalls more in Games Con than Insomnia.

True, at Insomnia there was more of a hands-on approach and you could play games yourself with dozens of computers or PS4’s, but the games there were already released and games like Rainbow Six Siege, Minecraft and Counter Strike in particular are ones almost all dedicated gamers have played or experienced in some way already.

The stage returned in Games Con and there were some performances too. But it wasn’t as organized and we weren’t told about what time what event would take place.

I also found a stall for an Arabic themed game in Games Con. Now I have already talked about local gaming organized for indigenous populations so that games can finally morph from selling American storylines and ideas to telling our stories with our narratives. Certain US and Japan based developers have lots of power (US and Japan) over the world of gaming, and are producing games that feature their way of life, or their military endeavors (in the case of USA). We want something new and this game could be it. Provided it tells its story in some meaningful way and improves on those old-school graphics a little.

We were really glad though that an Arab game was there at least. There were also toys, masks and figurines based on gaming protagonists as well as NPC’s. Insomnia had such items for sale too. And how can we forget about gaming competitions and cosplays?

Both events were great, and next time we want to appear as content creators rather than on a standard visitor ticket. #HappyGaming

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