After several months of a COVID-19 pandemic isolating people, the Northern Game Expo will once again bring together various segments of local “nerd culture” on October 17.
After a forced year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related health restrictions, the Northern Game Expo returns to Sudbury with an event at the Caruso Club
“Two years has been a very stressful time trying to plan something,” co-founder and organizer Bradley Davidson told Sudbury.com this week, adding that it has been frustrating both as an event planner and as a member of the local “nerd culture”.
“It’s the best thing I could have hoped for is to get everyone together in a room when they normally couldn’t talk to each other,” he said, adding that bonds are forged. during these kinds of events that can go on forever.
This year’s event will find many elements originally planned for last year’s canceled show. It will take place at the Caruso Club on October 17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Anyone present must wear a mask at all times and provide proof of vaccination. Although they’re only allowed half the capacity on the site, Davidson said that with an allowance of 400 people at any given time, they can still have a decent crowd. With comings and goings throughout the day, he said even more people would be allowed to attend.
“I just hope everyone comes out and have a good time,” he said, adding that they’ve lined up around 60 vendors offering the full range of nerd culture including video games, bands. comics and cartoons.
Northern Game Expo started in 2015 and was inspired by a video game exchange that the founders of the event participated in in Barrie called Barrie Game Exchange.
“We were impressed with the receptivity of people to go out, buy video games, trade video games – whatever,” Davidson said, adding that upon returning from the show they decided to hold a similar event. in Sudbury, which they did a few months later.
About 1,100 people attended this inaugural show, in subsequent years organizers have branched out beyond their initial video game focus to encompass other areas of nerd culture.
“Nerd,” Davidson clarified, is no longer considered a derogatory term as it was when he was in high school.
“Being a nerd is considered cool now,” he said. “Nerd culture has really taken off, and the proof is in all of these shows.”
One of the major highlights took place at the Fourth Show in 2018, when famous vintage video game collector Syd Bolton was a special guest and attended with part of his collection.
The founder of the Personal Computer Museum in Brantford passed away later that year, and Davidson said it was a privilege to see him bring his expertise to the local event.
The following year, Scott Yaphe, host of the YTV game show “Uh Oh!” »Lead a panel and run a local version of the game.
With the cancellation of last year’s event, Davidson said this year’s event is something of a reboot and will feature a handful of featured vendors, including Zombie Portraits artist Rob Saccheto, the pop culture artist Josh Coulter and graphic designer and video game streamer Abbie Trottier of AwCmonPuddin.
They are “amazing artists,” Davidson said, adding, “There will be something for everyone.”
Those who wish to dress up as their favorite characters will also be encouraged to do so, as this will include a cosplay contest.
Advance tickets are $ 15 and will allow people to enter the site one hour early at 11 a.m. Regular admission is $ 10 at the door and children 10 and under will enter for free.
For more information on this year’s event, visit its official website at Northerngameexpo.com.