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PC and Indie Gaming show Rezzed Hits The NEC In Birmingham

June 19, 2013, Author: Neil Hughes

E3 has come and gone, and many of us have been left feeling that a lot of the AAA titles heading our way may look stunning but will ultimately offer soulless, hollow gaming exercises. There are a growing number of gamers turning to the smaller indie games that are untapping the real creativity in the industry, with completely original and unique experiences.

For those who often complain that there are no gaming events north of Watford, this is a quick reminder to show your support for the PC and Indie Gaming show Rezzed in Birmingham this weekend.

Moving the show from Brighton to the larger halls available at the NEC in Birmingham could be seen as testing the waters, to see if both gamers and developers would contemplate attending a gaming show in the Midlands.

A big publisher in Ubisoft may have added Splinter Cell: Blacklist, The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot, Might & Magic: Duel of Champions, Trials Evolution Gold and Ghost Recon Online to the line up for the event, but the heart and soul of this show is the quirky offerings from indie developers such as Surgeon Simulator 2013.

When taking a break from playing a multitude of games on the show floor, there are also a number of developer sessions throughout the weekend, Here is a full list that may help you make up your mind which day to attend.

Saturday 22nd June

  • 12pm – Panel: How can new business models improve PC gaming? (John Walker hosts Mark Morris, Chris Delay, Paul Taylor, Chris Avellone and Ragnar Tornquist)
  • 1pm – Prison Architect (Introversion’s Chris Delay and Mark Morris)
  • 2pm – A look back at Frozen Synapse and a look forward to Frozen Endzone (Mode 7’s Paul Taylor and Ian Hardingham)
  • 3pm – Dreamfall Chapters (Red Thread Games’ Ragnar Tornquist, Martin Bruusgaard and Dag Scheve)
  • 4pm – Project Eternity (Obsidian Entertainment’s Chris Avellone)
  • 5pm – Sir, You Are Being Hunted (Big Robot’s Tom Betts)

Sunday 23rd June

  • 12pm – Panel: Is storytelling in games getting any better? (John Walker hosts Dean Hall, Chris Avellone, Ragnar Tornquist, Ed Stern and Will Porter)
  • 1pm – Hotline Miami 2 vs. Luftrausers (Dennaton’s Dennis Wedin and Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail)
  • 2pm – Total War: ROME II (The Creative Assembly)
  • 3pm – WildStar (Carbine Studios)
  • 4pm – The Creative Assembly Game Jam (Five teams present games made in a day to an expert panel made up of Chris Avellone, Ed Stern and Keith Stuart)
  • 5pm – DayZ Standalone (Bohemia Interactive’s Dean Hall)

As a gamer who wants to encourage more gaming shows to be less ‘London-centric’, this is one cause that gets my full support and hope you will do the same.

Tickets are available from the Rezzed website,