I’ll Be Attending PLAY Expo 2017!

I’ll Be Attending PLAY Expo 2017!

MyGamerXP at Play Expo 2017

I’m happy to announce that I will be attending PLAY Expo in Manchester on Saturday the 14th of October. The event itself runs for the entire weekend and is a great day out for fans of retro gaming, cosplay, upcoming indie games (demo games and talk to the developers!), arcade units, pinball machines, board games and more!

The highlights include:

Nintendo 64 GoldenEye 20th Anniversary Panel

“To mark the 20th Anniversary of GoldenEye, we are delighted to welcome five of that original group to talk about the creation of this seminal shooter. The Q&A, hosted by Paul Drury and Martyn Carroll of Retro Gamer magazine, will end with an opportunity for audience members to take on the makers of the game in a multiplayer deathmatch, with prizes”.

Psygnosis Panel and Q&A

“We’re very excited to be able to announce that we will have a panel talk and Q&A with a number of former Psygnosis team members at PLAY Expo Manchester this October.

Psygnosis was formed in 1985, was acquired by Sony Electronic Publishing in 1993 and became SCE Studio Liverpool. The studio closed in 2010 but during their lifetime Psygnosis created and published many iconic games – from 16-bit classics such as Lemmings and Shadow of the Beast through to the massive Wipeout franchise on the PS1 along with G-Police and Colony Wars.

A number of former employees will be joining us for the panel – confirmed so far are Mike Clarke, Martin Linklater, Chris Graham and Mike Kaiser with more to be added”.

Retro Gaming

“We know one of the biggest draws for attendees to PLAY Expo Manchester is the retro zone so this year we are going to make it even bigger! Last year we ran close to 400 machines across the retro zones – this year we’re going for 500 making it the biggest ever collection of retro machines at any UK gaming expo! As well as more retro consoles and computers we’ll be bringing back the handhelds section and expanding the classic PC games zone that we introduced last year.

Our retro zone is a time slice of the past 40 years of games which will be featuring a number of consoles and computers, each running a selection of the best games for each system. So whether you’re Sinclair, Commodore, Nintendo, Sega, Sony or even an Xbox fan, there will be something for everyone. And of course we’ll have a selection of games for each system too, so if you can’t choose Manic Miner over Decathlon or Gran Turismo over Metal Gear Solid, don’t worry as our event staff will be on hand to help you find your favourite game at PLAY Expo Manchester”.

Arcade Games

“Arcade video games conjure up nostalgic memories of childhood for so many people, be it fighting with your friend over who was going to be on the left-hand buttons on Mortal Kombat, or who got which gun while shooting zombies in House of the Dead.

PLAY Expo Manchester will help you relive memories like these at with a selection of classic arcade machines for you to play on with every one set to free play. Finally, no pockets weighted down with ten pence pieces! Amongst the titles on show will be some of the must-have classics like Pac Man, Donkey Kong and Space Invaders as well as the more modern favourites like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Daytona USA.

And of course every machine is set to FREE PLAY so no need to pockets of change! We will have over 100 arcade machines at PLAY Expo again this year – will your favourite be one of them?”.

For more details on what’s going on at the event, check out their website:

Below is also my coverage from previous years, including photos:

I met loads of great people I talk to on YouTube and Twitter there last year and I hope to do the same this year. I’ll post on twitter for more information on the event date and leading up to it.

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Goodbye YouTube Ads | MyGamerXP

Goodbye YouTube Ads | MyGamerXP

Goodbye YouTube Ads

As of today, a lot of YouTube channels (including mine) are no longer eligible for running adverts or even linking to Patreon in end cards (as you need ads enabled to show it). While initially it felt a bit of a blow, I stopped caring about it soon after.

In fact, with my new videos this year, I didn’t even bother to monetise them while I had the opportunity to. YouTube is a great platform to upload and share videos, interact with like-minded people and build communities. We don’t really owe YouTube anything as they give us exposure and a platform to exist on. Hosting video is very expensive, especially on a high-traffic site such as theirs.

It’s still possible to make a living on YouTube for those that want to, but you have to be good at what you do and genuinely love making videos. You need to be consistent with a regular schedule of quality uploads. Those who are beneath the eligibility threshold of 1,000 subscribers with 4,000 hours (240,000 minutes) “watch time” in the last 12 months won’t be missing out on a great deal of income.

I must admit that it was quite nice making the odd few pence or even a pound here and there throughout the year, but in all honesty just doing 1 hour of work would earn me more than I’ve made passively in the last 4 years on YouTube.

Those who want to make a living on YouTube, will still be able to make a living on YouTube (through a good business model that goes beyond just simple YouTube Ads). Those who want to do it as a hobby, are still free to do that as well. Don’t let this change knock you back, see it as an opportunity to reflect and assess why you do this. If it’s for love of making videos, spreading a message, building a community, sharing your passions, then surely not running a few ads shouldn’t stop you. Musicians don’t learn an instrument to make money, they do it as a way to express themselves creatively. It takes a lot of time, hard work and dedication. The reward is what you create, not what you earn from it.

So today YouTube is stripping me and many others of earning a few pounds, so what? It doesn’t stop me and it shouldn’t stop you either. Create for the love of it and if in a year or so you make a bit of money out of it, hey, that’s just a bonus.


My first games console was the Mega Drive and I’ve been in love with video games ever since. Over the years I’ve owned many systems, which I hope to cover in the future. Most of the things I write and do videos about is considered “retro”, but I do enjoy playing my Xbox One and PS4 as well…

Posted on February 21, 2018 | Last modified: 21st February 2018

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PLAY Expo Returns to Manchester in May 2019

PLAY Expo Returns to Manchester in May 2019

Play Expo Coming to Manchester in May 2019

PLAY Expo, the north’s biggest video games event, is returning to Manchester for the seventh time on May 4th and 5th 2019. Taking place in a new, bigger venue, PLAY Expo will be held at Manchester Central Exhibition Centre and will welcome over 25,000 video games fans through the doors for two days of gaming brilliance.

The perfect day out for games enthusiasts of all ages, with everything from blockbuster game previews to indie games, retro classics, eSports, cosplay, escape rooms, education, live shows, industry panels and YouTuber meet and greets.

PLAY Expo Manchester boasts nearly one thousand gaming consoles, handhelds, PCs, arcade and pinball machines, all playing the very best in new and classic video games – and all set to free to play! The event also features a huge Minecraft zone, a Fortnite zone, a dedicated VR area and a selection of the best and brightest indie games from recent years.

On the Expo stages you will find talks from gaming celebrities, cosplay displays and tournaments for gamers of all skill levels. You will also find immersive live experiences, including John Robertson’s critically acclaimed ‘The Dark Room’ and ‘Knightmare Live’, the celebrated stage adaptation of the 80s-90s cult TV show Knightmare*.

Tickets cost: Adults £20, Child £14, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £58 per day or Adults £34, Child £24, Family £96 for the Weekend ticket and can be bought from playexpomanchester.com. *Knightmare Live costs £10 and The Dark Room costs £5 per person.


My first games console was the Mega Drive and I’ve been in love with video games ever since. Over the years I’ve owned many systems, which I hope to cover in the future. Most of the things I write and do videos about is considered “retro”, but I do enjoy playing my Xbox One and PS4 as well…

Posted on March 22, 2019 | Last modified: 22nd March 2019

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