I followed the tradition of the last couple of years and went to this year’s East European Comic Con at Romexpo in Bucharest. This event can be described as a gathering of all the elements that form the now mainstream nerd pop culture. Cosplay, TV shows, anime, manga, comic books, board games and obviously video games were the main attractions for this sea of visitors that has been growing in numbers with each year, turning soon this metaphor into an ocean. The rapid grow in popularity for these events can only make me happy not only because it draws the attention of bigger cogs of the industries involved, but it shows a moving forward in mentality for my country.
I did take a look at everything Comic Con had to offer but the target for me was video games. Competitive titles were the main attraction with League of Legends, Dota 2, Mortal Kombat, Overwatch and FIFA leading the charge through sponsored casual and professional competitions with many people waiting in line anxiously to play. What did catch my attention was the indie developer’s stand where I got to see three interesting upcoming games: Urban Strife, Unbound and Gray Dawn.
Urban Strife is a post-apocalyptic game in which the players fight their way through a zombie outbreak in a tactical turn-based combat visibly inspired by the latest X-COM games. Unbound is a cute 2D platformer where you have to switch between different realities in order to solve puzzles and advance through the game. Lastly, Gray Dawn is a religion themed adventure playing as a Swedish born priest suspected of murder who’s dealing with demonic manifestations and divine apparitions in a quest to prove his innocence.
This year’s East European Comic Con was bigger and better showing improvements from both sides, the organizers and visitors. I’m looking forward towards 2018 edition and hopefully we’ll have even bigger international names joining the event.
Note: The pictures are taken with my phone and aren’t sponsored.