DBNGamers XL Was A Nintendo Fan’s Paradise
Unfortunately, not everyone is a Nintendo fan.
The eighth DBNGamers took place this past Friday at Waxy O’Connor’s; an Irish Pub in Westville, and played host (no pun intended) to well over double the amount of gamers from the last event held at this particular venue, easily the most of any prior event and possibly a decent metaphor for some form of combo multiplier.
However where previous events were announced and advertised as a simple get-together of like-minded individuals with the added incentive of sponsored prizes and some talks from various local members of the industry, this was a Nintendo show from the start, with even the event itself being titled ‘DBNGamers XL’ in homage to the launch of the 3DS XL in South Africa.
Now that’s fine and dandy if you’re a Nintendo fan, or indeed someone who enjoys handheld gaming, but if you aren’t (like me) then the event becomes something a little more niche and defaults into a simple get-together of like-minded individuals, only without any added incentive since all of the prizes and talks involved Nintendo-sponsored gear and Nintendo representatives respectively.
To that extent, many were suitably pleased with being able to get their hands on the 3DS XL before anyone else in the country, at least as far as non-industry fans go, as well as having a chance to play Mario Kart in a tournament style with the lucky winners taking home a 3DS XL for themselves. Furthermore, those who sampled the 3DS XL and came upon a certain image were gifted a prize from Nintendo.
Apart from that, the event featured the usual representation of Durban’s finest including Lisa and Wayne Trollip from El33tOnline (whose pictures I’m using for the gallery — thanks guys), Aaron and Bryleigh James from DealBreaker (all the way from PMB), Pieter de Bruyne (who has become the face of DBNGamers as we know it) and of course our very own Adam Meikle from eGamer. I was also there, by the way. In case that isn’t entirely obvious by now.
The familiar faces and familiar places meant that many of us were comfortable to just sit down and talk about gaming rather than indulge in the various Nintendo-sponsored offerings that didn’t particularly take us, and the discounted meals afforded to attendees were especially accommodating from the side of the venue itself.
In all, it was a great event that had something for everyone — and if you are Nintendo fan residing in Durban then you ought to kick yourself extremely hard right now, because you missed out on something special.
Our gratitude goes out to all those who make DBNGamers events as awesome as they are; the organisers who handle the administrative side, the sponsors who provide the necessary funding / prizes, and of course the gamers who attend and make the event the showcase for Durban’s gamers that it is.
We look forward to the next one. Bring on the Ninth Circle. (We’re so totally calling it that.)