Big crowd for games expo

FOR some, paradise is sun, sand and a drink in hand.

But a hard-core gamers utopia is little bit different.

There is no need for sun, the glare on the television is distracting.

And sand only gets in the buttons of the controller, makes reaction times slower and ruins impressive COD killstreaks.

The only time for a drink is when the game is loading — hard-core gamers don't have mid-match pauses.

From October 5-7, the EB Games Expo is expected to draw a crowd of up to 30,000 gamers when it rolls into Sydney Olympic Park.

The most anticipated releases of 2012 and 2013 will be on show with some of the men and women behind the games, sharing their stories.

Those who attend the event will have the chance to get their hands on games such as Halo 4, Need for Speed Most Wanted and the next instalment of Call of Duty, Black Ops 2.

EB Games' Debra McGrath said they hoped to build on the inaugural event on the Gold Coast which saw more than 14,000 people walk through the gates.

"We have run our own internal event for nearly 15 years where our staff have had the chance to play the best pre-released games," she said. "We thought it was a bit selfish to keep this to ourselves.

"[This event] has also allowed us to create an event that showcases the greater Australian gaming community and hopefully helps improve its profile to the general Australian public."

This year's expo will also see the introduction of the Navy Big Game.

The invitational will see Aussie virtual virtuosos take on the Navy Team of Stars.

Motion picture Mass Effect: Paragon Lost will make its international screening debut at the expo — months before its expected release date in December 2012/January 2013.

Details: ebexpo.com.au or ticketek.com.au.

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