Aberdeen vintage video game fans set to take controls and battle it out at tournament

The next event is going to be held at the end of June.

Video game enthusiasts in Aberdeen will have the chance to step back in time with a day dedicated to vintage consoles.

Taking place at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Aberdeen on June 30, the event will allow visitors to play on more than 25 consoles dating back to the 1980s.

Players will be pitted against each other in hourly tournaments.

The day is the brainchild of Chris Plant, 34, owner of Retro Consoles UK, which sees him selling vintage games and consoles to buyers across the world from his Bucksburn home.

Games featured will include Mario Kart 8 on the Nintendo Wii and Space Invaders on the Atari 2300.

Chris, who previously operated out of a shop in Aberdeen Market was repeatedly asked when he would host tournaments for players.

After organising several in the city’s Triple Kirks Bar, before moving to the Siberia bar, Chris wanted to host one that was available for the whole family.

Chris said: “Because the events that I would hold would be in pubs, it could only be for over 18s, and I had a lot of people asking me if I could do something for the whole family.”

He has held two gaming events for families in the past year and this will be his third.

Chris said: “Parents can bring their children and play the games that they used to play when they were kids.

“So you can have a child playing a game like Sonic the Hedgehog that’s 20 years old, it’s great.”

Chris is hoping for 200 people to join in June’s event, as opposed to the usual 100.

He said: “It’s about getting the word out to people that’s the issue, the balance has to be right.

“It’s not like something as big as 4TG.”

4TG is a gaming convention in the North-east, primarily aimed at hardcore players.

Chris hopes that the day will encourage gamers, who might otherwise not meet up, to socialise.

He said: “Everyone that comes along enjoys themselves, but it’s just trying to get the information out there that is the issue.

“It’s good for people who have a common interest, but might not meet in everyday life, especially given the rise of online gaming.”

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