Hartlepool games convention hits new level

GamesCon gaming convention at Hartlepool College of Further Education
From left Student Jack Guthrie, College staff Christian Williamson and Changing Futures Jess Watson
GamesCon gaming convention at Hartlepool College of Further Education From left Student Jack Guthrie, College staff Christian Williamson and Changing Futures Jess Watson
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Hundreds of video games fans immersed themselves in virtual worlds during a successful convention.

Hartlepool College of Further Education held its biggest and best GameCon event to date over three days.

GamesCon gaming convention at Hartlepool College of Further Education

GamesCon gaming convention at Hartlepool College of Further Education

Gamers of all ages attended the fun event where they got to play everything from retro favourites and arcade classics to the latest next-generation consoles and virtual reality technology.

Proceeds will go to support Hartlepool-based charity Changing Futures North East.

Mark Lee, team leader for student services at the college, said this year’s convention had exceeded the two previous years.

Mark said: “The aim has been to bring as many people of all ages together as possible which is why we have got retro games that adults may have played when they were young as well as the new generation games.

“Quite a lot of the adults have been showing the young ones how to play the older games.

“There has been a good atmosphere and it has been fantastic.

“The aim has been to raise money for Changing Futures North East that work with families to make a difference.”

One of the most popular attractions was the chance for visitors to try on virtual reality headsets which gave gamers the chance to play the role of a Star Wars spaceship fighter.

Several Star Wars characters from the 99th Garrison group also went down well.

Gamers got to test their mettle against each other in Guitar Hero duels, dance-offs and multi-player racing and combat tournaments.

Money raised from raffles and admission fees will go towards Changing Futures North East who were also at the event to promote their work.

Jess Watson, community and volunteer organiser, said: “This is the third year of GameCon and each year has got bigger and better.

“It has ben a really key event in sustaining our charity services.

“The money raised will support children in our mentoring project for those aged between five and 18 to help them realise their potential and overcome any barriers.”

As well as raising money for Changing Futures North East, a number of college students also volunteer for the charity.

For more details about its work (01429) 891444.