Just booked accomodation for this years show, used the old favourite Premier Inn. Had used the Prem Inn in Blackpool for the last 2 years so thought I'd continue the theme. Been getting a bit bewildered by some of the things in this thread but as usual thought I'd offer my own insights.
1. I think that keeping the cost down to £22 is fantastic. I've been to the previous 2 re-play events and was amazed that it stayed at £20 for those 2 years, so was expecting a bit of a hike this year, especially seeing as it's being held in such a major city. I think the organisers deserve a massive pat of the back. I've just had a few days in Skegness with the missus trying, and largely failing to find any arcade machines from back in the day. As it was we found a couple of pinball machines and TMNT 4 player. We went through about £20 in less than an hour so I'm more than happy to shell out £22 for 2 days and hundreds of machines and pinball tables.
2. I'm a massive retro fan so was initially a bit surprised by the direction the event seemed to be heading, i.e more current gen, cosplay etc, but the more I've read the forum the more convinced I am that this is going to be an absolutely fantastic event. Some people may have their retro noses slightly rubbed out of joint but I think by having a mix of genres/ages then people can try their hand at a bit of everything. I for one will quite happily jump from playing repton to pinball to halo to manic miner to dance dance revolution (maybe not the last one)!
3. Really cant wait to mix great video games with some great nights out. Blackpool was a good venue, despite some peoples protests, but beer was cheap and there were some good little rock venues if you looked for them, but Manchester is gonna be something else. I'm so looking forward to hitting the Guinness at the venue, playing some games, then hitting the town.
Apologies for the length of the message but I really am looking forward to this years event and my thanks go out to the organisers for all the hard work that they'll be putting into running this years Play Expo. See you there guys (see you in pinball alley SuperMario