A day in the life of a gamer (Digital Nation NZ)

After being in a 4 year relationship with a keen gamer and lately living with one I can say that I learned a few bits and pieces that could help me survive in a geek-pocalypse, I know what a creep is, that we must hate lag, and the words WoW, LoL and HoN no longer mean the same.

So I decided to be a caring girlfriend and got tickets to Digital Nation NZ, a two day convention at Vector Arena (Auckland) that featured different games and consoles, talks with games developers and designers, demos of new games and game touraments. (e.g LoL finals…. no… not Laugh out loud… League of Legends…told you)

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As far of the venue options, we were able to access the venue an hour earlier, which meant there wasn’t as much people around and most game were easier to access, there were console booths where you could test the new XBOX One, Playstation 4 and some PSP’s with some Girlfriend-friendly games that featured a new back touch screen. To be quite honest, I didn’t love the back screen, I though it was kind of difficult to used and simply unnecessary, but at the same time the PSPs were connected to a gigantic metal cord so that may have influence how I grabed it.

In the upper floor you could find some vintage arcade games(for us old people) to play for free and all around the upper part of the venue there was an exhibition of consoles from the 70’s and 80’s till now, it was a walk through memory lane for all those retro gamers to see again the consoles they may have owned when they were kids.

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Auckland art gallery Toi o Tāmaki (California Design Exhibition)

If you are in Auckland, staying or passing through, the art gallery is one of my top places to recommend. With no entry fee and open from 10am to 5pm everyday its located on Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Street in the city centre.

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The gallery opened on 1888 but was rebuilt and reopen on 2011, it has a permanent collection that features historic and  modern art works by Māori and Pacific artists, as well as an European collections (This can be access free of charge.)

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Living so close to it, i’ve been around a few times and I went over all the permanent collection, so i decided to go once again, but to check out the new exhibition: California Design 1930 – 1965. This exhibition has a $15 fee since it was on the gallery for just some months and it covers works from the California of the mid-twentieth-century.

The exhibition features more than 250 objects  from furniture, prints, fashions and motion graphics. I loved the way the exhibit was organized and how it perfectly showcased the lifestyle of modern California and the difference between design nowadays and then. Still…i absolutely LOVED that coffee table and I would totally use it in my apartment right now.

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To wrap up, I just wanted to share this picture with you. This is part of the Creative Learning Centre inside of the gallery (Mezzanine area) and it is part of the year long exhibition “May the Rainbow always touch your shoulder” by Tiffany Singh. I loved the whole idea and how colouful it looks.

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That’s it for now,  let me know if you like this kind of post or if you’d like to see something else.

Have you visited the gallery already? What do you think?

Jules.-