IGN Convention 2015 in Abu Dhabi was quite the hit with the gaming and tv show community in the UAE. Two days of fun filled activities and meet and greet with some international celebrities really set the tone this year. Although its still far off from being a a type of event that people witness in the USA and European countries, there is no taking away the fact that this was a good event.
People of all ages showed up and engaged in a host of activities ranging from Cosplaying their favorite characters to enjoying some table-top games which was a small part of a large draw to win goodies. Tweeting, Hash-tagging and check-ins were on a roll since there was a competition that a list of 8 things were required to be done to get a chance to win goodies.
Apart from that we have the HTC VIVE demo for the public and the media and after trying it out personally that was one unforgettable experience. There was even Just Dance for people to try their luck on and also a few stalls were set up to sell artworks and other similar material at various prices.
Moving on to the main attraction which was a international panel of Jack Gleeson (GoT fans went wild), Dave Fennoy( Lee Everett from Walking Dead game by Telltale Games) and Adam Harrington( Bigby Wolf again from Telltale games), along with Nadia Sk ( Cosplayed as Assassins Creed on Day 1). Also joined in was Naomi Kyle who is Actor & host of IGN’s The Daily Fix.
We got a chance to interview these people and below is a short excerpt of our interview with each person (barring Jack Gleeson) :
Dave Fennoy and Adam Harrington are two pretty recognizable voices for those who played the Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us games by Telltale games.
Dave Fennoy (Right End) and Adam Harrington(Center)
We asked them what it felt like playing those characters and how did they get into the scene:
DF: Lee Everett was a character that i had not chosen initially. I went for audition and it was given to someone else but later i got a hold of the role and quite enjoyed voicing the character. It was a pity that they dint have him for further seasons and i would have surely loved to carry on voicing him. I also loved the kid clementine and it was quite fun to do this role.
AH: Initially when i started out for the Wolf Among Us, i auditioned for the role of the woodsman but later i was asked to take up the main role of Bigby Wolf himself. My original voice can be heard in the struggle with the woodsman and for Bigby Wolf i had to make minor adjustments to suit the demands of the game creators. Auditioning was a long process and it took a lot of effort and time but in the end i landed the role and the rest is what you see before yourself while playing the game.
When asked about whether they would continue with games only or even venture into the big screen animation films they responded :
DF: Video games is what i have done mostly until now. Its something that i have been doing majorly since i first started to get roles. Moving into the big screen animation films with regularity would be a different experience but its the games where i feel most comfortable. Also in case you guys dint know i have done Korath the Pursuer from Guardians Of Galaxy Anime.
AH: Yes definitely i would love to voice more characters no matter what the type. Games, Movies i would and i do love being a voice actor although i am not so sure about acting in a film. I have only done games so far and if given the opportunity i would love to take up animation movies and Anime as well.
We then moved on to Nadia Sk who is a popular Cosplayer. We asked her about her preparations and what inspired her to become a cosplayer:
Nadia SK ( Second from Right )
Nadia: My basic preparations are that i usually make all the costumes myself instead of buying. I try out different costumes and try not to repeat a costume unless its a special request by either the organizers or a popular fan vote. As for the inspiration, I once went to a convention and saw a bunch of cosplayers and the way they were dressed and their body language and how they attracted a lot of popularity with the public for just showcasing themselves as their favorite character. That inspired me to start doing my own cosplaying and to try and pick out some popular game/anime characters to showcase at each convention.