License 2 Play 2012

As one of the first conventions dedicated to the gaming culture in Singapore, License 2 Play has come a long way since its inauguration in 2009. Now in its 4th iteration, the organizers of License 2 Play has decided to up the ante with the largest concentration of gaming exhibitors in its 3 year history. With the tagline of “Coolest Gaming Exhibition in Asia”, License 2 Play certainly has a lot to live up to and luckily for gamers, they did not disappoint.

Industry titan Blizzard Entertainment brought the thunder by showcasing the latest expansion of their many award winning franchises. Scores of gamers from all over Singapore took the newest StarCraft II expansion “Heart Of the Swarm” for a spin ,take down the Skeleton King in Diablo 3 and get kung fu fighting in WoW’s latest expansion “Mist Of Panderia”. One of Korea’s top female StarCraft II player “StarTale Aphrodite” graced the Blizzard Booth and played against willing opponents. Blizzard was kind enough to bring of some of their downright gorgeous concept artwork for us gaze upon and finally what is a gamer without his gaming threads, geek apparel shop J!NX brought in their line of trendy geek themed shirts for the everyday geek.

Belarusian developers Wargaming.net quite literally drove right through the front door with their over the top booth featuring a life sized replica of a German Panzer tank. A preview build of their upcoming aerial combat MMO “World Of Warplanes” was available to aspiring pilots and finally, you can even test your combat skills against others for a chance to win prizes from Wargaming.net.

Finally, what’s a games convention without the announcement of new games; Asiasoft unveiled the highly anticipated Ragnarok Online 2: Legend of the 2nd with much fanfare from local MMO lovers. In addition to improvements on the base gameplay, RO2 added a 3rd dimension to the game. Shanda Games was no slouch either, an exclusive preview build of their upcoming Third Person Shooter MMO Avatar Star was playable and it LOOKS GOOD !

Overall, L2P was the closest Singaporean gamers could get to an actual game show like E3 and PAX. There was tons of stuff to do and see, and not to mention the beautiful booth babes.

Photos by Ken Koh

By Chen KangYi
© POPCulture Online 2012, All Rights Reserved.

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