Post written by Daniel Gate
Digital Nationz is back for its second iteration. The first Digital Nationz expo in 2013 drew eager crowds itching to get their hands on the soon to be released Xbox One and Playstation 4, with the consoles now having been out nearly a year, Digital Nationz 2014 is sure to showcase what’s in store for them in the future.
The LG Digitalkz is bringing an impressive line-up of speakers to the expo. The highlights for me, really bringing my nerdy side to light, is Jason Sussman and David Johnson. Jason Sussman is a Senior Environment Artist for the company Bungie, the masterminds behind the headlining franchise for Xbox, Halo which is also one of my own personal favourite game franchises. Bungie also has one of 2014’s most anticipated titles due out early September, Destiny, which is shaping up to be a monumental game. Infinity Ward, the game development company where David Johnson is the lead visual effects artist, is the company that started the Call of Duty craze, David has helped with the Modern Warfare series and 2013’s entry Call of Duty Ghosts. Say what you will about Call of Duty, it’s still a kabizillion dollar series. This is only two people from the mighty fine line up of speakers for Digital Nationz. Josie Nutter from Technical Illusions is a software engineer and user experience specialist, Dr Michelle Dickinson from the University of Auckland is the director of New Zealand’s only Nanomechanical testing laboratory, Dmitry Selitsky is the founder and CEO of Thought-Wired, who specialise in basically controlling things with your brain, and last and certainly not least is Fletcher Dunn from Valve who has worked on around a dozen game titles since 1995. This line up of top quality speakers certainly shows the high calibre that Digital Nationz is bringing to the 2014 expo.
The first announcement of games at the show has just been made, being only the initial announcement with plenty more games to be announced, the line-up is already impressive with titles such as the two Assassin Creed titles coming out this year, Unity for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC, while Rogue is being released on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The massive scale open-world car racing game The Crew, the frightfully looking Alien Isolation, the annual FIFA, and we can’t forget the younger ones; Disney Infinity 2.0 will be there likely showcasing characters from the Marvel Universe, will all be there. For me though, the game I am most looking forward to seeing in action is Far Cry 4 which is sure to deliver after a very impressive Far Cry 3 back in 2012.
This is only some of the content to feature at the expo; there will also be a variety of different gadgets and gizmos as well as electric cars making their debut at Digital Nationz; including the Tesla Roadster, Nissan Leaf, and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. So if gaming isn’t your thing, there will be plenty of different and innovative things to see and hopefully get your hands on to try out for yourself!
Tickets are on sale right now (HERE), so if this sounds like your kind of thing then don’t hesitate and mark the 27th and 28th of September on your calendar and get ready to make your way to Vector Arena.
This is only the first announcement of the content that Digital Nationz 2014 will have in store so if you want to stay up to date with all of the news and updates as its released then hit the like button on the Digital Nationz Facebook page and follow the Digital Nationz Twitter account. Peter Hall, the mastermind behind the event is heavily involved with the social media side of things on top of everything else and if you read through some of the posts and comments you’ll soon find out he’s a pretty witty guy!
You can get your tickets now from HERE.
For more information about the event, check out the official Digital Nationz website for more info HERE.