On the Convention trail

Over the weekend, Joe and Kyle took some time out to run a table at Newcastle Film and Comic Con (NFCC) at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle City Centre. NFCC is a large convention aimed at fans of games, anime, comics, sci-fi, fantasy and more. The perfect place to show off what we do! So we took along a 3D printer and some of our prints with the intention of seeing how people liked the ability to take 3D screenshots from video games, and then whether they liked the idea of being able to 3D print those screnshots into real, tangible figures and ornaments.

Star Wars cosplayers checking out the table

Star Wars cosplayers checking out the table

The response was overwhelming!
Gamers of all ages stopped by in droves, to the point where by the end of the day, voices were hoarse from discussing the prints, the possibilities, and our technology! So much so, we also were filmed for local TV – check out Made in Tyne and Wear’s coverage of the convention here (and look for us at 7:24!) There was a lot of love for the potential applications as well – using screenshots to capture favourite scenes, custom character designs, or immortalise multiplayer gaming victories (and a few funny losses too!)  There was also a lot of interest in the notion of tangible achievements – which were seen as a badge of honour for the more dedicated players!

There was massive interest for GrabIt (and RenderFab) to be integrated into gaming franchises big and small, with players demanding Minecraft, Destiny and Halo alongside custom characters from MMORPGs like Warcraft, and even more story-driven games like Harry Potter and the Walking Dead!

Examples of what is possible using GrabIt

Examples of what is possible using GrabIt

Similarly, the potential of different materials were a hot topic – with many people appreciating the full colour prints. Others were happy to choose uncoloured prints, giving them the option of painting their models themselves for even more customisation.

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With the interest that the table generated, this just proves demand from gamers to be able to turn their favourite digital characters, items and scenes into physical items!

If you’d be interested in working with us to add 3D screenshots and 3D printing into your games, drop us a mail at info@whisperinggibbon.com for more information.

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