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GeekOut Bristol Meet – July 8th: RETRO Gallery

A blast from the past was had by all of the attendees of the GeekOut Bristol Meet this month. Taking place on Friday 8th, we went back in time to an earlier era of video games, with many appearances from characters such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and more. With a huge competition taking place this month, courtesy of our sponsors and venue the Old Market Tavern, it was a massive event. Join Timlah for a full run down of what went on!

With the massive competition we had going, you can be sure we had a huge turn out. It was our… second highest turn out! With 61 individual heads counted, GeekOut Bristol meets are getting some serious attention. Perhaps it’s because we’re such a long standing group with good reputation, or perhaps it’s because they know I’m there (hah!), you can be sure that our meetups will keep getting bigger and better as time goes on. On this note, I’m so happy to say that the Old Market Tavern are officially our sponsors now. They always offer us £50 for the competitions and this month, to seriously help us more, they bought some big prizes.

The Old Market Tavern proudly displaying our posters

The Old Market Tavern proudly displaying our posters

The competition was simply to win at a game of Tetris. The person with the highest score after just one attempt would win. They would be playing on a GameBoy colour, using an original Tetris cartridge. It was a great chance for people to hold onto a bit of gaming history, before the prizes were dished out. The prizes were as follows:

Position Prizes Won by Score (rounded up to the nearest 1,000)
 1st GameBoy Colour + Tetris and 4 other GameBoy Colour compatible games, 3 Steam keys, £25 cash and a GeekOut poster Patrick Shead-Simmonds  107,000
 2nd Tamagotchi, 2 Steam keys, £15 cash and a GeekOut poster. Ashley Graham  40,000
 3rd Tamagotchi, 1 Steam key, £10 cash and a GeekOut poster. Dom Montarnaro  39,000

There was a clear winner this month with a whopping 67,000 point difference, however before Patrick had his go, the majority of people had scores between 21,000-35,000. The lowest score was just over 500 points. Thanks to everyone who took part: This took most of the day to orchestrate but I think the competition was a roaring success. I’m happy to have let so many people have a go on a classic gaming device like the GameBoy once again. It’s amazing how quickly muscle memory comes back into play, as you remember games that were played on the device so many years ago. You can get a GameBoy Colour for quite cheap these days, but honestly, it’s all about owning one.

Of course, this is a gallery post, which means you’re all here to see what pictures we took. I’ll be honest, I was promoting the use of a hashtag and I’m glad I did, as a lot of the pictures will come from another source. This month though, I got a few images and here they are:

The rest of our images this month come courtesy of GhostBunny18, who has always been a massive help at our GeekOut events. It’s great hosting these events as it’s clear the community clearly care about GeekOut. They even bought me a cake to celebrate my birthday which had passed recently – That was entirely unexpected, especially since I was trying to find GhostBunny18 to do the Tetris competition! Still, thank you to everyone who attended and everyone who celebrated with us.

But then, when it was all over, on Saturday 9th, a couple of us attended Bristol Pride. Here we are in full celebratory mode:

Bristol Pride: GeekOut Style

Bristol Pride: GeekOut Style

But now, it’s time to wrap this article up:


Like Jason, we didn’t know what we should think about the ending of GeekOut’s July meet. I mean, simply put, it meant it will now been another whole month until the next event – But never mind! Our next event is already being planned. It’s going to be held on August 13th (a Saturday) at the Old Market Tavern, where we hope to see all of you there. The theme for next month? Steampunk! Thanks as always for joining us, please remember to leave us a comment below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.


5 responses

  1. Congrats on the successful event! Although I have to say, that adorable dog stole the show for me. :) I wish we had more stuff like that going on around my part of the world so I could show everyone how bad I am at simple, old games. :P

    Hope pride was fun, too!

    Liked by 1 person

    July 12, 2016 at 4:19 am

    • Cheers! Yeah, loveliest dog around too :) I forget her name, but she’s always good :D

      I’m glad I started GeekOut to be honest. It’s a day (and night) out that happens once a month and it’s a real joy seeing all the smiles on people’s faces :)

      Liked by 1 person

      July 12, 2016 at 7:26 am

      • Makes me wonder if I or someone I know could start something like that… Once a month?! There’s got to be a bit of planning put into that. That’s pretty intense! I’m impressed. :)

        Liked by 1 person

        July 13, 2016 at 2:57 am

      • Anyone can start it: Just a matter of getting up and doing it. Oh and working with a venue helps :)


        July 13, 2016 at 7:49 am

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