The global phenomenon that is Minecraft, is the subject of an entire weekend convention in Melbourne this summer. OPENWORLD the Massive Minecraft Event is Australia's very own answer to MINECON. The event, set to attract Minecraft fanatics from all over the city, opens in Moorabbin at the Kingston Town Hall on 28 and 29 November, 2015.
Minecraft, a virtual activity involving building and breaking structures out of blocks, introduces game players to an imaginative online world taking the reigns of the main character 'Steve'. Steve mines for natural resources, builds a lot, befriends villagers and animals, and protects his world from zombies.
Although virtual games are usually reserved for the comfort of your own living space, MINECON is a convention that gathers fans to play and celebrate all things Minecraft. The first MINECON, formally known as Minecraftcon, took place in Las Vegas in 2010, and saw a gathering 50 people. In 2015, London's MINECON sold a whopping 10,000 tickets, scoring a place in the Guiness World Records for the 'most attendance for a convention that is solely for one game' Facts via Wikipedia.
OPENWORLD, Australia's very first MINECON, will see:
Presentations and talks by industry professionals
LIVE Player vs player championships run over the whole weekend
Playzones where you can bring your own laptop or mobile device and play with fellow fans
Costume competition for crafty Minecraft Cosplayers
Voting on Minecraft 'dumb ways to die' competitions.
Gaming sessions run for 2 hours, starting at 9am. The last gaming session will finish at 5pm. You can reserve one of the computers already on site, bring your own computer (BYOC) or bring your own device (BYOD).
To find out more, or to book yourself a ticket, go to www.openworld.com.au. Under 15's are encouraged and welcomed, although must be accompanied by a paying guardian or parent. Tickets start from $50 for a guest, $60 for BYOD ticket in the gaming lounge, $70 for BYOC ticket and $100 to reserve a spot on a computer.
Getting to Kingston Town Hall
You can reach the venue on the Nepean Highway, positioned on the corner of Nepean Highway and South Road. Travel time is 20 minutes from St Kilda, or 25 minutes from Frankston.
Train travel is simple. Take the Frankston train line from either the CBD or Frankston and depart at Moorabbin train station. Kingston Town Hall can be reached on foot within 100m from Moorabbin train station.
Bus routes 824 and 825 stop directly outside Moorabbin train station on the Nepean Highway side. Routes 811 and 812 stop along South Road, just before Nepean Highway.