Early birds get in line for games fair

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 July, 2007, 12:00am

More than a hundred diehard fans began queuing early yesterday ahead of the start of the Ani-Com and Game Fair, which opens today at 11am.

The first in line, Steve Mok, 18, arrived at 5am at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. He said this was the third year he had been at the front of the queue.

By 4pm, more than 100 game and comics fans had joined him.

'Last year I came two days before the fair started but realised it was too early, so I came in this morning at 5am,' said Mr Mok, who works at a comics publishing company.

He had made all the preparations needed for a long night waiting in line. 'I have already taken a shower and I have brought my PSP [PlayStation Portable] with me.'

A major attraction is expected to be a limited edition of toy figures based on the popular Storm Riders comic series. Each set is priced at HK$1,288.

Mr Mok said he was going to the fair to ensure he could get one.

'I have budgeted HK$5,000 to shop at the fair,' he said.

Another obsessive fan, 16-year-old student Henry Law, joined the queue at 11am with his friends to get one of the first five spots in line.

'I want to buy a limited edition online game,' he said.

He was referring to GL online, about a group of martial arts heroes, priced at HK$500. 'I heard there're only 300 sets.'

While fans waited outside the venue, exhibitors were getting ready for the show.

After several indecent comics were found at the book fair, which has just finished its run at the same venue, exhibitors were more cautious in displaying their items.

One exhibitor, surnamed Tam, said his staff had posted a notice demanding identity cards to prove buyers were over 18 for some items. 'We will arrange two staff members to monitor and ask for IDs,' he said.

The Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority said officers would carry out inspections at the fair.