Found some old Photos of me at ECTS (British Trade Show)

My wife loves to scan old photos and she scanned some of me at ECTS, and I thought I'd share a little story.
 
But first some context. 
 
I think it was in 1998, I was 16 and had been working at Electronics Boutique (what is now GAME stores in the UK) in London for quite a while. Time was drawing close to a UK video game trade show called ECTS (European Computer Trade Show). Back then all you needed for an entrance pass to the show was to fill out a small section in the back of the trade journal, I forget what it was called, and send it off. After getting quite drunk after work, we filled out the forms (obviously calling ourselves Dr Boobies and Mr Fantastic or something like that), threw them in a post box, giggled like school girls then went off home to bed.
 
Two weeks later, you can imagine our surprise when we opened the store to find a manila envelope containing two laminated passes allowing a 'Mr F. Fantastic' and his friend 'Dr Boobies' access to one of the biggest trade shows in Europe. My manager was less than impressed. He was however a man who could see an opportunity when it arose. He worked in one of the largest London stores and wanted to get into upper management, and thought he could get there quicker with a little initiative. We were given a disposable camera and were told we could have the day off to go to the trade show under the condition we took photos of all the top games with the most potential, so he could put the orders through to get the most copies in our store, making our sales figures the best in the region. It's a simple plan right? What could go wrong?
 
So we go down to Earls Court, obviously going to the pub first for a pint, phoned my boss to tell him that the passes actually worked, and to assure him we're on the case, then off to the show!  Which was........rubbish. Sure I got to play a few cool games but they were not the shiny E3 style demos you get now, what we saw were a load of games that were seriously 'in development' which is another way of saying seriously 'broken'. A good example was the Resident Evil 1 port on the Gameboy Colour which I played there, It looked and played like shit. Needles to say it got canned.
 
Anyway, the next day we get back and give the camera back to my boss to be developed. What I post now is every picture on that camera. 
 
(Warning: Contains graphic 90's haircuts).  
 



As you can imagine my Boss was less than happy for multiple reasons. Firstly he had only 15 developed photos of a 24 exposure. Secondly he had 15 photos of me with Morph, photos of me getting pissed, and photos of me in various stages of sexual harassment with a number of booth babes and Page 3 girls. He never got his promotion. 
 
The tragic end to this tale is that ultimately trade shows like ECTS ceased to be because of the fact that it was easy for dickheads like us to get in, and yet I don't think that's such a bad thing. What they gave birth to is the more consumer driven shows we have today, where developers have got to show something impressive because it's the end user that's looking at it, not the retail middle-man.
 
Anyway, it was laugh. Plus seeing the old photos of me makes me glad I look the way I do now, (Beard and Skinhead FTW).
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Posted by jonnyboy

My wife loves to scan old photos and she scanned some of me at ECTS, and I thought I'd share a little story.
 
But first some context. 
 
I think it was in 1998, I was 16 and had been working at Electronics Boutique (what is now GAME stores in the UK) in London for quite a while. Time was drawing close to a UK video game trade show called ECTS (European Computer Trade Show). Back then all you needed for an entrance pass to the show was to fill out a small section in the back of the trade journal, I forget what it was called, and send it off. After getting quite drunk after work, we filled out the forms (obviously calling ourselves Dr Boobies and Mr Fantastic or something like that), threw them in a post box, giggled like school girls then went off home to bed.
 
Two weeks later, you can imagine our surprise when we opened the store to find a manila envelope containing two laminated passes allowing a 'Mr F. Fantastic' and his friend 'Dr Boobies' access to one of the biggest trade shows in Europe. My manager was less than impressed. He was however a man who could see an opportunity when it arose. He worked in one of the largest London stores and wanted to get into upper management, and thought he could get there quicker with a little initiative. We were given a disposable camera and were told we could have the day off to go to the trade show under the condition we took photos of all the top games with the most potential, so he could put the orders through to get the most copies in our store, making our sales figures the best in the region. It's a simple plan right? What could go wrong?
 
So we go down to Earls Court, obviously going to the pub first for a pint, phoned my boss to tell him that the passes actually worked, and to assure him we're on the case, then off to the show!  Which was........rubbish. Sure I got to play a few cool games but they were not the shiny E3 style demos you get now, what we saw were a load of games that were seriously 'in development' which is another way of saying seriously 'broken'. A good example was the Resident Evil 1 port on the Gameboy Colour which I played there, It looked and played like shit. Needles to say it got canned.
 
Anyway, the next day we get back and give the camera back to my boss to be developed. What I post now is every picture on that camera. 
 
(Warning: Contains graphic 90's haircuts).  
 



As you can imagine my Boss was less than happy for multiple reasons. Firstly he had only 15 developed photos of a 24 exposure. Secondly he had 15 photos of me with Morph, photos of me getting pissed, and photos of me in various stages of sexual harassment with a number of booth babes and Page 3 girls. He never got his promotion. 
 
The tragic end to this tale is that ultimately trade shows like ECTS ceased to be because of the fact that it was easy for dickheads like us to get in, and yet I don't think that's such a bad thing. What they gave birth to is the more consumer driven shows we have today, where developers have got to show something impressive because it's the end user that's looking at it, not the retail middle-man.
 
Anyway, it was laugh. Plus seeing the old photos of me makes me glad I look the way I do now, (Beard and Skinhead FTW).
Posted by ArchScabby

You're quite the player with the ladies aren't cha?

Posted by jonnyboy
@ArchScabby: The girls were surprisingly cool about it. To be honest I remember a lot of people in suits and ties talking shop, so It must have been cool for them to relax a bit.
Posted by keyhunter

This thread is awesome. Someone sticky this thread.

Posted by damnboyadvance

Those pictures remind me of my brother when he was a teenager.

Posted by JJOR64

I love the Tomb Raider picture.  I hope she didn't hurt you with her gun.

Posted by zombie2011

The 90's were the best.

Posted by eroticfishcake

That IS gaming in the 90's!

Posted by Smarter_Martyr

The Zach Morris of the UK right here people!

Posted by guiseppe

Oh the 90's, how I miss the.

Posted by Absurd

Is that a massive unibrow?

Posted by jonnyboy
@Absurd: Damn I never noticed that! Oh well, fuck it, my eyebrows are the least of my facial hair concerns now.
Posted by buzz_killington

I can't believe I once thought the 1990s Lara Croft is hot...

Posted by Griddler

The 90's were dark and disturbing times

Posted by adam_grif

Captain, we're picking up large quantities of unibrow in this sector.

Posted by AhmadMetallic

cool. you look like a stupid dick :)

Posted by Creamypies
@Ahmad_Metallic said:
" cool. you look like a stupid dick :) "
Wow... talk about friendly banter.
Posted by AhmadMetallic
@creamypies said:
" @Ahmad_Metallic said:
" cool. you look like a stupid dick :) "
Wow... talk about friendly banter. "
well not everyone is sensitive about what people think of their looks cuz they believe that everyone thinks they look like shit because they do look like shit because they chose the Emo way to go.... 
 i didnt mean what i said and im sure the OP wasnt offended... it was a silly joke with an even sillier smiley 
 
If i was commenting on a picture of YOU, however, i'll keep in mind that you're insecure enough about it, and wont be harsh
Posted by Creamypies
@Ahmad_Metallic: Bahaha! You think I was being serious?! I was just joking around. Chill out dude.
Posted by AhmadMetallic
@creamypies said:
" @Ahmad_Metallic: Bahaha! You think I was being serious?! I was just joking around. Chill out dude. "
thats the thing, we're on a gaming forum and you never know what other people's attitudes are ... i wasnt sure whether you were serious or not, but i had to respond strongly in case anyone wanted to quote you and diss me, u know.
Posted by Bruce
@jonnyboy: 
 
So Nick, how are the rest of the Backstreet Boys doing? Kevin alright?
 
Just kidding.
 
Nice pictures though.
Posted by Creamypies
@Ahmad_Metallic: Oh fair enough. Don't take me so seriously though dude, I'm pretty light hearted on here.
Posted by DER