Gaming used to be a stereotypical nerd’s escape from reality, but nowadays all kinds of people plop down on the couch with a controller in hand. This shift has caused an abundance of video game festivals to crop up all over the world. And guess what, they’ll rescue you from your poor, old mother’s basement. That’s right; these festivals are a public affair that brings casual and hardcore gamers together for some action-packed gaming. Whether you want to tackle retro arcade classics, play modern RPGs or school some kids in a tabletop game, there’s likely a festival for it. Don’t worry if you’re a total noob - video games are great learning tools in addition to providing a great social outlet.